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Washington County Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes



The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, October 8, 2012 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse.  Present:  Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner; Roger Otott, Vice Chairman, 2nd District Commissioner; Gene Helms, 3rd District Commissioner and Lou Kern, County Clerk.  Absent: Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, due to illness.


Chairman Mueller called the meeting to order.


Next regular meeting will be Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:30 A.M. The tax sale for the county begins at 10:00 A.M. on October 12 in the District Court of the Washington County Courthouse.


Janice Kearn, R.N., County Health Director, reported that she has signed an agreement with Central Kansas Foundation Prevention Services Department as it relates to Chronic Disease Risk Reduction.  The Central Kansas Foundation Prevention Services Department will receive $11,454.00 to implement the programs under the contract.


Don Alldredge, custodian, reported on routine maintenance matters.  Bill Walters Construction will begin sidewalk work next week.


Gene Helms moved and Roger Otott seconded to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Washington City as to the percentages that each entity shall be responsible for under the base bid for the B Street Project and an agreement with CES Engineers for part time engineering services for the B Street project.  Motion carried.


Gene Helms left the meeting at 9:15 A.M. to attend the funeral of Betty Helms, a former employee of the Treasurer’s office.


Doyle McKimmy, Washington County Hospital CEO, spoke with the board.  Commissioner Mueller explained that the bond issue will be rated by Standard & Poors and will be backed by revenue bonds as well as bond insurance that guarantees the payment under the bond issue.


Marlene Stamm, Sanitarian, discussed with the board a letter that was received from Rural Lakes Region.  Washington County is still waiting for Rural Lakes to provide copies of the pending sanitation permits so those permits may be closed.  The Cloud County Board of Commissioners called to discuss the same letter they received.  Rob Walsh, Cloud County Attorney, in conjunction with Elizabeth Hiltgen, Washington County Attorney, will call to request copies of the previous permits that were not finished by Rural Lakes.


Bob Jones, Silver Haired Legislator for Washington County, presented a bill that would be considered by the SHL asking that a new in lieu of tax of 3% be applied to the qualified investment of certain entities who would otherwise qualify for a property  tax exemption for pipelines to be adjusted annually.  The Silver Haired Legislature will debate whether Keystone should make payments in place of the taxes that would have been paid to the counties that are exempt.


Sonya Hiltgen, Deputy Register of Deeds, asked to be allowed to advertise for a full time position in the office that was approved.


David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, presented a right of way permit use agreement with Rural Water District No. 2.  Alison Mueller moved to sign the agreement.  Roger Otott seconded and motion carried.  Roger Otott signed and Alison Mueller seconded to sign the amended design contract with CFS for the bridge grant.  Roger Otott moved to adopt Resolution 10-12 and Resolution 11-12 as it pertains to the application for the CDBG grant fund and to authorize Chairman Mueller to sign all paperwork necessary for the bridge grant application.  Alison Mueller seconded and motion carried.  David and the board reviewed passages from the Kansas Local Road Management Handbook regarding connecting links.  David also reported that Schwab-Eaton Engineering has examined the Cragle bridge and noted that it was designed for movement.  The extreme drought conditions have been a contributing factor.  The bridge will be monitored during the winter months.


The meeting adjourned at noon.

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