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Washington County Commissioners Minutes 3-4-2013

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday, March 4, 2013 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse.  Present:  Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, Chairman; Roger Otott, Vice Chairman, 2nd District Commissioner; Gary Ouellette, 3rd District Commissioner; and Denae Dimler, County Clerk.

 

Next regular meeting will be Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8:30 A.M.

 

Chairman Mueller called the meeting to order.

 

Janice Kearn, County Health Administrator, informed the board that the commercial grade refrigerator and alarm system have been installed.  County Health has 2 refrigerators for sale.  They will be offered in-house for purchase.  If no one in-house wants to purchase the refrigerators, they will be accepting open bids.  Janice informed the Board that some counties have daycare surveyor responsibilities contracted out rather than having a member of her staff perform the surveys.  Janice is looking at that possibility in Washington County.  Janice requested executive session for non-elected personnel.  No action was taken.

 

Denae Dimler, County Clerk, submitted bills and payroll totaling $148,056.21.

 

The Board approved and Chairman Mueller signed renewals of Official Bond and Affidavit of Sureties for Janice Kearn, County Health Administrator; and Mary Sue Pifer, County Health Clerk/Bookkeeper.

 

The Board approved the donation of $100 toward Washington County High School Post Prom activities.

 

Duane Bruna, Environmental Science Director, reported on routine matters.

 

Francine Crome, County Appraiser, presented information on appraised value of agricultural land in Kansas.  The Board signed an agreement with Kimble Mapping, Inc., Manhattan, KS, to perform GIS map maintenance for Washington County.

 

Justin Cordry, County Sheriff, reported that the jail currently houses 6 Sedgwick County inmates and 4 Washington County inmates.  Justin continues to contact other Kansas counties and Fort Riley in an effort to house more inmates.  Justin reported that Preliminary Breath Tests (PBT’s) will be conducted on Prom night in at least 1 of the 3 County High Schools.

 

Marlene Stamm, NCK Environmental LLC and County Sanitarian, reported on inspections and permits for septic, well and wastewater systems.

 

The Board approved and signed Hangar Lease agreements with Heinen Brothers Agra Services and Dean Lovgren as Jem Flying, Inc.

 

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, presented work and budget reports.  Geology work and repair has begun on 2nd Road, west of King Road, in Sheridan Township.  Culvert bids will be going out soon and Grader Blade bids are due on March 11th at 11:30 a.m.

 

The Board informed David they have changed the policy regarding the use of county-owned vehicles.  A county-owned motor vehicle will no longer be allowed to commute between the employee’s residence and the employee’s work station.  The Board also reminded him that it has always been a policy that county-owned vehicles are to be used only for official county business and cannot be used for personal business, errands, lunch breaks, etc.

 

River Valley Extension District agents joined the meeting.  Leslie Manning was introduced as the new 4-H Youth Development and Community Development agent in the River Valley Extension District.  Robin Slattery, Livestock Agent, handed out information on upcoming meetings.  On March 12th, there will be an estate planning session at the American Legion in Linn.  On March 19th, a meeting for drought planning for Kansas rangelands will be held in Miltonvale.  John Forshee, Director, presented information on the Washington PRIDE Community Gardens.  A public meeting to organize and register community members will be held on March 14th.  For additional information or to register for meetings, call the Washington Extension office at 325-2121.

 

The Board broke for lunch at 12:00 noon.

 

The Board resumed session at 1:00 with Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney.  The Board signed Resolution No. 04-13 appointing Marlea James as Special Prosecutor for Washington County during Elizabeth Hiltgen’s absence.

 

Don Alldredge, Janitor, discussed the court house elevator and the contract for service on the elevator with the Board.

 

The Public Building Commission met from 1:30 to 2:30.  Next regular meeting will be Monday, March 18, 2013 at 1:30 P.M.

 

Janice Kearn, County Health Administrator, asked each Commissioner to attend a Community Health Needs Assessment for Washington County meeting in their respective districts.  Those meetings will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kloppenberg Center in Hanover (Mar. 11), the Clifton Senior Center in Clifton (Mar. 12), and the Washington County High School Cafeteria in Washington (Mar. 26).

 

 The Board of Commission meeting adjourned at 2:40 P.M.

 

About Kevin Rippe

Kevin Rippe was born in Marysville and moved to Smith Center at the age of 1, then graduated from Smith Center High School in 1995. He graduated from Cloud County Community College in 1997, and joined the staff of KKAN/KQMA radio in Phillipsburg a year later. Since June of 2011 Kevin has been with us here at Your Country KNDY. You can hear Kevin on daily news reports, as well as calling area high school football and basketball. Kevin lives in Marysville with his wife Melissa, and 4 children Brennen, Jacob, Bailee, and Joshua.