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Washington County Commission Meeting – September 3rd

The Washington County Commissioners met Monday. A proclamation declaring September as recovery month was adopted, calling upon citizens to raise awareness and understanding of recovery from substance use and mental disorders.

A meeting was confirmed September 9th at 2 pm with the Kansas Department of Agriculture to discuss the results of the preliminary flood insurance rate map and flood insurance study. K.D.A. will also provide flood hazard data products that were developed as part of the Little Blue Watershed risk map project. All stakeholders with an interest in the project are encouraged to attend, Again September 9th, 2 pm, at the Washington County Courthouse.

A request to from the Public Works Director to hire his father in law was denied according to the county nepotism policy, which does not allow an employee be hired where his or her supervisor or department head is immediate family.

A motion was approved to sell surplus county property via http://www.purplewave.com.

The Washington County Commission met in regular session on Tuesday, September 3rd. Below are the unofficial minutes as provided by Denae Dimler, County Clerk, Washington County.

The Board of County Commission for Washington County met in regular session on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse. Members present: Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, Chairman; Roger Otott, Vice Chairman, 2nd District Commissioner; and Denae Dimler, County Clerk. Gary Ouellette, 3rd District Commissioner, was absent

Next regular meeting will be Monday, September 9, 2013 at 8:30 A.M.

Chairman Mueller called the meeting to order.

Anita Bott and Mary Tate, Pawnee Mental Health, presented a recovery month proclamation. Commissioner Otott made a motion to proclaim September 2013 as Recovery Month in Washington County. Commissioner Mueller seconded the motion. Motion passed. This proclamation calls upon citizens to raise awareness and understanding of recovery from substance use and mental disorders.

Denae Dimler, County Clerk, presented payroll and bills totaling $149,278.82. Denae asked for clarification on the use of comp time earned by employees who work overtime. The Commissioners stated that if an employee has comp time available for use, it should be used before earned time is used when an employee takes time off. Denae requested executive session for non-elected personnel. Commissioner Otott made a motion to enter into executive session. Commissioner Mueller seconded the motion. Motion passed. No decision was made.

The Commissioners received a letter from the Kansas Department of Ag confirming a meeting on September 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the Washington County Courthouse to discuss the results of the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS). KDA will also provide flood hazard data products that were developed as part of the Lower Little Blue watershed Risk MAP project. All stakeholders with an interest in the watershed are encouraged to attend.

Commissioner Mueller signed annual budgets for 12th Judicial District Washington County and Washington County Conservation District. Denae Dimler presented a draft of the financial statement for the year ended December 31, 2012. Chairman Mueller signed a management representation letter to Lindburg Vogel Pierce Faris CPA’s who prepared the 2012 financial statement.

Duane Bruna, Environmental Sciences Director, reported that 3 water wells at the landfill are due for sampling tests that are required by KDHE. Duane also reported that Cade Uhlik’s last day will be September 13th.

Justin Cordry, Sheriff, reported there are currently 2 Washington County, 2 Marshall County, and 1 out of state inmates in the jail. Justin said he has a lead on acquiring a contract to house out of state inmates. Justin requested executive session for non-elected personnel. Commissioner Otott made a motion to enter into executive session. Commissioner Mueller seconded the motion. Motion passed. No decision was made.

The Commissioners placed a call to the Marshall County Commissioners meeting. They discussed senior citizen transportation, health insurance for employees, and property/liability insurance.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, presented weekly work report. Commissioner Otott made a motion to sell surplus property at www.purplewave.com. Commissioner Mueller seconded the motion. Motion passed. The notice of sale will be published this week and next week in all 3 county papers. David inquired about hiring his father-in-law in the public works department. The Commissioners stated that this would violate the County’s nepotism policy. The policy states that no one shall be employed in a department where the supervisor or department head is a member of their immediate family; therefore, David cannot hire his father-in-law.

The Commissioners broke for lunch at noon and resumed regular session acting as the Public Building Commission at 1:00. The PBC meeting ended at 2:45 p.m. and the Commissioners resumed meeting as the Board of County Commissioners. Janice Kearn, County Health Administrator, reported that LaShelle Beikmann’s last day will be September 13th.

The meeting adjourned at 3:00 P.M.

About Bruce Dierking

Bruce Dierking owns and operates Dierking Communications, Inc. with stations KNDY/KNDY FM Marysville, KS since 1988, KQNK/KQNK FM Norton, KS since 1999, and KDNS FM/KZDY FM Glen Elder since 2008. A fifth generation native of Marshall County, and a 1980 graduate of Marysville High School, he began a broadcasting career working part time at the age of 14 for Herb and Ruby Hoeflicker at KNDY. After attending Colby, Kansas Community College, with a major in business and broadcasting, Dierking returned to his hometown covering sports and sales, now having served as the voice of the Marysville Bulldogs, as well as area teams for over 35 years. Active in various leadership roles, he has served as President with the Marysville Jaycees, President of the Kansas Jaycees, and National Vice President with the US Jr Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member, and past President of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, served many years as Vice President of Marshall County Development Corporation, served 8 years on the Kansas Association of Broadcasters including Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Elect, and Chairman of the board. He has twice served terms on the Good Shepherd Lutheran School Board serving as President, and held several leadership roles with Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, serving as congregation Chairman. He, his wife Lesa, and daughter Allison are active in many community activities, contributing to, providing publicity for, and volunteering. He is currently active with the Marysville Historic Depot restoration project, serving as Vice President. A mentor to many in the broadcasting industry, Dierking continues an active role in station operations, on the air with the morning show each day, traveling many nights to cover ballgames, and present covering local events for news broadcasts. He is passionate about his community, and the rural midwest. An active historian, genealogy, community development, Kansas and architectural history are among interests. Dierking enjoys travel, having visited nearly every state, and several foreign countries. He is a fan of music, and enjoys reading.