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Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes – Nov. 18

Washington County Commissioners met Monday. They were advised that the Greenleaf meal site is being closed by Senior Services. Becky Pannbacker presented a cost of $12 for each meal prepared at the site, while the suggested donation for those receiving the meal is $3.50. That has contributed in large part to a financial shortfall for the agency. Commissioners approved advancing $16,000 to Washington County Senior Services. The Register of Deeds reported on proposed legislative changes that would exempt all registration fees, not just the government entities that are currently exempt.

These minutes are unofficial until approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners at their next meeting. Prepared by Kathy Fritz, Deputy County Clerk.

The Board of County Commission for Washington County met in regular session on Monday, November 18, 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; Gary Ouellette, 3rd District Commissioner; and Kathy Fritz, Deputy County Clerk.

Next regular meeting will be Monday, November 25, 2013 at 8:30 A.M.

Chairman Mueller called the meeting to order.

Don Alldredge, Janitor, met with the Board to discuss the boiler inspection.

Justin Dragastin, Kastl- Powell Agency Inc., met with the Board to discuss the boiler policy. EMC Insurance will now cover this policy as part of their coverage with an increase of coverage and will include data compromise coverage which the previous policy included. The Board signed the cancellation of the boiler policy with Hartford Steam Boiler.

Sonya Hiltgen, Register of Deeds, spoke with the Board about the mortgage registration proposed legislative changes in 2014 that would exempt all registration fees not just the government entities that are currently exempt.

Commissioner Otott made a motion to sign the City-County Law Enforcement Contract with Washington City. Commissioner Ouellette seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Commissioner Ouellette moved to sign the contract with Blue Cross & Blue Shield for 2014. Commissioner Otott seconded the motion. Motion passed. Chairman Mueller signed the contract.

Chairman Mueller signed Official Bond & Affidavit of Sureties for Patricia Mueller as Hanover Township Clerk.

The Board approved and signed change orders 2013-9 to 2013-18.

The Board discussed the concealed carry issue for the courthouse. Commissioner Ouellette reported on the meeting he had attended on Monday.

Duane Bruna, Environmental Science Director, presented the results of the monitoring of the wells at the old landfill. His office will stop spraying because of the colder weather.

Justin Cordry, Sheriff, reported there are currently seven Washington County and one Marshall County inmates in the jail. Justin informed the Board that he will be advertising to sell a car in the papers this week. The Board discussed the concealed carry issue for the courthouse with Justin.

Becky Pannbacker, Washington County Senior Citizens Services, met with the Board regarding a money shortfall. She presented estimated receipts and November bills due for the County Meal Sites. Becky indicated that part of the money shortfall comes from meals costs for the Greenleaf meal site. It costs $12 to prepare each meal at the Greenleaf site but the suggested donation for those receiving the meals is $3.50. Not all receiving the meals pay for the meal since it is just a suggested donation. Becky indicated the Greenleaf meal site will be closing. Commissioner Otott moved to advance $16,000.00 to WCSC. Commissioner Ouellette seconded the motion. Motion passed.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, presented his weekly work report.

Janice Kearn, County Health Administrator, presented a payroll change notice for Rebecca Bruna effective November 6th who is moving from full time to part time.

At 11:45 A.M. the Board met as the Public Building Commission.

The meeting adjourned at 12:40 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.