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Washington County Courthouse Closed Monday; Commission Notes

Washington County Commissioners met Monday. County health administrator Janice Kearn updated prospects on renovating the former Shoens market as a new site for the county health department. Numerous repairs necessary to that existing building would be costly. As a result a ballpark estimate could not be determined, and it was decided that building on a new site may be more cost effective. Plans drawn in 2010 by Hutton Associates for a 6100 square foot facility were reviewed, but a cost estimate was not provided. Commissioner Mueller advised that the project would fall under the public building commission, and that funds were have been set aside. If additional funds are needed, then the type of funding would determine if or not the proposal would go to a public vote.

Comments on Facebook regarding reserve balance transfers recently drew attention of commissioners, who urged anyone, including the public, as well as current or past county employees with concerns address the board directly, rather than responding to social media.

A meeting of the public building commission to review final pricing on the hospital project with the contractor is set for February 4th at 1:00.

The Washington County Courthouse will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and commissioners will meet Tuesday, January 21.

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.