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Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes – July 14th

The Board of County Commission (BOCC) for Washington County met in regular session on Monday, July 14, 2014 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse. Members present: Roger Otott, Vice Chairman, 2nd District Commissioner; and Gary Ouellette, 3rd District Commissioner. Denae Dimler, County Clerk, was present to record meeting minutes. Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, Chairman, was absent.

Next regular meeting will be Monday, July 21, 2014 at 8:30 A.M.

Vice-Chairman Otott called the meeting to order.

Marlene Stamm, Sanitarian, gave an update on new and final water and sewer permits. Stamm submitted 2015 budget request. Stamm asked how the Board prefers she handle fences that have either been torn down or fallen down around lagoons. There are specific requirements on fences when issuing new permits but no specific laws regarding fences once the permit is issued. Otott said he prefers to leave the landowner alone if the fence comes down after a permit is issued. Ouellette concurred.

Ouellette reported he checked into the next commercial vehicle training class and was told the next class is in September.

The Board reviewed the May and June billings from Twin Valley Development Center for medical trips. The bills were $1,970 and $1,546.25 respectively. The bills were approved.

Justin Cordry, Sheriff, phoned in to report there are currently 4 Washington County inmates in the jail.

Duane Bruna, Environmental Science Director, prepared a letter to landowners regarding a recent survey and the findings of noxious weeds on their property.

Judge Kim Cudney visited with the Board regarding the unclean facilities and Courtrooms on the second floor of the Courthouse. Cudney said the Courtroom is usually only used once a month and that it will be left open a day before court so that the Janitor can dust and vacuum. The restrooms upstairs are not in locked areas so they can be cleaned at any time and it was her decision to not give the Janitor a key to the locked areas. Cudney stated any cleaning that needs to be done in those areas can be done during normal work hours of 8-5.

Janice Kearn, County Health Administrator , and Doug McKinney, Executive Director of North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC), joined the meeting to discuss options available for the County Health facility project. McKinney stated there are community service tax credits and Community Development Block Grants available.

Kearn added she does not want to do the project in bits and pieces and would rather stay in the current location while saving more money for the project. Kearn asked if a new building is out of the question and both Otott and Ouellette said they feel a new building is not an option.

The Board opened sign bids at 11:00. Three bids were opened from Welborn Sales ($3,459.40), Barco ($3,457.48) and D-C Wholesale ($3,169.24). Ouellette moved to award bid to D-C Wholesale as low bidder. Otott seconded the motion. Motion passed.

David Willbrant, Public Works Administrator, presented weekly work report. Willbrant questioned a bill for a work in Highland Township and asked Dimler to not process the payment until the issue is resolved. Willbrant reported two Jeeps and a Grasshopper were sold last week on Purple Wave Auction.

Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, discussed the County Health facility project with the Board.

The meeting adjourned at 12:15 P.M.

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