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Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes – July 21st

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: Alison Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, Chairman; Roger Otott, Vice Chairman, 2nd District Commissioner; and Gary Ouellette, 3rd District Commissioner. Denae Dimler, County Clerk, was present to record meeting minutes.

Next regular meeting will be Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8:30 A.M.

Chairman Mueller called the meeting to order.

Dimler submitted payroll and bills totaling $394,559.17.

The Board received notice from KDHE indicating two swine facilities located in section 8 of Clifton Township and section 21 of Farmington Township have applied for permit renewals. The notice will be on file in the Clerk’s office for public viewing. Comments are due by August 16, 2014.

The Board discussed the future of the health department facility. Mueller said she would like to wait until the hospital project is finished. Ouellette stated he does not want the project to exceed the funds that have already been set aside for the project.

The Board approved and signed official minutes from July 7 and July 14.

Justin Cordry, Sheriff, Kyle Applegarth, Undersheriff, and Sheila Ouellette, Communications Director, discussed a recent ambulance problem while transporting a citizen and the procedures used to handle the situation. S. Ouellette said she felt the County’s procedure of calling Marshall County to assist was the fastest response since the ambulance was stranded in Marshall County. Commissioner Ouellette said he felt it showed a lack of concern for Washington County residents by not sending one of Washington County’s ambulances to assist. S. Ouellette doesn’t think anything could have been done differently in this particular situation and the calls were appropriately handled.

S. Ouellette gave an update on furniture and computer installation progress in the 911 Dispatch Center and then left the meeting.

Cordry and Applegarth stayed to discuss recent complaints Commissioner Ouellette had received regarding law enforcement personnel.

Sharon Pierce, Public Works Secretary, reported Barco had made an error in their computations for last weeks bid letting on signs. Barco would have been low bidder by $35 with the correct calculations. The Board decided to stay with D-C Wholesale because it was Barco’s error.

Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney, advised the Board of an upcoming tax foreclosure sale which has 9 Washington County properties listed on the sale. The Board asked Hiltgen to draw up a resolution rescinding Resolution 13-12.

The meeting adjourned at 12:15 P.M.

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