Mitchell County Commissioners – March 27, 2017


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The Mitchell County Commissioners met on Monday and approved May 1 through May 6 for a county-wide community cleanup. A grant of $20,000 was received from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to fund the event. During that week, people will be able to take trash to the county landfill without being charged any fees.

The landfill will continue to accept trash during the week at no cost until the $20,000 threshold is reached. Further details on the cleanup event will be made available soon.

Barb Wise of OCCK was in attendance. She said the state is making some changes and will be taking bids from providers of services such as the ones OCCK provides. The bid process will take place on a statewide basis. The commissioners signed a letter of support for OCCK to participate in the bidding process.

Carol Miller of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) discussed an upcoming fundraiser at Kettle in Beloit on April 8. The “Batter of the Musicians” will feature three local musical acts to help raise money for CASA who represents at-risk children in the court system. They also presented a proclamation designating Child Abuse Prevention Month. The commissioners approved and signed the proclamation making April Child Abuse Prevention Month in Mitchell County.

Larry Heidrick and Tom Deneke of Mitchell County Fire District No. 1 appeared and informed the commissioners that they received a $6,000 check from the Kansas Department of Emergency Management for the services they provide to help extinguish wildfires in south central Kansas last year.

Larry Emerson appeared with incoming Director of Public Works Dale Housh to report that work on a bridge on K Road won’t start until after harvest. They also said the county is currently graveling roads, and they discussed the upcoming community cleanup as well.

The commissioners then approved the purchase of a new technology systems server for courthouse. The system is an IBM AS400 with a price tag of $22,488

The commissioners are next scheduled to meet on Monday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Mitchell County Courthouse.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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