Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes – April 3, 2017


The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday April 3, 2017 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse. Members present: Tim Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, David Willbrant, 2nd District Commissioner, Gary Ouellette, 3rd District Commissioner and Kathy Fritz, Deputy County Clerk to record minutes.

The commissioners discussed the fire chief meeting and Tim Mueller discussed his meeting with the dispatchers and sheriff after that meeting. David Willbrant reported on the North Central Regional Planning Commission that he had attended.

Gary Ouellette made the motion to approve the consent agenda which included two payroll change notices due to step increases and the proclamation of April 2017 as Sexual Assault Awareness month. David Willbrant seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Justin Novak, Road and Bridge Supervisor, reported on the work completed for the past week. Gary Ouellette made the motion to go into executive session for five minutes under personnel exception for non-elected personnel with Justin Novak. David Willbrant seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously. No action was taken upon returning to regular session. Gary Ouellette reported that he had received a rock complaint on 3rd Road and Tim Mueller had received a complaint about 27th Road and suggested Justin Novak travel the road. Justin Novak informed the board that Clay County is replacing a low water crossing on the county line and Washington County will pay half the cost.

Gloria Moore, Tourism Director, reported on the meetings she had attended in March and presented two travel vouchers for approval.

Randy Hubbard, Emergency Management Coordinator, reported on meetings he had attended and presented information he had compiled on burn bans. The commissioners will have the county attorney work on a resolution to give permission to the fire chiefs to set a burn ban. Randy Hubbard reported that the message board that Washington County received from a grant is ready to be picked up in Topeka

Luke Pugh, Pugh Communications, discussed bids for a security system for the courthouse.

Sonny Sager, Thomson Reuters, presented a plan to update the IBM server

David Willbrant moved to approve a payroll change notice due to a step increase. Gary Ouellette seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

At 12:05 P.M. Gary Ouellette made the motion to adjourn. David Willbrant seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Next regular meeting is April 10, 2017.

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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