Lincoln County Commissioners – April 17, 2017


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The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met as the Lincoln County Board of Canvassers, to enumerate the results of the April 11, 2017 USD 298 Special Election. Chairman Al Joe Wallace called the Lincoln County Board of Canvassers meeting to order at 10:00 a.m., pursuant to the provision set forth in K.S.A. 25-3101 – 3109.

The April 11, 2017 USD 298 Special Election’s preliminary abstracts of election results and records prepared by the duly appointed election boards were provided to the Board of Canvassers by Election Officer Dawn Harlow.

Others present for portions of the canvass: Cynthia Nelson, Norman Mannel, Joan Wilson, Darrell Oetting, David Gerstmann and Rod Tromble.
The Board of Canvassers inspected and checked for accuracy the records presented. Clerical errors were corrected.

Five provisional ballots were received with three being approved and counted. Provisional ballot totals were added to the abstracts of votes cast.

Pursuant to K.S.A. 25-3109 the Board of Canvassers finalized and certified the abstracts of votes cast in Lincoln County, Kansas, in the April 11, 2017 USD 298 Special Election.

With no further business to come before the Board of Canvassers, Chairman Wallace adjourned the canvass at 10:12 a.m. and convened the regular meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to order at 10:13 a.m. with Vice-Chairman Terry Finch and Member Alexis Pflugh present.
The chairman recessed the meeting to the basement meeting room until 10:30 a.m.

The chairman reconvened the meeting to regular session at 10:30 a.m. in the basement meeting room.

Others present for portions of the meeting: David Gerstmann, Cynthia Nelson, Norman Mannel, Jim Wiebke, Darrell Oetting, Joan Wilson, Nancy Knapp, Gerry Miller, Kathy Robertson, Rod Tromble, Tony Wacker, Dwight Heller, Mary Powell, Delbert Wacker, Mona Gerstmann, Kathy Mosher, Pat Kinnaird, Howard Wehrman, Michel O’Hare, Robert Howe, Steve Schneider, David Dohe, Karen Larsen, John Grace, Mark Mingenback, Christen Robinson, Kelly Larson, Bob Crangle, John Baetz and Jennifer O’Hare.

USD 298 Superintendent Kathy Robertson and District Treasurer Nancy Knapp related that the school district has been approached regarding the district asking for an advancement on the windpower economic benefit money as a way to fund needed repairs at the school as well as the loss of revenue from state aid. The board related that an advancement will not be an option.

Kathy Mosher and Pat Kinnard, Central Kansas Mental Health Center, detailed CKMHC’s activities and programs offered Lincoln County citizens. Mosher presented the Center’s 2018 budget request of $16,643, an increase of $297 over the amount received for the 2017 budget year. Mosher was requested to provide Lincoln County statistics for use of the program.

Director of Public Works Michel O’Hare with Road and Bridge Supervisor Michel O’Hare and Emergency Manager David Dohe reported on damages sustained during the April 15 storm that caused flash flooding. Dohe presented an emergency declaration proclamation for the board’s approval. Alexis Pflugh moved to approve and adopt Resolution 2017-11, proclaiming a State of Local Disaster Emergency for Lincoln County, Kansas, effective for seven days, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried.

O’Hare related that he has not received an expected delivery date for the two recently purchased John Deere motor graders; and that the equipment has been delivered to the landfill to begin crushing the concrete pile. The group discussed Steve Schneider’s request for road improvement. Howe forwarded a request from Kinder Morgan to allow them to rock a portion on N 160th Rd. After discussion, Terry Finch moved to allow Kinder Morgan to rock a portion of N 160th Rd, with the stipulation that the county will not provide future repairs to the improved road, seconded by Alexis Pflugh. Motion carried.

Karen Larsen, DVACK, provided information about the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas and read the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation, requesting that the board consider Proclaiming the month of April 2017 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Terry Finch moved to proclaim April 2017 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and pledges to join advocates and communities across the country in playing an active role to prevent sexual violence, seconded by Alexis Pflugh. Motion carried.

The chairman recessed the meeting for lunch at 12:07 p.m.

The chairman reconvened the meeting to regular session at 1:00 p.m.

John Grace and Mark Mingenback, Kansas Senior Living (KSL) with Christen Robinson, Lincoln Park Manor presented a proposal in which Kansas Senior Living would build four GreenHouses, with the county making a substantial match donation towards the project as well as pay for remodeling the current nursing home facility, noting that the county would retain ownership in the current facility, but KSL would pay for all future upkeep and repairs after the remodeling is complete. No decision was made this date.

Economic Development Director Kelly Larson related that the cost to lease one of the billboard’s along I-70 will increase and inquired if the board would like to continue leasing the billboard, noting that currently the County, City of Lincoln and the Economic Development Foundation share in the total annual cost for both signs. Terry Finch moved to continue to share in the cost to lease two billboards along I-70 from Thoms Outdoor Advertising, in the amount of $600 per year, seconded by Al Joe Wallace. Motion carried.

The board approved returning to the 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon summer commission meeting schedule beginning May 1.

Al Joe Wallace moved to approve and adopt the minutes of the April 10, 2017 regular meeting as presented, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried.

Terry Finch moved to certify the official inventory for the year ending December 31, 2016 as presented, seconded by Alexis Pflugh. Motion carried.

With no further business to come before the board the chairman adjourned the meeting at 1:40 p.m. until 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2017 in the commission meeting room of the courthouse.

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Derek Nester
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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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