Norton Co Board Of Commissioners July 24, 2017 Minutes


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Norton Co Board of Commissioners
July 24, 2017

Commissioner Charles Posson called the meeting of the Norton Co Board of Commissioners to order at 9:00 AM on July 24, 2017 at the Commission Room. Attendance: Richard Thompson, Present: Charles Posson, Present: Thomas Brannan, Present.

EMS, Robert Clark
Robert Clark, Norton County EMS was in to report to the commission. Commissioner Thomas Brannan made a motion to go into executive session at 9:00 am for a period of 30 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel and to include County Counselor R. Douglas Sebelius and County Clerk Robert D. Wyatt. The motion was given a second by Commissioner Thompson. Motion passed 3-0. Commission will return to regular session at 9:30 a.m.
At 9:30 am Commissioner Thompson made a motion to extend the executive session for a period of 30 minutes with a second from Commissioner Brannan to continue discussion of non-elected personnel and to return to regular session at I0:00 am. Motion passed.
At I0:00 am Commissioner Brannan moved to extend the executive session for a period of 10 minutes and to return to regular session at 10:10 am., for the purpose of discussion on non-elected personnel. The motion was given a second by Commissioner Thompson. Motion passed.
The commission returned to regular session at 10:10 am. with no action taken.

Noxious Weed
Clarence Wetter, Norton County Noxious Weed was in to update the commission on department operations Clarence stated they have been spraying county roadways and the State Highway right-of-ways. Clarence spoke with the commission about giving his part-time help a raise since she has been here now for over 90 days and doing a good job. The commission approved the request of 50 cents per hour.

Mike Posson
Mike Posson, Norton Classic Cruiser club came in to thank the commission for the use of the county parking lot during the recent show. Mike stated they appreciate the work the county does to help prepare for the show and delivered a signed thank you from the club members.

2018 Norton County Budget
The Norton County Commission reviewed the proposed 2018 Norton County budget. The commission worked the budget last week during a regular session and have set the budget figures for all departments. After review the commission approved the budget and will now publish the budget for the public hearing to be held on August 14th, 9:00 am.

Surplus Equipment
The commission approved the sale of the 1982 Ford pickup that was most recently used by the Courthouse. The vehicle will be placed in the newspaper for sale by seal bids. Seal bids will be accepted until August 14th, at 9:00 a.m..

DSNWK Annual Report
Jerry Michaud, President of the DSNWK was in to report the 2016 annual report to the commission. On a district level DSNWK serves a total of 506 people with disabilities, 24 of which are located in the Norton community. Along with the individuals being served, Jerry stated they have 112 on a waiting list that an approximate 8 year time frame on the wait list.
The economic benefit for Norton County was reported as $535,959 for staff salaries. Norton County currently has 27 employees with DSNWK. The total direct impact for Norton County was reported as
$597,729.00. DSNWK currently has residential homes in Atwood, Hays, Hill City, Hoxie, Russell, Stockton and Norton with a total staff of 354 for those communities. Norton County currently funds
$45,000 support to DSNWK and has budgeted the same amount for 2018.

There being no further business before the Board the meeting was adjourned until 7/31/2017. The commission minutes are not considered to be official until signed and approved by the commission and will remain a working document until approved.

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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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