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Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes – 7/31/17

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday July 24, 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 Diana Svanda, County Clerk to record minutes.

Consent Agenda items:
Payroll & Bills Totaling $183,701.86
Reviewed Worldnet Contract
Tim Mueller made the motion to approve all consent agenda items, David Willbrant seconded the motion, motion carried.

Gary Ouellette reported that he went to North Central Regional Planning meeting, the discussion was on weatherization, and they are also looking to replace Kelsie Hatteshol on the Food Plan Committee.

Rachell Standley meet with the Commissioners to discuss her contract with Washington County, after some discussion David Willbrant made the motion to go into executive session for 10 minutes under non-elected personal, Gary Ouellette seconded the motion all in favor motion carried. After returning Rachell respectively declined the Commissioners Offer.

Tim Mueller made the motion to approve the 2018 Washington County Budget, David Willbrant seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

David Willbrant made motion to approve 2018 Highland Twp Budget, Gary Ouellette seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Bev Finlayson, Interim County Appraiser meet with the commissioners about office matters.

Justin Novak, R&B Supervisor- Reported July 31 – August 4 they will be patching Clifton Oil and finishing some drainage issues on Blocker Rd., they will start working on Old 36 west of Hanover all with weather permitting. Justin ask about purchasing 5 Tank cars, commissioners all approve the purchase.

Sheila Ouellette, Communication Officer reported on her department. Tim Mueller ask Sheila if she would attend the LEPC meeting on August 1. David Willbrant ask about the out of state inspection on a vehicle.

Commissioners placed a phone call to Anna Porter, Appraisal Consultant they ask questions about the studies that need to be done, Anna offered to help with the studies, commissions talked about her pay, Anna is will to do the 5 studies that are needed for $13,000.00. Commissioners agreed. There will be a second study in November, Anna will help with this study if they have not hired one the cost for this study will be $2500.00.

Dan McBride- Central Valley Ag, Talked to the commissioners about the purchase of the Washington County Airport, Gary Ouellette ask if is privately owned would the public still be able to use it, Tim Mueller concerned about the memorial, Dan would like to exclude the memorial from the purchase price. Tim Mueller did not want to talk price, he would like to discuss their options and get back to him at a later date. David Willbrant made the motion to go into executive session for 5 minutes, under confidential Data (trade secrets), Gary Ouellette seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried. After returning to regular session no action was taken.

Jim Stark, Ministerial Society, ask about using the courthouse lawn for the unity service – for all first responders, commissioners all agreed they could use it, Jim needs to get back to the commissioners with the correct day.

Tim Mueller made the motion to adjourn at 12: AM, David Willbrant seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Next regular meeting will be August 7, 2017

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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