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Mitchell County Commissioners – August 7, 2017

The Mitchell County Commissions met at the Courthouse on Monday, August 7. The commissioners had been informed that the start date for the Cawker Causeway widening and guardrail replacement project has been set for July 5, 2018.

The major work scope for the project will be replacing the old post and cable restraining system with a new guardrail system. There will also be 100 feet of parking space created. Director of Public Works Dale Housh said the county crews have the ability to wind up the old cable and store it for possible needs in the future.

Jeff Roberg, contract IT specialist for the county was on hand and requested a fifteen-minute executive session for the purposes of discussing trade secrets of a corporation. Roberg has held the IT position for Mitchell County for several months and he wanted to report on and update the commissions on the progress of his work. At the conclusion of the closed session no official decisions were made.

Later in the meeting, Housh told the Commissioners that bridge crews were making good progress on the bridge replacement on K Road. He anticipated it would take at least 2 more months for the project to be completed.

Housh also reported that they are concerned about the transmission on a front-end loader in the county’s machinery fleet. The have taken an oil sample and sent it off for study. He hopes they can nurse it along until cold weather comes, and they can work on it during the off season.

Additionally, the road crews have been filling potholes. Housh reports that a number of county residents have passed on their appreciation for getting those potholes taken care of.

In the lone action item, the commissioners voted 3-0 to accept Resolution 4-17 pertaining to the county’s Solid Waste Management Plan.

The next meeting of the Mitchell County Commissioners is set for 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 14 at the Mitchell County Courthouse.

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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