Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes – 8/14/17


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The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday August 14, 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 Change Notices
Payroll & Bills Totaling $186,951.71
Summary of Bonds that were refunded

David Willbrant made the motion to approve the consent agenda, Gary Ouellette seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Gary Ouellette reported he received 5 phone calls about the Airport.

David Willbrant reported he received phone calls about the Airport.

Tim Mueller had a meeting with Kevin Holsch, he is against the sale of the Airport.

Tim Mueller reported on the Mass Casualty Extrication Exercise, he said that it showed flaws that needed work, but overall it did what it was intended to do.

Justin Novak, R&B Supervisor – reported that the Clifton Oil Road should be done today.
Also that they had fixed the guard rails on the bridge at 18th road and there had been a wreck there so they would need to be fixed again. Public Works will be hauling road material were needed this week and work on old 36 west of Hanover should start this week. Asphalt work will continue as long as weather permits.

Duane Bruna, Environmental Science Director – reported on sericea-laspedeza and burning in late August. Aug 22, 2017 State offices are having a meeting in Hutchison for their Noxious Weed Scholarships, Duane is on this committee, and ask if he could attend, all commissioners were in favor of him going. Duane reported that he has received from Kansas Department of Aquaculture $3,955.15 for a banned chemicals. Duane also reported there is Operator training for Solid Waste on October 3,4,5 for approval for Justin Hill and himself to go, Commissions want to know the cost before they give their approval.

Dan Thalmann, Washington County News and Linn-Palmer Record – Tim let Dan know they will not sell the airport, that they were only fact finding. If they ever decided to sell they would ask for a meeting with County residence before considering a sale. Dan ask about the wind farm, Tim reported that there has been test wind mills, but nothing has been done since the first of the year.

Gary Ouellette made the motion to sign the contract with Anna Porter as an Appraisal Consultant. Motion died for lack of a second.
There was discussion about this contract.

Tim made the motion to sign the contract with Anna Porter, Gary seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Gary Ouellette made the motion to adjourn at 11:00 AM, David Willbrant seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Next regular meeting will be August 21, 2017

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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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