Jewell County Commissioners – October 30, 2017


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The Jewell County Commissioners met October 30, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. with Commissioners, Mark Fleming, Steve Greene and Keith Roe present. Carla J. Waugh, County Clerk, was present for the meeting.

The minutes of the October 23, 2017 County Commissioners meeting were approved.

The following were present for office head meeting: Angela Murray, Health Nurse; Travis Garst, Solid Waste Director; Chris Petet, Custodian; Anna Porter, County Appraiser; Joel Elkins, General Superintendent; Brenda Eakins, Treasurer; Don Jacobs, Sheriff; and Gail Bartley, Noxious Weed Director, Emergency Preparedness Director and 911 Coordinator. Those absent: Shannon Meier, Ambulance Director; Barrett Simon, Livestock Agent; and Anna Morgan, Register of Deeds.

Joel Elkins reported on projects.

Travis Garst said they have had a steady month.

Gail Bartley reported that Jewell County will be  hosting the District Weed Director’s meeting on November 16th.

Chris Petet said he has turned on the boiler system in the Courthouse.

Anna Porter said they are working on completing the 1/6 re-inspection.

Angela Murray said the department has had several immunization clinics and several meetings.

Don Jacobs advised that the text to 9-1-1 function will go live this week.

Brenda Eakins said the tax statements are printed and will be mailed soon.

Carla Waugh said that all levies are set and tax roll run with the tax statement spooled for the Treasurer’s Office to print. She has completed the tax abstract for the State and Treasurer’s office. Carla said she also sent all the budgets to the State Municipal Accounting Services. Carla said her office is ready for the Election with testing voting equipment tomorrow and board worker training Wednesday.

Keith Roe thanked all the departments for their hard work.

Steve Greene said he attended the Hospital Board meeting and Economic Development meeting. He said the Commissioners had a road closing hearing this past month.

Mark Fleming said he attended the Strategic Doing meeting and NCRPC meeting. This concluded office head meeting.

Carla Waugh, County Clerk, provided the Commissioners a copy of the KCAMP questionnaire. She reviewed the KCAMP coverage questionnaire for January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019 and the property schedules.

Mark Fleming moved and Steve Greene seconded to go into executive session for 5 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel beginning at 9:52 a.m. until 9:57 a.m. Motion passed unanimously. Regular session resumed at 9:57 a.m. with no action taken.

Joel Elkins, General Superintendent, discussed operations and personnel. The Commissioners reported road concerns. Joel discussed the truck box and snow plow bids and maintenance provided after the sale.

Steve Greene moved and Keith Roe seconded to go into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel beginning at 10:27 a.m. until 10:37 a.m. with Darrell Miller and Carla Waugh. Motion passed unanimously. Regular session resumed at 10:37 a.m. with Steve Greene moving and Keith Roe seconding to go into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel for 10 minutes with Darrell Miller and Carla Waugh. Motion passed unanimously. Regular session resumed at 10:47 a.m. with no action taken.

Carla Waugh, discussed, the Dane G. Hansen scholarship/grant for the Kansas Association of Community Foundations conference to run through the county. The Commissioners gave their approval.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 a.m.

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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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