Jewell County Commissioners – 11/27/17


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The Jewell County Commissioners met November 27, 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 following were present for office head meeting: Chris Petet, Custodian; Marilou Becker, Deputy County Appraiser; Brenda Eakins, Treasurer; Shannon Meier, Ambulance Director; Anna Morgan, Register of Deeds and Gail Bartley, Noxious Weed Director, Emergency Preparedness Director and 911 Coordinator. Those absent: Travis Garst, Solid Waste Director; Joel Elkins, General Superintendent; Barrett Simon, Livestock Agent; and Don Jacobs, Sheriff.

Gail Bartley reported on meetings he attended. He also reported that Jewell County hosted the Weed Director’s District meeting with Barrett Simon, Livestock Agent for Post Rock Extension District, providing a program.

Marilou Becker said the County Appraiser’s Office is busy answering questions from tax statements and as a result will probably have some hearings.

Anna Morgan said that business is as usual.

Shannon Meier said the runs had slowed down this month. Shannon said Pierce Electronics is working on installing the new radio system.

Brenda Eakins said her office is busy collecting taxes.

Carla Waugh said that she is working on schedules for 2018. Carla said that December is open enrollment for BCBS of Kansas and notices will be sent out with the December payroll.

Keith Roe reported on the Annual Kansas Association of Counties Conference that he attended.

Steve Greene said he attended the meeting for the First Impressions Committee as part of the Strategic Doing process. Steve also attended the Economic Development meeting, Hospital Board meeting and District Weed Director’s meeting.

Barrett Simon was unable to attend today’s meeting but provided a written report with the following brief description of what the Extension District accomplished: Multiple feed tests and rations for producers who are weaning and/or starting fresh calves; Many cows going to stalks, helping several producers and land owners on establishing cash rent; Banker’s awards with Jewell County NRCS Conservation District; Daphne Manning hosted Jewell County 4-H Fun Night with more than 300 attendees.

Mark Fleming said he attended the 4-H Activities Banquet.

Brenda Eakins asked that we close the Courthouse offices to the public at noon on December 29th to complete year-end book work. This concluded office head meeting.

The minutes of the November 20, 2017 County Commissioners meeting were approved.

Don Jacobs, Sheriff, discussed operations.

The Commissioners reviewed abatement numbers 2288 through 2295. Steve Greene moved and Keith Roe seconded to approve abatement numbers 2288 through 2295. Motion passed unanimously.

Steve Greene moved to close the Courthouse to public at noon on December 29, 2017 to complete year-end book work. Keith Roe seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Steve Greene moved to approve the KCAMP Rate Stabilization Program Agreement. Keith Roe seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

Joshua Meyer and Steve Melby discussed coroner cases for Jewell County with the Commissioners and Darrell Miller. They reviewed cost estimates for coroner cases.

Darrell Miller, County Attorney, discussed the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with Mitchell County for the bridge on the Jewell/Mitchell County line with the Commissioners and Joel Elkins.

Mark Fleming moved and Keith Roe seconded to approve the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with Mitchell County to replace bridge, LPA Bridge A8H located 1.5 miles west and 4.5 miles north of Glen Elder over Limestone Creek by Kansas Department of Transportation. Motion passed unanimously.

Joel Elkins, General Superintendent, reported on equipment repairs. Commissioners reported road concerns.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:02 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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