Norton Co Board Of Commissioners January 08, 2018


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Norton Co Board of Commissioners
January 08, 2018

Commissioner Charles Posson called the meeting of the Norton Co Board of Commissioners to order at 9:0( AM on January 8, 2018 at the Commission Room. Attendance: Richard Thompson, Present: Charles Posson, Present: Thomas Brannan, Present.

Melissa Schoen, County Attorney
Melissa Schoen, County Attorney updated the 2017 cases for criminal activity in Norton County. The total cases for 2017 was 79 and 46 in 2016. Melissa stated that the number of increased cases is under review at this time to determine why or where the additional cases originated, County or City.
Melissa updated the commission on a case she is working with for Norton County. Melissa stated that she has a conflict of interest in the case so has asked for outside counsel. The County Attorney from Lincoln County has accepted the assignment.

County Counselor
County Counselor R. Douglas Sebelius joined the meeting at 9:IO am.

Prairie Dog Control
Commissioner Thompson reported that he has had a complaint again about prairie dog control. County Counselor R. Douglas Sebelius stated that this is a Township issue and that Township officers would be the contact. The County Commission does not have the authority to proceed with eradication. The landowner/tenant has made contact with the County Counselor with action he has made to control the dogs.

Pennie Laughlin
Pennie Laughlin was in to visit with the commission on employment issues and stated she would like to discuss with them some concerns on her employment at Norton County Landfill. A letter was prepared for the commission and counsel to review during the discussion. The commission thanked Pennie for her discussion and service at the landfill.

Road Department
Floyd Richard, Norton County Road Department was in to visit with the commission about the trading of tht Bobcat. The department has for several years done an annual review of trading for the equipment. The trading has worked out well for the county and the commission feels it would be worth taking bids for review. Floyd stated that he will also have them prepare a bid for the Solid Waste site.

Sheriff Thompson
Commissioner Brannan called for an executive session for the purpose of contract negotiations at 10:45 am for a period of 15 minutes and to include Sheriff Thompson and County Clerk Robert D. Wyatt The motion was given a second from Commissioner Thompson. Motion passed 3-0.
The commission returned to regular session at 11:00 a.m. with no action taken as a result of the executive session.

Craig Sowards
Craig Sowards was in to visit with the commission about his upcoming appointment as EMS Director and to visit about hiring opportunities. Craig will being full-time employment with Norton County EMS on Januar: 15th. Operational discussion was discussed by the commission and Craig.

A quote was delivered to the commission from CenCon for 3 to 6″ rock that will be used in the construction ofa new cell. The product being quoted is for concrete that is being grinded at the Solid Waste site. The quoted price for the product piled on site is $28.00 per ton for approximately 400 tons. The commission stated that they would agree to the contract with the stipulation that the product is weighed on the Solid Waste scales as crushed.

The commission clarified the COL raise for the full-time county employees. The employees that are still in the early hire / probation period will not be included until that evaluation has been completed.

City of Norton
Chad Buckley and Jeff Wolf were in to visit with the commission about upcoming schedules with clean up week and home demolition projects. The proposed schedule dates for the clean up at this time are April
23-25th and October 8th through 10th. Commission stated that they have no problems with those dates as long as the Solid Waste staffing is aware of the selected dates and their schedule has do not have conflicts. The City staff discussed with the commission a mobile home that is in the process of being condemned Photos of the property in question were shared with the commission. Jeff asked the commission if the discount program for this property would be available as the third house for 2017. After discussion, Commissioner Brannan made a motion to approve the property at 1112 N. Norton to be allowed on the 201″} property demolition schedule with a second from Commissioner Thompson. Motion passed 3-0.
A brief discussion was held on other shared operations and contracts between the City and County.

December 29th Minutes
A motion was made by Commission Brannan to approve the minutes from December 29th, 2017 with a second from Commissioner Thompson. Motion passed 3-0.

There being no further business before the Board the meeting was adjourned until 1/15/2018. The commission minutes are not considered to be official until signed and approved by the commission and will remain a working document until approved.

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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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