Mitchell County Commissioners – January 22, 2018


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The Mitchell County Commissioners met on Monday morning at the courthouse in Beloit.

Director of Public Works Dale Housh discussed a meter which could be purchased and used to test the reflect-ability of signs throughout the county at night. This would be quicker than the other option of tasking a pair of county employees to go out and check them manually without the meter. It is most likely that the signs will be checked manually because the meter costs about $10,000.

The commissioners were asked to waive landfill fees to dispose of materials remaining as a result of a recent house fire in Cawker City. The commissioners made no decision at the time. They wanted to know if there was an insurance policy on the home that would cover demolition fees before they make a determination. Land fill fees for disposal of fire demolition materials have been waived before, but that determination was made because the home owner’s insurance would not cover demolition and disposal fees.

The commissioners then passed a combined resolution to transfer $20,000 from the Special Reappraisal Fund to the Special Reappraisal Capital Outlay Fund. They also approved a transfer from the Mitchell County Health Department Fund of $30,000 to the Health Department Capital Outlay Fund.

The commissioners signed an agreement for the federal funds exchange through the state. This is a program the county has used in previous years. The county will lose some money through the exchange, but they will have much more flexibility in terms of how those funds can be used.

The commissioners then viewed a webinar with several county department heads to learn about a new system to track county employees time and attendance. The county is considering purchasing the software and hardware solution from a company called Labor Strategy. Discussion ensued following the webinar, but no official determination on acquiring the system has yet been made.

The next meeting of the Mitchell County Commissioners is scheduled for Monday, January 29 at 8:30 a.m. at the courthouse in Beloit.

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Derek Nester
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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 2020 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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