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Lincoln County Commissioners – February 5, 2018

The regular meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was held in the basement meeting room of the courthouse, Monday, February 5, 2018. Chairman Terry Finch called the meeting to order at 10:04 a.m. with Vice-Chairman Alexis Pflugh present and Member Al Joe Wallace absent. County Clerk Dawn Harlow was in attendance.

Others present for portions of the meeting: Cynthia Nelson, Shawn Esterl, Howard Wehrman, David Dohe, Jim Wiebke, Doug McKinney, Kelly Larson, Debora Zachgo and Mona Gerstamann.

Alexis Pflugh moved to approve the minutes of the January 29, 2018 regular meeting as corrected, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried. The approval of the January 31, 2018 minutes was tabled until February 12, 2018.

Alexis Pflugh moved to approve issuance of Cereal Malt Beverage Licenses 2018-01 and 2018-02 to Knotheads at Wilson Lake LLC, expiring December 31, 2018, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried.

Shawn Esterl, Saline County Planning & Zoning Environmental Health Services, reported on Local Environmental Protection Program (LEPP) services being provided within the county during the 4th quarter and a review of activities for the calendar year 2017. Esterl issued a concern regarding the lagoon and service lines that are located at 132 E Shoreline Rd, and serve the business, residence and several cabins; relating the County may need to send out a violation notice if he cannot get the property owner to make the necessary repairs. Esterl reported that he was appointed President of the Kansas Environmental Health Association.

Emergency Manager David Dohe requested that the board fill the following positions on the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for the ensuing year: Terry Finch as the State/Local Official representative; and John Paul Ellis as the Community Group representative. Alexis Pflugh moved to appoint Terry Finch, Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Chairman as the State/Local Official representative and John Paul Ellis, CERT member as the Community Group representative to the Local Emergency Planning Commission, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried. Dohe provided the forecast for the upcoming week. The board did not lift the burn ban this date.

Kelly Larson, Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation, Doug McKinney, North Central Regional Planning Commission and via telephone, Katrina Ringler, Kansas State Historical Society, discussed the grants available through the Kansas State Historical Society; identified potential projects for the courthouse (replacement of the main entry way steps and painting the exterior; maximum funding and cost match requirements; application requirements and deadlines; and how best to proceed with pursuing an estimate for the potential projects.

Human Resource Officer Debora Zachgo discussed changes to the job descriptions provided for courthouse employees. The board requested that Zachgo send an email to department heads requesting that they begin updating the board on activities monthly.

Commissioner Pflugh discussed the following topics: OS 67 bridge repair requested by Katie Lyne, noting that she would also like the board to discuss OS 65; fracture critical bridges; status of repairs to the drainage structures in Cedron Township (David Wacker request); and would like to have an evening meeting every month. Alexis Pflugh moved to hold the 2018 road and bridge department meeting. Motion died for a lack of second.

Alexis Pflugh moved to draft a thank you letter to Lincoln Park Manor administration for donating labor for the painting project, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried.
Howard Wehrman inquired about liability risk for citizens cutting trees in right-of-ways compared to the potential of damage should someone have an accident and strike a tree that is in the right-of-way.

With no further business to come before the board the chairman adjourned the meeting at 12:48 p.m. until 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 12, 2018 in the commission meeting room of the courthouse.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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