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Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes – 3/12/18

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday March 12, 2018 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse. Members present: Tim Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, David Willbrant, 2nd District Commissioner, Gary Ouellette, 3rd District Commissioner, and Diana Svanda County Clerk to record minutes, Elizabeth Hiltgen joined later.

The board began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Citizen Contact:
Tim Mueller reported he received phones calls and personal contact about Economic Development, Tim is all for helping existing business, but would like to see something in place for the younger people so they will want to return to Washington County. They all agreed they would like something in place for the County as a whole. Tim Talked about abatements, his thought is if you have to pay fines to KDHE, you should not qualify for any incentive program, the County has.

Tim went to a Mass Causality meeting in Topeka and attended a LEPC meeting.

Tim also talked about the minutes, and how they are handled, Gary reported that he does not want innuendos and or half-truth in the minutes without proof. Gary also stated he wants to see the minutes before it goes to the paper. Tim said they are only editing, not changing the minutes. If Tim or David thinks things need to be edited it will go to Gary and then, Gary will send their suggestions to Diana Svanda, County Clerk.

David Willbrant talked about the deadline for CVA and neighborhood revitalization plan, David also had phone calls about County Health and did exit interviews with the former employee’s.

Gary Ouellette also had phone calls about County Health Department and reported he put up fliers for the presentation explaining the current status of AG valuations. Gary had contact with citizens that purchased lots, so they could be cleaned up only to have the valuation increase, and said they would not do that again, Gary suggested lowing the mill levy for next year, Tim warned him they needed to be careful because of the tax lid.

Norma Hennerberg stop in to talk with the commissioners about 25th and Thunder road in Franklin Township, she said it was all washed out and it seems to be getting worse. Gary offered to call Dan Jueneman for her.

David Willbrant reported on the Tornado drill that took place on March 6, at the courthouse, he thought it went well and reported that everyone attended.

Consent Agenda:
Hanover after prom
Water pollution control permit
Payroll change notice
Central Valley Ag – Cost Benefit Analysis
Tim Mueller mad the motion to approve the consent agenda, David Willbrant 2nd the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Diana Svanda, County Clerk would like to clarify that the meeting for the commissioners are not changing permanently only for April 9 meeting, it will be change to April 10 due to Gary Ouellette being gone.

Tiffany Hayman, County Health Director – Tim and Tiffany reported on the mass-casualty excises they attended in Topeka. Tim ask Tiffany how the audit went for Home Health, Tiffany reported that she will not be able to bill for some things because of the charts not being done, and that will cause the County to lose money. Tim told Tiffany when she had things up and running again, he would like to see daycare inspections being done again, and to bring back wellness visits and be open more for shots. Gary asked Tiffany her thoughts on Home Health, she reported that there was a lot of Medicare changes but would like to build it back up. David asked about Medicare vs non-Medicare people Tiffany reported that for non-Medicare people there is NEEKA, David asked if it was profitable, No. Tim asked Tiffany if she or her Deputy would be willing to join this board. Gary asked about the Health Fair and if she had enough nursing help to do blood draws. David asked if all patients were being taken care of. Tiffany reported that there is a conference April 3-5 in Wichita that she needs to attend.

Justin Novak, Road & Bridge Supervisor – reported that the Brooks Bridge is still being worked on but it is passable. Justin asked the commissioners about going to 4 10 Hour days during daylight saving, commissioners all agreed starting March 19 through November 9, 2018 Road and Bridge will work 4 10 hour days and there will be one office person and one operator that will work Monday – Thursday 9 Hour Days and 4 Hours on Friday. Justin reported that he needs to advertise for more help, also he will pick up plow trucks and trailer in Salina this Friday. Justin reported that 100 tons of salt was hauled out of Kanopolis and Two trucks hauling gravel and rock on all routes where needed and sign work done county wide.

Theresa Herrs, Communication Director – reported that ATT has started installing the new equipment. Tim reported to Theresa that Ranai Meyer was very good at the mass-causality training.

Kirby Fox and Scott Harden with Lock it talked to the commissioners about incepted emails and the cost.

Tim Mueller moved to sign Kimble mapping to perform Washington County’s 2018 GIS map maintenance, David seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

David Willbrant moved to go into executive session under non-elected personal to discuss County Health Dept Employees, Tim Mueller seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried, after returning to regular session no action taken.

Beverly Finlayson, Deputy Appraiser – Gary said he would like to see what will be handed out to citizens for the meeting. Beverly told them they will talk about depreciation on buildings.

Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney joined the meeting and discussed open meeting and executive sessions with the commissioners.

At 11:10 AM Tim Mueller made the motion to adjourn, David seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Next regular meeting will be March 19, 2018

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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