Norton Co Board Of Commissioners MinutesMarch 19, 2018


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Norton Co Board of Commissioners
March 19, 2018

Commissioner Charles Posson called the meeting of the Norton Co Board of Commissioners to order at 9:00 AM on March 19, 2018 at the Commission Room. Attendance: Richard Thompson, Absent: Charles Posson, Present: Thomas Brannan, Present.

Craig Sowards, Norton County EMS was in to visit with the commission about staffing and policy for employees while on work duty. The commission confirmed with Craig that the facility is a work place and temporary visits are acceptable however the facility is not a social gathering place.

Commissioner Thompson
Commissioner Thompson joined the meeting at 9:05 am.

Reg of Deeds
Wanda Vincent, Norton County Register of Deeds spoke with the commission on hiring a part-time employee in her office at the end of April. Wanda stated that both her and her full time employee will need to be absent from the office for a short time and wanted permission to hire someone to work for up to a week. The commission approved the request.

Tax Abatement Statements
Three tax abatement statements were submitted to the commission for approval. Statement #2018000063;
#2018000066 and #2018000067 were reviewed and signed by the commission. The statements were issued for property being sold and not reported, clerical errors and incorrect parcel. Total of the abatements was

County Counselor
County Counselor R. Douglas Sebelius joined the meeting.

County Sheriff Thomson
Norton County Sheriff Troy Thomson reported to the commission on a couple topics. The first was the sheriffs auction for abandon vehicles. The auction was held last week on five vehicles. The vehicles will be removed from the county lot before March 25th, 2018.
Troy discussed with the commission status of the generator that operates the sheriffs deparbnent and dispatch in the loss of electrical service. Troy has obtained a couple bids for consideration. Also part of the discussion was consideration if the county wanted to buy a generator large enough to operate the entire Courthouse or just replace the generator for dispatch and sheriff operations. Upon review of the bids Commissioner Brannan made a motion to approve Option #1 from Prairie Land Electric in the amount of
$16,155.00. The motion was given a second by Commissioner Thompson. Motion passed 3-0.
A motion was made to go into executive session by Chairman Posson at I0:45 am for a period of 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel and to include Sheriff Thomson, County Counselor R. Douglas Sebelius and County Clerk Robert D Wyatt. The motion was given a second by Commissioner Brannan. Motion passed 3-0. The commission returned to regular session at 10:55 a.m. with no action taken as a result of the executive session.

Norton County Health
Leslie Pfannenstiel, Norton County Health reported to the commission on a several topics. Leslie provided information on several grant applications she is applying for. The applications require Chairman Posson to sign the applications to be submitted.
Leslie reported that during the recent blood draw a total of 172 individuals participated. This is a higher number of participants than usual.
Leslie provided the commission with several upcoming meetings and seminars. Meetings included mass casualty training, the youth forum, and the Governor public health conference.

There being no further business before the Board the meeting was adjourned until 3/30/2018. 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 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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