Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes – 3/26/18


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March 19, 2018

Commissioners met in Haddam, Kansas at 6:00 PM with the County Appraiser Lance Leis and citizens for the presentation about Ag Land and Building Values.

Unofficial Commission Minutes March 26, 2018

The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday March 26, 2018 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse. Members present were Tim Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, David Willbrant, 2nd District Commissioner, Gary Ouellette, 3rd District Commissioner, and Kathy Fritz, Deputy County Clerk to record minutes. Cynthia Scheer, Washington County News was also present.

The board began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The board received a phone call from Dean Lovgren, Washington County Airport Board Member to ask the boards permission to put an overhead door in the airport hangar at his expense. He had talked with other members of the airport board. The commissioners informed Justin Novak, Road and Bridge Supervisor about this when he came in later. David Willbrant will call Dean to let him know that upon Justin Novak’s approval they are fine with his plans.

Tiffany Hayman, County Health Administrator brought in a grant application and a travel voucher which Gary Ouellette signed.

Tim Mueller reported that he had attended the NCK Juvenile Detention meeting last week.

David Willbrant had citizen contact on the minutes and the health department.

Gary Ouellette had a phone call from Dean Lovgren, Morrowville, he had attended the storm spotters meeting, received a call from Bob VanWinkle about a low water crossing in Coleman Township and had visited with Brad Portenier, Linn about part of his business moving to Abilene. He has asked Randy Hubbard, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator to attend the Homeland Security meeting in Beloit on Tuesday.

Beverly Finlayson, Deputy County Appraiser, explained the PUP (Payment Under Protest) process to the board.

Cynthia Scheer, Washington County News asked if the papers would be receiving the unofficial minutes as they had in the past. The commissioners said they would continue to send out the minutes, but they would not be approved until the next week.

Denae Jueneman, County Treasurer, met with the board to discuss her concerns for the support that will be available with the current software program that the county is now using and the need to begin looking at other systems.

The commissioners decided to withhold signing the official minutes until next week when Diana Svanda, County Clerk will be back from her training.

Tim Mueller moved to approve the consent agenda including paying the bills and payroll in the amount of $160,235.86, signing the PUP change orders 2017-53 thru 2017-59, and not signing the official minutes. David Willbrant seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

Justin Novak, Road and Bridge Supervisor met with the board. He presented a payroll change notice which the board approved. Justin recommended to the board that they contract out the milling on the Barnes Asphalt project and then the county could concentrate on the rebuilding of the road while the milling was done. Justin Novak submitted quotes from Dustrol, Bergkamp, as well as an estimate using county forces with rented equipment. Upon review by the board David Willbrant moved to contract with Bergkamp for the milling of the Barnes Asphalt Project. Tim Mueller seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously. A second copy of the Federal Fund Exchange Agreement was signed by the board as only one was signed last week. Justin will be attending an emergency management meeting in Concordia on April 4th. The county crew hauled rock and gravel throughout the county and built a lagoon west of the shop for the new sewer system. Marlene Stamm, Sanitarian has approved the lagoon. The new line will be dug and installed when the weather dries up. Gary Ouellette discussed the phone call he had received from Bob VanWinkle. Justin attended the B Street meeting last week at the Washington City Hall. Construction should begin in two weeks.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed/Solid Waste Director met with the board and reported that he had received the new rules and regulations for household hazardous waste and that the recycling trailer in Haddam needs some repair work done. It was decided that Free Dump Days would be April 12th, 13th and half a day on the 14th. Duane Bruna was given permission to hire one summer employee.

There being no further business Tim Mueller moved to adjourn at 10:20 A.M. David Willbrant seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

County Offices will be closed on Friday, March 30th for Good Friday.

The next regular commission meeting will be on Monday, April 2nd.

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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 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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