Smith County Commissioners – March 19, 2018


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Journal of Proceedings for the Smith County Commissioners

March 19, 2018

The County Commissioners met in a regular session on March 19, 2018 in the County Commissioners’ Room. Present were Commissioners Art Befort, Roger Allen and Tom James.    Also present were Sharon Wolters, Clerk; and, Mitch Fritz, Road Supervisor.

Allen opened the meeting with prayer.

Commissioners revised and approved the agenda for the March 19, 2018 meeting.

Commissioners revised, approved, and signed the March 12, 2018 minutes.

Commissioners approved Payroll #6 for $100,996.10.

Wolters discussed the Request for Approval to Advertise for the hospital KDOT project.  Commissioners indicated that the dates were acceptable dates for them.  Wolters agreed to send the letter to the KDOT representative.

Allen made a motion and it was seconded by James to remove the burning ban.  Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioners approved voucher #36918-36948 from the following accounts:

General                                                 7424.09

Road                                                     4410.33

Noxious Weed                                          6.75

Health                                                    2487.38

Appraiser                                                380.82

Landfill                                                   987.43

EMS                                                        328.32

Next Gen 911 Fund                               216.24

MV Fund                                                160.47

TOTAL                                 $             16,401.83               


Fritz discussed the following:

  1. James requested that the blade men work overtime while we have moisture. The other commissioners authorized Fritz to use overtime for the blade men while moisture is adequate for rock work.  Fritz agreed to encourage overtime for blade men.
  2. James discussed maintenance on 60 Road between Highway 8 and F Road.
  3. James discussed maintenance on J & 150 Roads. Fritz reported that they have done some work at this location but the work is not complete at this time.
  4. James discussed 160 Road between H & I Roads.
  5. James discussed general ideas about more effective low water crossings and asked Fritz to do some research and contact the county engineer for assistance if needed.
  6. Allen discussed culvert maintenance on 260 Road west of U Road.
  7. Allen discussed maintenance plans on T Road between 80 & 90 Roads.
  8. Fritz reported that he is short one equipment operator due to injury so may be running some equipment himself for a period of time.
  9. Fritz discussed L Road maintenance.
  10. Fritz reported that the equipment training course offered through Foley’s date has been set for April 24-25.


Wolters reported that Athol no longer wishes to participate with the NWKsP&D grant program.


Commissioners approved 2 voided checks.


Commissioners approved two longevity pay increases.



Initials _____ _____ _____

Journal of Proceedings for the Smith County Commissioners                                                      Page 2 of 2

Held March 19, 2018


Casey Fraser, Foley Implement, joined the meeting and discussed a used M318D Wheeled Excavator that he has located for sale.  Commissioners discussed the options for attachments and use of the machine.  Fraser and Fritz left the meeting.


Tabitha Owen joined the meeting and reviewed K.S.A. 19-214 concerning purchasing limitations for road materials.   Owen left the meeting.


James made a motion and Befort seconded the motion to adopt Resolution 18-13 to establish wage range policy for Smith County employees.  Motion carried unanimously.


Laura Hageman, Health Nurse, joined the meeting and discussed the following:

  1. Hageman reviewed meeting schedule.
  2. Hageman reported on the department head meeting.
  3. Hageman addressed the Health Dept. pay scale. Commissioners approved increasing two home health employees to the bottom of the new range study.  Commissioners discussed the new resolution passed today.  Commissioners asked Hageman to provide a request in writing for current employees when requesting an adjustment for current employees.
  4. Befort discussed information provided by Nathan Eberline, KAC Council, who has researched statutes on wellness programs being run as part of the County Health Department. Befort asked Hageman to consider integration of a wellness program with the Health Dept. programs.   Hageman indicated that she would prefer a separate budget for the wellness program but would be open to administration of the wellness program being performed by her department.

Hageman left the meeting.


James left the meeting.


Allen reported that he has contacted Steve Kugler and discussed continuing the lease as is on the landfill ag ground for another year.   Allen also reported that the Soil Resource and Conservation representatives has met with Kuglers.   Kugler indicated that the NRCS representative will have a report on the farm ground and water resources on the ground for the commissioners to review.

As there was no further business the meeting was adjourned.

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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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