Norton Co Board Of Commissioners March 30, 2018


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Norton Co Board of Commissioners
March 30, 2018

Commissioner Charles Posson called the meeting of the Norton Co Board of Commissioners to order at 9:00 AM on March 30, 2018 at the Commission Room. Attendance: Richard Thompson, Present: Charles Posson, Present: Thomas Brannan, Present.

Floyd Richard, Road Department
Floyd Richard, Norton County Road Department was in to visit with the commission about signing an extended warranty on the 12M2 Cat graders. The warranty to extend the contract was provided to the commission with a couple options. After discussion, the commission made the decision that the extended contract warranty was not of value. The commission did not sign the extension warranty.

Noxious Weed
Clarence Wetter, Norton County Noxious Weed was in to visit with the commission about department operations. Clarence stated that they have started to spray bare ground on early application. Clarence also asked the commission to consider purchasing cameras for the sprayer truck with would assist the operator. The total cost of the equipment was $673.55. The commission approved the request from Edward’s Audio of Grand Island, Nebraska.
Clarence also spoke with the commission about raises for the part-time staff and himself. The 2% increase was approved for the part-time staff.

Amber Horwart
Amber Horwart was in to request gravel on a section of road from the comer of E1 and east on Road J. Amber explained to the commission that they are building a new home and would like approximately 2,000 feet of the road graveled. The commission agreed to the request and stated that they would pass this on to Floyd.

Troy Thomson, Sheriff
Troy Thomson, Norton County Sheriff spoke with the commission on updating the generator that operates the jail facility and dispatch center. Troy said that after inspection it was recommended that the generator be updated as previously reported. The generator is currently operating and has value, but recommendation to replace.
Troy stated that he is currently taking applications for the dispatcher position. The department continues to be short staff.
A short discussion was held on the negotiations process with the City of Norton for dispatcher services.

Almena Cemetery
Shad Chandler, Almena Cemetery was in to visit with the commission about funding for the Almena Cemetery Association. During the most recent budget preparation the requested information was not received and therefore the ad valorum tax was not levied for the cemetery. Shad was in to question the commission on the action taken. Shad stated that they Association had $16,000 dollars left and will be out of money by May. The commission also asked questions concerning the payment to the mower operator and if they were receiving 1099’s as required by law. The commission stated with the amount of dollars being taxed they figured the Association had funds available. The commission stressed that they need a budget before tax will be levied Shad agreed with the request and stated that a budget will be submitted. County Counselor R. Douglas Sebelius reported that he will be happy to help do the required documents.

March Vouchers and Payroll
The county commission and counselor reviewed the vouchers and payroll for the month of March, 2018. Upon review the commission and counselor signed and approved the vouchers and payroll as submitted.

March 19, 2018 minutes
Commissioner Tom Brannan made a motion to approve the minutes from March 19th, 2018 with a second from Commissioner Thompson. Motion passed 3-0.

There being no further business before the Board the meeting was adjourned until 4/9/2018. The commission minutes are not considered official until signed and approved by the commission and will remain a working document until approved.

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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 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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