Norton Co Board of Commissioners April 09, 2018


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Norton Co Board of Commissioners
April 09, 2018

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

Community Garden
Denise Schmitz, Norton Community Garden President was in to speak with the commission about a location for the Community Garden. Denise stated that they are interested in a lot that the County owns on E1 should the commission be interested in a lease. Denise stated that the Community Garden would purchase liability insurance and pay for the connection to the water. The Community Garden would appreciate a three or four year lease but would consider something shorter. The commission suggested that the Community Garden get a quote for the water connection before consideration of the lot.

Road Department
Floyd Richard, Norton County Road Deparbnent was in to visit with the commission on deparbnent operations and positions that are open for temporary and full-time. The part-time applications are open for mower-operators. Floyd stated that he will have returning employees from last year and needs to hire one additional. The commission approved the part-time hiring and reviewed the applications for full time office secretary. Upon review, the commission also approved the recommendation from Floyd for the hiring of the office secretary.
Discussion was held on the maintenance of a road requested a few weeks ago from Chance McKinney. The commission reviewed the maps and also discussed a concern from the land owners on each side. The county is waiting for the survey to be completed.

Economic Development
Mike Posson, Norton County/City Economic Development was in to visit with the commission and introduce himself and the new director. Mike stated that he is very excited to take the position and looks forward to working for the community.
Mike discussed with the commission the car show which will be the weekend of July 6th and 7th. Mike requested the use of the Courthouse square for this weekend. The commission approved the request.

Options Domestic & Sexual Violence Services
Rachel Chambers with Options Domestic & Sexual Violence Service was present to deliver a Proclamation to the county for Sexual Assault Awareness month. The commission reviewed the Proclamation and approved with the signature of Chairman Posson. A review of the KBI domestic violence statistics was reviewed for the State and for the County of Norton.

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

Tax Abatement
Four tax abatement statements were presented to the commission for approval. Statement #2018000070; 2018000072; 2018000073 and 2018000074 were presented for oil lease abatements in the total amount of
$557.82. The abatements were signed and approved as submitted.

Funeral Leave
The commission discussed a request to review the county funeral leave policy. The request was in reference to adding patriot guard or other requested attendance during a funeral service. The commission reviewed the current policy that was adopted in January of 2017 and made the decision that the policy was adequate as written and adopted.

March 30th, 2018 minutes
A motion was made by Commissioner Brannan to approve the minutes from March 30th, 2018 with a second from Commissioner Brannan. Motion passed 3-0

BG Consultants
Moni G. El-Aasar with BG Consultants and Floyd Richard, Norton County Road Department were in to discuss the approval and plans for West Washington Street Moni stated that the grant application was approved in the amount of $305,200 which will cover most of the cost from US 36, KDOT right-of-way to a point just east of W1. The grant application and funding will cover 90% with the County paying the additional 100/4. With the application, Moni suggested the county survey the road from the City limits to the US 36 junction Moni also suggested that the county do soil testing to make sure the design and engineering is adequate. This will also assure that the road is built to last. The commission agreed to the testing and survey of the road and right-of-way area. The contracts and agreement for service was signed and approved for the grant funding and construction.
Moni also delivered to the commission the 2018 annual bridge inspection report. The county bridges have all been inspected and a detailed report of each have been outlined within the report. Bridge OS1 was discussed as a bridge that will need some maintenance in the near future. The beams have a double crack and will need to be monitored. Bridge number OS24 is a bridge that also has a crack in the beam and will be placed on a schedule for maintenance. Moni informed the commission that a plate and welding will be all that is necessary. Bridge number FAS360 has some erosion problems with piling exposed and will need to have corrective action. Moni reviewed other bridges that will need some maintenance and asked the commission to begin a schedule that would include a couple bridges per year.

There being no further business before the Board the meeting was adjourned until 4/16/2018. 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 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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