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Norton Co Board of Commissioners April 16, 2018

Norton Co Board of Commissioners
April 16, 2018

Commissioner Charles Posson called the meeting of the Norton Co Board of Commissioners to order at 9:00 AM on April 16, 2018 at the Commission Room. Attendance: Richard Thompson, Present: Charles Posson, Present: Thomas Brannan, Present.

April 9th minutes
A motion was made by Commissioner Brannan to approve the minutes from the April 9th, 2018 Commission meeting. The motion was given a second from Commissioner Thompson. Motion passed 3-0.

Road Department
Floyd Richard, Norton County Road department was present to introduce the new employee Shauna Blackwill. Shauna began employment for the Road department as of today. The commission welcomed Shauna to the county. The commission also discussed with Shauna the Airport Board secretarial position which is open. Shauna stated that she would be willing to accept this position as well.
Floyd updated the commission on a couple of roads that the county is working with property owners for access. Road E6 north of K has been surveyed and the center line marked. Road El 3 has also been surveyed and flagged for right-of-way. The commission will need to discuss the El3 request due to the fact that this section of road was never legally opened as a road.
Jimmy Railsback was in to visit with the commission about the funeral leave policy. Jimmy stated that he felt that he should be allowed to use funeral leave for American Legion riders. The commission discussed the current policy and informed Jimmy that they will look into the policy and come up with some possible suggestions or policy change.
Bill Lewis, Furnas County Com.missioner was in to visit with the commission about bridges that are on the state line. Mr. Lewis stated that he has been questioned about bridges and the inspection of such bridges. Currently Norton County has the bridges inspected in question. Mr. Lewis stated that the State of Nebraska is also asking Furnas County to do inspections. Mr. Lewis asked the commission since they maintain the road to one of the bridges in question if Norton County would agree to Furnas County taking responsibility of the maintenance to this particular bridge. Mr. Lewis felt that an agreement between the two governmental agencies was necessary to outline the responsibilities of each county. Mr. Lewis will ask Furnas County Attorney to draft an agreement to be reviewed by Norton County.

Tax Abatement
Two tax abatement statements were issued for the commission to sign and approve. Statement
#2018000077 and #2018000078 were issued for property to be taxed as personal property VS real estate as ordered by the County Counselor. The abatements totaled $187.12 and were signed as submitted.

Larry Sharp, KCAMP was in to do an annual review of the County’s policy and provide a usage report with Risk Management. The Value-Added services were reviewed with Lany stressing the county is eligible each year for the $2,000 grant with Risk-Avoidance. KCAMP also provides to the County with its membership the Online University. This is a complimentary continuing education course that is offered online throughout the year with specific topics for various departments. Lany encouraged the county to utilize the Law Enforcement tuition reimbursement. This program allows up to $1,000 per year for any seminar that law enforcement attends towards meeting tuition.
Larry provided to the commission the Norton County claims for 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. Larry complemented the commission on the low loss ration for this time period.

Norton Community Garden
Denise Schmitz, President of the Norton Community Garden was in to visit with the commission about the selected garden location on E1. A preliminary contract has been presented to the County Counselor for review and delivered to the commission. The commission asked Denise if they could receive a copy of the proposed location of the water lines and hydrant location. After review of the contract the commission made a couple request for contract changes prior to signature. Other discussion was held on the Community Garden and future use of the property. Denise will complete the requested changes on the contract and return next week for the commissions signature.

There being no further business before the Board the meeting was adjourned until 4/23/2018. The commission minutes are not considered to be official until signed and approved and will remain a working document until approved.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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