Norton Co Board of Commissioners April 30, 2018


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Norton Co Board of Commissioners
April 30, 2018

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

Road Department
Floyd Richard, Norton County Road & Bridge was in to visit with the commission about E13. In order for the road to be built an easement or purchase will need to be made on the half mile section. County Counselor R. Douglas Sebelius reviewed a document that was submitted by Norm Bowers. County Counselor Sebelius recommended to the commission that the county go with an easement agreement which he could draft from the legals and survey already completed.
Floyd informed the commission that the road department has went to l O hour days. The crews will remain on 10 hour days 4 days a week till this fall.

Economic Development
Mike Posson, Norton County/City Economic Development spoke with the commission on several topics. The first item was the vacant lot on Washington Street. Mike stated that he had a potential buyer if the county was interested in selling. The commission stated they did not have any interest at this time in selling the property.
Mike discussed with the commission the Strategic Planning for the community. Mike stated that there will be a lot of money available if the county wants to develop and implement a plan. A meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 16th at noon, to be held at the Heaton Building.
Mike reviewed with the Commission the State sponsored ROZ program. The program is used to promote hiring to your community with assistance from County’s, employers and the State of Kansas. No decision was made at this time as more information on the program will be forthcoming.

Terry Nelson and Julia Nelson
Terry Nelson and Julia Nelson were in to visit with the commission on topics with the construction and development of their hog facility. Terry informed the commission that Rolling Hills is now permitted and they are awaiting Stillwater Swine. Terry also questioned the commission on the cancelation of the NRP. Terry said the main reason he wanted to visit with the Commission today was to request a full 10 year tax abatement on Stillwater Swine. Terry stated that he would not be doing his job for the investors if he did not ask for the abatement. Terry stated that Clark and Julia own Rolling Hills and he owns Stillwater Swine.
A request for additional rock or gravel was requested on a section of road to Rolling Hills. Terry stated that after the last rain the road did not hold up well enough for the traffic that will be in and out of the facility. Floyd Richard stated that what will be needed on the road is not available in the county and would have to be purchased and hauled in.
The final discussion was the erosion control of the roadway ditches. Terry stated that the road built to the facility ditches are in need of some grass planting to prevent erosion. Terry said he would be willing to plant the grass if the county would give him the permission. The commission will discuss the request with Floyd and have him report back to Terry.

April vouchers and payroll
The April 2018 vouchers and payroll were submitted to the commission for review. Upon review the vouchers and payroll were approved as submitted.

April 23rd minutes
A motion was made by Commissioner Brannan to approve the April 23rd, 2018 minutes with a second from Commissioner Thompson. The motion passed 3-0.

Ed Amelong, Walking A Surveying was in to visit about the surveying on E13 and to discuss with the commission on his findings. Ed explained that the road records for this road show the road never being opened Ed also spoke to the surveying and methods of location. In early years there was various methods of marking the bench, most often a rock. In the 30’s and 40’s the surveyors moved to iron markers.

There being no further business before the Board the meeting was adjourned until 5/7/2018. 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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