Washington County Commission Meeting Minutes – 6/18/18


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The Board of Washington County Commission met in regular session on Monday June 18, 2018 in the commission room at the Washington County Courthouse. Members present were Tim Mueller, 1st District Commissioner, David Willbrant, 2nd District Commissioner, Gary Ouellette, 3rd District Commissioner, Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney and Diana Svanda, County Clerk to record minutes, Cynthia Scheer, Washington County News was also present.

The board began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Consent Agenda:
Rebate order for Neighborhood revitalization
Payroll & Bills Totaling $303,666.87
Signing of June 4 minutes
Tim Mueller made the motion to approve the consent agenda, David Willbrant seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

Marlene Stamm, Sanitarian – submitted her quarterly update.

Denae Jueneman, County Treasurer – Reported there was $9,870.34 transferred to County General, from County Auto, also there will be no drivers licenses done on Monday’s due to ongoing training. Denae also reported she will be placing an ad in the County papers by early summer.

Duane Bruna, Noxious Weed & Solid Waste Director – Received one hay bid from Curits Stamm for one year for $312.00 , David made the motion to accept the hay bid, Tim Mueller seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried. Duane has a summer training class on August 6-8 for his spraying licenses, commissioners approved his attending. Noxious Weed is out spraying the county for thistles. David reported that he had talked to Jim Cole about purchasing more land.

Commissioners discussed what they found, after looking at the Larry Ditmar’s fence.

Justin Novak, Road & Bridge supervisor – Reported that the road project west of Hanover should be done by the end of week, weather permitting. Then there will be regular road maintenance done once the Hanover project is done. Justin reported that 4 miles of 8th road west of Linn needs to be rebuilt. Justin also reported on a dump truck that is giving them problems and needs to be replaced.

Elizabeth Hiltgen, County Attorney joined the meeting – David Willbrant made the motion to go into executive session under attorney-client privilege for ten minutes to include Elizabeth Hiltgen to discuss matters deemed privileged, Tim Mueller seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried. After returning to regular session, no action was taken.

Tiffany Hayman, County Health Director – Reported that they just had a federal audit done, and home health has lost money the last few years, and ask the commissioners if they would like for her to continue this service, we have three or four others around that already do home health. Because of losing money the commissioners agreed not to renew the Home health license and discontinue Home health service for now.

Brittni Oehmke, Steve Pierson, Pat Spencer, Hanover Hospital Board, Lisa Voelker, Linn Ambulance Service, Carolyn Scoville, Washington County Ambulance Service joined the meeting Brittni started by explaining that they need to replace the ambulance at the Hanover Hospital, they have some money saved about $75,000.00 and ask if the commissioners would be willing to match that. Gary told them that they were unsure but whatever they did they would like to make sure they could do for all ambulance service. Carolyn suggested doing a mill levy, Steve Pierson did not agree with the mill levy. After discussion commissioners agree that nothing would be done for this year, but maybe for budget year 2019.

Tim Mueller made the motion to adjourn at 11:35 A.M., David Willbrant seconded the motion, all in favor, motion carried.

The next regular commission meeting will be on Monday June 25, 2018.

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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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