Norton Co Board of Commissioners June 25, 2018


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Norton Co Board of Commissioners
June 25, 2018

Commissioner Charles Posson called the meeting of the Norton Co Board of Commissioners to order at 9:00 AM on June 25, 2018 at the Commission Room. Attendance: Richard Thompson, Present: Charles Posson, Present: Thomas Brannan, Present.

Western Kansas Child Advocacy
Vicki Hubin, Western Kansas Child Advocacy was in to visit with the commission about service provided to Norton County. Vicki also spoke with the commission about past financial support and the need for continual support. Western Kansas Child Advocacy servers a large area which includes32 counties. Norton County had a total of 11cases in 2017 in which services were provided by Western Kansas Advocacy.
Western Kansas Child Advocacy works hand and hand with the local law enforcement and County Attorneys Office.
Vicki also presented to the Commission a Notice of Waiver. The Waiver confirms the support of Norton County for the Western Kansas Advocacy Center and allows for the Center to apply for funding through JAG as well as other Grant opportunities.

4-H Building
The commission discussed the curb and gutter at the 4-H Building. Commissioner Brannan stated that he has had some questions concerning the condition of the curb and gutter. The commission discussed the replacement and felt that it should be completed and placed on the schedule. The funding can be done through the 4-H Capital Outlay.

Solid Waste
Brian Smith, Norton County Solid Waste was in to visit with the commission about landfill operations. The commission also discussed the railroad ties that are being hauled to the landfill. The commission informed Brian that they did not want any more ties hauled to the landfill. The disposal of the ties and grinding of them is to difficult and creates a problem for the Solid Waste.

Abel Tree Service
Roy Abel, Abel Tree Service was in to visit with the commission about tree maintenance in the Courthouse yard. The Courthouse has a total of 25 trees. Roy recommended to the commission that each tree be sprayed for pesticide, some trees be trimmed and the removal of 5 trees. The trees to be removed are diseased or in the processes of dying. The commission reviewed the bid and ask that Roy also include the tree at the County Health building. After discussion Commissioner Brannan made a motion to approve the bid submitted by Abel Tree Service with a second from Commissioner Thompson Motion passed 3-0.

County Health
Leslie Pfannenstiel, Norton County Health Department was in to deliver her budget and visit with the commission department functions.
Leslie discussed with the Commission the Community Health study. Leslie informed the commission that the County Health Department was included in the survey. There will be a forum in the near future to discuss the results of the health care needs for Norton County.
Leslie stated that County Health will be participating in the Community Foundation funding program again this year. The program will be July 18th this year at the Heaton Building.
Leslie reported that this Thursday there will be required training in Colby for disease reporting. The training will require nursing staff to attend so on Thursday the office will not have nursing available.

Sheriff Department
Troy Thomson, Norton County Sheriffs department reported to the commission that he is working on a contract to present to the City of Norton for dispatch services. The contract should be done by the end of the week at which time he will present to the commission.
Troy spoke with the commission about bidding for a new sheriffs vehicle. Troy said that he is looking at purchasing a Tahoe through the State purchasing program. Troy will also ask a local dealer if they would like to submit a bid. The commission asked about the Tahoe purchase VS the pickup. Troy said they provide more usable space and will allow for protected storage.
Discussion was also held on the purchase of a drone for the County Sheriff’s department. The department has recently attended training on drone usage and the regulations associated with a drone. At this time Troy stated they are still looking into the options and benefits. Troy gave the commission some examples where drones have been used in Norton County in the past few years as well as where it would have been useful to have one. The county will also need to adopt a policy upon the drone purchase.

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

Register of Deeds
Wanda Vincent, Norton County Register of Deeds was in to visit with the commission about purchasing a new copier. Bids were submitted to the commission for review. A motion was made by Commissioner Brannan to approve the bid from Eakes Office Solutions in the amount of $6,654.23 with a second from Commissioner Thompson. Motion passed 3-0. The purchase will be made from the Capital Outlay Fund. Wanda also spoke to the commission about using approximately $4,000 from the Register of Deeds Technology fund to scan approximately IO books. The commission approved the request for the preservation of records.

County Treasurer
Vicki Bainter, Norton County Treasurer was in to visit with the commission about department operations Discussion was held on budget amounts and budget to date reporting. The commission and Vicki discussed the training requirements and the responsibility of the staff. The commission approved Vicki’s request for additional staff funding.
Mindy Harting joined the meeting to discuss with the commission the delinquent personal property tax. Vicki delivered a detail listing of all the delinquent tax, many of whom are deceased or no longer living in the area. The commission asked for County Counselor to give a view on the options available to the county for collections or possible write-offs. County Counselor Sebelius reviewed the K.S.A. to give guidance to the commission on how to handle the list that has delinquent back to the 80’s. County Counselor Sebelius recommended that Vicki check with the District Court to see if judgements have been made.

June 18th, 2018 Minutes
A motion was made by Commissioner Thompson to approve the minutes from the June 18th, 2018 commission meeting. The motion was given a second by Commissioner Brannan. Motion passed 3-0.

There being no further business before the Board the meeting was adjourned until 6/29/2018. 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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