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Lincoln County Commissioners – June 18, 2018

The regular meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was held in the basement meeting room of the courthouse Monday, June 18, 2018. Chairman Terry Finch called the meeting to order at 8:08 a.m. with Member Al Joe Wallace present and Vice-Chairman Alexis Pflugh present via telephone. County Clerk Dawn Harlow was in attendance.
Others present for portions of the meeting: Cynthia Nelson, Lena Heredia Perez, Brenda White, Kathy Robertson, Debora Zachgo, Norman Mannel, Mona Gerstmann, Greta Obermueller, Norma Kobbeman, Steve Koch, TJ Jonsson, Christi Walter, Jude Stecklein, Monty Breneman, Patricia Winters, Jeana Eckhart, David Bell, Kelly Larson, Marc Lovin, Rhonda Wright, Michel O’Hare, Tanner Yost, Bob Howe and Eric Johnson.
Al Joe Wallace moved to approve minutes of the June 11, 2018 regular meeting as presented, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried.
USD 298 Superintendent Kathy Robertson and School Board President Monty Breneman requested that the board consider distributing $1.5 million of the Windpower Economic Benefit Funds to the school district to make capital improvements to the grade school and high school buildings and build a community storm shelter at the high school. Grade School Principal Steve Koch and Jr.-Sr. High School Principal Christi Walter provided information on the capital improvements to their respective buildings.
USD 299 Superintendent Jude Stecklein and Board Member Marc Lovin requested that the board consider distributing $1.1 million of the Windpower Economic Benefit Funds to the school district to make capital improvements to the grade school and high school buildings and build a storm shelter at the grade school.
Director of Public Works Michel O’Hare with Road and Bridge Supervisor Robert Howe and Tanner Yost, Kirkham Michel reported of the following: that the Federal Fund Exchange Program will be changed back to the 90/10 split beginning next year; and held a meeting with the blade operators and none were interested in taking on supervisory responsibility while maintaining their current route. O’Hare related that the application for bridge replacement funding is now available and inquired which bridge the county should apply for. Yost related that he believes OS 107 has a better chance to be approved for funding as it has a lower sufficiency rating than OS 65, and that if the board would like to apply for funding for both bridges, the county will need to prioritize the projects. Howe provided an evaluation for Colton Panzer, relating that he has completed his first six months of employment and requested the customary salary increase. Al Joe Wallace moved to grant Colton Panzer a fifty cent per hour salary increase for the completion of the first six months of employment, effective May 26, 2018, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried. Yost related that the signage project is complete.
Eric Johnson, Campbell & Johnson PA, presented a change order request adding $1,235.59, which would replace the material used to cover the floor expansion joints. Al Joe Wallace moved to approve Change Order No. 7 in the amount of $1,235.59, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried. Voting as follows: Finch – Aye; Wallace – Aye; Pflugh – Abstained. Johnson requested that the board appoint a representative to attend the punch list walk through. Wallace related that Terry Finch had been appointed the board representative for the project.
The chairman adjourned the meeting at 10:06 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018 in the basement meeting room of the courthouse.

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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