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Lincoln County Commissioners – July 16, 2018

The regular meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was held in the basement meeting room of the courthouse Monday, July 16, 2018. Chairman Terry Finch called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m. with Vice-Chairman Alexis Pflugh and Member Al Joe Wallace present. County Clerk Dawn Harlow was in attendance.

Others present for portions of the meeting: Ray Rasmussen, Cynthia Nelson, Lyra Pflugh, Sharon Dohe, Jennifer O’Hare, Michel O’Hare, Tanner Yost, Mark Woodard, and Greg Babcock.

Correspondence: letters of support for the nursing home from Steve and Margo Chard, Kay Jackson, Lyle and Pat Hair, and Mrs. Karen Honas; State of Kansas Division of Property Valuation; KCAMP; and a resignation from Elizabeth Sheldon from the Lincoln Recreation Board with suggestions for potential replacements. The board requested that Clerk Harlow contact the people listed to determine if they would be interested in serving on the recreation board.

Alexis Pflugh moved to approve the minutes of the July 9, 2018 regular meeting as presented, seconded by Al Joe Wallace. Motion carried.
Alexis Pflugh moved to appoint Jennifer O’Hare to the 12th Judicial District Community Corrections board, upon her consent, seconded by Al Joe Wallace. Motion carried.

The board reviewed bills submitted for payment by Lincoln Park Manor. Alexis Pflugh moved to approve the bills for Lincoln Park Manor: water line leak and water heater, rejecting the bill for an overflowing toilet, seconded by Al Joe Wallace. Motion carried.
County Attorney Jennifer O’Hare discussed the following legal matters: nursing home, will need an executive session; class action law suit against the Federal government regarding payment in lieu of taxes, will come back in September for the board to make a decision on joining; and a lawsuit being heard by the Kansas Supreme Court, Stormont Vail vs Jackson County, which involves medical payments for prisoners and could impact the county in the future. Al Joe Wallace moved to recess into executive session for fifteen minutes, from 8:35 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. for the purpose of consultation with an attorney for the public body which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship pursuant to K.S.A. 75-4319(2)(b) to discuss potential litigation with County Attorney

O’Hare and County Clerk Harlow present, seconded by Alexis Pflugh. Motion carried. Reconvening Location: Courthouse basement meeting room.

The chairman reconvened the meeting to regular session at 8:50 am. with no action taken.

Al Joe Wallace moved to recess into executive session for ten minutes, from 8:51 a.m. – 9:01 a.m. for the purpose of consultation with an attorney for the public body which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship pursuant to K.S.A. 75-4319(2)(b) to discuss potential litigation with County Attorney O’Hare and County Clerk Harlow present, seconded by Alexis Pflugh. Motion carried. Reconvening Location: Courthouse basement meeting room.

The chairman reconvened the meeting to regular session at 9:01 a.m. with no action taken.

Alexis Pflugh moved to request a complete up to date inventory list from Lincoln Park Manor, seconded by Al Joe Wallace. Motion carried. The board requested that County Attorney O’Hare send the correspondence requesting the inventory be provided by August 1. County Attorney O’Hare presented her 2019 budget request of $126,200, which is $1,200 more than the amount received for the 2018 budget, and also requested that the board relocate her office to the courthouse and provide a full-time employee and equipment.

Director of Public Works Michel O’Hare related that they had a retriever disc demonstration on E Kiowa Dr and that they were impressed with the equipment and would like to purchase providing a bid for $18,450. Board members asked questions regarding the equipment and tabled a decision to a later date to determine the status of their budget once chip sealing is completed. Tanner Yost, Kirkham Michael, answered questions regarding OS 65. O’Hare presented an engineering agreement for the board to review. Al Joe Wallace moved to enter into an agreement for Engineering Services Biennial Bridge Inventory and Appraisal with Kirkham Michael to complete the biennial bridge inspection in the amount of $18,270, which is $90 per bridge and the same price paid in 2016, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried. Yost related that he has received letters of interest to replace off-system bridge OS 107, to submit with the application for State funding.

Greg Babcock, Lincoln Park Manor and Mark Woodard, Cummins Sales and Service provided estimates and options to service and provide reporting information for the new generator at the nursing home. Babcock provided an additional bid received to replace AC fan coil units in the dining room. Alexis Pflugh moved to accept the bid from Street Plumbing for units in the dining area in the amount of $5,350, seconded by Al Joe Wallace. Motion carried. The board inquired about the bid received to purchase carpet.
Commissioner Plugh related that the Sylvan Senior Center audit is complete but will not be provided until the Council on Aging’s audit is complete as they were contracted to do together.

Alexis Pflugh moved to approve the letters of understanding to USD 298 and USD 299, seconded by Al Joe Wallace. Motion carried.

The board approved the following change to the August 6 regular meeting: no scheduled appointments will be held, unless there is an emergency, to work on the 2019 budget.
The chairman adjourned the meeting at 10:27 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. Monday, July 23, 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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