Jewell County Commissioners Meeting-January 22, 2019



January 28, 2019

The Jewell County Commissioners met Tuesday, January 28, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Commissioners, Steve Greene, Mark Fleming and Keith Roe were present. Carla J Waugh, County Clerk was present for the meeting.

The minutes of the January 22, 2019 County Commissioners meeting were approved.

The following were present for office head meeting: Travis Garst, Solid Waste Director; Nancy Marihugh, Health Nurse; Shannon Meier, Ambulance Director; Barrett Simon, Livestock Agent; Brenda Eakins, Treasurer; Gail Bartley, Noxious Weed Director, Emergency Preparedness Director and 911 Coordinator. Those absent: Don Jacobs, Sheriff; Chris Petet, Custodian; Joel Elkins, General Superintendent; Anna Morgan, Register of Deeds and Anna Porter, County Appraiser.

Travis Garst said they have been working on equipment repairs, snow removal, and the application for permit renewal. The trailer from Hamm was delayed due to weather.

Gail Bartley said he has a meeting this Wednesday with the fire chiefs. He said that last week he attended the NRCS meeting. Gail reported that a Jewell County native was appointed to Kansas Secretary of Agriculture.

Barrett Simon reported on the NRCS meeting, Calving Regional school and BQA meeting. He said the Post Rock Extension District plans to provide a regional field day at Beloit in the next year. 

Nancy Marihugh said that Influenza A is widespread in Kansas. She said that they provided 14 flu shots for January for a total of 440 for this season and they are about out of flu shots. Nancy said the Jewell County Health Clinic has a few shots left. Nancy is preparing the “Aid to Local Grant” report which is due soon. She said they attended the Jewell County Moving Forward meeting. Nancy also reported that the department recertified for basic life support. She plans to attend the preparedness meeting at the Planning Commission in Beloit.

Shannon Meier said he will also attend the meeting with the fire chiefs. He is working on updating protocols and medication listings.

Brenda Eakins said her office is busy working with heavy truck and trailer renewals that are due by end of February.

Carla Waugh said her office is finishing annual reporting for IRS and the State.

Keith Roe reported that he attended the Juvenile Justice Authority/Community Corrections Advisory Board meeting.

Steve Greene said he attended the North Central Regional Juvenile Detention Center meeting, Hospital Board meeting and the Area Agency on Aging meeting in Randall.

Each year the Kansas Association of Counties (KAC) provides the member counties an opportunity to recognize their employees and elected officials for their years of service. The awards will be given for the completion of 8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 44 and 48 years of service. Steve Greene presented the following employees awards: Donald Jacobs, 8 years, Joel Elkins, 24 years and Shannon Meier 24 years.

Nancy Marihugh advised that the Jewell County Health Fair is March 21st.

Jenny Russell, Jewell County Community Development, reviewed highlights for the Annual Report for the Community Development. She discussed the Assisted Living research and the possible need for a Public Building Commission. She left a sample ordinance/resolution for the Commissioners’ review. Lisa Goodheart was also present.

Joel Elkins, General Superintendent, discussed the specifications for the proposed new building.

Roger Fedde, requested on behalf of the Jewell County Historical Society an increase in budget funding. He also discussed the solid waste fee and requested the fee be waived by Jewell County. Steve Greene requested that the Historical Society provide the Commissioners with a financial report.

The regular meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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