August 26, 2013
The Board of Commissioners met with all members present. Lou Weis, visited about the VFW concession stand at the fairgrounds. They would like to tear down the old stand and move in a new one. She was seeking permission from the commissioners. They will discuss it and let her know.
The board signed Resolution 13-12, advising that the following road in Ottawa County, Kansas, might be suitable for closing, as requested by Tom Barrett Sr., Solomon: A tract of land in Section 9 and in Section 10, in Township 12 South, Range 1 West of the 6th P.M., Ottawa County, Kansas, commencing at a point on the South right-of-way line of Kansas Highway K-18 where said highway crosses the section line between said Sections 9 and 10; running thence West along said South right-of-way line of Kansas Highway K-18 a distance of 25 feet; thence South and parallel to the East Section line of said Section 9 to the North line of Dove Road, now vacated; thence East along the North line of Dove Road, now vacated a distance of 50 feet to a point 25 feet East of the West line of said Section 10; thence North and parallel to the West line of said Section 10 to a point on the South right-of-way line of Kansas Highway K-18; thence West along the South right-of-way line of Kansas Highway K-18 a distance of 25 feet to the point of commencement, the same being that portion of 270th Road, Ottawa County, Kansas lying South of the right-of-way of Kansas Highway K-18 and North of Dove Road.
Marie Ballou, Emergency Management Coordinator, brought in a disaster declaration. The commissioners signed Resolution 13-13 and Proclamation, proclaiming a State of Local Disaster Emergency from July 22, 2013 to August 16, 2013. Ballou informed the board that the National Weather Service in Topeka would be honoring Melba Bruce on October 10 with the Thomas Jefferson Award for her volunteer service since March of 1984.
Sheriff Keith Coleman, gave a prisoner count of Sedgwick County 52, Ottawa County one, Saline County six, and Arkansas one. He reported that all the vehicles damaged by hail have been repaired. The fire marshal did an inspection last week and two minor issues have been taken care of.
The commissioners left the meeting at 10 a.m. to hear Senator Pat Roberts .
Sara Hodges, Ottawa County Health Department Administrator, discussed an upcoming meeting. Motion carried to go into executive session at 11:30 a.m. to discuss non-elected personnel. Those present were Hodges and County Clerk Mary Arganbright. They returned to regular session. No decision was made.
Steve Carlson, Minneapolis, asked how much the new Noxious Weed building cost. The board said between $124,000 and $145,000. The commissioners said that the funds came from a Noxious Weed Capital Outlay fund that has built up over the years. Commissioner Luthi explained that the design of the old building allowed for the smell of the chemicals to be in the office and on paperwork because the office is combined with the chemical storage area. This creates a safety concern of the employees. Carlson indicated he has not seen much done within the county on spraying nor mowing getting done.
Phil Aumick, Economic Development Director, came in and the commissioners signed Resolution 13-14, authorizing participation in Student Loan Repayment Program through the Rural Opportunity Zone.
Meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m.