LARNED — The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Feb. 13 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
9 a.m. — Pawnee County commissioners Donna Pelton, chair, and Kathy Bowman and John C. Haas were present.
• Matt Heyn, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital administrator, and John Settle, Pawnee County attorney, discussed utilities for the Pawnee Valley Clinic, and what should have a separate meter.
Commissioners agreed that the gas should have a “sub” meter, but not on the roof. Water is okay, as it already has a separate meter.
Electricity will have no extra meter for the clinic, and someone will need to take the monthly bill and separate it as to the clinic and the hospital.
Commissioners approved $9,400 for a electrical setup for two additional mobile units.
• Haas provided an update on his trip last week with Kurt Demel, Pawnee County highway administrator.
• Commissioners said the Bank of Oklahoma was chosen as the Bank to deposit the bond proceeds.
• Commissioners discussed Camp Pawnee and all the grants associated with Camp Pawnee.
10:30 a.m. — Kim Barnes, Rita Kurtz and Settle, discussed and gave update on legislative re-districting.
They discussed HB 2264 and SB 317, and Kearney and Associates.
• Tom Giessel, chair, and Dick King, treasurer, Public Building Commission, and Settle, were present.
Thereupon, there was presented a Resolution entitled:
A Resolution providing for the adoption of a tax-exempt financing compliance procedure relating to obligations issued by or on behalf of Pawnee County, Kansas.
Thereupon, Commissioner Bowman moved that said Resolution be adopted.
The motion was seconded by Commissioner Haas. Said Resolution was duly read and considered, and upon being put, the motion for the adoption of said Resolution was carried by the vote of the governing body, the vote being as follows: Aye 3; Nay 0.
Thereupon, the chair declared said Resolution duly adopted and the Resolution was then duly numbered Resolution No. 2012-04 and was signed by the chair, and attested by the clerk.
• Commissioners signed the Tax Compliance Agreement; and adopt and agree to the Terms of Agreements dated Feb. 15, 2012, and the Hospital 2012 Bond Series.
• Commissioners signed for minutes certification.
• Commissioners appointed Ruth Searight, County Clerk, as Bond Compliance Officer.
• Commissioners discussed the bills that they are watching, and Settle, Haas, Rita Kurtz and Kim Barnes might fly to Topeka Thursday if a meeting can be set.
• Commissioners discussed the Panorama of Progress edition of The Tiller and Toiler. Commissioners agreed to a full page ad, and Settle is to work out the details with the departments.
• Commissioners signed the treasurer quarterly ending Jan. 31, 2012.
1:30 p.m. — Mary Beth Herrmann, Pawnee County health administrator. updated the commissioners on the Health Assessment Survey that they will be conducting with PVCH.
Herrmann gave an update on a grant Holly Corman received from Golden Belt for Curriculum for $2,500 plus copies and rental to teach parenting classes.
She gave other updates. She discussed employee wages and needs. She discussed Camp Pawnee.
• Commissioners via telephone, visited with Heyn regarding a backup generator. They approved and signed checks for payroll, bills and expenses. They read, corrected and approved minutes of Feb. 6, 2012.
• Commissioners examined and confirmed the following township annual reports — Ash Valley, Brown’s Grove, Conkling, Garfield, Grant, Keysville, Larned, Lincoln, Logan, Morton, Orange, Pleasant Grove, Pleasant Ridge, River, Santa Fe, Sawmill, Valley Center and Walnut.
They examined and confirmed the following cemetery annual reports — Ash Valley, Brown’s Grove, Garfield, Point View and Rozel.
They examined and confirmed the following Pawnee County Department Inventories — Appraiser, Clerk, Commissioners, Community Corrections/Juvenile Justice Authority, Pawnee District Court, Law Library, District Expense, EM/Zoning and Pawnee County Sheriff.
• Commissioners discussed a Supreme Court Case regarding Sexual Predators.
• Volunteers Jenny Manry, Angie Murray, Donna Preisner, Chad Eakin, Donna Stejskal, Matt Meyerhoff, Pride Committee, Settle, and Kurt Demel were present.
They discussed grants and results from the community meetings. They discussed an RV dump station. They discussed Pawnee River restoration. The group plans to clean up poison ivy and the Pawnee River.
They discussed another grant to help with the river clean up. Commissioners approved meeting at the river at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 to see the areas to clean up.
• Demel informed commissioners that 2012 oil costs are expected to increase $100,000.
• Settle approved the two documents that the auditor for Kworcc gave the County Clerk to use and send to vendors.
• Settle and Heyn discussed forming a Pawnee Valley Community Health Foundation and gave updates on Article of Incorporation, and Lewis Young’s commitment to the hospital.
They discussed wind farms and the county clerk will gather some information for the commissioners.
Commssioners discussed the city of Larned and the airport bills.
5:15 p.m. — The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting was scheduled Feb. 20.