LARNED — The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. March 5 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.
• Commissioners discussed the Pawnee County/Larned Municipal Airport. Haas mentioned the possibility of being the agricultural lease up to date when it is time to renew. They discussed the Airport Authority.
• John Settle, Pawnee County Attorney, discussed Articles of Incorporation for the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation.
He discussed the lifts for the rooms at the hospital.
He discussed legislative issues.
• Commissioners signed a Proclamation Declaring April as Fair Housing Month, and will be published in the Tiller and Toiler end of March, or first part of April.
• Commissioners read and approved minutes of February 27, 2012.
• Commissioners approved and signed ad for Farm and Home Publishers for $472.50.
9:50 a.m. — Johnny Augmon, Veterans Affairs Representative, visited about position he has accepted with this District, and how he would like everyone to cooperate and work together.
10:15 a.m. — Julie Bugner-Smith, United Way of Central Kansas, director; Tama Hansen and Jane Fox, United Way members; Angie Murray and Jenny Manry, Larned Pride committee; Donna Preisner, Pawnee County Extension; Leon Sanders, Camp Pawnee caretaker, and Eleanor Sanders, were present.
Commissioners were presented a $2,000 check for playground equipment for Camp Pawnee, and the county must match the $2,000. Pride Committee is holding a fundraiser Sunday to help raise the match.
10:30 a.m. — Leon Sanders, Camp Pawnee caretaker, informed commissioners that a new refrigerator is needed at the camp, and the old stove needs to be removed.
A 15-gallon sprayer ($275) and hitch ($79), and a new trimmer are needed. Commissioners requested that he get some quotes from Carr’s
before a decision is made, and also check with Tablers for a refrigerator, and Jim Vratil to see what he purchased with The Home Depot Grant.
• Commissioners sorted through the mail.
• Kim Barnes stopped in and gave update on the re-districting maps.
11 a.m. — Mary Beth Herrmann, Health Administrator. Commissioners signed the Annual Grant Applications in the amount of $44,791.
She gave an update on the Child Care Licensing.
She discussed the needed updated Server. After discussion, Commissioners approved the new backup solution for server, for $1,886 installed, to be paid from health budget.
11:30 a.m. — Commissioners approved Herrmann to take next week off without pay.
11:35 a.m. — Recessed to Peking Garden to meet with Stafford County Commissioners for lunch. Pelton, Haas and Bowman present.
Stafford County Commissioners: Clayton Grimmett; Roger Fanshier and J.D. Hager, Jr.; Settle, Pawnee County Attorney, were present.
Everyone discussed issues and challenges that both counties are addressing.
Some of the issues are wind farms; Clean Line; oil/fuel; mental health; legislative, county hospitals, and exempt items from taxation.
The Stafford County commissioners have met and will meet with other surrounding counties, and then hope to have a meeting where all the surrounding counties get together to discussed these issues as a group and find some possible solutions.
1:30 p.m. — Denise Wood, Community Corrections/Juvenile Justice Authority director, was present. Commissioners signed for the 2013 Juvenile Prevention Grant Application.
She gave updates on her department. There was a financial request.
• Commissioners signed abatement No. 2011-43.
2:15 p.m. — Mark Wagner, Pawnee County emergency management/zoning, gave an update for Rod Wheaton, solid waste supervisor. He discussed a Resolution that needs to be signed. He discussed a property that Johnny Augmon would like to have cleaned up.
• Kurt Demel, Pawnee County highway administrator, was present. Commissioners signed a road crossing permit.
He gave an update on the O’Rourke Bridge damage. He gave other updates on departments.
Commissioners informed him of two Camp Pawnee signs that will need to be updated with the new RV charge of $12 daily from noon to noon.
3:30 p.m. — Matt Heyn, PVCH administrator and Settle, discussed the PVCH Foundation.
The Articles of Incorporation of the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation were approved.
Heyn gave updates on the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital. He discussed a possible new doctor and some outreach programs.
Heyn discussed starting chemotherapy service and ultrasound services.
He reviewed with the county clerk the outstanding encumbrances.
Commissioners examined and confirmed the Pawnee Township Annual Report.
4:30 p.m. — The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting was scheduled March 12.