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Pawnee commissioners approve pay raises
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LARNED — The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Sept. 17 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee Commission clerk Ruth Searight.
Pawnee County commissioners Donna Pelton, chair; Kathy Bowman and John C. Haas were present.
• Commissioners discussed the Larned All-School Reunion scheduled for June 2013.
• Commissioners, via telephone, visited with Pam Corby, Larned city clerk, regarding some bills.
• Commissioners gave updates on meetings last week.
• Pay raises, effective June 10, 2012, were approved for the following employees: Ruth Searight, Pawnee County clerk; Jacque Schulze, register of deeds; Kathy Jadwin, Pawnee County treasurer; Mary Beth Herrmann, Pawnee County health administrator; and Darold Bussard, custodian. Bowman signed the payroll change forms as presented.
• Commissioners signed Resolution No. 2012-08, regarding the property taxation policy of the board with respect to financing the 2013 budget.
10 a.m. — Derek Slack, Pawnee County undersheriff, discussed the State fire marshal visit, and the need to  replace a door with a fire door, and the need to paint the jail’s exterior. A Schaller Construction quote for the fire door and installation is $4,780. The quote for painting the exterior from A C Painting is $700 plus the cost of the paint.  Both quotes were approved and will be paid from capital improvement.
Slack gave updates on department activities and plans.
10:45 a.m. —  Kathy Jadwin, Pawnee County treasurer, discussed the setoff program and some of the delinquent accounts, and how she is handling them. After discussion, commissioners ordered the county attorney to institute tax foreclosure proceedings against real estate unredeemed after three years (K.S.A. 79-2801), and requested she give list to the county attorney.
1:30 p.m. — Jacque Schulze, Pawnee County register of deeds, presented a request for a pay raise for her deputy, Dolores Wren, effective June 10.  Commissioners approved and signed the payroll change form.
Kathy Jadwin, Pawnee County treasurer, presented a request for a pay raise for her deputy, Tami Keenan, effective June 10.  Commissioners    approved as presented, and signed payroll change form.
Marcia Reece, Larned Pride Committee, presented a Kansas Health Foundation grant application, for extending the walking path at Camp Pawnee by 1,000 feet, for $25,000.  Commissioners approved and signed the application.
1:50 p.m. — John Settle, Pawnee County attorney; Matt Heyn, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital administrator; HaysMed, John Jeter, M.D., president and CEO, Bill Overbey, senior vice-president, CFO, and Shae Veach, vice-president.
They gave an update on the Larned city council and PBC tour of PVCH.
Heyn said the hospital employees are planning to occupy the west side of the new facility in mid-December, and the east side the first part of January, 2013, with patient care moved to the new facility in mid-January.
Heyn discussed the need to schedule a public tour before patient care, so people would see the completed building.
Heyn gave an operations report.
Heyn informed the commissioners of the first PVCH foundation meeting. The following officers were elected — Matt Heyn, chair; Suzan Haynes, vice-chair; Kyle Beckwith, secretary; and Lewis Young, treasurer.
They reviewed the applications for director, and the officers interviewed a candidate the board had voted to interview. The officer’s recommended that the candidate be offered the position, and the foundation is in the process of finalizing the hiring of the person.
They discussed the CHO and CHC, and there is meetings scheduled Sept. 25, to discuss their purpose going forward.
Heyn discussed the First Foundation Golf Tournament that is being planned. Heyn gave an update on the health fair.
Mike Goering, Murray Company, is trying to put together the updated budget on the new facility, and will try to present it to commissioners Oct. 15.
Heyn told commissioners that PVCH is one of three businesses nominated by the Larned Chamber for Business of the Year for 2012. The Chamber meeting is scheduled Sept. 29.
2:45 p.m. — Overbey presented the PVCH financials. The auditor field work was completed the end of August.  Overbey will have better numbers in October when the Medicare cost report will be completed.
He discussed recruitment of another physician for PVCH.
3:30 p.m. — The meeting was adjourned until Sept. 24 at 9 a.m.