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Pawnee County commission approves minutes
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 LARNED — The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Jan. 23 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 and Kathy Bowman and John C. Haas were present.
• Commissioners sorted through mail. Commissioners approved and signed payroll change form for John Helms, Jr., Level III, to step 3, effective Dec. 28, 2011.
• John Settle, Pawnee County attorney, discussed a foundation and board for the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital.
Commissioners discussed the Rural Opportunity Zone Resolution.
10 a.m. — Commissioners informed Settle that a Resolution for Scrap Metal Dealers needs to be adopted.
• Darold Bussard, Pawnee County courthouse custodian, presented and discussed a proposal from M & F Plumbing to install a Tekmar 279 steam control/outdoor reset on the boiler for the building, at a cost of $3,590.  Commissioners approved.
10:30 a.m. — Denise Wood, Community Corrections/Juvenile Justice Authority, presented quarterly reports.
• Commissioners approved and signed a letter to Randy Griffith to request the $5,000 Water Quality mini-grant. 
• Commissioners approved and signed a letter to “To Whom It May Concern” informing them that the Pawnee County Commissioners and Larned PRIDE have completed the Community Planning meeting of the Healthy Ecosystems-Healthy Communities process.
Commissioners approved and signed Resolution No. 2012-03, a “Resolution of the board of county commissioners of Pawnee County, Kansas, authorizing participation in student loan repayment program.”
For Election Purposes, the County Clerk/Election Officer, needed to know what part of the county attorney/county counselors salary is for county attorney. The commissioners with the approval of the county attorney, decided his entire salary of $88,400 would be for county attorney.
• Commissioners approved and signed checks for payables. Commissioners approved and signed abatements No. 2011-24 through 40.
• Commissioners approved Donna Pelton as the Designed Representative of the Pawnee County commissioners to the 24th Judicial District Adult and Juvenile Services Advisory Board, to serve March 2012 through March 2014.
Haas said he will not be in attendance next week.
1:30    p.m. — Jacque Schulze, Pawnee County register of deeds, had a request approved to close her office from 9 a.m. to noon, so employees could attend the funeral for Dennis Martin.
• Settle gave an update on the selling of the 2012 Series Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Bonds.
• Commissioners discussed the open records request from Bid Ocean on the 60,000 sq. ft. facility. 
Settle said it was not properly executed and Murray had the records and the request was trashed.
2 p.m. — Settle, Matt Heyn, PVCH Administrator, John Jeter, M.D., HaysMed CEO, Shae Veach, Regional Vice-President, and Bill Overbey, CFO, were present.
After two executive sessions, Heyn gave an operations report for December. He gave an update on forming a Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation. He gave commissioners a proposed meeting schedule for updating once a month during 2012.
Overbey presented and reviewed financials for December, 2011, and fiscal year-to-date.
No monies have been sent to the Bond Trustee for the January 15, 2012,    payment from PVCH.
Heyn left some bills that need to be paid from the Bond Issue.
Commissioners and Settle reviewed the bills. Settle stated that he did not have the time to send them in, that it was clerical, and Andy Beck, comptroller at HaysMed should send them in, as they do it all the time.
Settle left, and said he would be back with paperwork for commissioners to sign.
• Commissioners discussed budgets and other county business.
• Commissioners signed a Bond Purchase Agreement between Pawnee County, Kansas Public Building Commission and Pawnee County, Kansas, and Country Club Bank, Prairie Village, Kansas, and Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.
4:35 p.m. – The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting was scheduled Jan. 30.