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Pawnee County commission designates new chair for 2016
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LARNED — The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Jan. 11 for a regular meeting. Pawnee County commissioners Kathy Bowman; Donna Pelton, chair; and Gary Caplinger were present. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee County clerk Ruth Searight.
• Nancy Wilson, Rozel mayor, thanked the commissioners in person for the help with a damaged gas line, as it saved the City of Rozel $2,450. Wilson invited the commissioners to the next Rozel city community meeting. She will let them know later what the date will be.
Searight gave the commissioners the following for their review/approval — agenda; appointment to Homeland Security Council; SWKAAA County Contribution Request, $1,500; Workforce 1 Agreement to be sent in; CKLEPG appropriation should be $4,686, not $7,686; informed commissioners that health will wait until July to separate out grants to individual funds, however, two county funds will be set up to replace the two checking accounts they have had for Breastfeeding Coalition monies and Mary Beth Herrmann Memorial fund; the 54 cents mileage rate took effect Jan. 1, 2016, and there are still some 13th-month mileage payments at the old rate; payroll; payables; Josh Huff and Gary Hartman request for $200 per pronouncement and being paid on payroll.
• Mark Wagner, Pawnee County emergency management/zoning, informed them that the City of Larned has approved the plat for the Rainbolt Addition.
9:30 a.m.–The Pawnee County Commission reorganized as follows for 2016 — Gary Caplinger, chair; Kathy Bowman, vice chair. No change in commissioner districts.
• Official Newspaper—Tiller & Toiler
• Official Depositories—First State Bank and Trust, Farmers Bank & Trust, American State Bank & Trust, Bank of the West, and Pawnee County Bank (Burdett)
• 24th Judicial District Coroner—Edward Jones, M.D., is in the third year of a four year term, and commissioners will appoint the special deputy’s that he requests to be appointed to a one year term.
10 a.m.—Sydney Blanton, Larned Chamber and PCEDC director, gave updates, plans and goals for 2016.
10:15 a.m.—Kurt Demel, Pawnee County highway administrator, requested sending two employees to Basic Training for Noxious Weed, for motel and meals. Commissioners approved.
Gave updates regarding Gas Line; Back Hoe problem; stock piling sand and bridge work. Informed them that the letting on the KDOT signing will not begin until 2017, then 2018, and 3rd letting will be 2019.
• Commissioners approved and signed payroll change forms for the following employees: Ken Shelton, Level IV, to step 3, effective Jan. 4, 2016; Nathan Barker, Level IV, to step 3, effective Jan. 4, 2016; C. J. Wilder, Level III, to step 4, effective Jan. 16, 2016; John Perez, Level III, to step 4, effective Jan. 25, 2016.
Approved and signed Olsson Associates Consultant Agreement Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Project No. 3-20-0046-015.  
Snow Removal Equipment Building.
• Commissioners read and approved minutes of Jan. 4, 2016.
• Commissioners appointed Mark Wagner to a two year term on the Homeland Security Council.
• Commissioners approved paying SWKAAA an appropriation of $1,500 for 2016.
• As per RoAnn Button, VonFeldt, Bauer and VonFeldt, memo, Commissioners approved Josh Huff and Gary Hartman as special deputy’s coroners, to one-year terms, and per pronouncement they will be paid $200, through payroll.
• Commissioners approved and signed checks for payroll.
• Commissioners approved and signed checks for 2015 and 2016 payables.
10:50 a.m.—John Settle, Pawnee County Attorney, requested an executive session, 10 minutes, attorney/client privilege.
11 a.m.—Settle, Angie Murray, Tina Keeler, appraiser’s office; Kurt Demel and Kale Rainbolt.
Commissioners discussed some matters regarding building a home in the Rainbolt Addition, about zoning, street/private drive, sewer system and city water.
Via telephone, commissioners visited with Jim Froetschner, zoning committee chair. The public hearing is set for Jan. 28, 2016, regarding the Murray building requests.
Noon—Curt Unrein, Knipp Equipment, Victoria, presented and discussed the HVAC services offered, and that they have a Trane air conditioning franchise.
12:30 p.m.—The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting was scheduled at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18.