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Pawnee County commission hears budget requests
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LARNED — The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. June 22 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.
• Searight gave commissioners the following for their review/approval — draft minutes of June 15, 2015; agenda; Declaration; 2015 tax roll neighborhood revitalization parcels and valuation; County Clerk and Election 2016 proposed budgets; payables; and appropriation checks for 2015.
• Darold Bussard, Pawnee County custodian, presented and discussed his proposed 2016 budget.
• John Settle, Pawnee County attorney, informed the commissioners that the non-appropriated clause was okay in the First Bank, Sterling, Kansas Municipal Lease agreement.
• Dolores Wren, Pawnee County register of deeds, presented and discussed proposed 2016 budget.
• Commissioners approved and signed payroll change form for Sande Burris, deputy, effective June 22, 2015.
• Kurt Demel, Pawnee County highway administrator. Commissioners approved lease/purchase agreement for the Bobcat. Demel gave updates on work, activities and goals.
Inform them that Larned State Hospital was interested in the sealing of Second Street, and might purchase some asphalt. Demel informed them he will run an ad for a new caretaker for Camp Pawnee.
• Commissioners read and approved minutes of June 15, 2015.
• Commissioners discussed miscellaneous county business.
•Commissioners discussed the Micro-Loan Meeting.
• Searight gave each commissioners a clerk’s report, and interim for their review. It any wanted a GL, she would print on for them.
10:40 a.m.—Kathy Jadwin, Pawnee County treasurer, presented and discussed the proposed 2016 budget.
She gave an update on needed classes for Motor Vehicle in Topeka, Drivers License in Topeka or Wichita, and Commercial Vehicle in Topeka. She gave an update on postage meter and costs.
10:50 a.m.—Doug McNett, The Center for Counseling and Consultation, Director. Gave update on budget cutbacks from the state, and how they will handle it.
He discussed some radio advertising they will contract. McNett gave an update on Medicare and Medicaid financing and reimbursements.
McNett discussed possibly renting space in the old Ritzman’s Building for outreach services in Larned.
He further discussed 2016 proposed appropriation.
• Jim Johnson, Sunflower Diversified director, and Travis Thompson, board president, presented and discussed the Early Education Program.
Informed them that 2016, will be the 50th year of service for Sunflower Diversified.
Johnson discussed the details of the Early Education Program, and their 2016 appropriation request.
He informed them that the recycling program is going well in Pawnee County.
10:55 a.m.—Scott King, Pawnee County sheriff, and Derek Slack, Pawnee County undersheriff.  Presented their proposed 2016 budget.
King discussed the Community Leaders Meeting, and other activities and upcoming meetings.
1:30 p.m.—John Hughes, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital administrator, Shae Veach, Regional Vice President, HaysMed, and George Harms, HaysMed, CFO.
Harms presented, reviewed and discussed the financials for May.
Revenues are down, and discussed possible reasons.
Hughes presented and discussed preliminary goals for next year, and the three areas for this next quarter are:
• Walk-in clinic, open four days a weeks, with one dedicated physician in the clinic.
• Pain injection clinic.
• Wound care services.
Hughes discussed the parking lot, and a zoning meeting with the Larned City Council on July 6.
The 340B program will be delayed until October, due to a registration problem.
Hughes informed commissioners that there is a problem with the high-efficiency boiler, which is two years old. They are checking to see what is the problem, and then checking to see if it will be under warranty.
Gave update on the holdback on the final payment for the MRI.
Hughes needed the commissioners to approve the Pain Injection Table that was in this years Capital Equipment budget, however, it will be paid by PVCH in next year’s fiscal year budget for $15,950. Commissioners approved the request.
• Settle discussed the hospital. Searight joined Settle in discussing the tax lid we might be under for 2016, if the Legislature does no change it when they meet Sine Die Friday.  Discussed a possible resolution, and other options.
• The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting was scheduled for 9 a.m. June 29.