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Pawnee County health administrator reports to county commission
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LARNED — The Pawnee County Commission met at 9 a.m. Feb. 3 for a regular meeting at the Pawnee County Courthouse. The following are approved minutes submitted by Pawnee County clerk Ruth Searight.
Pawnee County commissioners Donna Pelton; John C. Haas and Kathy Bowman, chair, were present.
• Ruth Searight, Pawnee County clerk, gave commissioners the following — minutes from Jan. 27 2014 meeting, for their approval; Agenda; Committee Appointments that need to be made for four various organizations; and payables checks and vouchers for their approval.
• Mary Beth Herrmann, Pawnee County health administrator, provided an update on the 2013 budget.
She informed commissioners the county would have a WIC audit in May.
Herrmann informed them of grants that she is working on.
She gave an update on accessing the Internet for the child care licensing, and requested approval for purchasing a device to access the Internet. Commissioners approved the request.
• Executive session, 10 minutes, personnel exception.
9:25 a.m. — John Settle, Pawnee County attorney. Executive session, until 10 a.m. for attorney/client privilege.
9:35 a.m. — Max Galliart, informed commissioners that he was interested in purchasing the vacant lot at 8th and Topeka, the northeast corner. Both parties agreed on a price of $750.
10 a.m. — Executive session, 5 minutes, attorney/client privilege.
10:05 a.m. — Settle, County Attorney, Scott King, Pawnee County sheriff, and Derek Slack, Pawnee County undersheriff, and two Tyco representatives were present.
King gave updates on a Tyco (formerly known as ADT) Security System for the Pawnee County Courthouse.  After discussion on the equipment and services offered, Tyco left the contract for the Pawnee County attorney to review.
• Haas discussed a meeting coming up on Feb. 5 with KDOT or the Kansas Department of Commerce.
• Commissioners discussed the Rural Opportunity Zone and contacting Lauren Long with Pawnee County Economic Development.
• Commissioners discussed the sale of the vacant lot, and filing of the deed.
11 a.m. — Linda Henderson, Pawnee Valley Community Foundation director was present.  Commissioners re-appointed Mary Beth Busenbark and Bill Barger for a three-year term.
Henderson gave update on the 2014 Pawnee Valley Gala, scheduled for Nov. 8, 2014.
She gave update on the plans for the Pawnee Valley healing garden and the sponsoring of the statue.
11:30 a.m. — Mark Wagner, Pawnee County emergency management/zoning, discussed the Regional Mitigation Plan.  They want the Townships to be involved in the five-year plan.
Wagner said Pawnee County has to have a Regional Mitigation Plan one to apply for grants if we have a disaster.
• Commissioners discussed the LEPC scheduled meeting.
• Commissioners read and approved minutes of Jan. 27.
• Commissioners approved and signed the division order for the oil well.
• Commissioners approved paying the Stillwater Technical Solutions bill regarding the Lesser Prairie Chicken.
• Via telephone, Kurt Demel, Pawnee County highway administrator, informed the commissioners of an accident on the South Rozel road.
• Ruth Searight, Pawnee County clerk, informed commissioners she is securing the Community Center for the Nov. 4, 2014, election.
Searight informed commissioners that HaysMed will cash the $17,250 check that was in question last week, as to take it from the bond issue now would short monies from bond issue encumbered for the MRI.
• Commissioners discussed the possible installation of a dump station at Camp Pawnee.
11:45 a.m. — The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting was scheduled at 9 a.m. Feb. 10.