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The commissioners met for their weekly meeting and approved bills in the amount of $371,889.70. They also approved a tax abatement that decreased taxes in the amount of $601.12.

Sheriff Kevin Friend sent his weekly report in that showed 15 prisoners total with 15 in-house.

AMR Operations Manager Galen Anderson reported a very busy July with 91 transports, higher than normal. He said they are still down by two paramedics on staff, but did hire one EMT full-time.

Linn County Health Nurse Missy Lancaster was approved to seek bids for an awning on the front of the Health Department to keep staff out of the weather for curbside covid tests and assist patients during weather events.

The first bid she requested was to cover two parking spots with a stand-alone awning; the second was for the full front of the Health Department, including the handicap parking spot.

Lancaster said the awning price would be covered by a grant they received, up to $131,000 that has to be used by Dec. 1. The commissioners gave a consensus to her to go out for bids.

Fire Chief Randy Hegwald reported five incidents last week and 320 year-to-date.

He was approved to purchase 10 sets of fire turnout gear from Feld Fire for $29,317.70 with Jerry Ingram Fire bidding $30,180.70 and MES bidding $33,419.30.

Hegwald reported annual pump testing is completed with all trucks passing.

Chris Martin, IT Director, was approved to take a tree down near Food Fair in Mound City to improve reception between the tower on the hill east of Mound City and the road shop at Kansas 7 and 52 Hwy.

After Public Works Director Shaun West reported that District Court was moving to the Justice Center Wednesday, County Counselor Gary Thompson told him they could not move as another VFD (variable frequency drive) in the exhaust system fan blew out. Thompson said one was just changed and replaced, but another blew out forcing contractors to figure out why they are losing VFD fans.

The commissioners then discussed what renovation needs are for the old court building as the County Appraiser and Mapping are moving in there.

Commissioner Rick James suggested they also look at two other projects including what to do with the current Sheriff’s Office and upgrading the Commissioner’s Annex to more closely match the Justice Center.

West reported fuel was delivered to the airport last Friday and will cost $6.25 per gallon.

He said that the Noxious Weed Department sprayed the Fairgrounds for ticks and mosquitoes last week.

A discussion was held that had Thompson clarify that statute prohibits the depositing of anything in county right-of-ways that didn’t originate there. West said ditching was progressing but gates, fencing, trees, etc. that were in the right-of-ways was inhibiting quick movement of county personnel.

The commissioners approved a one-time payment to Chris Martin of $5,000 for “work well done.”

James said Martin saved the county $132,000 from the time he took on the Justice Center project, plus other work he does for the elections, etc.

“He has done a great service to the county,” said James.

MEETINGS

Linn County Commissioners - Monday, August 8, 2022

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The commissioners met for their regular Monday meeting minus Commissioner Danny McCullough who was absent. They paid bills in the amount of $184,046.69. Sheriff Kevin Friend sent his weekly inmate report showing 17 total prisoners with 16 in-house. Fire Chief Randy... [More]

Pleasanton USD 344 - Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

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Members of the Pleasanton USD-344 school board met on Monday, August 8, for their regular monthly meeting. Christine Teagarden of Truly Insurance provided a brief presentation to the board concerning insurance for the district. The insurance company is called EMC Insurance,... [More]

USD 346 School Board - Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

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(From board notes.) The USD 346 School Board met on Monday, Aug. 8, with the first order of business being the approval of the consent agenda which included: - Approved the agenda - Approved minutes of previous meeting(s) - Approved paying bills and payroll - Approved... [More]

NEWS

STARS technical academy ribbon cutting Friday

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What was a dream a year ago has come to fruition with a ribbon cutting and open house scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. The Southeastern Technical Academy for Rural Students (STARS) is now a reality located in the former Cox Motor Company building at Laurel and 17th Streets... [More]

Staff, advisors excited for opportunities STARS Academy offers students

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With the ribbon cutting and open house of the new STARS Technical Academy in Pleasanton slated for Friday, Aug. 12, the staff and instructors at the school opened up recently about their roles and what the program means to them. Phil Mitchell, who will be teaching Construction... [More]

County real estate taxes still under state value

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After sending the Linn County Commissioners an email explaining county real estate compliance with state values, the commissioners visited with Linn County Appraiser Kathy Bridges Monday. After initial conversation on the 2021 final ratio study concerning commercial and residential... [More]

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SPORTS

Demo Derby starts off Linn County Fair and Rodeo week

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The Linn County Fair and Rodeo started this past week with the traditional demolition derby. There were two nights of demo derby action as team derby, modified and figure eight races took place on Aug. 5 while the compact, semi-modified and bone stock took place on the evening... [More]

Total Effect Softball ready for action

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Linn County has a new competitive softball team, Total Effect Softball, which will be based out of Mound City. Jayhawk-Linn head softball coach Kris Holt started the team and will be the head coach of Total Effect. Holt had multiple reasons on why he wanted to start a competitive... [More]

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