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The Linn County Commissioners met on Monday, Aug. 7, and began their weekly meeting with the approval of the minutes of the previous meeting followed by the approval of claims in the amount of $176,918.88.

County Clerk David Lamb presented adds and abates 2022-919 through 923 with a negative total of $726.60.

Commissioners then accepted the Sheriff’s monthly fee report for July as well as the July report for the Linn County Park and Marina.

Commissioner Danny McCullough then read from the Sheriff’s weekly report noting there are currently 65 inmates in the jail, 40 of which are farm-ins.

Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower presented an agreement for the commission chairperson to sign with regard to the grant applied for on behalf of the STARS vocational school and commissioners voted 3-0 to allow McCullough to execute the agreement.

EDA Hightower noted she had recently been elected as secretary of the STARS board and Commissioner Jim Johnson asked County Counselor Gary Thompson if that created a conflict of interest for her to manage a grant on behalf the program she serves on the board for. Thompson stated he would look into it.

EDA Hightower then stated that Kwikom has set a groundbreaking for their project near Parker on Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the courthouse and they have asked McCullough to speak at the event.

EDA Hightower presented an offer from the Garnett Airport for the fuel left at the Linn County Airport. Garnett offered $2 per gallon, with Garnett transporting the fuel, for the 3,000 gallons there. Commissioners voted 3-0 to accept the offer.

Public Works Administrator Shaun West presented an application for mowing assistance from the city of Mound City and commissioners approved the request.

West stated Construction Consultant Randy Page will have final bids for the former district court building by next Monday.

Commissioners approved Resolution 2023-34 for various pieces of equipment to be sold on Purple Wave.

Nathan Fawson with Southeast Kansas Mental Health spoke to the commission regarding their programs and services provided in Linn County and answered several questions regarding their services. No action was taken on their budget at that time.

Discussion between West and the commission then turned to compactor sites and whether or not the county should look at turning the sites over to the cities and only do the hauling and removal. No final decision was made.

Patty Sanborn, with SEK, Inc., introduced herself to the commission and explained that she is part of the Housing Coalition Board and thanked the commission for allowing Darcy Wilson and Jessica Hightower to be a part of their board and program.

Commissioners held a 15 minute executive session for legal matters, ten minutes with Thompson and five minutes with West.

Following the executive session Thompson recommended the commissioners create a special grievance board and select an independent investigator to look into two grievances file by employees against the Board of Commissioners. (See related article in this edition.)

Lamb presented several budgets for commissioners to review noting that until he has numbers for budgeting purposes on building projects he will not know for certain if the county will be revenue neutral.

MEETINGS

LINN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - Monday, October 23, 2023

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LA CYGNE CITY COUNCIL - Wednesday, October 18, 2023

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Among actions at the regular La Cygne council meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 18, was a split vote in which the city accepts a draft agreement for title search and warranty deed preparation of seven lots at 402 S. Broadway in exchange for absorbing a $16,400 house demolition bill.... [More]

LINN VALLEY CITY COUNCIL - Monday, October 23, 2023

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The Linn Valley City Council held its bi-monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 23, 2023, with Mayor Cindy Smith presiding and all council members present.    Following approval of the October 9th and October 14th meeting minutes, Mayor Smith opened the floor... [More]

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NEWS

Linn County P&Z changes setbacks on quarry CUP

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Commission denies quarry CUP

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Action follows unseconded motion to accept   Linn County commissioners have denied a conditional use permit (CUP) for a proposed rock quarry. At Tuesday’s weekly meeting, delayed a day because of Monday’s federal Memorial Day holiday observance, a 2-1 vote,... [More]

USD 362 moves closer to daycare option

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District to seek bids on old bus barn repurposing   Prairie View Unified School District 362 is moving closer to providing a daycare option for pre-school 3- and 4-year-olds beginning this fall. On a 6-1 vote at their May 21 monthly meeting, the board of education... [More]

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SPORTS

Jayhawk Linn boys’ track team places seventh at State

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The Jayhawk Linn track team sent 20 athletes to the State tournament in Wichita on May 24 and 25. The Hawks did well at the tournament especially the boys’ team which placed seventh overall with 39 team points. Moundridge won State for the 2A boys with 55 points while Inman... [More]

Prairie View track has multiple medal winners at State

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The Prairie View track team traveled to Wichita on May 24-25 to compete in the 3A State tournament. The Buffalos did well as they had boy and girl medal winners and the defending State champion girls’ team placed 10th this year with a team score of 23 points. Smoky Valley... [More]

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