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Linn County Commissioners met on Monday, March 13, and began their meeting with the approval of the minutes of the last meeting followed by claims in the amount of $477,015.57.

County Counselor Gary Thompson requested a 20-minute executive session for legal matters to discuss possible litigation. That session was extended 15 minutes on a 2-0 vote. No action was taken following the executive session.

Linn County Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Hegwald reported his department had responded to six incidents in the last week, bringing their year-to-date total to 80.Tod Moeller, Asphalt Division, reported on his asphalt plan for the year, noting he plans to use hot mix more than cold patch and will focus around the La Cygne area.  Moeller stated he currently is setting up bids for hot mix and materials.

Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend reported on numbers for his department for the week, with 24 prisoners farmed in and 115 calls to 911.

Linn County Health Department Director Missy Lancaster reported her department had handled 42 clients this past week for various services. She then requested approval of yearly grants that help cover salaries, community outreach and more totaling just over $51,000.  She then requested a 15-minute executive session for personnel matters which commissioners voted to enter into shortly thereafter. That session was then extended for five minutes on a 2-0 vote. Upon resuming a regular session, commissioners noted the resignation of Lancaster from her current position with no comment regarding her last day of work or who may be replacing her.

Kenny Boone with Maple Ranch then spoke to commissioners on a proposed shared cost project of asphalting State Line Road from K-52 south to their location. Boone noted that Maple Ranch employs 32 people on a daily basis that travel that road to and from work, as well as their many clients and visitors. Commissioners briefly discussed the proposed project noting the increased costs to the county for snow removal and maintenance with no real benefit to county taxpayers. Boone added his company does try to spend as much as they can within the county. Linn County Public Works Administrator Shaun West noted they are simply putting the option out there. Moeller noted that for a project like this the county would need to shut down everything else in order to complete it and maintenance would be required every three to four years. Commissioner Danny McCullough noted it would be difficult for him to ask his taxpayers to put money toward it with no benefit to the county or any county residents; no decision was made.

Darin Wilson, Linn County Planning Administrator, requested a 10-minute executive session for legal matters with West and Thompson. 

Following the executive session commissioners approved adds and abates 866-871, 873, and 875-877 with a total reduction of $3,433.86.

County Clerk David Lamb reported that Diehl Banwart and Bolton are no longer doing municipal audits and recommended a new company and asked for approval of the engagement letter. Commissioners approved the engagement of Jared, Gilmore and Phillips for this year’s audit.

Commissioners approved the contract with Scarecrow for mowing and a contract with Randy Page as construction consultant and authorized McCullough as chair to sign both.

Commissioners then discussed the Pleasanton Senior Meals site with several patrons in the audience. (See related article in this edition.)

Commissioners reviewed tabled items and discussed setting employment compensation and the health department as priorities for the next meeting.  (See related article in this edition.)

MEETINGS

LINN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - Monday, October 23, 2023

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The Linn County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 23, and began their weekly meeting with the approval of the minutes of the last meeting followed by the approval of claims in the amount of $272,818.97. Linn County Rural Fire Chief Randy Hegwald presented... [More]

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

Mine Creek Battlefield Foundation to hold music festival

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The Mine Creek Battlefield Foundation was started in 1995 by Dr. John Spencer. With the help of Arnold Schofield they formed a Foundation to raise money to procure land and save the Battlefield grounds. Through their fundraising efforts the Foundation was able to purchase... [More]

SEKMH presents outreach program to commissioners

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The Linn County Commissioners heard from Director Nathan Fawson and Bryan Cook with Southeast Kansas Mental Health (SEKMH) during their regular meeting on Monday, Apr. 8, regarding a new outreach program they have been working on. Fawson told commissioners that SEKMH was formed... [More]

Linn Valley residents respond to council appointment

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At Monday night’s Linn Valley City Council meeting, the first item on the agenda was the appointment of a new council member to fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of former Council President Brenda Muncy.   Mayor Lew Donelson announced his appointment... [More]

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SPORTS

Jayhawk softball sweeps Crest

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The Jayhawk Linn softball team traveled to Crest on Apr. 4 for a league double-header against the Crest Lancers. The Hawks won both games of the double-header as the first game was 7-0 and the second game was 21-4. In the first game both teams were scoreless through the first... [More]

Prairie View track takes on tough challenge at Paola

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The Prairie View track team traveled to Paola on April 4 to compete in the very challenging Paola Invitational. The Buffalos did well as the girls team placed fifth with 56 points and the boys placed 10th with 11 points. The girls were led by Laney Schaffer and Bree Allen.... [More]

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