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The Linn County Commissioners began their meeting on March 6 with the approval of the minutes of the last meeting followed by the approval of the weekly claims totaling $158,239.13.

County Counselor Gary Thompson noted he would need to leave soon due to other obligations and requested a 10 minute executive session for personnel matters with Shaun West and Randy Page prior to that. Commissioners voted to enter into executive session for 10 minutes with Thompson and upon returning to regular session noted that no action was taken.

Commissioners approved add and abates 2022-854-865 for a total change of $661.62.

Galen Anderson with AMR reported they had 11 transports for the month so far.

Linn County Rural Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Hegwald reported they had responded to 11 incidents in the last week, most of them on Saturday. He added that the department would be holding severe weather preparedness week and siren testing would be done on Wednesday. Hegwald requested a 10-minute executive session for personnel matters.

Hegwald revisited a request made previously to replace the tanks on the Rangers which are currently aluminum and are corroding. Following a brief discussion, commissioners approved the purchase of five tanks at a cost of $10,600.

Linn County Health Department Director Missy Lancaster reported on February numbers for her department by activity.

Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend reported in his numbers for the week, adding they had opened 19 new cases last week.

Linn County Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower reported that hay leases are up in April and need to be bid out. Commissioners gave approval for her to publish the bid requests.

EDA Hightower reported she had received bids for fuel contracts with two coming in. 

The first one, from MFA, was for $3.318 plus tax per gallon for the clear diesel and the dyed diesel and $2.829 plus tax on unleaded.

The TNK Fuel bid was for $3.84 for clear diesel; $3.59 for dyed diesel; and $3.02 for unleaded.

Hightower noted there currently is no contract. The commissioners opted to go with the bid from MFA.

EDA Hightower reported she had received word from the Kansas Department of Transportation regarding the Safe Streets for All grant and they will cover the county’s portion of the Safe Streets grant.

Commissioners approved a resolution adopting a policy for the use of golf carts and side-by-sides at the Linn County Park and Marina with said policy requiring all operators to be 18 years or older, licensed and all units to be functional with lights, turn signals, etc.

Commissioners then held a 10-minute executive session with Hegwald for personnel matters and returned to regular session with no action taken.

Gabe Pfefferkorn presented the preliminary report on the landfill transfer station and reviewed that report with the commissioners (See related article in this edition)

Darin Wilson, Planning and Zoning Administrator, presented a zoning change at W. Nickell Road and Kansas Highway 7 from Ag to Ag-Residential and commissioners approved it.

Wilson then presented a CUP for revocation for RB Towing noting that the holder of the CUP did not meet the conditions of the original permit, did not provide the proper paperwork and did not start construction within the allotted time. Commissioners voted 3-0 to revoke as recommended by the Planning Commission.

Commissioners then visited by phone with County Attorney Burton Harding who explained to them what had transpired at the Republican convention last Thursday. (See related article in this edition.) Harding requested permission to use the funds they approved for the new salary range for a new full time county attorney to hire a second assistant attorney allowing him and Assistant County Attorney Justin Meeks the ability to lessen their case loads. Following several questions, the commissioners asked Harding to bring a new amended budget so they can make an informed decision. Harding noted he could have that by March 20 and hopefully with a candidate for hire.

Commissioner McCullough brought up the Pleasanton meal site again and Shaun West will review the building and bring a report in next week.

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

Linn County P&Z changes setbacks on quarry CUP

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Following instructions from Linn County Planning and Zoning Chair Paul Porter to the Planning and Zoning Commission stemming from a letter received from La Cygne resident Stephanie Walker concerning open meetings rules, Porter urged the commission to avoid any correspondence... [More]

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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