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The May 22 meeting of the Linn County Commissioners began with the approval of the minutes of last week’s meeting followed by the approval of claims in the amount of $414,681.39.

County Clerk David Lamb noted a need to reschedule the regular meeting on May 29 to Tuesday, May 30 due to the Memorial Day holiday and commissioners voted to approve the reschedule on a 3-0 vote.

Commissioners approved a cereal malt beverage license 2023-04 for Power Stop #5 on the La Cygne corner.

Linn County Economic Development Administrator Jessica Hightower requested the commissioners add Becky Hegwald to the Economic Development Committee as replacement for Teresa Whitaker and they approved the request.

Linn County Public Works Administrator Shaun West requested and commissioners approved three burial permits for the same company at several locations. 

West reported that right-of-way easements for Hell’s Bend are done and commissioners voted to allow Commissioner Danny McCullough to sign those easements.

Linn County Attorney Burton Harding reported to commissioners on an incident that took place at Tanglewood Lakes on Thursday, May 18, and stated he had filed several criminal cases in conjunction with that incident. (See related articles in this edition.)

Commissioners then entered into two separate executive sessions ; one for 15 minutes for legal matters with county counselor Gary Thompson and one for 10 minutes for personnel matters with with Janet Kleweno. Upon resuming the regular meeting McCullough noted no action had been taken. 

At that point commissioner McCullough opened the floor to public comment and several members of the Tanglewood Lakes community and the Tanglewood Lakes Owners Association spoke to commissioners regarding the incident on May 18 in which a group of people gathered at the gates and cut them down, including the card reader units. (See related articles in this edition.) 

Following public Comment Sheriff Kevin Friend then reported on the incident at Tanglewood, noting that at the point deputies arrived the gates were already down and their job then became de-escalation and information gathering. (See related articles in this edition.)

Commissioners then recessed to do a walk-through of county buildings and discuss possible plans for each building.

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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