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The Linn County Commissioners met on Monday, Nov. 7, and began their weekly meeting with the approval of the minutes of the last meeting and followed that with the approval of the weekly claims in the amount of $402,974.84.

Commissioners then approved the monthly fees report for the Sheriff’s Office totaling $44,628.45, including farm-in fees.

Commissioners then approved the monthly Parks report showing an income for October of $30,623.16 with expenses totaling $22,774.42 for a profit in October of $7,848.64.

Randy Hegwald, Linn County Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator reported the Rural Fire departments had responded to 12 events this past week.

Chris Martin, County IT Director, reported that the radio transition is complete and all municipalities are online. Martin stated handhelds appear to be an issue in some areas, but they are working on the problem.

Martin further reported that 9-1-1 circuits are delayed, but he is hoping they will be ready by Thanksgiving and once in place it should take only a week to get 9-1-1 moved to the new facility.

Martin added he is working on training with county employees regarding ransom-ware and issues it can cause.

County Counselor Gary Thompson noted there will be one more change order on the Justice Center project for shuffling a few things around and presented River City Change Order #18 in the amount of $16,166.48. Commissioners approved it on a 3-0 vote.

Missy Lancaster, Director of the Linn County Health Department, presented two bids for approval. One for a meeting or classroom with a safe room inside, and one for the awning on the south side of the building as previously discussed.

Commissioners would like to see further information on the meeting/class room prior to making a decision. They then approved the $55,255 bid from Rocking H Construction for the awning to be added on the south side of the building, to be paid for with grant funds.

Sheri Loveland, Park and Marina Manager, gave commissioners an update on the Park, noting several items that need to be addressed, including the need for more staff, especially during peak use months. (See related article in this edition)

Darin Wilson, Linn County Planning and Zoning Director, reported Kaup would like to invoice monthly until finished writing codes and presented a bill for $2,811.60. Commissioners agreed they don’t need to see the bill each month unless there is an issue as the bid has already been approved.

Commissioners then entered into a 20-minutes executive session for legal matters with 10 set aside for Wilson and 10 set aside for Thompson.

Following the executive session the commissioners, road foremen, and Public Works Administrator Shaun West met with local rock and aggregate suppliers, Whitaker Aggregates and Hamm Inc. The topics discussed were: lime/dust content in the rock, chip loss on roads, prices for next year, and options for chip and seal rock. No action was taken.

MEETINGS

Linn County Commissioners - Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

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The Linn County Commissioners met on Monday, Nov. 21, with Commissioner Rick James absent from the meeting. The commissioners began with the approval of the minutes of the last meeting followed by approval of paying claims totaling $374,614.92. Commissioner Jim Johnson then... [More]

La Cygne City Council - Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

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In addition to hearing a proposal for an Evergy underground fiber optics cable to run through La Cygne, a report located elsewhere in this issue, the town’s city fathers approved an expenditure of up to $45,000 authorizing its police department to secure a new police vehicle.... [More]

USD 346 School Board - Monday, Nov. 14, 2022

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The USD 346 School Board met on Nov. 14 and began their meeting with amendments to the agenda to add a discussion on evaluations and a presentation by members of the FFA. The board then approved the consent agenda which included the agenda for the meeting as amended; minutes... [More]

NEWS

Engineers present Evergy buried fiber prelim

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Market Street is a proposed path between La Cygne coal, Wolf Creek nuclear plants   Representatives from a Kansas City engineering firm last week presented plans for an Evergy underground conduit-cased fiber optics cable preliminarily proposed to run through La Cygne.... [More]

Election canvass results in 51 more ballots counted

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The Linn County Commissioners recessed their Nov. 21 meeting and opened a meeting of the Board of Canvassers for the purpose of canvassing the Nov. 8 election. With Commissioner Rick James absent, the commissioners opted to appoint Darin Wilson as the third member of the Board... [More]

PBS Kansas honors local veteran at Veterans Coming Home Salute

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WICHITA — PBS Kansas Channel 8 honored four veterans and one business that serves veterans at its 8th Annual Veterans Coming Home Salute on Nov. 5, 2022 at the Wichita Marriott. This event honored Kansas veterans who demonstrated outstanding service to their country, fellow... [More]

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SPORTS

Linn County’s top high school cross country runners

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The 2022 cross country season has concluded and now it is time to recognize some of the top local runners in the sport this season. The Prairie View girls’ cross country team had multiple good runners on it and one great runner. The girls just missed making it to State... [More]

Jayhawk and Pleasanton football fill out TRL All League selections

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The Pleasanton and Jayhawk-Linn football teams are well represented in the 2022 11-man Three Rivers League All League selections. The Hawks make up 16 selections between first team and honorable mention while the Jays make up 10 selections between first team and honorable mention.... [More]

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