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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, 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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