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From last week’s commissioner’s meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 5, as a result of executive session, the commission voted to terminate Deputy Fire Chief Dee Horttor’s employment effective that day. It was an at-will termination with no reason given.

The commissioners met for their weekly meeting Monday and paid bills in the amount of $369,495.86. They also approved abatements that were a refund in the amount of $48.64.

Sheriff Kevin Friend reported 38 prisoners total with 19 of those farmed in from other counties.

Commissioner Jim Johnson was voted delegate to represent Linn County at the Kansas Association of Counties meeting Oct. 17-19 in Overland Park. Commissioner Danny McCullough and County Clerk David Lamb are alternates for the convention.

AMR Operations Manager Galen Anderson reported 35 transports month-to-date with 20 last week. He said the new paramedic and EMT are finishing up with introductory items and should be on duty soon. They also have a paramedic looking to transfer to Linn County for duty.

Fire Chief Randy Hegwald reported 11 incidents week-to-date with 387 year-to-date. He is working on firefighter retention and looking to pass out pamphlets at area parades this month and next.

The commissioners approved the resignation of Don Proffitt from the Fire Board and thanked him for his service to the county over the years.

County Health Nurse Missy Lancaster reported the Health Department gave 11 covid tests last week. She said Friday, Sept. 16 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. is the Ladies Night Out at the Mound City First Baptist Church that is scheduled to promote women’s health.

Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower reported County Clerk’s Office employee Steven Sage requested student loan assistance with the Rural Opportunity Zone grant that will pay up to $15,000 over five years to pay back the student loan.

The commissioners approved adding $1,500 that is matched by the state’s $1,500 portion for five years.

Commissioner Rick James said the ROZ student loan program ‘is a way to get, and keep, good employees, now and down the road.’

Hightower said she rejoined the SEK Inc. program for housing and secondary education; with that a sub-committee of SEK Housing Coalition also asked for her to be a part of the committee. The commissioners approved her joining both housing groups as it goes with the new housing grant that the county is working on.

Planning Director Darin Wilson received two bids for proposals for the county’s comprehensive plan. Both proposals, one from IBTS (Institute for Building Technology and Safety) and the other from Kaup Law Office. The bid will be awarded Oct. 12 after County Counselor Gary Thompson, the commissioners and Wilson look at the proposals.

A bid for $18,000 plus $500 for incidental costs was approved for Olathe Ford, Commercial Division, to put a new engine in the county’s F550 work truck. Other bidders were Midway Ford for $21,295.22, A1 Auto for $19,500 and Oakes Ford for $19,907.56.

Public Works Director Shaun West reported the county received three invoices from Century Link for cable repair. West said one of the damaged lines was from the county, the other two the county was not in the area when the damage occurred. The $2,032.09 bill was turned in for insurance to look at with an accident report. West will visit with Century Link on the other two invoices.

James asked West about his request to standardize committee setup and term limits. Thompson said committees are all different and Commissioner Jim Johnson questioned obligation and authority of each committee.

James has a goal of publishing each committee’s members and when their terms are up so new people can serve their community.

Resolution 2022-29 was approved with two traffic control signs added; one at 1000 and Read Roads, the other at 950 Road and Osborn.

Reduction of dump fees for the CD landfill was approved for a house that has to be demolished at 109 N. 2nd St., La Cygne owned by Jackie Pribble. The house was built on city property.

Various change orders were discussed for the Justice Center. McCullough will visit with West, IT Director Chris Martin and River City Construction concerning why the change orders were issued, who created the damage, etc.

A pay request for $778,210.98 for request no. 24 was approved 3-0.

Following executive session with no action, the commissioners discussed possible renovation of the old courtroom, former County Attorney’s office and the courthouse for storage, election office use and more.

MEETINGS

Linn County Commissioners - Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

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The Linn County Commissioner met in regular session on Monday, Oct. 3, and began the meeting with the approval of the minutes of the last meeting on a 3-0 vote with all commissioners present. Commissioners then voted 3-0 to move the meeting set for Monday, Oct. 10, to Tuesday,... [More]

Mound City Council - Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

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Mound City Council began their Oct. 3 meeting with the pledge of allegiance and then moved to public comments.  First up was Lorna Turley who asked the city to consider donating the mowing of the Mound City Historical Park. Turley stated it costs the board for the park... [More]

Blue Mound City Council - Monday, Oct. 3, 2-22

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Council members for the city of Blue Mound met on Monday, Oct. 3, for their regular monthly meeting. Under new business, they discussed the need to replace a tire on the backhoe, as one is well-worn. Also, an electrical line has come loose from an electric pole and needs replaced.... [More]

NEWS

Linn County to open advance voting Oct. 25

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General mid-term election, ballot set for Nov. 8   Advance voting will begin Oct. 25 and precinct polling locations will be open from 7 a.m-7 p.m. Nov. 8 for this year’s mid-term general election. Oct. 18 is the in-person, online, and postmark if by mail deadline... [More]

Mound City discusses water bill issues

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During their meeting on Oct. 3, the Mound City Council discussed several water bill issues. The lead discussion was the water bill at 619 Main. City Clerk Shelby Murray stated that the property owner had rented it out and the tenant had left a bill of almost $500 and the owner... [More]

Phones down at Linn County Veterinary Clinic

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UPDATE: The original number for Linn County Veterinary Clinic has been restored. The staff there thanks everyone for their patience.     The phone number for Linn County Veterinary Clinic has been compromised and they are awaiting new service. In the meantime,... [More]

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SPORTS

Pleasanton routs Southeast on Homecoming

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  After the Jays’ first loss of the season to Olpe last week, the Jays got back on track with a dominant performance against Southeast Cherokee. Pleasanton hosted Southeast on Sept. 30 for their Homecoming and had zero problems with the Lancers as they won the... [More]

Prairie View football falls to Girard

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The Prairie View football team hosted Girard on Sept. 30 for a district game against a very good Girard team. The Buffalos were outmatched by the Trojans and lost the game 41-8. Girard established their dominance early with a 21 point first quarter. The Trojans scored on... [More]

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