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The commissioners met for their weekly meeting and paid bills in the amount of $1,197,160.55.

They received the written report from Sheriff Kevin Friend that he has 38 prisoners in-house with 19 of them from other counties.

Fire Chief Randy Hegwald reported 15 incidents week-to-date totaling 402 year-to-date. He said he has been attending local parades and passing out recruiting information to try to get more firefighters signed up.

He said they have training scheduled Saturday, Sept. 24 in Prescott.

Health Nurse Missy Lancaster said her department performed seven covid tests and gave 22 booster shots; among a host of other items they completed.

Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower reported she is working on the potential grant that will allow the next phase of development for the airport; the grant pays for engineering to help create airport operations.

Commissioner Danny McCullough questioned the insurance value of $390,000 for the Pleasanton senior meals location; he felt that value was too high and costing the county money for additional insurance.

Public Works Director Shaun West said he is looking over senior center grant projects that include flooring, air conditioning and more for some locations in the county.

County Counselor Gary Thompson handed out preliminary drafts of a proposal for demolition of the old jail. Conversation ensued concerning the gas pipeline that feeds the jail; as well as, the courthouse.

The commissioners discussed that they need to get Atmos Energy involved in the demolition as the gas line will need to be terminated for the jail and buried deeper for the courthouse.

Dumping fees for the debris will need to be addressed as well.

Thompson said that the sheriff plans to be out of the old jail by the end of October.

A conditional use permit for a cellular tower that was sent back to Planning and Zoning last week was approved by the commissioners. The tower will be located in the La Cygne Industrial Park and be 280 feet tall. Resolution 2022-30 was approved 3-0.

Several executive sessions for legal and personnel were held.

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

Solar income to Linn County estimated to be $25 million

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“What’s in it for me?” is the age-old question that humans face every day; and Linn County elected officials and taxpayers are asking that same question concerning proposed solar farms looking to build in Linn County. Following numerous meetings with Clearway... [More]

Commission to vote on remote voting policy

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The Linn County Commission is scheduled to vote at next Monday’s 9 a.m. meeting on a policy concerning remote participants in all board meetings. At their weekly meeting Tuesday, delayed a day because of this Monday’s federal Presidents’ Day holiday, Chris... [More]

Kansas to hold Presidential Preference Primary

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With what is set to be a tense Presidential election November 5, 2024, the Kansas Secretary of State has produced information to help voters navigate the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary. The information from Scott Schwab’s site answers several questions. “What... [More]

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SPORTS

Jayhawk boys' wrestling win Eureka Regional and qualify seven for State

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The Jayhawk boys' wrestling team traveled to Eureka on Feb. 17 to compete in a 3-1A Regional tournament.   This tournament decides who goes to the 3-1A State tournament in Salina on Feb. 22-24. The Hawks had a good day to say the least. Not only did seven Jayhawk... [More]

Prairie View boys' wrestling sends two to State

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  The Prairie View wrestling team traveled to Independence on Feb. 17 to compete in a 4A Regional tournament. This tournament decides who goes to the 4A State tournament in Salina on Feb. 22-24. The top four places from each weight class qualifies and the Buffalos... [More]

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