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Norton County Commissioners Notes

DISCUSSION ABOUT ROADS AND THE SECURITY SYSTEM FOR THE LANDFILL WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY.  NIKI KINDERKNECHT WAS AT THE MEETING TO ADDRESS A LETTER SHE SENT TO THE COMMISSION CONCERNING THE ROADS AND SPECIFICALLY COUNTY ROAD E-9.  SHE IS CONCERNED WITH THE CONDITION OF THE ROAD AND THE COUNTY TAKING ON OTHER PROJECTS PRIOR TO THE E-9 PROBLEMS BEING CORRECTED.  DISCUSSION WAS HELD ON MOWING, BLADING, EQUIPMENT OPERATIONS AND FUNDING.  THE COMMISSION STATED THEY BELIEVE THE COUNTY IS IN A BETTER POSITION THIS YEAR WITH EQUIPMENT READY TO OPERATE ALONG WITH NEW MOWER EQUIPMENT.  DISCUSSION WAS HELD ON ROAD PERMITS THAT THE COUNTY REQUIRES IN ORDER TO CROSS OR BORE UNDER A COUNTY ROAD.  DURING THE LAST MEETING, A CONCERN WAS RAISED WITH INDIVIDUALS CROSSING COUNTY ROADS WITHOUT PERMITS.  KINDERKENCHT STATED THAT AFTER CHECKING WITH THE CONTRACTOR, THE PERMIT WAS TO BE OBTAINED BY THE LANDOWNER, WHICH WAS NOT DONE.  SHE ASKED WHAT THE PENALTY WAS IF THE LANDOWNERS OR CONTRACTORS DID NOT FOLLOW COUNTY RESOLUTIONS.  THE COMMISSION STATED THEY ARE AWARE OF OTHER ROAD CROSSINGS AND THE ISSUE WILL NEED TO BE ADDRESSED.  KINDERKNECHT ADDRESSED THE SEPARATION DISTANCE AND THE VARIANCE IN MAPS PRESENTED BY CALVERT SWINE AND THE KDHE.  SHE PRESENTED A MAP FROM THE KDHE WITH SOME DISTANCE VARIANCE IN REFERENCE TO FOOTAGE FROM THE PROPOSED HOG SITE AND RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.  KINDERKNECHT STATED THERE IS A LOT OF DANGER IN NOT RESEARCHING THE FACTS AND DOING THE COUNTY’S OWN STUDY.  SHE STATED RESEARCH SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION.  IN OTHER BUSINESS, SOLID WASTE SUPERVISOR CURT ARCHIBALD REPORTED THE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERA FIRM HAS BEGUN INSTALLING CAMERAS.  THERE STILL NEEDS TO BE SOME ADDITIONAL CAMERAS INSTALLED WHICH SHOULD BE WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.  THE FIRM IS WAITING FOR SOME ADDITIONAL CAMERAS.  THEY ALSO ADDRESSED A PROPOSAL ON LANDFILLS BEING ABLE TO ACCEPT MEDICATIONS BEING DISPOSED OF BY PHARMACIES AND INDIVIDUALS.  THE COMMISSION HAD CONCERNS WITH THAT IDEA WITH THE INMATE LABOR AND SIGNED A RESOLUTION THAT NORTON COUNTY DOES NOT WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DRUG COLLECTION PROGRAM WITH THE NORTON COUNTY SOLID WASTE AS A DISPOSAL SITE.  REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ALMENA SENIOR CITIZENS REPORT THE MEALS SERVED PER MONTH RANGED FROM 344 TO 489.  THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL POSITIVE CHANGES AND ATTENDANCE IS UP.  THE HOSPITAL BOARD AND ADMINISTRATION PRESENTED THE QUARTERLY UPDATE FOR THE HOSPITAL.  GAIL BOLLER FROM NATOMA AND GENE CARTER FROM CARTER TRUCKING WERE AT THE MEETING TO ADDRESS DECREASING THE SPEED LIMIT ON HIGHWAY 36 NEAR NATOMA.  BOLLER STATED OTHER BUSINESS OWNERS WERE IN FAVOR OF THE REDUCTION WITH SEVERAL SIGNATURES IN SUPPORT.  THE LEGISLATURE WAS ALSO CONTACTED.  PART OF THE DISCUSSION WAS ASKING THE STATE OF KANSAS TO CONSIDER MAKING A TURNING LANE ON THAT STRETCH OF HIGHWAY.  THE COMMISSION DISCUSSED THE CURRENT BURN BAN WITH SHERIFF TROY THOMSON.  HE ASKED ABOUT THE CONSERVATION BURNING AND IF IT IS TIME TO LIFT THE BAN.  THE COMMISSION DELAYED THAT DECISION UNTIL NEXT MONDAY.  COUNTY TREASURER CINDY LINNER DISCUSSED A TAX FORECLOSURE SALE.  THERE ARE 32 PROPERTIES ON THE TAX LIST FROM 2008 AND OLDER.  THIS FALL THERE WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL 49 ADDED.  THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS, THE COMMISSIONERS ADJOURNED MONDAY. THESE MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL SIGNED AND APPROVED BY THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.