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Commissioners meet in closed session, department heads and officials meet

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LYNDON—Over an hour of Monday’s Board of Osage County Commissioners meeting was held in executive session.

When commissioners met in open session, they met with officials and department heads.

Ken Kuykendall, board chairman, said the county is accepting applications for county appraiser through May 1.

Stephanie Watson, economic development director, spoke of the Kansas Sampler Festival being held this weekend at Wamego.

“I believe all communities but Overbrook are attending this year,” said Watson.

Byron Jordan, senior center director, said a bus would be available for transportation to the event.

Jordan also recapped the 10th annual Senior Health Fair held April 23 at the senior center.

“It was very successful, although our patronage has gone down a bit,” said Jordan.

Anne Gray, health department director, said a new nurse was hired, with an unofficial start date of June 22.

“She’ll be handling childcare licensing, maternal, child and infant programs,” said Gray. “She is a wonderful nurse and a wonderful person.”

Becky Bartley, land development director, said the monthly planning and zoning meeting was set for April 28.

Laurie Dunn, county sheriff, said Lake Patrol kicks off May 1. Dunn also talked about a proposed phone service for 911 services throughout the state that could come at a high cost to the county.

Following the department heads’ meeting, commissioners met with Lori Kuykendall, Osage County Conservation District.

Kuykendall followed up from a previous visit with commissioners Oct. 20, 2014, proposing a $2,000 donation from the district be used for tire recycling and dumping.

“The board talked about doing the tire thing,” said Lori Kuykendall. “They’re not ready to do that right now, but they do want to give the $2,000 to Leo (Williams) again for noxious weeds.”

“Cut everybody’s price by a little bit, like we’ve been doing?” asked Ken Kuykendall.

Commissioners accepted the donation on behalf of the noxious weed department.

In other business, commissioners:

• held executive sessions for: 20 minutes, non-elected personnel, with Caleb Crook, Devin Sprecker, Christine Lowe and Kris Carothers present, with an 8-minute extension; 10 minutes, non-elected personnel, with Jeff Ball, Sprecker and Crook; 15 minutes, non-elected personnel, with Glen Tyson and Crook; 15 minutes, attorney-client privilege, with Dunn, Bartley and Crook.

• issued a cereal malt beverage license to Perry Thompson for Cross Country Chaos.

• opened oil bids from Vance Brothers Inc. and Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions Inc. The lowest bids were for RS-1H from Vance Brothers, at $1.89 per gallon and RS-1M from Ergon for $2.02 per gallon.

• heard the weekly road and bridge report from Glen Tyson, road and bridge supervisor. Tyson said the pouring of Hoch Road Bridge was again delayed last week due to cement mix testing. He’s hopeful pouring will commence late this week or early next week.

• conditionally approved a neighborhood revitalization application for Ed and Peggy Tucker for storage of farm equipment and hay.

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