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mlslon By Jared Speckman The county commission met with each of the department heads on Monday. Health Department Administrator Beth Brown met with the commission first and reported that an automated phone system has been added at the health department. Brown reported that the automated system allows for a more user-friendly experience when calling the department. "We're really just trying to make things more efficient," Brown said. Brown also brought interagency agreements with Keystone Learning to provide nursing services to all the school districts. Chairman Richard Maim moved that the commission sign the agreements. Lynn Luck sec- onded and all were in favor. The commission was also all in favor of signing the nursing contracts for school districts 339, 341 and 343. The health department also has a billboard north of Topeka adver- tising the home health and hospice program. The commission approved signing a new contract for the bill- board. The billboard cost is $292 this year, up from $285 with their previ- ous contract. New county appraiser Tanya Erichsen met with the board and re- ported that there are 6,800 personal property and agricultural parcels that need to be inspected by the end of October 2014. "In a normal year we'll do about 2,500," Erichsen said. Erichsen said that she wanted to hire a person to take on person- al property responsibilities in the county. She indicated that money for a personal property employee was already budgeted for 2013 and 2014. The board approved Erichsen's request for another employee. "That person will help save on protests and abatements," Erichsen said of the potential new employee. Erichsen also indicated that she The Valley Falls Vindicator July 11,2013 Page 3 • iser was going to reassign the duties of those already in the county ap- praiser's office. Susan Newell, 911 director, met with the commission. Newell gave an update on the Fourth of July weekend statistics. Phone calls for service were 363 in 2012 compared to 295 in 2013. Sheriff's office calls were at 155 in 2012 and 134 in 2013. Fire calls were 56 in 2012 and 21 this year. Numbers are around the same for both years because the holiday period was one day longer in 2012. Bill loll, planning and zoning ad- ministrator, met to present the 2013 Second Quarter Financial Report. The zoning department issued 11 new building permits for dwellings in the second quarter. "That number is slightly down from the last second quarter in 2012," Noll said. The average cost per dwelling was significantly down because of two inexpensive dwellings that were approved. Treasurer Mary Underwood met with the board and only had one item to discuss. She received one bid for the haying of the former Bio Foods property. Ed Seichepine had the bid at $351. Commissioner Wayne Led- better moved to accept the bid. The motion passed with full support. Road and Bridge Superintendent Francis Hubbard also only had one item to discuss. He has an invitation to the Foley Equipment Tour in Little Rock, Ark. on Aug. 6-8. Hubbard re- quested that either he or one of his mechanics attend the tour. The board agreed to his request. The commission also approved Resolution 2013-019 which amends Resolution 2012-028. The amend- ment addresses changes made in the emergency management director, survey reviewer and appraiser posi- tions in the county. Photo by Clarke Davis Wheat bundles gathered for show An 80-year-old binder was brought out of retirement to harvest wheat near Meriden June 29. It's being operated by Merril Lovendahl with Jody Kirkwood driving the tractor. Nearly 20 members of the Meriden Antique Engine and Threshers Association showed up to help with the binder and load three wagonloads of bundles.The members are preparing for their annual threshing show that will be held July 19-21 at Cottonwood Station, northeast of Meriden. • • • • • • (Continued from page 1) (Continued from page 1) "Do I think there were mistakes"Collectively we've had that many made that night? Yeah! But the come up to us and tell us it's a good Saved from the explosions were program can work and will work," idea," the mayor said. 16 multi-shot devices called "cakes." Stutesman said. "I've not heard one person say they These are packed in their own boxes He then proceeded to explain that thought [the auxiliary] was a great and vary from 36 to more than 200 he was waiting for word from the idea," Meyer added. 1- and 2-inch shells. Attorney General. "If it would have The police auxiliary thus far has "We still have enough fireworks been as harebrained as you think he consisted of Doug Wildeman, a local for a mini-show," Heinen said. He has would have replied much quicker," businessman who lives in the country, scheduled the mini show for 9:30 p.m. the mayor said. and Councilman Todd Harrington.Saturday, July 13. "If he [the Attorney General] says Questions linger as to whether The public had been kept away, the program can work and we areor not some kind of prosecution will made to park on Linn and Frazier within our rights to do it, then it's follow events of April 27, the only streets, and no spectators were in- time to organize as a community and evening these citizens were given the jured. decide if we are going to do this or keys to a police car. Wildeman was ac- Gordon said a lot of citizens re- not," Stutesman said. cused of driving the car with a child sponded, volunteering to help in Resident Sallie Meyer spoke up to on his lap and having other individu- many ways. let the mayor know that the people als in the car while patrolling. "We had registered nurses and have spoken and they do not want Jefferson County Attorney Jasonformer members of the medical corps it. Belveal said he has nothing on his come to help along with regular "It's posted on national media,desk in the way of an investigative citizens who offered a hand," Gordon We are the laughing stock [of the na- report from any law enforcementsaid. tion]," she said. agency. He has the power to file an The Nortonville Fire Department When she pointed out that 30 inquisition giving him the authority responded to the emergency along people showed up at city hall to let to investigate it himself, but he has with a number of law enforcement the officials know they wanted an end no intentions to do so at this time. agencies. put toit, themayor discounted that as Council members present were Heinen has headed up the fire- not being representative of the 1,100 Jo Tichenor, Andy Dinger, and Har- works display for more than 40 years, people living here. rington. Shawn Jepson was absent, inheriting the job from members of the Grahem-Herbers VFW Post ......................... 3084. ' " "We've had a pretty safe run over the years," Heinen said. He recalled that the VFW members had a similar problem in the late 1950s. 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Joe Heinen is one of the organiz- ers who believes it would benefit residents and has joined with others to create a set of bylaws that will be considered at a public meeting. That meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at the Delaware Township Hall basement. Two others who have taken an interest are Jeri Clark and Joyce Brown. They said the idea grew out of the health and wellness commit- tee that worked to get a fitness cen- ter. They said the boundaries should take in the school district and an at- tempt will be made to make it a tax exempt fund for those who contrib- ute. The general scope of the trust fund will be outlined in the bylaws and by the public who attends the meeting, but it basically would be designed to benefit most any project under way in the district and people who give to it could designate a par- ticular cause. They noted a need for funds to help people who battle major illness, as one purpose of the fund. 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The farm will incorporate gardens, farm animals, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The family also hopes to provide equestrian therapy and include Spe- cial Olympics for Cameron and other children with special needs. As for now, the Farrants say that Cameron will be very involved with Creche, and everyone there will know and recognize him for his spunky, energetic, and sprightly attitude. He also already looks forward to his job as hall monitor and recess patrol- man. Creche Academy is already half full and as enrollment fills up, a wait- ing list will be initiated. As construc- tion is under way, pre-enrollment information is available at an alter- native office next to the pharmacy in the former chiropractor office. The office is open Wednesdays from 10 .... a.m. to 4 p.m., but is open anytime for a scheduled appointment. 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The Farrant family is anxiously waiting to move into their new build- ing and look forward to the start of the school year where "tiny feet enter and big hearts leave." "I hope that Creche can tie the community together through fami- lies and I look forward to seeing the friendships that develop at the academy that the kids will carry with them through school," Kysa said. i PUBLIC NOTICE ] (Published in The Valley Falls Vindi- cator July 11, 2013)1t RESOLUTION NO. 07-2013 CITY OF VALLEY FALLS, STATE OF KANSAS WHEREAS, the Governing Body of City of Valley Falls, has authority under the Kansas Municipal Group- Funded Pool Act, K.S.A. 12-2616, et seq., as amended, and the Interlocal Cooperation Act, K.S.A. 12-2901, et seq., as amended, to participate in and form a group-funded pool for workers compensation coverage; and WHEREAS, the City Council has reviewed an agreement to coop- erate with other municipalities to form such group-funded pool entitled Bylaws and Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for the Kansas Municipal Insurance Trust, a copy of which is attached hereto and incorporated by reference in this Resolution. NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RE- SOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE ABOVE STATED MUNICI- PALITY THAT: 1. The Bylaws and Interlocal Co- operation Agreement for the Kansas Municipal Insurance Trust, a copy of which is attached hereto and incorporated by reference into this Resolution, is hereby approved. 2. The Mayor is hereby authorized and directed to sign the Agreement on behalf of the municipality. 3. Neither this Resolution nor the Agreement approved hereby is intended to nor does it waive, nor shall it be construed as waiving, any immunity or limitation on liability provided to the League, its offices or employees, by any law, including but not limited to any such immu- nity or limitation appearing in the Kansas Tort Claims Act or amend- ments thereto. Furthermore, neither this Resolution or the Agreement is intended to, nor does it provide for coverage in excess of the limitation on liability within the Workers Com- pensation Act, K.S.A. 44-501 et seq., or amendments thereto. 4. The municipality understands and further by execution of this Reso- lution and the Agreement agrees that it will comply with the requirements of the Workers Compensation Act and amendments thereto and further un- derstands that in accordance with the BYLAWS AND INTERLOCAL CO- OPERATION AGREEMENT THAT THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE COOPERATION MAY BE SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENT OF ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER THE CIRCUMsTANC- ES DESCRIBED IN THE AGREE- MENT. 5. One copy of the signed Agree- ment shall be mailed to the Executive Director of the League of Kansas Municipalities along with a copy of this Resolution, one copy of the signed Agreement shall be filed with the County Register of Deeds, and one copy of the signed Agreement shall be filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Kansas. The foregoing Resolution was adopted by a majority vote of the Governing Body of the above-named municipality, State of Kausas, on this 3rd day of July, 2013. Charles Stutesman, Mayor ATTEST: April Herbster, City Clerk