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  • Charlene Sims, Journal staff

County runs short on time for Pleasanton Senior Center decision

Updated: Aug 24, 2022

Over the last several months the Linn County Commission has been trying to decide whether to renovate the existing Pleasanton Senior Center or move it to a space in the Pleasanton Community Center. (Journal file photo)

MOUND CITY – While Linn County Public Works Director Shaun West was recently at the senior center in Pleasanton working on a nuisance issue regarding stray cats, he learned that Linn County Commissioners are running out of time if they want to move the senior meal site to the Pleasanton Community Center.

West told commissioners on Monday, Aug. 22, that Pleasanton City Administrator Teresa Whitaker told him that the city was going to move forward with work on the community building. That included making the part that would be used by senior citizens into storage if the county was not going to use it.

West reported that Whitaker said the city hoped to start work on the building by Oct. 1 and was looking at some direction from the county before that date. West said that if the county did not have a finalization of plans for the building by then, the city was going to go ahead with making storage there.

At the April 15 commission meeting, the commissioners had told K-State Extension nutrition assistant, Melanie Grote, Pleasanton Senior Citizen site director Nancy Gustin and other concerned citizens that they would have a final decision on where the Pleasanton Senior Center would be located soon.

The group had come to the commission meeting to get answers as to whether the senior meal site would stay at the current Pleasanton site or would move somewhere else.

Gustin told the commissioners that the issue was discussed daily during the lunches and left people feeling ill at ease because they did not know if they were going to stay there or whether they were going to move.

She said that she would just like to see the comparison of the cost of improvements and safety issues at the current site as compared to moving to the community building.

Commissioner Danny McCullough, who had been in charge of working on the project, agreed to get cost information on the site.

At the Monday meeting this week, Commissioner Rick James asked McCullough if there had been any progress on the senior center. McCullough said there had not been progress.

He said he reached out to a contractor, and they were going to go over and look at it. He said that both he and West had worked on it with no result.

McCullough said he would reach out to the contractor again.

James asked how many were eating over there now.

McCullough replied about seven to 12 people daily with more on Fridays when they play Bingo. McCullough said he thought they really enjoyed it.

James reported that Linn Valley had reached out to the Area Agency on Aging about setting up a meals program at Linn Valley. They may start one to see how busy it is up there. They probably have to have 12 interested people to start a meals program there.

In other business, the commission:

• Postponed the approval of the Comprehensive Plan because a resolution has to be drawn up for the approval. All commissioners said they supported the plan.

• Learned from County Clerk David Lamb that the revenue neutral rate notices cost the county $10,847, not counting labor which the state would not pay for. Lamb thanked the people and departments that helped get the notices out, including the sheriff’s office, the appraiser’s office, register of deeds office, County Treasurer Janet Kleweno, and custodian Danny Nation.

• Accepted the resignation of George Teagarden on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

• Appointed Rex Bollinger to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

• Heard the county’s quarterly interest report from County Treasurer Janet Kleweno and a summary of the cost of the tax foreclosure sale. Linn County’s year to date interest from the Super NOW checking account was $512. The county received $19,100 from the certificate of deposit (CD) accounts. There is no interest from the construction fund because that account has been spent. Delinquent real estate taxes as of June 30, 2022 are $696,025 and delinquent personal property taxes are $37,210.

Kleweno gave the commissioners a summary of the tax foreclosure sale. The county brought in $81,300. The county received $23,738 from the sale. She said tax sales cost the county about $3,400 a year.

• Approved a revision of a 2018 policy letter about nuisances at the lake developments. Zoning Administrator and Sanitation Inspector Darin Wilson said that the only change was that before presenting the county with the problem, the lake development needed to confirm that there is a holding tank on the location they are reporting and whether it is leaking. In short, when a complaint is filed it needs to have more than just suspicions.

• Increased West’s salary due to new certifications to $30.98 per hour.

• Discussed with Wilson changes in inspections of septic systems. The county is looking at having haulers that are approved by the county doing the inspections since they have to be there anyway to pump out the septic tank. Commissioner Rick James said that other counties do it that way.

• Listened to David Keener of Gavel Roads Online Auctions, Lone Jack, Mo. Keener explain his auction service. For government entities, the auction is paid by a 10 percent fee to the buyer. The county would also be able to set a reserve price on equipment.

• Approved signing the county budget certification for the conservation district.

• Approved signing the election abstract for the 2022 primary election.

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