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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Sims, Journal staff

Health department seeks members for advisory board

By Charlene Sims, Journal staff

MOUND CITY – Linn County Health Department Director Amanda Snyder met with the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, April 17, to update them on the Health Advisory Board.


Snyder explained to the commissioners that two board members terms had expired in January and she was looking for replacements for one member from Commissioner District 1 and one at-large member. She also had another member from District 1 that had resigned.


Snyder questioned whether there should be a meeting next Monday night when the board was down three members.


County Counselor Gary Thompson said if the commissioners were able to appoint members by next Monday, there should be no problem having a meeting.


Thompson asked Snyder if she had checked with the expiring members to see if they wanted to continue. She said she would do that. She reported that the at-large member has not been able to attend a lot of the meetings and won’t be able to attend the upcoming meeting next week.


She recommended former health department director Tisha Coleman for the at-large position. She told the commissioners that Coleman is the regional health nurse with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) that works with southeast Kansas counties. Snyder pointed out that she would be a good resource.

Commission Chair Danny McCullough made the motion for Tisha Coleman to be the at-large member. The vote to appoint her was unanimous.

Snyder asked if there were any recommendations for the District 1 position because she did not know enough people in that area.


Commissioner Jason Hightower, who represents District 1, told Snyder that he would get together with her and brainstorm about who to chose from his district.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Learned from Public Works Director Shaun West that the old landscaping timber around the the courthouse was rotted. West said that he had received requests that the rotted lumber be replaced with stone. He told the commissioners that the cost for the stone would be $1,440 and the river rock to fill the area would be $1904. Labor would be supplied by the county. The commissioners said they would consider the request.


• Heard asphalt bids presented by West. They will not vote on them until West qualifies the bids and returns them next week. The bids are for a 5.5 mile section of Wall Street be overlayed 24 feet wide and 1.5 inches thick.


The bids for the asphalt project were more than $660,200 from Killough Construction and nearly $766,500 from Bettis Asphalt.


The bids for the product were Vance Brothers, $3.49 per gallon for MC 30 and $2.54 per gallon for CRS2P. From Coastal Energy Corporation, the bids was $3.89 per gallon for MC 30 and $2.54 per gallon for CRS2P.

• Learned that request for proposals for track hoes will be published this week.


• Learned from West that he was going to purchase a contract for the county with Foley Equipment for $1,499 yearly for technical assistance. At present, the county has a $500 per year contract with Foley, but it was a lower level of service.


• Heard the county treasurer’s quarterly report read by County Clerk David Lamb. Lamb read that the interest was nearly $37,600 as compared to a year ago when the interest was more than $12, 400.


Lamb also read the delinquent real estate taxes, which were more than $820,500, and delinquent personal property taxes that were slightly more than $53,400.


• Learned from West that the contract with Allen County for household waste disposal had been put into the county’s system and ready to go.


• Learned from Thompson that representatives from the Arcadia landfill are coming to meet with the commissioners next Monday at 10:30 a.m.


• Approved nearly $3,100 to put a new air conditioning unit at the Blue Mound Senior Center. This will be a 40% match for the job that will cost more than $7,700. The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) will pay more than $4,600.

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