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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Sims, Journal staff

Linn County Park shows net loss for August

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Extreme heat in August may have played a role in reducing income at Linn County Par during August. (File photo)

MOUND CITY – On Monday, Sept. 11, the Linn County Commissioners reviewed the Linn County Park August monthly report and discussed public works activities.

Commission Chair Danny McCullough went over the park report. The income for August was almost $32,000 with expenses of about $35,000 showing about a $3,000 loss for the month.

The year to date report showed a profit of almost $10,200. The income for the year to date is just over $209,700 with expenses of nearly $199,600. July’s profit was just over $14,500.

The park's financial report does not include salaries and benefits for staff. Those expenses are included in that line item for all county employees in the general fund.

County Clerk David Lamb checked his records and told the commissioners that the contractual for August appeared high because two months of Evergy bills showed up in the expenses that month.

Public Works Director Shaun West told the commissioners that as the park is going into the off season and the profits will trend downward.

West said that there had been no bids to remove the park caretaker’s house and asked permission for the road crews to work on demolishing it as road projects tapered off. All three commissioners agreed.

West said that he had received two requests to stripe County Road 1077. Because a lot of the oil showed through on this chip and seal road, the county was receiving many complaints because the road was black and the edges or fog lines are difficult to see and that the center line needs to be painted. West said that chip and sealed roads would not typically be striped.

County Counselor Gary Thompson asked if West had talked with the engineers about this. Thompson said his understanding was that once you stripe a road you have to continue to keep it striped.

West will check with the county’s contracted engineering firm, Pfefferkorn, about striping the chip and sealed road when they are down looking at Queens Road in the wildlife area.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Declared Sept. 17 thru 23 Constitution Week after hearing from Renee Slinkard, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

• Learned that the pump was set up at the river for watering livestock.

• Learned that the people newly hired last week were finished with the process and screening.

• Approved the propane bid for the first 10,000 gallons of gas from Ferrellgas at $1.35 per gallon. Other bidders were D & D for $1.50 gallon and MFA for $1.49 per gallon. Heartland and C & J did not turn in bids.

• Learned that the south district roads were mowed last week while the north district had to pull some people, even maintainers, to get some road projects done.

• Approved a motion authorizing West to sign the federal exchange agreement. Thompson explained that these were annual federal funds for road and bridge that were received that the county cannot amass an amount large enough for projects but if they turn the money over to the state for a fee, the state can hold the money for the county until it amounts to enough to do a larger project.

• Learned from West that the lagoons at the park are scheduled to be desludged the third week of October.

• Accepted the resignation of Donald Grand, the machine operator for the north district.

• Approved a conditional use permit for Skyward Land Services to install a 405 foot guided tower in a 75-by-75-foot leased compound area on Perry Lane. The property owner is Loma Land and Cattle.

• Discussed that employee evaluations were due on Oct. 1 and whether supervisors should have a workshop over county policies.

• Learned that the former judicial building benches had been cleared out and the county building consultant Randy Page was beginning work on the walls.

• Learned that students from the Southeastern Technical Academy for Rural Students (STARS) program will be starting on the demolition/construction of the newly purchased senior citizen’s building in Pleasanton.

• Learned that the request for proposal for the fixed-base operator (FBO) for the airport was due on Friday, Sept. 15. Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower asked the commissioners to start thinking about the next step if there were no proposals.

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