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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • County Commission retains chairman for 2014

  • Leavenworth County commissioners traditionally rotate the chairman's position, with a new person taking the leadership duties each year.
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    • Other business
      In other business Monday, the Leavenworth County Commission:

      • Accepted petitions for road improvement benefit districts in the Westridge Estates and Sunflower Hill subd...
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      Other business
      In other business Monday, the Leavenworth County Commission:
      • Accepted petitions for road improvement benefit districts in the Westridge Estates and Sunflower Hill subdivisions. Public hearings to discuss the proposed road improvement districts will be scheduled.
      • Approved a bid from Bryan-Ohlmeier Construction Co. for $374,944 for design and build services for the replacement of a bridge on County Road 9 over Jarbalo Creek.
      • Approved a three-year contract with CE Water Management for $2,340 for on-call service for chilled water systems at the Leavenworth County Courthouse and Justice Center.
      • Approved a 2013 noxious weeds eradication report. The report will be submitted to the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
      • Tabled possible termination of a road maintenance agreement with Tonganoxie to allow for further study.
      • Listened to a presentation about a proposal from CGI Communications for placing videos on the county's website.
  • Leavenworth County commissioners traditionally rotate the chairman's position, with a new person taking the leadership duties each year.
    However, commissioners have decided to stick with Bob Holland as their leader for 2014.
    Holland was asked to continue serving as chairman when the County Commission reorganized Monday.
    "I'm looking forward to it," he said after the meeting.
    Holland said he enjoys serving as chairman and being a commission member.
    Holland, 63, is starting his fourth year on the County Commission. He wrapped up his first year as chairman in 2013.
    He represents in the county's First District, which encompasses northern Leavenworth County.
    Holland was nominated to serve as chairman for another year by commissioner Clyde Graeber.
    Graeber later said he takes part in numerous activities as chairman of the County Commission. Holland also takes time to read things he signs as chairman, Graeber said.
    The other county's commissioner, Dennis Bixby, said Holland "does a really good job."
    The nomination for chairman was unanimously approved Monday with Holland participating in the vote for his appointment.
    Graeber joked that he was reappointing Holland because the chairman looks forward to signing documents known as orders of the county board.
    Holland said he's had to sign as many as 50 of the OCBs at one time.
    Commissioners took other action Monday as part of the annual reorganization, including setting meeting dates. Commissioners will continue meeting on Mondays and Thursdays.
    One of the issues they had to take up as part of the reorganization was the salaries of the county's elected officials. Commissioners previously approved across the board 1.5 percent raises as part of the 2014 budget.
    "So the dollars are there," Leavenworth County Administrator Pat Hurley said.
    Commissioners approved salaries for elected officials in the county with the 1.5 percent increase.
    Commissioners took up other matters Monday before the reorganization. One item of old business that was discussed was a vacant house at 15264 Prairie View Road.
    Commissioners met last week as the Leavenworth County Board of Health to discuss whether the property poses an imminent health hazard. At the conclusion of the meeting, a woman who's purchasing the home said she would grant access to allow for mold testing.
    Leavenworth County Health Department Director Jamie Miller said Monday that he later received a voicemail from the new owner, Redie Lewis, indicating she won't allow access to the property.
    County Counselor David Van Parys suggested contacting Lewis and asking her to meet with commissioners Thursday.
    Commissioners voted to revisit the issue Thursday.
    Van Parys later met with commissioners behind closed doors in executive session for 15 minutes to discuss options related to the property on Prairie View Road. The discussion was in executive session because it involved potential litigation.
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