Marshall County Commission Meeting Minutes – 7/17/2023

The Board of Marshall County Commissioners met in regular session at the Marshall County Fair in Blue Rapids with Fritz Blaske, chairman, Keith Bramhall, member, Jon Ungerer, member and Sandra Wilson, County Clerk present. Chris Pannbacker with the Marysville Advocate was also present for the meeting.

Commissioner Blaske called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m. The meeting was opened with the flag salute.

Fritz Blaske moved, seconded by Jon Ungerer to approve the minutes of the 07/10/23 regular meeting and the agenda for today’s meeting. Unanimous.

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Fritz Blaske moved, seconded by Keith Bramhall to approve the following purchase orders. Unanimous.

For postage machine lease
$1,612.80-Courthouse General (Commissioner) Fund-P.O. #6952

Ashley Behney
For Contract Services
$1,991.00-County General (Sheriff) Fund-P.O. #6951

Farm & Home Publishers, LTD
For maps
$1,350.00-Emergency Management Fund-P.O. #6420

Elizabeth Olson
For contract services
$2,300.00-District Court Fund-P.O. #6880

Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske to approve the Neighborhood Revitalization application for Axtell Community Fitness Center for the construction of a community fitness center in Axtell, KS. Unanimous.

Public Works Administrator Mike Craig met with the Board.

Fritz Blaske moved, seconded by Jon Ungerer to approve the publication for a road vacation for Quiver Road in Elm Creek Township from 11th Terrace to 12th Road and the public hearing will be held on Monday, July 31st at 9:00 a.m. Unanimous.

Blue Rapids Mayor Jerry Zayas and Chief of Police Ryan Woodyard visited with the Board regarding the upcoming jail project.

Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske to approve the General Obligation Bond payment for Home Sewer in the amount of $2,775.30 to be paid out of the appropriate funds. Unanimous.

Fritz Blaske moved, seconded by Jon Ungerer to approve the resignation of Fred Gee as Balderson Township Trustee and approve the appointment of Gary Weyer as Balderson Township Trustee. Unanimous.

Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Jon Ungerer to approve vouchers as presented and issue manual warrants. Unanimous.

The 2024 Marshall County budget was discussed. A few adjustments were recommended and the Board wishes to stay as close to the previous year levy as possible. The budget hearing has been set for September 18, 2023 in the Board meeting room to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Fritz Blaske moved, seconded by Jon Ungerer to adjourn the meeting at 10:18 a.m. Unanimous. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, July 24, 2023 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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