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SMALL TOWN PAPERS 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SEATTLE WA 98136 SW MIXED SEATTLE WA 980 MIX WASHINGTON 00000 Meeting a week late this month, the USD 300 Board of Education members will find their May meeting to be a real picnic at least the first of it. Board members will meet at the South Central High School library, their usual meeting place, at 6 p.m. next Monday and immediately adjourn the meet- ing to the Coldwater city park. There they will "get to the meat of the matter," joining the district's bus drivers in a ham- burger/hotdog cookout. At 7 p.m the board will re- convene its meeting in the high school library, and take up busi- ness as usual. One of the big items on the board agenda will be personnel changes in personnel. At least three resignations will come to the board. One is from a teacher, one from a secretary, and one from a supplemental coaching position. They will also consider a new summer weight program direc- tor for the elementary/middle school, and a new high school cheerleader sponsor. One student's request for early graduation will come be- ber wil! hear more and ab6ut replacing the boiter atSouth Central Elemen- taty Middle School and about soun4system upgrades in the high school gym and the elemen- tary/middle school gym and au- ditorium. They will also discuss the district's parent/student hand- book, the new teacher handbook, and the certified teacher henri- book, as well as approve an up- dated technology plan the. next five years and the list of dis- trier goals and objectives for this year. Comanche County Commis- sioners met Monday of this week instead of Tuesday, having re- scheduled the meeting because County Clerk Alice Smith was to be out of the office at a meet- ing on the regular Tuesday meet- ing date. fore board. During the morning session, A list of regular reports will the commissioners reviewed the be presented to the board mem- monthly bills for payment, as well as meeting with Ronn Lytle ]Kid i and former County Commis- S DO Say tho sioner Ed Koger. Lyric and Koger were present IDarnedest Thingsl to discuss with the commission- ers their action to pass a resolu- Art Linkletter, long-time ra- tion authorizing a one-mill levy dio and television show host and to fund economic development author, certainly had a multi-fac- in the county. Both voiced op- eted career, but one of those fac- position to such a mill levy. ets became his"hallmark"-- his Commission Chairman television shows and books Duane Huck noted that the rea- based on kids and how their re- son for passing the resolution actions to various situations and was to prompt a petition against saying varied from those of it-- one which has been assured adults, by Lytle. That petition, if it re- Sometimes those kids' reac- ceives enough signatures, will tions were insightful, and often put the matter before the voters humorous. He authored more of Comanche County to decide than one book on the topic, and in the August primary election. one of his television shows was Commissioner Vehna in fact named, "Kids Say the Basnett said she felt a letter pre- Darnedest Things." sented to her about the matter by Coming up with what couldLyric was a threat. In that letter, be another chapter in that book, Lytle told the commissioners South Central Middle School how he felt about the matter, and Kindergarten Teacher Jennifer chronicled his involvement with Kay had her students complete the economic development foun- common sayings -- common to dation. those that have heard them time Lytle also had a number of and again, questions about the resolution. But as those youngsters that The group also discussed the were encountering the "old fact that the commissioners saws" for possibly the first time, could legally go ahead and give some new twists were incorpo- the Economic Development rated into the sayings. Foundation funding equivalent Those Western Star readers to a mill -- even if the matter is that find themselves in a hurry voted down by the public. this week should skip over the "How smart would that be?" county commission, the school asked Commission Chairman board, the sports, and even Huck. Country Gal and The Wilmore "To ignore the wished of the news and go directly to page 7 voters would be irresponsible," and read the kids' "new saws." he said, indicating that he felt the If you get time, read the rest commissioners would follow the of The Star. It's pretty good, too, wishes of the voters but not as good as what the kids Later in their meeting, after came up with. discussing the matter with Koger Vol. 122 No. 40, May 4, 2006 (LISPS No. 679-660) Official Newspaper for City of Coldwater and Comanche Coffnty Box 518 Coldwater, Kansas67029-0518 (620) 582-2101 eluded in the 12 bills that Adams and Lytle, the commissioners recommended be written off, voted to adopt the resolution some date back to 2003, he which would authorize such a noted. The bills ranged in size levy. That resolution can be from $33 to $1,045. Commis- found elsewhere in the newspa- sioners voted to write those bills per this week. off as uncollectable. In other business, the com- --Adams noted that the missioners: county is now just one payment --Approved payment Of away from paying off the monthly bills in the amount of county's newest ambulance -- $195,702.08. the one in Protection. He also --Heard Comanche County pointed out that he and the com- Road and Bridge Supervisor missioners had talked at one time Jerry HeR report on plans to re- about purchasing a four-wheel seal part of the county blacktop drive ambulance -- but he has north of Protection and part of no room to put it inside. Adams the blacktop south of Wilmore. said that he had talked with a --Discussed applicants for local contractor about the mat- the road and bridge supervisor ter, and had prepared rough ten- position from which HeR plans tative plans to expand the am- to retire sometime this summer. bulance building in Coldwater. . --Approved HeR's request Commissioners told Adams to that the county sign-making ma- bring back cost estimates on the chine be loaned to the city of building addition, as well as a Wilmore. comparison in costs between --Heard HeR report that the two-wheel and four-wheel drive road and bridge department is in ambulances, need of a grader operator. --Met with Blue Cross rep- --Received a quarterly report resentative Stephanie Buckman of activities from Register of who explained a rate decrease in Deeds Guyneth Snyder. the county's employee health --Received word that the insurance policy, as well as the county commission, the county fact that the policy would have airport advisory board, and the to be changed a year from now. Kansas Department of Transpor- Several of the courthouse em- tation are named in a law suit ployees also sat in on the session, filed by Dave Snook regarding She outlined several changes in a motorcycle accident at the the plan after one more year, due Comanche County Airport in to changes in the way Blue Cross 2004. The information was for- will offer benefits. The basic warded to two insurance compa- changes were that the first $750 nies -- the one covering the would have to be paid by the commissioners and the one cov- employee instead of the first ering the airport authority. $500 as it now stands. She also --Heard Heft report that he noted differences in the way em- had a -ton Dodge pickup of his ployees' benefit years are fig- own that he would like to sell. ured -- a change which would He offered to sell it to the county, adversely effect some. but no action was taken. --Commlssmners voted to Met with Comanche leave the health insurance pack- County Ambulance Service Di- age as it now stands until when rector Brian Adams who pre- they are forced to change it next sented the commissioners with a year. That means that the em- quarterly report of activities for ployee-only policy rate will drop the ambulance service. $10 per month from $566 to --Received a recommenda- $556 per month. Family plan tion from Adams that about rates will drop from $1,739 to $10,000 in ambulance bills be $1,709 per month, written off as tmcollectable. In- mlC --Met in executive session to discuss personnel matters with County Treasurer Patty Fose. --Heard the county treasurer report that the new computer printer has been installed in her office and is working fine. --Met with Nelda Jellison who spoke to the commission- ers about a Protection lot which was on one of the previous tax sales. She said that she under- stood that it now belonged to the county, and could be purchased from the county, and wondered how that could be done. Com- missioners said that the lot would have to be advertised for sale, and agreed to advertise it for sealed bids. --Voted to appoint June Kliesen to the Comanche County Hospital Board. --Received a quarterly report of activities and finances from Comanche County Hospital Ad- ministrator Nancy Zimmerman. --Heard the hospital admin- istrator explain the hospital board's efforts at recruiting a new doctor for the county. --Heard Mrs. Zimmerman explainthat the hospital board is in the process of having plans for expansion of and updating the hospital drawn up and the let- ting bids for a construction man- ager "at risk." --Agreed to set the first June meeting for Monday, June 5, (continued on page 7) Date High Low Precip. 4-26 67 33 0.00 4-27 81 44 0.00 4-28 71 54 0.19 4-29 71 5'1 0.00 4-30 77 44 0.85 5-1 77 52 0.00 5-2 84 53 trace