County officials will mediate fence dispute
By RANDY GONZALES
For only the second time in the 25 years Bill Jeter has served as county counselor, the Ellis County Commission will act as designated fence-viewers to settle a dispute.
In Monday's regular meeting at the Ellis County Courthouse, commissioners decided Chairman Dean Haselhorst, Commissioner Swede Holmgren and Public Works Director Mike Graf will act as the fence-viewers. Commissioner Barbara Wasinger recused herself due to her husband acting as the attorney for Robert Boardman, who brought the issue before the commission.
"As you saw in Mr. Jeter's letter, this is the second time in 25 years the county has received one of these requests," Ellis County Administrator Greg Sund said. "But this is something that is the duty of the county commission."
In a letter to Jeter, Boardman said Kansas law dictates a partition fence is needed between his property and the property owned by Brassfield Brothers Inc., and the fence was in disrepair. Boardman said prior attempts to resolve the dispute were unsuccessful.
In a letter to the commissioners, Jeter said Boardman was concerned about a fence between his property and the other landowner, which Boardman said has become in a state of disrepair.
Jeter said in his letter to commissioners, the fence-viewers are obligated to view the fence and determine if it is insufficient and in need of repair, then direct who shall repair or rebuild the fence and assign responsibilities of such repair to each party.
In other business, commissioners:
* Approved a resolution for payment of $4,815 for the county's share of replacement of carpet on the second floor of the county administration building at 718 Main.
* Approved authorization for advertising of bids on the road improvement project on Old U.S. Highway 40 east of 280th Avenue. The plan is to construct the project in spring 2014, with completion before wheat harvest.
* Approved advertising for bids for a dump truck, boom mower and motor grader as part of the capital improvement plan for 2013.
* Declared certain public works equipment as surplus and authorized their sale.
* Approved a resolution adopting the coordination plan recommended by the Kansas Natural Resource Coalition.
* Approved a resolution adopting the conservation plan directed at the lesser prairie chicken as proposed by the Kansas Natural Resource Coalition.
* Tabled an agenda item concerning possible change in meeting times until a later meeting.
* Approved a cereal-malt beverage license for Pamela Burgardt.