Archive for Thursday, February 8, 2007

Longtime county worker resigns

Ed Sass had run for county commissioner in 2006 election

February 8, 2007

The Leavenworth County Commission accepted the resignation of a longtime county employee on Tuesday and discussed but held off on plans to replace 10 vehicles for the Sheriff's Office.

Ed Sass, the county's noxious weeds supervisor, submitted his resignation. He has worked in the Noxious Weeds Department for more than 20 years.

In the 2006 general election, he mounted an unsuccessful bid for the 1st District County Commission seat that was being vacated by then Commissioner Don Navinsky. J.C. Tellefson, who won the seat, has since been elected the commission's chairman.

"He's at that age and he wants to retire," Tellefson said. "He's done good service for the county and wants to pursue other things."

The vehicle purchase discussion was renewed by Sheriff Dave Zoellner, who had requested four types of vehicles: three new V-8 sedans, five V-6 midsize sedans, one V-6 midsize sport utility vehicle and one V-8 half-ton truck.

As directed by county commissioners last month, bid requests were sent to 13 area vendors, including two Leavenworth County dealerships, Danny Zeck Ford and Henry Martens Chevrolet. Prices were comparable to state contract bid prices and pricing from the federal General Services Administration.

Tellefson and Commissioner Clyde Graeber expressed interest in buying locally if at all possible but decided not to take action Tuesday. Commissioner Dean Oroke was in Washington, D.C.

Graeber noted retail customers might receive service and repairs more quickly than work on a county vehicle. In response, Tellefson opened the possibility of requiring some kind of service agreement with the selected vendor.

Funding for the purchases will be drawn from the sheriff's 2007 approved budget.

In other business Tuesday, the commission followed the recommendation of Bill Green and the Department of Public Works in accepting the low bid for sign material from Welborn Sales of Salina and J & A Traffic Products of Blue Springs.

Two special use permits were unanimously extended Tuesday: the first to Kristine Magner, who runs Zig-Zag Run Farm, a horse boarding and training facility near 179th Street and Eisenhower; and the second to Ed Anderton, whose A & D Woodshop is located two miles south of Basehor on 166th Street.

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