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            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 a.m. with all members and the County Clerk present.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the minutes of the September 7, 2004 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Sean Gooding, Emergency Medical Service Director, presented quotes for (2) M Series Multi-Pro Plus Biphasic heart monitors. Madison Traster made the motion to approve the purchase of (2) refurbished heart monitors at a cost not to exceed $33,500 from Zoll Medical Corporation. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Mr. Gooding also gave an update on his department.

 

            Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager, Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, and Kim Swafford, Secretary, met with the commissioners. Madison Traster made the motion to recess into executive session for 30 minutes for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 30 minutes, the meeting continued in open session.

 

            Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, met with the commissioners. Mr. Kramer presented cost estimates for moving utilities for the courthouse parking lot project. Mr. Kramer will proceed with advertising for bids for the project. Mr. Goldsby presented road-crossing permits for OXY USA, Inc., Atmos Energy and Pioneer Communications that were reviewed and approved by the commissioners. Mr. Kramer informed the commissioners that they are changing their cellular phone service to Westlink.

 

            Douglas Campbell, County Attorney, met with the commissioners. Gene Schwein made the motion to recess into executive session for 15 minutes for the purpose of discussing legal matters concerning the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 15 minutes, the meeting continued in open session. Gene Schwein made the motion to retain Douglas Campbell as special counsel to continue defending the county’s interest in current valuation cases before the Board of Tax Appeals and other litigation involving those cases. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

           

            Madison Traster made the motion to approve the proposal from the Ulysses News & Vendor for a full-page advertisement in the “Experience Grant County” book and the cartoon map for a total cost of $812.00. Motion died for lack of a second. Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the proposal from the Ulysses News & Vendor for a full-page advertisement in the “Experience Grant County” book at a cost of $399.00. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on October 5, 2004.

 

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Carl Higgs, Chairman