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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 October 5, 2004 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, presented bids for construction of the parking lot plan which was submitted by the Library Board. Jason Hickman, H & H Construction, also attended this portion of the meeting. Discussion was held on whether to open the bids or not because Pioneer Electric may not be able to have the transformer for 12 weeks. The decision was made to proceed with opening the bids. Three bids were received. H & H Construction bid $57,599.35; Simpson Construction bid $50,165.19; and W T Contractors bid $60,362.35. Gene Schwein made the motion to accept the low bid from Simpson Construction of $50,165.19. Madison Traster seconded the motion. Following discussion, the motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Kramer was given approval to solicit bids for a new motor grader.

Mr. Kramer explained that he has two employees who were hired in October and November last year so they have two weeks vacation due them at that time. He asked if those employees could carry some of their vacation into next year. The decision was made to let Mr. Kramer do whatever would be the best for his department regarding this.

At Mr. Goldsby’s request, Gene Schwein made the motion to recess into executive session for five minutes to discuss personnel matters. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After five minutes the meeting continued in open session.

The commissioners reviewed and approved a road-crossing permit for Regency Midcon Gas, LLC.

 

            Scott Nichols, Chamber of Commerce Manager and Tourism Representative, met with the commissioners. Discussion was held on the various activities of the two organizations. Billboard signage was also discussed.

 

LaVonne Michael, Senior Citizen’s Director, and Jim Anderson, Board on Aging Member, asked the commissioners if they have a timeline on when the health department would be moving. The commissioners said they do not have a definite time because it is dependent on what happens with the hospital plans. The commissioners will keep the senior citizens informed on this matter.

Mr. Traster inquired about all the parking spaces in the senior center/health department parking area being marked for handicapped only parking. Mrs. Michael explained that the spaces are needed for senior citizens at lunchtime.

 

Ed Wiltse and George Bushnell, Pioneer Electric, reported that there would be no reason to delay the courthouse parking lot project because they have located an old transformer that can be used if the new one doesn’t arrive before it is needed. Mr. Bushnell said the transformer is the last phase of the project so the new transformer might arrive before it is needed.

 

Madison Traster made the motion to accept an upgrade on the Extension Building of $7,650. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The breakdown for the cost is as follows:            Interior locking double doors - $550.00

Upgrade exterior exit doors from wood cased out-swing to full metal “Commercial grade” out-swing - $900.00

Extend brick veneer around all sides - $6,200.00.

Gene Schwein seconded the motion. Following discussion the motion passed unanimously.

 

Gene Schwein made the motion to appoint Linda McHenry as voting delegate for the KCAMP and KWORCC annual meeting. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Madison Traster made the motion to appoint Carl Higgs as the alternate voting delegate for the KCAMP and KWORCC annual meeting. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

Madison Traster made the motion to approve the best bid from Cott Electric for additional lighting outside at the care home not to exceed $2,975.00. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on November 2, 2004.

 

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Carl Higgs, Chairman