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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. Marty Long, Commissioner Elect also attended the meeting.

 

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

 

Gene Schwein made the motion to approve Ordinance No. 1134 amending the official zoning district map of the Ulysses-Grant County metropolitan area by rezoning certain property. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

Brian Burton, Nex-Tech, and Sheila Brown, Chief Deputy Clerk, reported on the firewall for the courthouse computer. Mrs. Brown stated that she had talked to Jerry Horton at Pioneer Communications and he said no updates are done on the county’s firewall because everything is locked down and updates are not necessary. Mr. Burton explained that he does not agree with this because as long as you are connected to the Internet, there is an opening in your system and potential for problems. Price quotes were presented for two different options. Mr. Burton said the prices he quoted would be good until the end of February. He also stated that the prices would remain in effect for at least a year and a half. Madison Traster made the motion to approve Option 1 at a cost of $39.95/month for monitoring our current system. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Sheila and Mr. Burton will check with the courts and the EMS to determine what their needs may be regarding firewall protection.

 

Scott Nichols and Lynda Fort, Tourism, presented updates on tourism activities.

 

Rod Kreie, Economic Development Board, met with the commissioners. Gene Schwein made the motion to recess into executive session for 15 minutes for the purpose of discussing contractual matters. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 15 minutes the meeting continued in open session.

           

            Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, and Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager, met with the commissioners. Madison Traster made the motion to recess into executive session for 45 minutes for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 45 minutes the meeting continued in open session.

 

            Frank Goldsby and Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, presented final paperwork for the cemetery road project, which was reviewed and approved by the commissioners.

 

            Harold DuPree and Tom Keaton, Airport Board Members, presented an update on airport business. In order to comply with FAA requirements Madison Traster made the motion that the Fire Department starts paying rent to the Airport Board in the amount of $500.00 per month effective January 1, 2005. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Madison Traster made the motion to transfer the unexpended balance of the various funds to special funds as allowed by statute. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Madison Traster made the motion to adjourn at 4:10 p.m. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Carl Higgs, Chairman