of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 a.m. with all members
and the County Clerk present.
made the motion to approve the minutes of the February 1, 2005 meeting after
adding that the commissioners also testified on Senate Bill 128 while in
Topeka, and to approve the claims against the various funds of the county.
Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Heaton, Transfer Station employee, explained her concerns with not following
job description requirements when hiring for a new position, specifically
regarding experience. Dee Dee Lane, Lane’s Recycling, expressed her concerns
that the new Transfer Station Manager keep current on state laws and
regulations regarding solid waste and attend state schools and conferences.
made the motion to appoint Judy Neatherlin as a representative from Grant
County to Area Mental Health. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed
Hathaway, County Attorney, gave an update on her office.
Anderson and Justin Huslig, Grant County Recreation Commission, presented
information on the Wellness Center at the swimming pool. The commissioners will
consider offering this as part of the county’s employee wellness program.
and Brian Burton, Nex-Tech, met with the commissioners. Mr. Burton explained
that the county had maintenance on hardware directly through IBM but not on the
software. Mr. Burton also stated that he cancelled the maintenance agreement
for the old AS400 and printers that are scheduled for replacement. Carl Higgs
made the motion to approve the three-year maintenance program for the new IBM
AS/400 at a cost not to exceed $17,159.00. Marty Long seconded the motion and
it passed unanimously.
Emergency Management Coordinator, reported on hazardous material emergency
preparedness training grants he applied for in January. He received
notification that the grants have been approved. There are six positions
available for the Hazmat Technician
Training, and three positions for Highway Transportation
Specialist Training. The commissioners signed the paperwork necessary to
process the grants. Mr. Button reported that FEMA has approved the county’s
mitigation plan. Mr. Button also gave an update on Safety Committee activities.
Babcock, Sheriff, talked about the purchase of a vehicle for his department. It
was evident from the quotes he received that local dealerships aren’t able to
compete with the price of a vehicle purchased from the Kansas Partnership
program through the Kansas Highway Patrol. Vehicles through this program are
only available to law enforcement officials for law enforcement usage. Carl
Higgs made the motion to purchase a Ford Expedition at a cost not to exceed
$22,802.77 from the Partnership program, which is $3,845 lower than the local
bid, and pay Riley Ford $500 for vehicle preparation when it arrives. Marty
Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Discussion was held on the
possibility of hiring another deputy.
Skeen, Clerk of the District Court, presented quotes for microphones and
speakers for the courtroom. The commissioners advised Ms. Skeen to check
references on both businesses and if they are both good, go with the lower one.
The microphones and speakers will be purchased through the law library account
and diversion funds if the county attorney approves the expenditures. If not,
the commissioners agreed to pay for them through the general fund.
commissioners made the decision to contribute $200 each for two girls to attend
Girl’s State through the American Legion Auxiliary.
Fuhrmann, Appraiser, presented information on hardware for the new CAMA system.
Marty Long made the motion to approve the quote not to exceed $7,052 from
Nex-Tech for the necessary equipment to initiate the new CAMA system. Carl
Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Carl Higgs made the motion
to approve the customer care service gold plan from Nex-Tech for a prepaid
service agreement at a cost of $6,000. Marty Long seconded the motion and it
concerns expressed by the state and Nex-Tech, discussion was held on locking
the computer room door on the second level of the courthouse. The commissioners
made the decision that this will be done. If necessary, the mailroom equipment
and copier can be relocated to another area.
Road Foreman, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, met with the
commissioners. Mr. Goldsby reported that the hiring committee selected David
Wagner to fill the position of Transfer Station Manager. He also reported that
Mr. Wagner’s starting rate was based on a 5% increase of his current rate of
pay, and after 6 months of successful probation, he will receive an additional
5% increase. Discussion was held on the job description for the manager
position. The commissioners asked Mr. Goldsby to update the job description to
reflect the needs of the position at the present. Mr. Kramer requested approval
to replace the position of Operator 1 at the road department. Due to a decrease
in tonnage at the Transfer Station, the commissioners asked Mr. Kramer to think
about transferring one of the drivers from the Transfer Station to the Road
Department instead of hiring another person. Mr. Kramer received permission to
solicit bids for a new flat bed pickup for his department. Quotes for a
replacement overhead door for the road department shop were reviewed. Carl
Higgs made the motion to approve the low bid from Malone Enterprises not to
exceed $7,965 for the door. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously. Carl Higgs made the motion to rescind the yield sign resolution at
the old Warrendale School. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously. Marty Long made the motion to approve a resolution authorizing a
stop sign at the corner of SE 10-30-37. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it
Pflughoft, Economic Development Director, Rob Oglevie, Ray Velsasquez, Richard
Veach, and Marieta Hauser, Economic Development Board Members, and Bud
Newberry, City Administrator, met with the commissioners. Carl Higgs made the
motion to recess into executive session for 30 minutes for the purpose of
discussing contract negotiations. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously. After 30 minutes the meeting continued in open session.
commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on March 1, 2005.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Madison