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 May 7, 2002 meeting. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it
public forum portion of the meeting, Mark Skiles, Economic Development
Director, informed the commissioners that he sent a letter to Monsanto
expressing the community’s regret that Monsanto is leaving Grant County.
Hightower, Lorine Myers, and Steve Johnson, Grant County Conservation District,
presented their 2003 budget request.
They requested a one thousand dollar increase to $21,000. The commissioners will consider their
Ediger, EMS Director, presented the lease/purchase agreement for the new
ambulance that was reviewed and approved by the commissioners. Discussion was held on the ambulance that
was wrecked. Jessica Navarette attended
the meeting and Mr. Ediger requested that she be hired full time or at least
receive the county’s health insurance benefit to enable her to stay in Grant
County as a paramedic. Later in the
day, the commissioners made the decision not to add another full time position
to the ambulance service. They also
declined to provide benefits to a part time position.
discussion was held with Tom Job and Harry Bowen, KCAMP Insurance, regarding
the wrecked ambulance. A settlement of
$55,000 less salvage value of $7,800, towing and storage of $1,500 and the
deductible of $500 was agreed upon. The
county will receive a check for $46,700.
Terry Leicher, Lifeline, telephoned regarding the wrecked
ambulance. Commissioner Traster asked
if he would be willing to repair the ambulance for an amount of around
$61,000. Mr. Leicher confirmed that he
would draft an agreement for the commissioners stating a not to exceed
amount. The total cost, above
insurance, to the county for repairing the ambulance will not exceed $14,300. The ambulance will have a new cab and
chassis. The clerk will send a
letter-authorizing Lifeline to start repairing the ambulance.
Tourism Committee Member, updated the commissioners on activities of
tourism. She explained that the Tourism
Board reviews bills before they are submitted to the county for payment.
Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, and Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, and
interested contractors attended the bids opening for the covered arena project
at the civic center. Wolters
Construction of Hugoton bid $50,074 for the base bid and bid $1,100 on
alternate one; Keaton Glass and Metal bid $43,170.25 for the base bid and
$984.50 for alternate one; and Malone Enterprises bid a base amount of $55,368,
and $900 for alternate one. Gene
Schwein made the motion to approve Keaton Glass and Metal’s low base bid of
$43,170.25 and the alternate of $984.50 for a total not to exceed
$44,154.75. Carl Higgs seconded the
motion and it passed unanimously. In
other business, Mr. Goldsby presented an agreement for engineering on the
cemetery road. Gene Schwein made the
motion to approve the agreement with Kirkham-Michael for a lump sum amount of
$29,500. Carl Higgs seconded the motion
and it passed unanimously. On behalf of
the Fair Board, Mr. Goldsby asked if the county could purchase 36 rabbit cages
at a cost of $1,000. Carl Higgs made
the motion to approve the purchase of the cages at a cost not to exceed $1,000
with the amount to be paid by the county general fund. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it
passed unanimously. Mr. Goldsby will
have a plan and cost estimate done for replacing the concrete patio at the
Velasquez and other interested parties discussed a problem with the usage of
the civic center for a Mothers’ Day dance.
They were concerned that a security officer backed out at the last
minute and another one could not be found so the dance had to be moved to Jim
Wilson’s Shop. The group hopes this
problem does not happen again. The commissioners
apologized for the inconvenience and said they would talk to the sheriff’s
department regarding this.
Henderson, Undersheriff, requested approval to purchase six VHF radios for
Sheriff department vehicles that would enable them to communicate with
surrounding counties. Carl Higgs made
the motion to accept the low bid of $2,670 from Triple M Communications for six
radios. Gene Schwein seconded the
motion and it passed unanimously. Mr.
Henderson also presented quotes for spike systems that could be used to stop a
vehicle in a car chase. Carl Higgs made
the motion to accept the bid of $2,355 for five ZC – 1 15’ spike systems from
OMB Police Supply. Gene Schwein
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Schwein made the motion to approve the claims against the various funds of the
county with the provision that the check for the lease payment on the new
ambulance be held by the clerk’s office until the ambulance is delivered. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed
commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on June 4, 2002.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Madison