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            The Board of County Commissioner met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with all members and the Chief Deputy Clerk present


            The monthly department head meeting was held with the following in attendance: Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator; Tom Kramer, Road Foreman; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; David Wagner, Transfer Station Manager; John Crosby, Fire Chief; Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official; Pete Clinesmith, Noxious Weed Director; Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager; Jerry Jo Deckert, Interim Emergency Medical Services Director; and Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds.


            Marty Long made the motion to approve the minutes of the April 8, April 12 and April 19, 2005 meetings and the claims against the various funds of the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Jose Olivas and Ray Velasquez, GI Forum, asked the commissioners to waive the fees at the Civic Center for Cinco de Mayo activities.  The commissioners approved their request to waive the fees with the exception of the $350 damage deposit.


Lance Babcock, Sheriff presented quotes on a floor burnisher to be used on the floors at the Law Enforcement Center.  Carl Higgs made the motion to purchase a floor burnisher at a cost not to exceed $1,327.85 from Service Janitorial Supply.  Sheriff Babcock received a request from the county surveyor to use prisoners on occasion to help him survey.  The county will check with the insurance on this request to see if it is permissible.


Ric Dalke and Maggie Myers, Area Mental Health Center, gave a report on their programs and presented their 2006 budget request.  Their request remains the same as the past three years at $108,768.  The commissioners will consider the request.


            David Wagner, Transfer Station Manager, Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator and Gene Schwarz, Foley Equipment Company presented bids for a 2006 caterpillar 816F compactor and a used 1998 caterpillar 816F compactor to be used at the Transfer Station.  Due to the cost of the compactors the commissioners will consider these bids when preparing the 2006 budget.  Discussion was held on repairing a 950 loader and the need for metering the diesel tank at the Transfer Station.  The commissioners approved the repair of the loader and encouraged Mr. Wagner to put a meter on the diesel tank.  Todd Hampton, Solid Waste Management Committee Member joined this part of the meeting.  Mr. Hampton asked the commissioners to consider approving a Household Hazardous Waste Program for Grant County.  The waste program would be an outpost from Seward County and would be an estimated $3,000 yearly.  Marty Long made the motion to cooperate with Seward County on a satellite program for household hazardous waste with incidental costs of approximately $3,000 yearly.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.


Susie McBride, Santa Fe Trail RC&D Coordinator presented their 2004 annual report.


Harold Hooten and Grant Florence with Chaosland Services, LLC, presented information on an oil reclamation facility they are interested in. The commissioners reviewed the information and gave their approval that it meets the county’s solid waste management plan and Chaosland could proceed with the project.


            Jerry Jo Deckert, Interim EMS Director, requested permission to purchase an inverter for the first out ambulance.  Carl Higgs made the motion to purchase an inverter from Life Star Rescue, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $1,103.80.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Ms. Deckert reported another paramedic has been hired and will start next week.  Also, the EMS and Dr. Plumlee will now be having monthly meetings to discuss emergency care.  Carl Higgs made the motion to recess into executive session for 20 minutes for the purpose of discussing personnel matters. After 15 minutes the meeting continued in open session.


Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator reported the influenza vaccines for next year have been ordered.  The Health Department has scheduled three dates for kindergarten physicals and the new employee for the child-care licensing program is working out well.


Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, presented several quotes for used trucks.  The commissioners agreed to pay $35,000 for a used truck.  The commissioners reviewed and approved road-crossing permits for Garry Spencer, Carroll W. King and Robert and Lorine Myers.  The commissioners signed a resolution for the Cemetery Road Project from the Kansas Department of Transportation to accept project number 34 C-3896-01 STP at 80/20 cost sharing with the total to the county being $159,240.


            David Seibel, Grant County Recreation Board Member and Brent Walker, Grant County Recreation Director met with commissioners to discuss the heater/filter system at the pool.  Mr. Seibel submitted a bid to replace the heater/filter system for $291,000.  Due to the cost of replacing the heater/filter system the commissioners asked for several bids.  The recreation is looking into improving the t-ball and coach pitch fields located at the Dick Kreie Complex.  The commissioners suggested the fair board be contacted on this matter since the field is used for other purposes during fair time.


             The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on May 17, 2005.



Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Madison Traster, Chairman