of County Commissioners met in regular session with all members and the County
department head meeting was held with the following in attendance: Tom Kramer,
Road Foreman; Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator; Don Button, Emergency
Management Coordinator; David Wagner, Transfer Station Manager; John Crosby,
Fire Chief; Jerry Jo Deckert, Interim EMS Director; Pete Clinesmith, Noxious
Weed Director; Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator; and Rita Gee, Treasurer.
made the motion to approve the minutes of the May 17, 2005 meeting and the
claims against the various funds of the county. Marty Long seconded the motion
and it passed unanimously.
made the motion to allow a retiree, who meets the requirements of the law
providing for health insurance for retirees, to remain on the county’s health
insurance by reimbursing the county at the same premium rate as the county
pays. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
made the motion to reappoint Jimmie Limper to the Southwest Kansas Area Agency
on Aging Sub-Region Council. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed
Wagner, Transfer Station Manager, presented bids for a compactor. Van Keppel
bid $187,000.00 on a remanufactured 1987 compactor. Caterpillar bid $267,145.00
for a 2006 model. If the used 1998 Caterpillar is still available the bid is
$135,800.00. Berry Tractor submitted a bid for a Bomag 2001 model costing
$99,500 less $12,500 trade in for a total of $87,000.00. A new compactor from
Berry Tractor was bid at $214,305.00. Marty Long made the motion to purchase
the 2001 used Bomag compactor from Berry Tractor at a cost not to exceed
$87,000.00. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Mr.
Wagner presented bids for a new roof for the office building at the Transfer
Station. Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the bid from Aqua-Shield Roofing
at a cost not to exceed $2,123.44. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously. Mr. Wagner stated that the Noxious Weed Department has an old
tanker truck that is obsolete for that department but the Transfer Station is
using it to put water on the compost pile. Approval was given to transfer the
tanker from the Noxious Weed inventory to the Transfer Station inventory. Mr.
Wagner asked approval to continue using Terracon to do the bid work for opening
the new trench and closure of Trench One. The contract is for an amount not to
exceed $3,300.00. Carl Higgs made the motion to approve contracting with
Terracon to do the bid work for Trench One closure and digging Trench Three at
a cost not to exceed $3,300.00. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously. Mr. Wagner presented bids for a mower. The commissioners said they
would talk to Tom Kramer about the mowing. Mr. Wagner discussed his five-year
plan and said he is planning to update the building. He reported they are
having problems with the sewer system, there are some electrical problems, the
roof leaks and there are many smaller items that need to be addressed.
President, Southwest Developmental Services, Inc., and Deanna Berry, Russell
Child Development Center, presented their annual report and 2006 budget
request. SDSI requested $38,500 and RCDC requested $24,800 for a total request
of $63,300. Their total appropriation for this year is $60,000.00.
Roberts, Librarian, and Library Board Members, Galen Pelton, Dee Longoria and
Archie DeBruce, requested a property tax levy of $464,133.00 for operating
expenses for 2006 and a levy for employee benefits in the amount of $87,552.90.
The increase of $25,619.00 in operating expense is due to a 3% wage increase
for full time employees, the addition of 2 part time employees and full system services
through the Southwest Library System. The increase of $12,732.00 in employee
benefits is due to rising costs in health insurance, KPERS and salary
increases. The Library Board presented a list of names for the commissioners’
review as part of the selection process for a board member to replace Eddi
Porter who has resigned. The commissioners had no problem with any of the names
on the list.
and Mary Sullivan, Extension Council Agents, and Jason King, Extension Council
Member, presented their 2006 budget request of $164,000.00. Their 2005
appropriaton is $158,000.00.
Traffic Control Officer for the Road Department, presented a plan for
prohibiting parking along a portion of Patterson Avenue during softball and
soccer season and opening a new parking area east of the soccer fields and
softball diamonds. Commissioner Long suggested utilizing the east Civic Center
parking lot instead of making a different parking lot. It was agreed that this
would be done until it is proven that an additional parking lot is required.
Road Foreman, presented an update on equipment. He presented cost information
on the recycler they had leased for two weeks. Discussion was held to determine
if the equipment would be used enough to justify the expense. The commissioners
asked Mr. Kramer to get another quote on a different brand recycler for the
next meeting. Mr. Kramer presented three quotes for a flat bed trailer for the
new truck that will be used for spraying noxious weeds. Carl Higgs made the
motion to approve the low bid not to exceed $2,275.00 for a truck bed with tool
boxes from Sullivan, Inc. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed
Deckert, Interim EMS Director, requested approval to apply for grant money that
would pay for the part time staff’s EMT-I Class, money to send 2 people to an
EMS Training Officer Workshop and several AED’s to place in public buildings.
The commissioners approved her request. Ms. Deckert presented an update on her
Minjarez, local artist, presented a proposal to paint a new mural on the
racquetball court that was painted 20 years ago. Marty Long made the motion to
approve hiring Mr. Minjarez to paint the south wall of the handball court for
$1500.00. The county will provide the paint for the project. Carl Higgs
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
made the motion to approve the renewal contract with Landmark Appraisal, Inc.
for Appraisal Maintenance at a cost of $78,000 which is the same as the past 2
years and to contract with Landmark Appraisal, Inc. to provide a duly qualified
appraiser to perform the necessary functions as County Appraiser at a cost of
$400.00 per month. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
made the motion to adjourn. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Madison