of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with all members
and the County Clerk present.
department head meeting was held with the following in attendance: Lance
Babcock, Sheriff; Jerry Jo Deckert, Interim EMS Director; Rita Gee, Treasurer;
Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager; Mary K. Sullivan,
Register of Deeds; John Crosby, Fire Chief; David Wagner, Transfer Station
Manager; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; and Tom Kramer, Road Foreman.
made the motion to approve the minutes of the June 21, 2005 meeting and the
claims against the various funds of the county. Marty Long seconded the motion.
Following clarification of several bills the motion passed unanimously.
County Attorney, reported that she has no problem with the memo, dated June 23,
2005, from Kansas Workers Risk Cooperative for Counties regarding reciprocal
agreements to provide employee benefits and post-accident drug testing consent
and release. In other business, Ms. Hathaway presented information on a new
system for cameras for patrol cars. The cost for one unit is $5,000. She
proposed purchasing two of the units with diversion money to ascertain if they
will be better than current cameras. Carl Higgs made the motion to purchase 2
DVD cameras for the Sheriff’s Department at a cost of approximately $10,000
with the money to come out of the diversion fund. Marty Long seconded the
motion and it passed unanimously.
Smith, Pioneer Natural Resources, requested a survey be done to determine the
need for reduced speed or a caution light at the intersection to their plant
site. The commissioners said they would talk to the Public Works Administrator
and the Traffic Control Officer to see what can be done. Later in the morning,
the commissioners talked by telephone to Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, regarding
this matter. Mr. Kramer explained that John Duran and Frank Goldsby have been
discussing this matter and he would relay the information on to them.
Emergency Management Coordinator, gave an update on his department. He
presented Resolution No. 05-02, designating the National Incident Management
System (NIMS) as the incident management system to be used for planning,
responding, recovery and mitigating from both natural and manmade disasters
within Grant County. Marty Long made the motion to adopt Resolution No. 05-02.
Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Mr. Button gave an
update on upcoming training. He also reported he is getting a secure wireless
access point that supports A, B & G; an 8-port switch; and installation,
training and testing for quality assurance at a cost of $1,251.00 from
Nex-Tech. Discussion was held on removing the windows in the emergency management
office and emergency operation center. Mr. Button explained that if there is a
disaster such as a tornado, the windows could be blown out allowing water and
debris to enter the area, and making it unusable. The commissioners asked Mr.
Button to check on pricing for shutters as an alternative to removing the
Anthony, Museum Director, reported that the cost for having the concrete
stamped at the old hotel would be about $3,600.00. She also said the museum
would be willing to use donation money to put up an event sign for the museum
if the county would pay for the concrete stamping. Carl Higgs made the motion
to add brick stamping to the concrete work at the old hotel at a cost of
$3,600.00. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Discussion
was held on weeds behind the museum area needing to be sprayed or mowed. The
commissioners will talk to Mr. Goldsby regarding this.
was held on washing the windows at the courthouse. The clerk will check with
Mary Jo Dimitt and see if she has a recommendation.
Upshaw, Western Prairie Care Home Administrator, Marcy Stringham, Park View
Assisted Living, and Pam Gindlesberger, Board of Trustee Member presented their
2006 budget request. The request for the care home is $1,012,483.00, which is
an increase of $6,163.00, and the amount requested for assisted living is
$44,809.00, which is a decrease of $27,482.00. Ms. Upshaw explained problems
with the infrastructure at the care home since it is an aging facility. She said
the estimated cost to replace heating/air conditioning is $650,000.00 and the
estimated cost for window replacement is $135,000.00. She explained that
electrical and plumbing lines are primarily original and may need to be
updated. The decision was made to meet in special session with the Care Home
Board within the next 2 weeks to discuss the problems with the care home.
Great Plains Development, presented their annual report and submitted a
membership agreement for the commissioners’ consideration. He also provided
information on a new loan program. Marty Long made the motion to continue
membership with GPDI at a cost of $1,581.80. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and
it passed unanimously.
Fuhrmann, Appraiser, met with the commissioners. Carl Higgs made the motion to
recess into executive session for 15 minutes for the purpose of discussing
pending litigation on the BP Amoco property tax appeal case. Marty Long
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 15 minutes the meeting continued
in open session.
Michael, Senior Citizens Director, and Board Members, Mollie Beard, Pam Menzie,
and Dewey Middleton met with the commissioners. Ms. Michael reported that they
are going to paint their metal building south of the Senior Center/Health
Department. They presented their 2006 budget request of $434,555.00, which is
an increase of $150,823.00 over this year’s budget. Mrs. Beard asked how plans
were progressing for changing the location of the health department. Mrs.
Michael reported that they have put off doing some upgrades to equipment and
expansion of programs until the entire facility can be utilized. The
commissioners explained that they are still working on the project and offered
no time frame.
Deckert, Interim EMS Director, met with the commissioners to discuss increasing
wages for EMS employees. The commissioners will review the wage request and
make a decision at a later meeting. Ms. Deckert gave an update on her
Carl Higgs made the motion to hire
Jerry Jo Deckert as EMS Director at a salary of $45,000.00 per year. Marty Long
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Mrs. Deckert assured the
commissioners that she would move back to Grant County as soon as possible.
made the motion to recess into executive session for 5 minutes for the purpose
of discussing non-elected personnel. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it
passed unanimously. After 5 minutes the meeting continued in open session.
made the motion to adjourn. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Madison