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            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with all members and the county clerk present.  The monthly department head meeting was held with the following in attendance:  Ronald Lofland, Transfer Station Manager, Rita Gee, Treasurer; Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator; Pete Clinesmith, Noxious Weed Director; Todd Hampton, Building Official; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; and Tom Kramer, Road Foreman.

 

            Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the minutes of the May 21, 2002 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Brad Welch, Appraiser, and Rhonda Eddie, Deputy Appraiser, met with the commissioners to discuss a retirement reception for Connie Nichols who will be retiring on July 10.  The clerk will assist Mr. Welch and Mrs. Eddie in plans for the reception.  Mr. Welch presented a contract renewal for Landmark Appraisal.  Gene Schwein made the motion to approve renewing the contract with Landmark Appraisal for a sum of $78,000 the same amount as the old contract.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Terry Hodgson, R C & D Coordinator, introduced himself and explained his hopes for the program.  He hopes to form a committee in each community that will investigate the needs of their community.  Mr. Hodgson presented a request for $100 per person for 12 children to attend a 4-H camp in Colorado.  He explained that he had talked to the sheriff and he thought there would be some drug money that could be used for this.  The commissioners said they would talk to the sheriff regarding this.

 

            Douglas Campbell, County Attorney, presented information on Stevens County’s proposed plan for a not for profit foundation.  Mr. Campbell asked the commissioners if they want to place a bid on the different properties that are being sold for taxes.  Gene Schwein made the motion to authorize the county attorney to bid certain amounts as determined by the commissioners for the property being sold at tax foreclosure.

 

           

            Mark Hinde, President/CEO of Southwest Developmental Services (SDSI), a representative from Russell Child Development Center (RCDC), and Mary Gleason presented their budget requests for 2003.  SDSI requested $40,250 and RCDC requested $25,500 for a total of $65,750.

 

            Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, and Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, met with the commissioners.  Carl Higgs made the motion to recess into executive session for five minutes to discuss personnel matters.  Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously After five minutes, the meeting continued in open session.  Due to conflicting information, the decision was made to reject all bids submitted for electrical work and air conditioning for the commercial building.  The bids will be returned unopened to the contractors.  Mr. Kramer presented a request to discontinue DTN and add basic cable Internet at the road department.  The commissioners approved his request.  The commissioners also approved solicitation of bids for sealing sand.  Approval was given to build up one mile of Road 16 between Road C and Road D when the road department has time.  Discussion was held on replacing the patio at the civic center.  Approval was given to solicit bids for the patio using different stamp designs.  Discussion was held on covered parking for the assisted living facility. 

            Ronald Lofland, Transfer Station Manager, presented an agreement with Terracon for groundwater sampling and reporting services to seven monitor wells at the landfill site.  Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the agreement for a lump sum cost of $3,200.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator, presented an update on her department.

 

            Loyetta Skeen, Clerk of the District Court, requested approval to purchase a computer network system for her department.  Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the purchase of four computers, accessories, and software at a cost not to exceed $13,493 from Infinitec.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the quote from Nex-Tech for changing the arrangement of the rack patch panels, so that cable management can be added, and adding a support bracket to the top of the rack in the computer room at a cost of $2,446.23.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to adopt a Workplace Violence Prevention Policy as recommended by KCAMP.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on June 18, 2002.

 

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Madison Traster, Chairman