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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: Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser; Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator; Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; David Wagner, Transfer Station Manager; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator.

 

            Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the minutes of the July 19 and July 28, 2005 meetings and the claims against the various funds of the county. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser, talked to the commissioners about the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) Computer Program that will calculate the decline rate for gas and oil as well as other useful features. He estimated that it would be 2 years before the information is available to the public. Mr. Fuhrmann said that KGS wants to know if counties would commit to paying a third of the cost, which would be $18,000.00, for the programmer. Grant County’s portion would be around $2,445.00 depending on how many counties participate in the process. It was the consensus of the commissioners that if the appraiser can utilize the information from the program, the county would be willing to participate in the cost involved to develop it. Discussion was held on the proposal from Nex-Tech for support on the hardware that was provided by the state. Mr. Fuhrmann will find out the cost of the hardware to help determine what a reasonable support amount might be.

 

            Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director, reported that her department has reached an agreement with the Sheriff and Chief of Police to draw blood for blood alcohol tests that need to be done, which will save law enforcement officials time and money. She said the various emergency departments are going to have a meeting regarding the rescue vehicle because it is not big enough to store and carry the necessary equipment. They are looking at possibly putting a new box on the unit instead of purchasing a new vehicle. Ms. Deckert reported that a new transmitter needs to be placed on the tower south of town. In other business, she asked if the county would help with the tuition for Terry Crosby and Jason Nelson to attend Paramedic class. Approval was given to do this as long as they sign a 3-year commitment contract with the county. Ms. Deckert presented bids for 6 pagers. Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the purchase of 6 pagers from Maurice Mayfield at a total cost not to exceed $2,718.00. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            David Wagner, Transfer Station Manager, met with the commissioners. Discussion was held regarding overtime and landfill closure.

 

            Carl Higgs made the motion to adjourn. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Madison Traster, Chairman