of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 a.m. with all members
and the County Clerk present.
public forum session of the meeting, Penny Noyes, DOVES, requested approval to
hold the annual men’s rally on the courthouse yard October 23. The
commissioners approved her request.
public forum business, Arlin Alexander and Danny Alexander presented their
thoughts on possible road improvements in the northeast part of the county.
made the motion to approve the minutes of the September 6, 2005 meeting and the
claims against the various funds of the county, including the payment of
maintenance for the 911 system and the cost for mediation of the BP AMOCO tax
appeal case. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and following clarification of
several vouchers the motion passed unanimously.
Hoppenstedt, local citizen, asked about the warning light on the Grant County
Feeders road being replaced. She was informed that the overhead light will not
be replaced but the plan is to put lights on the stop signs like the state has
been doing at some of its intersections.
Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manger, reported that a full time
maintenance person resigned. She requested approval to advertise to replace the
individual. The commissioners approved her request. Mrs. Ramski reported that a
lawn mower was stolen from her department and asked approval to replace the
mower after the first of the year. Approval was given for this.
Great Plains Development, Inc., presented a loan application through the CDBG
Micro Loan program for the commissioners’ approval. Marty Long made the motion
to approve the micro loan to Robert and Jennifer Hartman d/b/a Creative
Creations in the amount of $25,000.00. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it
passed unanimously. Mrs. Trent stated that the interest rate currently being
charged by the county is 4%. She asked if the county wants to consider
increasing the interest rate to 6%. Following discussion the decision was made
to leave the rate at 4%.
Wagner, Transfer Station Manager, presented information on used tires. He
presented quotes from Resource Management and Champlain Tire. Mr. Wagner would
like to change from using Resource Management to Champlain Tire because they
recycle the used tires whereas the other company simply cuts them up and buries
them. If this is done, the county’s fees for tire removal will increase a
little, but the consumer will pay the charge. Carl Higgs made the motion to
accept the quote from Champlain Tire for tire removal. Marty Long seconded the
motion and it passed unanimously.
Hathaway, County Attorney, reported that the city attorney said the city is
committed to paying part of the expense for a tax foreclosure sale. Ms.
Hathaway answered questions the commissioners had regarding a tax sale. Marty
Long made the motion to authorize the County Attorney to initiate a tax
foreclosure and Sheriff’s sale of qualifying delinquent property to be
completed within the next 6 months. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it
passed unanimously. Ms. Hathaway will send a letter to individuals whose
property qualifies for the tax foreclosure and Sheriff’s sale to give them an
opportunity to pay the delinquent taxes.
Deckert, EMS Director, presented an update on her department. She has Bob
Forsen working on a plan to redo bathrooms, meeting area, etc. at the ambulance
Fuhrmann, Appraiser, presented a copy of the letter regarding Kansas Geological
Survey Oil and Gas Software/Simplified On Line Automated Reporting. Due to the
benefit to the county, Carl Higgs made the motion to approve paying Grant
County’s portion of the cost for the Oil and Gas Software to the University of
Kansas Center for Research, Inc. in the amount of $2,376.56. Marty Long
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Babcock, Sheriff, reported that the showers and bunks are finished in the jail.
He also said he had processed a grant for 10 kevlar vests. Five vests are for
city officers and five are for county officers. Sheriff Babcock informed the
board that he has some windows that need to be replaced and the roof is
starting to give him some problems at the Law Enforcement Center.
commissioners gave approval for Cub Scout 186 to use a small portion of Hampton
Road for their annual derby on September 24 from 12:00 t0 3:00 p.m.
Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, reported
that the crack sealing material quote that was approved at the last meeting
does not meet specifications. Due to this fact, Marty Long made the motion to
accept the next bid for crack sealing material from Carter-Waters at a cost not
to exceed $15,923.52. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Mr. Kramer presented quotes for a plasma cutter. Carl Higgs made the motion to
approve the purchase of a plasma cutter from Ulysses All Pro Auto Parts at a
cost not to exceed $3,447.17. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously. Discussion was held on taking bids for a motor grader. If a new
grader is purchased, Mr. Kramer would like to keep the old grader so there
would be an extra grader to use for road maintenance when necessary and for
snow removal during the winter. The commissioners reviewed and approved a
road-crossing permit for Pioneer Communications.
made the motion to adjourn at 4:25 p.m. Marty Long seconded the motion and it
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Madison Traster, Chairman