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            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with Commissioners Madison Traster and Marty Long and the County Clerk present. Commissioner Carl Higgs was absent due to illness.

 

            The monthly department head meeting was held with the following in attendance: Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator; Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director; Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Pete Clinesmith, Noxious Weed Director; David Wagner, Transfer Station Manager; Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official; Tom Kramer, Road Foreman; John Crosby, Fire Chief, and Robin Hathaway, County Attorney. During the department head meeting the county attorney recommended that the county have KCAMP, the county’s insurance provider, do a sexual harassment workshop for county departments.

 

            Marty Long made the motion to approve the minutes of the September 20, 2005 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed.

 

            Jim Jarboe and J.D. Rice, Impact Productions, presented information on Sports World Pros. They explained that it is a program that brings former professional athletes in to talk to students. The athletes share personal life experiences with students, helping them to recognize the consequences of their choices while challenging them with the message of hope. Programs will be presented at all school levels in Kearny County and Grant County. They reported that the Kearny County Commissioners committed to paying two-thirds of the cost since they have schools in Lakin and Deerfield. The total cost for the program is $8,000.00, with the counties paying $4,000.00 of the cost. Commissioners Traster and Long committed to paying Grant County’s portion of the cost, which is approximately $1,400.00.

 

            Bids were opened for the sale of the county’s 1991 Chevy Caprice. Marty Long made the motion to accept the high bid of $800.00 submitted by Alberto Machado. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed.

 

            Marty Long made the motion to appoint Commissioners Carl Higgs as voting delegate to KAC, KWORCC and KCAMP for their annual meetings in November. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed. Madison Traster made the motion to name Marty Long as alternate voting delegate to KAC, KWORCC and KCAMP for the annual meetings. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed.

 

            Scott Nichols, Tourism, presented an update on tourism. Marty Long made the motion to appoint Cindy Henderson to the tourism board, replacing Mr. Patel. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed. Mr. Nichols reported that there is going to be a program on biosciences October 27 at Pioneer Communications, if he can get a minimum of 20 people to attend. The cost will be $95.00 per person. The commissioners said the county would pay the enrollment fee for county employees who attend the session. The clerk will notify the Health Department Administrator, the EMS Director and the Care Home Administrator regarding the program as soon as she receives the information from Mr. Nichols.

 

            Lance Babcock, Sheriff, presented information on bulletproof vests he is ordering. Marty Long made the motion to allow the Sheriff to order 11 bulletproof vests and gear not to exceed $4,717.32. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed. Sheriff Babcock will have contractors look at the roof of the Law Enforcement Center and make proposals for repairs.

 

 

            Marty Long made the motion to adjourn at 2:25 p.m. Madison Traster seconded the motion. There being no further business, the motion passed.

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                        Madison Traster, Chairman