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            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 a.m. with all members and the County Clerk present.


            Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the minutes of the October 4, 2005 minutes and the claims against the various funds of the county. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            The commissioners talked via telephone to David Wagner, Transfer Station Manager, regarding a 1982 dump truck that needs a new motor. It was decided to wait until the first of the year to repair or replace the truck.


            Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, presented 3 quotes for radiant heaters. Webber Refrigeration and Heating bid $13,040; Bart Baker Services bid $8,250.00; and Tatro Plumbing of Ulysses bid $7,775.00. Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the low bid for the purchase of 3 radiant heaters from Tatro Plumbing not to exceed $7,775.00. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Mr. Kramer presented a contract with Kirkham Michael for the biannual bridge inspection. Marty Long made the motion to contract with Kirkham Michael to inspect the county bridges at a total cost of $560.00. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Mr. Kramer reported that he and Commissioner Traster met with some members of the committee that will make the decision on economic development grant funding for roadwork that will be done in conjunction with the ethanol plant. He said if we received the money, it would probably not be available until 2007. Approval was given to have Kirkham Michael present a proposal for engineering for the road project. Mr. Kramer asked about bidding the motor grader with a 5-year buy back option. Approval was given to take bids on a motor grader and to ask for bids with and without a trade in.


            Vivian Button, Emergency Management Assistant, presented information on an oil spill. Doug Doubek, an official with KDHE, Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official, and Mrs. Button viewed the spill site on October 14. It was determined that a truck dumped about 14 gallons of oil in the back lot on Frank Hernandez’s property. It rained after the oil was dumped causing it to spread to properties nearby. To remedy the problem, Mr. Hernandez agreed to clean up the areas that were polluted and to put a barrier between his property and adjacent properties to stop all storm water drain off, which may be by berm, trench or other method as approved by the city.


            Jerry Jo Deckert, Emergency Medical Service Director, and Bob Forsen, local designer presented plans for remodeling part of the EMS station. The commissioners approved soliciting bids for the remodeling project.


            Madison Traster made the motion to approve participating in the “Experience Grant County Book” published by the Ulysses News at a cost not to exceed $429.00. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Marty Long made the motion to adopt Resolution 05-04 stating that the financial statements and reports of the county to be prepared on the basis of cash receipts and disbursements as adjusted to show compliance with the cash basis and budget laws of the state. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Carl Higgs made the motion to approve renewal of the Nex-Tech computer support contract, which increased 5% over the current agreement, for a total of $12,361.00 for 2006 and the upgrade installation fee of the IBM/AS400 operation system at the rate of $995.00. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed.


            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on November 1, 2005 at 9:00 a.m.


Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Madison Traster, Chairman