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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 June 4, 2002 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            David Ediger received approval to pay the county’s portion of the wrecked ambulance repair bill of $11,800 out of the special equipment fund instead of the ambulance equipment fund.  Insurance money will pay the remaining cost for repairs.  Mr. Ediger also presented his 2003 budget request.  In other business he informed the commissioners that there are three new rescue people who need bunker gear and he needs another radio for his newest EMT.  He said it would be nice to have six radios to start updating equipment.

 

            Sheila Brown, Chief Deputy Clerk, reported on the web site class she and three other county employees attended in Manhattan.  The commissioners made the decision on the header that will be used for the web page.

 

            Lynda Fort, local citizen, requested the county pass an ordinance for a leash law in the three-mile limit around the city.  The commissioners said they would talk to the city about this at lunch.

 

            Darl Henson, Extension Agent, Keri Liddeke, 4-H Agent, and six Extension Council Members presented their 2003 budget request.  They requested an increase of $5,000 for a total request of $153,000.  The commissioners will consider their request.

 

            Judy Alig, Communities in Schools, and Board Members, presented their 2003 budget request of $10,000.  The commissioners will consider their request.

 

            Ginger Anthony, Museum Curator, and Historical Society Board Members, Robin Graber, Ben Oliver, Cheryl Deyoe, and Susan Britton, presented their 2003 budget request of $132,000.  This is an increase of $20,000 but they have not been able to make final payroll at the end of the year.

 

            Kim Swafford, Fair Board Secretary and Fair Board Members, Kevin Shapland, Daron Cowan, and Gail Jorgensen presented their 2003 budget request that remains the same as this year at $70,000.  The commissioners will consider their request.

 

            Paul Christian, JJA, presented information on a Youth to Youth program that is being implemented in Grant County.

 

            Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, and Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, met with the commission.  The decision was made to rent 6 portable toilets during fair time at a cost of $450 with the cost to be paid through the Fair Fund.  Discussion was held on reading the water meters at the civic center and ball fields.  Mr. Goldsby will see that this is done.  Discussion was held on the patio at the civic center.  Options for replacing the patio will be presented at the next meeting.  Mr. Goldsby said preliminary plans for a carport at Park View would be ready by the next meeting.

 

            Lance Babcock, Sheriff, talked to the commissioners about the 911 System.  He presented quotes from 911 Inc. and Plant.  The Plant quote includes database, phone system and other necessary equipment.  911 Inc. will sell a demonstrator system with about 15 hours on it for $85,374.  Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the purchase of the demonstrator system from 911 Inc. at a cost of $85,374 and a phone system from Pioneer Communications at a cost of approximately $8,200.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Douglas Campbell, County Attorney, met with the board.  Discussion was held on a possible leash law in the county.  Mr. Campbell will investigate the issue.  Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the purchase of a power point projector and screen at a cost not to exceed $4,000.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  The money for this will be paid by diversion money. 

 

            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on July 2, 2002.

 

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Madison Traster, Chairman