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            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 a.m. with all members and the Chief Deputy Clerk present. The Clerk was absent due to illness.

 

            Marty Long made the motion to approve the November 1, 2005 minutes and the claims against the various funds of the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            David Wagner, Transfer Station Manager, requested a dollar per ton increase for C-D and metal disposal.  A comparison of rates charged by other counties showed the following: Ford County charges$30/ton; Finney County charges $38.00/ton and Seward County charges $27.00/ton.  Carl Higgs made the motion to increase the C-D and metal disposal rate from $10.00 to $11.00 per ton.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  The commissioners talked to Mr. Wagner concerning the use of Resource Management Co., Inc.  It was the consensus of the commissioners to use Resource Management for the recycling of tires.  Mr. Wagner presented bids for blowing fiberglass insulation in the attic of the Transfer Station office.  Garden City Roofing & Insulation, Inc. bid $680.00 and D.V. Douglass Roofing, Inc. bid $785.00.  Marty Long made a motion to accept the best bid from D.V. Douglass Roofing, Inc. not to exceed $785.00.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Mr. Wagner explained a phone call from Jerald Phelps and Kevin Shapland requesting that fees at the Transfer Station be waived. They are still hauling trash from the tornado damage earlier this year.  The commissioners agreed tornado debris could still be allowed free of charge.

 

            Tom Kramer, Road Foreman and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator presented bids for a motor grader.  Foley Equipment Co. bid $179,625.91 with a trade in difference net cost of $120,625.91; Murphy Tractor and Equipment Co. bid  $159,990.00 with a trade in difference net cost of $107,990.00, and Van Keppel Co. bid $178,273.00 with a trade in difference net cost of $118,273.00.  After reviewing bids Marty Long made the motion to approve the 2006 John Deere Motor Grader from Murphy Tractor and Equipment Co. at a cost not to exceed $107,990.00 with trade in of the county’s 1994 Cat 140G Motor Grader.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Mr. Kramer also presented bids on a stop light for the intersection of Road E and Road 17.  Central States Mechanical, Inc. for $6,955.91 and Dave’s Electrical, Inc. for $5,500.00.  Marty Long made the motion to approve the low bid from Dave’s Electric, Inc. not to exceed $5,500.00 installed.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  The commissioners asked the light go in as soon as possible due to several concerned calls from local citizens.  Tom conveyed a request from Cornerstone Sales to use the county’s vibratory compactor for a project on their property.  The commissioners denied this request.  Tom Kramer informed the commissioners the Transfer Station C-D pit closure was not complete, the 18” low permeability cover had passed the Kansas Department of Health and Environment requirements but the 12” topsoil cover remains to be completed.  The commissioners asked to see figures on the savings to the county by doing this project internally as compared to the $125,000 bid on this project.

 

            Loyetta Skeen, District Court Clerk presented information on a PC purchased for the court at a cost of $869.00 plus $50.00 shipping and handling from Infinitec, Inc.  The service contract for block time with Infinitec, Inc. has been used up and Ms. Skeen asked permission to purchase 24 hours at a cost of $2,400.00.  Carl Higgs made a motion to approve the PC and block time through Infinitec, Inc.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Robin Hathaway, County Attorney informed the commissioners of a request from Johnson State Bank concerning holding off the tax sale for Gold In Grain, Inc.’s unpaid taxes.  The commissioners said they would like the tax sale to continue as scheduled.

           

            Jerry Jo Deckert, Emergency Medical Service Director, gave an update on her department and the EMS building remodel project.  She said the advertisement for bids for the project is being published in the Ulysses News.  Ms. Deckert reported two EMS employees are taking the paramedic training and all of the classroom paramedic courses are through Pioneer Communications interactive television.

 

            Brent Walker, Grant County Recreation Director and Dave Seibel, Board Member requested funds from the county to pay for a new filter system for the outdoor swimming pool.  They explained that they had Paddock Enterprises, in association with Lawrence Hans and Associates, Consulting Engineers, evaluate the outdoor and indoor pools for operational problems and design deficiencies. The study showed that the filtration systems for both pools were not designed properly. Three options were presented to improve the problem. The commissioners explained that they did not budget for this expenditure and will need to look for funds to cover the cost.  They asked the Recreation Board to see if they have any funds available to help with this expense and return to a later meeting.

 

            Scott Nichols, Chamber Manager, proposed temporary exempting the Historic Adobe Museum from any prohibition against consumption of alcoholic liquor.  This would allow the annual silent auction to have wine tasting.  Marty Long made the motion to adopt Resolution 05-05 exempting the Historic Adobe Museum located at 300 E. Oklahoma Avenue, Ulysses, Kansas from any prohibition against consumption of alcoholic liquor pursuant to K.S.A. 41-719 for a period of 365 days unless terminated earlier.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Lonny Cameron, Senior Account Manager for EPOCH Health Insurance presented a 2006 plan renewal. A decision on his proposal was tabled.

 

            Lance Babcock, Sheriff and Loy Henderson, Undersheriff, discussed additional cameras at the Law Enforcement Center.  The commissioners asked Sheriff Babcock to get bids and look into several options for funding.

 

            Carl Higgs made the motion to adjourn at 6:05 p.m.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

           

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                        Madison Traster, Chairman