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            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with all members and the County Clerk present.

 

            The monthly department head meeting was held with the following in attendance:  Tom Kramer, Road Foreman; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; John Crosby, Fire Chief; David Ediger, EMS Director; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds; and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator.  It was the consensus of the department heads that the only people listed on the directory of the web site will be the department head or the department head and the next person in the chain of command for that department.

 

            During the public forum portion of the meeting, Ginger Anthony, Museum Curator, asked the commissioners if they had a problem with the museum being designated as an interpretive facility for the Santa Fe Trail in conjunction with the National Park Service.  Since the wording in the written agreement grants no legal authority over the property to the National Park Service, the commissioners had no objection to the proposal.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the minutes of the June 18, 2002 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, and Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, presented bids for sealing sand.  Klotz Sand bid $2.50 a ton and Popejoy Construction bid $2.50 ton.  Mr. Kramer said he would rather haul from the Lakin site than the Holcomb site.  Based on that, Gene Schwein made the motion to award the contract to Popejoy Construction.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  In other business, discussion was held on covered parking at the assisted living facility.  The decision was made to bid the project as stick built and also as metal built.  Plans with cost estimates were submitted for replacing the Civic Center patio.  Carl Higgs made the motion to solicit bids on replacing the patio with option 4 – full solid brick pavers w/concrete border.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Mr. Goldsby requested approval to purchase a trailer for the civic center that would be used to haul the front deck mower and other equipment.  Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the purchase of a 16’ trailer from Sullivan Inc. at a cost of $1,450.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  The trailer will be paid through the Park Maintenance Fund.  Discussion was held on replacing equipment that was totaled in a wreck.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the purchase of two precinct-counting machines, boxes and carrying cases from Henry Adkins Company at a cost of $13,000.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Mark Skiles, Economic Development Director, and Gary Riley, Economic Development Board Member, presented their budget request for 2003 in the amount of $120,000.  Mr. Skiles requested that additional funds be granted to economic development.  These funds would be utilized to assist new, relocating and expanding businesses.

 

            Billie Upshaw, Western Prairie Care Home Administrator, and Pam Gindlesberger, WPCH Board Member, presented their 2003 budget request.  They requested $38,724 for Park View and $964,208 for Western Prairie Care Home.  This is a decrease of $123,276 for assisted living and an increase of $145,732 for the care home.

 

            Library Board Members, Kelly Gindlesberger, Archie DeBruce, Dee Longoria, Galen Pelton and Eddi Porter, and Frances Roberts, Librarian, attended the meeting.  The commissioners toured the Library.  The board requested $609,240 for the Library Fund and $66,465 for the Library Employee Benefits Fund.  This is an increase of $155,486 for the Library and an increase of $37,180 for their Employee Benefits Fund.

 

            Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator and Vada Winger of KDHE presented information on Shots for Tots Regulations.  Ms. Winger is going to do some checking with the State to see if it is possible for the county to provide the vaccine for immunizations.  No decisions were made.

 

            Rod Hampton, Chief Deputy Assessor for Pinal County, Arizona, presented information on the various uses for GIS.  Todd Hampton, Building Official, and Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator attended this portion of the meeting.  The commissioners gave their approval to apply for a grant for GIS.  Mr. Button presented an update on his department.

 

            Hospital Board Members, Teri Christian, Keric Sullivan, Steve Alford, Mike Brewer and Eldon Dirks, presented their 2003 budget request of $1,350,000.  This is a decrease of $350,000. Asa Wilson, Hospital Administrator, Karla Nichols, Physician’s Clinic, Greg Davis, Chief Financial Officer, Cindy Howard Reeves, and Debbie Rundell also attended the meeting.  The commissioners said they would like the hospital to be on a break-even basis if possible with the county providing funds for bricks and mortar.

 

            John Crosby, Fire Chief, requested approval to purchase three new radios and a fill station for their SCBA cylinders.  Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the bid from Triple M Communications at a cost not to exceed $1,785 for three radios.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the purchase of an Eagle Compressor Cadetguard Fill Station from Municipal Emergency Services at a cost not to exceed $2,864.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Carl Higgs made the motion to appoint Jimmie Main to serve on the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging Council.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Carl Higgs made the motion to participate in the Ulysses News next edition of “Experience Grant County” at a cost of $349 and the cartoon map at a cost of $413.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on July 16, 2002.

 

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                          Madison Traster, Chairman