of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with all members
and the County Clerk present.
department head meeting was held with the following in attendance: Tom Kramer,
Road Department Administrator; Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official;
Pete Clinesmith, Noxious Weed Director; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; Nancy Ramski,
Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Mary K.
Sullivan, Register of Deeds; David Wagner, Transfer Station Manager; and John
Crosby, Fire Chief.
made the motion to approve the minutes of the December 20, 2005 meeting and the
claims against the various funds of the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion
and it passed unanimously.
Ohlen, Hospital CEO, requested approval to transfer 16 electric beds, over-bed
trays, and bedside tables, and spare parts from the hospital to the care home.
Carl Higgs made the motion to approve transferring the beds, over-bed trays,
bedside tables, and spare parts to the care home. Marty Long seconded the
motion and it passed unanimously.
Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager, presented an update on her
department. She reported that interviews for the secretary position at the
civic center would start this week.
Myers, Central State Mechanical, requested a tax abatement based on the
county’s Economic Incentive Policy. Mr. Myers reported that they have 35 full
time employees at the present time. Gene Pflughoft, Economic Development
Director, also attended this portion of the meeting. He will contact the state
to determine if the necessary qualifications have been met. It was the
consensus of the commissioners that they had no problem with the tax abatement
if qualifications are met. Mr. Pflughoft will also talk to the county attorney
made the motion to change the Purchasing Procedures policy Page 10, Bonds:
Section A, Item 3 to comply with state law. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and
it passed unanimously. Item 3 will now read: Labor and material payment bonds
(statutory bond) will be required for all contracts exceeding $100,000 entered
into by the county for the purpose of making public improvement, constructing
any public building or making repairs on same. The bonds are required by K.S.A.
60-1111 and insure the payment of all indebtedness incurred for labor
furnished, materials, equipment or supplies used or consumed in connection
with, or in or about, the construction, improvements or repairs. These bonds
are issued in favor of the State of Kansas and are filed with the clerk of the
district court. (The statutory amount had been $10,000.)
made the motion to approve paying the county’s 2006 dues to the Kansas
Association of Counties in the amount not to exceed $4,506.51. Marty Long
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
commissioners reviewed maps for possible commissioner redistricting to more
adequately reflect the population of the county. A final review will be done at
their organizational meeting.
Road Department Administrator, requested approval to take bids on crushing the
concrete that has been taken in at the Transfer Station. The commissioners
authorized Mr. Kramer to solicit bids for crushing the concrete. Marty Long
made the motion to recess into executive session for 30 minutes for the purpose
of discussing non-elected personnel. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it
passed unanimously. After 30 minutes the meeting continued in open session.
Later in the day Carl Higgs made the motion to set the salary of the Road
Department Administrator at $58,500.00 due to an increase in duties and
responsibility. Marty Long seconded the motion. Following discussion the motion
passed unanimously. The administrator’s performance will be reviewed during the
year to determine if another adjustment is needed.
Wagner, Transfer Station Manager, asked about the possibility of transferring a
pickup to his department for his use when going to seminars and training. A
decision on this request was tabled. Discussion was held on his department’s
dump truck, which needs a new motor. A decision on replacing or repairing the
truck will be made at a later meeting. The commissioners asked if Mr. Wagner
could get along for a while by borrowing a road department truck when it is
needed. Mr. Wagner said he could do this.
Koehn, local citizen, requested the commissioners consider some sort of animal
control resolution within the 3-mile area around the city. She cited several
instances where dogs had injured or killed poultry and animals on her property.
The commissioners said they would have the county attorney investigate what
their options are. They explained that they did not want to pass any resolution
that would affect the entire county regarding this.
Wright, Surveyor, met with the commissioners. Marty Long made the motion to
recess into executive session for15 minutes for the purpose of discussing
non-elected personnel. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously. After 15 minutes the meeting continued in open session.
Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, met with the commissioners. Carl Higgs
made motion to recess into executive session for 30 minutes for the purpose of
discussing non-elected personnel. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously. After 30 minutes the meeting continued in open session.
commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on January 17, 2006.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Madison