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                                                                                                May 16, 2006

 

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

 

            Madison Traster gave a brief report from the Kansas County Commissioner Association (KCCA) meeting he attended in Manhattan, Kansas.  The commissioners agreed to participate in the KAC insurance survey.

 

The commissioners adjourned into executive session for the purpose of reviewing personnel evaluations.

 

            Donnie Young, Representative for Avalon Energy LLC; Gary Riley, and Gene Pflughoft, Economic Development; and Ann Papay met with commissioners.  Carl Higgs made the motion to recess into executive session for 45 minutes for the purpose of discussing confidential data relating to financial affairs of corporations, partnerships, and individual proprietorships.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  After 45 minutes the meeting continued in open session.  Marty Long made the motion to give Avalon Energy, LLC a ten year, 100 % tax abatement for the construction and use of an ethanol plant.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

           

            Lance Babcock, Sheriff and Bob Forsen presented drawings for the expansion of the Law Enforcement Center.  The proposed building will be 38’ wide and 64’ long with a basement and will extend out to the west of the present facility.  Costs of construction were discussed and the commissioners decided unanimously to continue the study of this matter and its effect on the 2007 budget.  In other business, Sheriff Babcock requested permission for 2 of his deputies to join the Multi-Jurisdictional Sert Team.  Carl Higgs made the motion to approve purchasing equipment and having 2 deputies represent Grant County on the Multi-Jurisdictional Sert Team for a cost not to exceed $6,000.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Tom Kramer, Road Department Administrator presented road crossing permits.  Mr. Kramer informed the commissioners Road & Bridge has a truck broken down with an estimated cost to repair of $5,500.  He asked permission to replace a 4 wheeler in the Noxious Weed Department.  The commissioners gave permission to get bids for a new 4 wheeler.

 

            The commissioners met with Ed Wiltse, Mayor; Ann Papay, Council Member and Bud Newberry, City Administrator for lunch at the Park View Assisted Living facility.  The proposed Law Enforcement Center expansion plans were reviewed with the city.

 

            Marty Long made the motion to approve Resolution 06-03 to establish Western Prairie Care Home as a home for the aged in accordance with the provisions of KSA 19-2106 et seq., as amended.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Carl Higgs made the motion to approve Resolution 06-04 to identify the improvement of facilities (new building project) for Western Prairie Care Home and the appointment of its governing board.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

The commissioners adjourned into executive session for the purpose of reviewing personnel evaluations.

           

            Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director presented quotes for new tables and chairs to be used in the training room at the EMS building.  Quill for $4,000.44; Today’s Office Furniture for $3,332; and Southern Office Supply, Inc. for $3,012.  Marty Long made the motion to purchase tables and chairs from Southern Office Supply, Inc. not to exceed $3,012.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Ms Deckert reported the EMS open house is moved to June 4th due to the conflict with Ulysses High School Graduation.   

 

            Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the minutes of the May 2, 2006 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Carl Higgs made the motion to approve participating in the Grant County Pride Edition of the Ulysses News at a cost of $600.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Discussion was held on the county mileage reimbursement rate and it was decided to leave it at the present rate.  Rita Gee submitted a quote for the purchase of a new computer using the motor vehicle operation fund.  The commissioners approved the request.

 

            Carl Higgs made the motion to adjourn at 4:25 p.m. to meet again in regular session on June 6, 2006.

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                 Madison Traster, Chairman