The Board of County Commissioners met in regular
session at 9:30 a.m. with all members and the County Clerk present.
Marty Long made the motion to approve the
minutes of the August 1, 4, & 9, 2006 commissioner meetings and the claims
against the various funds of the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion.
Following clarification of several vouchers the motion passed unanimously.
Mike Tabor, Seward County Landfill, presented
information regarding the transferring of waste material to their site. He said
there is no planned rate increase for 2007. It will remain at $27/ton. Mr.
Tabor said they are more than willing to help the county keep in compliance
with all KDHE regulations until a new manager is trained. Cecil and Sharon
Simpson, local citizens who live near the transfer station, expressed their
concern that the Transfer Station site continue to be kept clean, whoever is
Marty Long made the motion to appoint Bill
Rogers to the Economic Development Committee effective September 1, 2006
replacing Rod Kreie whose term will expire in September. Carl Higgs seconded
the motion and it passed unanimously.
Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director, met with the
commissioners. Madison Traster informed Ms. Deckert the auditor has recommended
that all unnecessary bank accounts be eliminated, that ambulance collections
need to be more aggressive, and the ambulance department needs to plan a
$40,000 to $50,000 carry over for next year with this carryover transferring to
the ambulance equipment fund. Carl Higgs made the motion to recess into
executive session for a period not to exceed 10 minutes to discuss non-elected
personnel. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 10
minutes the meeting continued in open session.
Henry Smith, Solid Waste Committee Chairman,
informed the commissioners that committee has made some changes to the plan and
an updated plan will be sent to the commissioners for their review and
approval. In other business, Mr. Smith and Mr. Spencer with Waste Connections
reiterated their desire to work with the county in whatever manner the county
chooses regarding the transfer station.
Robin Hathaway, County Attorney, presented
preliminary information for the sale of bonds for the care home issue. Marty
Long made the motion to adopt Resolution No. 06-07 authorizing the sale of
bonds for the construction of a new care home. Carl Higgs seconded the motion
and it passed unanimously. Marty Long made the motion to approve the first
draft of the information regarding the issuance of bonds for the project. Carl
Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. In other business, Ms.
Hathaway said a camera attached to the ceiling to record commissioner meetings
would be a possibility rather than have a large camera and cameraman in the
room. She explained that you can make limitations regarding the use of a camera
in the room but you can’t eliminate it.
Marty Long informed Ms. Hathaway the
commissioners attended the last city council meeting and briefly discussed planning
and zoning regulations. Those regulations can be enforced through the county
attorney and she is working on several issues in the three mile area.
The commissioners recessed for lunch with city
officials at Park View Assisted Living. The following were in attendance: Bud
Newberry, City Manager; and Council Members, Scott Malone, Thadd Kistler, Ann
Papay and John Duran. General discussion was held. Mr. Newberry said he met
with the Grant County Recreation Commission regarding softball fields. It is
Mr. Newberry’s hope that GCRC will be responsible for the fields in the future.
He also mentioned that possibly in 2008 the city and county might build some
adult softball fields.
Darl Henson, Keri Liddeke, Mary Sullivan - Randy
Phillips, Extension Council Members, gave a presentation on all the positive
things the extension agents do for the community. Later in the day the
commissioners made the decision to increase the budgeted amount for Extension
Council to $178,000, which is $800 less than their total request.
Tom Metcalf, local businessman, requested
permission to construct a fence across a platted road (Walnut Ave.) that has
not been built. Mr. Metcalf said he would install a gate for access to the
property. The commissioners approved his request contingent on the county
attorney’s approval. Later in the day Robin Hathaway, County Attorney, reviewed the information with the commissioners. Ms. Hathaway will draft a letter to
Mr. Metcalf explaining that he can build the fence as long as he understands
there may be a need in the future to open the road.
Darren Wilkey and Carlos Moral, M & M
Enterprises, talked to the commissioners about using a wall mounted camera to
record commissioner meetings. The camera will be linked to a recorder and the
commissioners will be able to turn it off during breaks or executive sessions.
They said the county could also have a copy of the recording to maintain as a
record. The commissioners said they would have no problem with the camera being
Tom Kramer, Road Department Administrator,
presented an update on his department.
Gene Pflughoft, Economic Development Director,
met with the board. Carl Higgs made the motion to appoint Cathy Tyler to the
Economic Development Committee effective September 1, 2006 replacing Marieta
Hauser whose term is expiring. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it
passed unanimously. Mr. Pflughoft gave an update to the commissioners.
Marty Long made the motion to recess into
executive session for 25 minutes for the purpose of discussing non-elected
personnel. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 25
minutes the meeting continued in open session.
Marty Long made the motion to hire David Graber
as Transfer Station Manager. Carl Higgs seconded the motion. Discussion was
held that the new manager will hire the new Weigh Master/Secretary. In further
discussion it was decided that all transfer station operations will continue as
they have in the past. It was also decided the rate of pay for the manager will
be 90% of the median rate for that position as the pay plan allows. The motion
Lance Babcock, Sheriff, gave an update on the
grant request for the 911 mapping system to track cell phone emergency calls.
Marty Long made motion to approve the Grant Agreement
(AIP No. 3-20-0084-08) with the Federal Aviation Administration for the
government’s share of the allowable project costs up to a maximum of $694, 867
for airport development. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed
Carl Higgs made a motion to approve Smokey Hill,
LLC of Salina as contractor for construction of Runway 17-35 Parallel Taxiway.
Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
After reviewing engineering fees and finding
them to be fair and reasonable, Carl Higgs made the motion to approve
Supplemental Agreement No. 1 between the County and Bucher, Willis & Ratliff
Corporation for construction services not to exceed $80,500. Marty Long
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The commissioners will discuss the possibility
of taking bids for cleaning the courthouse at a later date.
Carl Higgs made the motion to adjourn at 4:25
p.m. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Madison