The Board of County Commissioners met in regular
session at 9:00 a.m. with Chairman Madison Traster and Commissioner Marty Long
present. Commissioner Carl Higgs was absent due to illness. Linda McHenry, County Clerk, was also present.
The tax foreclosure sale was postponed until a
later date due to inclement weather, National Day of Mourning for the death of
former President Ford, and questions regarding possible publication problems.
Marty Long made the motion to approve the
minutes of the December 19 and December 28, 2006 meeting and the claims against
the various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it
Lance Babcock, Sheriff, gave an update on his
department. He talked to the commissioners about the possibility of the city
and county building a storage building for vehicles and equipment. The building
would be 50’ x 100’ with a concrete floor and electricity. It is estimated the
county’s portion would be about $15,000. The sheriff will bring more
information to a later meeting.
Jerry Jo Deckert, Emergency
Medical Service Director, reported the data base and billing program for her
department is a mega system and the annual maintenance/service contract cost is
between $2300 and $2400. Commissioner Long suggested that she contact the
company to determine if it is better to pay the maintenance agreement or pay
for services by the hour. Ms. Deckert said she will do this. The commissioners
authorized her to use whichever method is more cost efficient. At Ms. Deckert’s
request, Marty Long made the motion to recess into executive session for 15
minutes for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed. After 15 minutes the meeting continued in
Discussion was held on
compensation for the Civic Center and Transfer Station Manager. Due to the
successful completion of a probationary period, Marty Long made the motion to
increase the hourly rate of pay for both positions to $15.25/hour. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed.
The commissioners had lunch with
the Hospital Board of Trustees at Park View Assisted Living. The following were
in attendance: Robert Ohlen, Hospital Administrator; and Trustees, Mike Brewer,
Terri Christian, Eldon Dirks, and Keric Sullivan. General discussion was held.
The commissioners were invited to attend a meeting of the trustee’s financial
committee on January 15, 2007.
The commissioners adjourned to
meet again in regular session on January 16, 2007.