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: Rita Gee, Treasurer; Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser;
Jerry Jo Deckert, Emergency Medical Service Director; Tom Kramer, Road
Department Administrator; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center
Building and Grounds Manager; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator;
David Graber, Transfer Station Manager; John Crosby, Fire Chief; Mary K.
Sullivan, Register of Deeds; and Robin Hathaway, County Attorney.
Madison Traster made the motion to approve the
minutes of the January 16, January 23 and January 25, 2007 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.
Rita Gee, Treasurer, submitted Resolution 07-01 which
was reviewed and signed by the commissioners resolving that the citizens of
Kansas should be allowed the convenience and courtesy of renewal of driver’s
licenses in their home county and petition the Congress of the United States to
insure that this basic service to citizens can continue to be provided at the
Robin Hathaway, County Attorney, reported that
funds in the diversion fund have grown and law enforcement is requesting
another camera for a county vehicle and one for a city vehicle. Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the purchase of the cameras for a county and a city
vehicle at a cost of $10,040.00. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it
passed unanimously. Ms. Hathaway said there was a meeting of the Grant County
Bar Association and the decision was made to use Law Library money to put a new
audio system in the court room. In other business, Ms. Hathaway reported Greg
Heckel is interested in working out some kind of agreement with the county to
pay back money he owes on the micro-loan the county gave him for the Fuel Barn.
The commissioners authorized the county attorney to work out a payment
agreement with Mr. Heckel after a judgment is rendered from the court. Ms.
Hathaway presented attorney general opinions regarding the designation of an
official newspaper for a county. Ms. Hathaway reported that Ivan Koop would be
coming in to request the commissioners forgive the interest and penalty and
other fees on common ground around the property he and other individuals own. Carl Higgs 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 unanimously. After 15 minutes the meeting continued in open session.
Harold DuPree, Mike Moyer, and Tom Keaton,
Airport Board Members, Tom Kramer, Road Department Administrator, and Loren
Wright, Surveyor, met with the commissioners. Mr. DuPree explained that Aerial
Timber Applicators is interested in basing four of its firefighting aircraft in
Grant County. They are looking at erecting a 100’ x 140’ facility and would
like to lease space on airport property. Mr. Kramer and Mr. Wright discussed
the dirt work that would be required to elevate the area before a building can
be built. It was the consensus of all that they would work toward successful
completion of this project.
Chance Rudzik, Pioneer Communications, requested
approval of an easement for cable service to the airport. Mr. Rudzik will take
the easement to the county attorney for her review and approval before the
commissioners approve it. Later in the morning, following approval by the
county attorney, the commissioners signed the easement.
Anita Alvarado, Health Department, met with the
commissioners. Ms. Alvarado will be Interim Health Department Administrator,
until a new administrator is hired. The decision was made to approve an
increase for the administrative assistant to $13.37/hour. Madison Traster made
the motion to recess into executive session for 15 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. The
commissioners made the decision to increase Ms. Alvarado’s wages by $3.00/hour
while she is interim administrator. If another administrator is hired, the
wages will revert back to her regular rate of pay.
The commissioners recessed for lunch at Park
View with Western Prairie Care Home Board of Trustees. The following were in
attendance: Kent Carmichael, Julia Traster, Larry Rumburg, and Pam
Gindlesberger, Trustees, and Billie Upshaw, Care Home Administrator. General
discussion was held and plans for the new care home were viewed.
Ivan Koop, representative for a homeowner’s
association on the west side of town, explained that the association members
believe they owe the past due taxes on the common ground that has been included
in the tax foreclosure sale. He said the owners are willing to pay the back
taxes but they would like to have penalty, interest and fees waived by the
commissioners since they had not been aware that they were delinquent. The
total delinquent taxes on the property are $3,968.92 as well as $614.18 for the
first half of the current year taxes. Madison Traster made the motion to waive
the interest, penalty and fees in an approximate amount of $1450.00. Carl Higgs
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The treasurer’s office will
determine the final total of interest to be paid.
J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manger, reported that
Brent Walker, Grant County Recreation Director, said the recreation department
would be willing to do herbicide/pesticide application to county property this
year. The commissioners said they would rather put the spraying out for bids. In
other business, Mr. Neufeld said the stove in the 4-H Building is no longer
leaking gas but the oven can’t be used. Approval was given to purchase an
electric range/oven for the 4-H Building. The old stove will be stored until it
can be placed in an auction.
David Graber, Transfer Station Manager, and Tom
Kramer, Road Department Administrator, met with the commissioners. The
commissioners authorized Mr. Graber to get prices on a new truck for the
transfer station. Discussion was held on using an old truck from the road
department as trade in for the new truck and then transferring the truck being
replaced at the transfer station to the road department.
Tom Kramer, Road Department Administrator,
requested approval to get quotes on sealing sand. The commissioners approved
this request. Mr. Kramer said he would like to purchase some screens for the
screening plant to make road material. The commissioners approved this. Mr.
Kramer presented a cost estimate for noxious weed spray equipment of
$24,800.00. He is going to see why there has been such a price increase for the
equipment before a decision is made. The quote of $1500 from M & N Welding
to stretch the frame of the noxious weed pickup was approved by the
commissioners. At Mr. Kramer’s request, Carl Higgs made the motion to recess
into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 15 minutes the meeting
continued in open session. Mr. Kramer said he has been requested to make an all
weather road on Road 21 from Road L to Road P between Kan Tex Feeders and
Cactus Feed Yard. The commissioners approved this project. The commissioners
approved the appointment of Randy McCauley as Road Foreman and increasing his
rate of pay to 82% of the median for that position.
Due to a request from LaVonne Michael, Senior
Citizens’ Director, the commissioners made the unanimous decision to waive
rental fees at the civic center for a concert on April 30, 2007, which will be
a fund raiser for the senior citizens.
Madison Traster made the motion to adopt
Resolution 07-02 Approving an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the
commissioners of Grant County, Stanton County, Morton County and Stevens County to Jointly Establish and Conduct a Comprehensive Program to Promote Growth
and Development at any location or locations within the Four-County Area. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The commissioners adjourned to meet again in
regular session on February 20, 2007.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Marty