The Board of County Commissioners met in regular
session at 9:00 a.m. with all members and the County Clerk present. The meeting
was recorded for television for the first time.
The monthly department head meeting was held
with the following in attendance: Lance Babcock, Sheriff; Anita Alvarado,
Health Department Administrator; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Jerry Jo Deckert,
Emergency Medical Services Director; David Graber, Transfer Station Manager;
Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official; Don Button, Emergency Management
Coordinator; J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager; and Tom
Kramer, Road Department Administrator.
Madison Traster made the motion to approve the
minutes of the May 15, 2007 meeting and the claims against the various funds of
the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion. Following clarification of several
vouchers the motion passed unanimously.
Ginger Anthony, Museum Director, gave an update
on roof repairs at the museum. She reported the museum board is replacing
lighting in the museum for safety reasons. Alltech Electrical service designed
a system for them and is doing the work at a cost of $25,574.00. Mrs. Anthony
said they were paying for the lighting with their funds and would not need any
additional help from the county. Mrs. Anthony presented the museum’s 2008
budget request in the amount of $142,000.00, which is the same amount as the
current county appropriation.
Tom Kramer, Road Department Administrator, and
Randy McCauley, Road Foreman, met with the commissioners. Mr. Kramer presented
a petition for the proposed Road W project. Madison Traster made the motion to
open the road from what’s known as our 7-mile road to what’s known as Deerfield Lane in Kearny County. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Mr. Kramer reported the engineer’s estimate for the asphalt project is within
his budget this year. The commissioners authorized Mr. Kramer to solicit bids
for asphalt work for this year.
Mark Hinde, CEO of Southwest
Developmental Services, Inc. presented his 2008 budget request. Deanna Berry,
Director of Russell Child Development Center, also presented her budget
request. SDSI request is for $41,000, which is a thousand dollars less than
this year. RCDC request is for $27,200, which is a $5,600 increase.
The commissioners made the
unanimous decision to change the first meeting in July to Thursday, July 5,
Madison Traster made the motion
to recess into executive session for 20 minutes for the purpose of discussing possible
real estate acquisition. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously. After 20 minutes the meeting continued in open session. No
decisions were made.
Loyetta Skeen, Clerk of the
District Court, requested approval to purchase 3 computers to replace older
units that are having problems. She presented a quote for Dell computers from
Infinitec. Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the purchase of 3 computers
from Infinitec at a cost of $1435.00 each. Madison Traster seconded the motion
and it passed unanimously.
J. D. Neufeld, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager, requested the commissioners consider an outright
purchase of a 1997 Bobcat 773 Skid Steer Loader. Since Mr. Neufeld did not
consider the loader to be a priority at this time, the commissioners made the
decision not to purchase it. Mr. Neufeld will assess his needs and budget this
for next year if he sees the need for it. In other business, Mr. Neufeld asked
about removing the dead trees at the care home. He said there are probably 6
dead trees and others that don’t look good. The commissioners recommended
having Darl Henson, Extension Agent look at the trees.
Carl Higgs made the motion to
adjourn. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The commissioners
will meet again in regular session on June 19, 2007.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Marty