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: Lance Babcock, Sheriff; David Graber,
Transfer Station Manager; J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Building and Grounds
Manager; John Crosby, Fire Chief; Todd Hampton, Fire Chief; Rita Gee,
Treasurer; Anita Alvarado, Health Department Administrator; Jerry Jo Deckert,
Emergency Medical Service Director; Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds; and
Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator.
Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the
minutes of the September 18, 2007 meeting and the claims against the various
funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed
Marty Long made the motion to appoint Don Button
as the principal coordinator for overall NIMS compliance. Madison Traster
seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Rita Gee, Treasurer, presented a proposal for a
new printer for her office. Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the purchase
of an IBM printer from Nex-Tech at a cost not to exceed $2,315.74. Madison
Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Nine bids for Hospital Bonds were received. Madison
Traster made the motion to accept the low bond bid from County Club Bank of
3.832407%. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator,
presented motor grader bids. Representatives from the grader dealers presented
information on their equipment. Madison Traster made the motion to approve the
low bid, with trade, for the Volvo motor grader at a cost of $75,000.00 with a
5-year buy back of $116,130.00. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed
The commissioners recessed for lunch with the
hospital board at Park View Assisted Living. Those attending from the hospital
were: Robert Ohlen, Administrator and Board Members, Steve Alford, Mike Brewer,
Dr. Mark Gerstberger, and David Seibel. General discussion was held.
Carl Higgs made motion to dispose of the
following county equipment: 2 old typewriters, a fax machine and a copier from
District Court; 2 old computers from the health department; and an old typewriter
from the clerk’s office. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed
Penny Noyes, DOVES, presented possible floor
plans for office space at the old Duckwall building. She said they would need
about 1200 square feet. The commissioners will have Bob Forsen prepare a
drawing and cost estimate for the project.
Scott Nichols, Chamber of Commerce Manager,
proposed a resolution, which would allow organizations to apply for a permit to
allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages at the Civic Center. Carl Higgs
made the motion to adopt Resolution 07-07 exempting the Grant County Civic Center from any prohibition against consumption of alcoholic liquor on public
property contained in K.S.A. 41-719 for a period of 365 days unless terminated
earlier. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
John Crosby, Fire Chief presented quotes for
bunker gear. Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the low bid from Weis Fire
Equipment for 15 new sets of bunker gear at a cost not to exceed $21,120.00.
Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Mr. Crosby
received approval to take a truck to Wichita for repairs. Permits for sirens and
lights on personal vehicles were discussed. Mr. Crosby recommended issuing the
permits as was done in years past. The commissioners approved this. Mr. Crosby
will work on getting the permits processed.
Anita Alvarado, Health Department Administrator,
met with the commissioners. She reported hiring a person to replace the vacant
position left by her promotion. General discussion was held on her first six
months as administrator. Later in the day Carl Higgs made the motion to
increase the Health Department Administrator’s wages by $1.00 per hour due to
the successful completion of 6 months in that position.
Madison Traster made the motion to recess into
executive session for 17 minutes for the purpose of discussing contractual
matters. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 17
minutes the meeting continued in open session.
LaVonne Michael, Senior Center Director, Jim
Anderson and Betty Warner, Board on Aging Members presented a letter from a
structural engineer regarding using the old care home as a Senior Center when
it becomes available. Mrs. Michael said the structure of the building is
adequate for a senior center. The commissioners asked her to get an estimated
cost for remodeling the care home to meet the needs of the seniors. The
commissioners asked that it be a turnkey deal that includes heating and air
conditioning. Mrs. Michael will contact architect Kent Carmichael regarding
this and bring it to a later meeting.
Bob Forsen, Consultant, met with the
commissioners. Chairman Marty Long asked Mr. Forsen to look at the proposed
plans presented by the DOVES to determine what it will cost to put offices in
the old Duckwall building. Mr. Forsen said he would do this.
Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds, presented
information on mold on 2 walls in her department. Carl Higgs made the motion to
approve the quote from Phoenix Restoration for $1956.71 to remove the mold and
paint the walls. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The
clerk will contact the road department to see if they can develop
specifications for sealing the outside of the Register of Deed’s basement wall
as well as putting concrete from the front (West) outside steps to the North
steps. The concrete will need to be stamped with a pattern to help with the
aesthetics of the building and yard.
The commissioners adjourned to meet again in
regular session on October 16, 2007.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Marty