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; Mary K. Sullivan,
Register of Deeds; Anita Alvarado, Health Department Administrator; Rita Gee,
Treasurer; Jerry Jo Deckert, Emergency Medical Service Director; J.D. Neufeld,
Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager; Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official;
Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; Randy McCauley, Road Department
Administrator; and Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser.
Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the
minutes of the October 16, 2007 meeting and the claims against the various
funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and following
clarification of two vouchers the motion passed unanimously.
Marty Long made the motion to re-appoint Don
Button to the Southwest Kansas Regional Emergency Planning Council. Madison
Traster seconded the motion and it passed.
Carl Higgs made the motion to adopt Resolution
07-08 resolving that financial statements and reports of the county be prepared
on the basis of cash receipts and disbursements as adjusted to show compliance
with the cash basis and budget laws of Kansas. Madison Traster seconded the
motion and it passed unanimously.
Madison Traster made the motion to change the
first meeting date in January 2008 to the 4th and to adopt the
following days as holidays for 2008: January 1, New Year’s Day; February 18,
President’s Day; May 26, Memorial Day; July 4, Independence Day; September 1,
Labor Day; November 27 & 28, Thanksgiving; and December 24, 25 & 26,
Christmas. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Building and Grounds
Manager, presented information on hooking up cost efficient heaters in the
commercial building. A prior manager made the decision not to hook the heaters
up when the new air conditioner/heating units were purchased. Improvements at
the Civic Center were discussed. Carl Higgs made the motion to authorize Mr.
Neufeld to remove bushes and shrubbery and replace with brick before the end of
the year if his budget allows. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it
Marty Long made the motion to recess into
executive session for 20 minutes for the purpose of discussing contractual
matters pertaining to the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously. After 20 minutes the meeting continued in open session.
Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator,
Pete Clinesmith, Noxious Weed Director, and Randy Grubbs, Road Department, met
with the commissioners. One bid was received for concrete work at the
courthouse. Carl Higgs made the motion to accept the bid from Simpson
Construction at a cost not to exceed $5,250.00 for concrete around certain
perimeter of the courthouse. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed.
Chairman Long asked Pete Clinesmith if they want to change their approach to
pre-emergent treatment of noxious weeds. Mr. Clinesmith said he would like to
go back to using Roundup. Mr. Clinesmith said he would rather spray for cheat
grass in the spring in order to hit other grasses and weeds as well, instead of
spraying in the fall. The commissioners approved Mr. Clinesmith’s
recommendation. Mr. McCauley reported that final specifications for the noxious
weed chemical building will be reviewed by the building inspector in the next
few days and then it will be published for bids. Mr. McCauley also reported
that Kirkham Michael is doing a study to determine what can be done with the
low water crossing on Road H.
Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser, reported the state
recommends replacing servers for his department. He explained that since the
servers have not really been used the entire 3 years due to delays in
programming, he recommends extending the service agreements on the servers for
2 years. The commissioners approved his recommendation. Marty Long made the
motion to recess into executive session for 20 minutes to discuss contractual
matters. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After
20 minutes the meeting continued in open session.
The commissioners recessed for lunch with
Western Prairie Care Home Board of Trustees. Those in attendance were: Larry
Rumburg, Pam Gindlesberger, Julia Traster, and Administrator, Billie Upshaw.
General discussion was held.
The Kansas Emergency Management Association
recognized Don Button as Emergency Management Professional of the Year. Around
40 people attended the presentation which was held in the court room. The
county hosted a reception for Mr. Button following the award.
Carl Higgs made the motion to adopt Resolution
07-09 approving an Amendment to the Interlocal Agreement between the counties
in WEKANDO. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The commissioners adjourned to meet again in
regular session on November 27, 2007. The meeting was changed to this date due
to the annual Kansas Association of Counties meeting in Wichita.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Marty