Madison Traster made the motion to approve the
minutes of the June 3, 2008 meeting and the claims against the various funds of
the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Carl Higgs made the motion to appoint Mary Cott
to serve on the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging Sub-Region Council.
Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Doug Yoder, Care Home Consultant, gave an update
on the care home building project. He said there has been $50,000 in change
orders to date and there is $310,000 budgeted for change orders. He reported
they want to change the name of the care home to “The Legacy at Park View”. It
will be called “The Legacy”. He said the whole complex could be called Park View Village. The commissioners concurred with the name change.
J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager, presented
quotes for signs to be placed at the civic center. Carl Higgs made the motion
to approve the quote for signage from Dan Jury Signs at a cost not to exceed
$1,321.00. The county building fund will be used to purchase the signs. Madison
Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Quotes were opened for a
used scissor lift. As recommended by the manager, Carl Higgs made the motion to
approve the purchase of a1999 JLG 48, 450 Sissor Lift HR from Big L Rental at a
cost of $7,250.00. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously. This will be purchased from the special equipment fund. In other
business Mr. Neufeld requested permission to get bids for concrete work to
replace the fire lane where it is buckling and a small porch area. Approval was
given to solicit bids for this.
Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director, presented her
2009 budget request, which remains the same as this year at $584,105.00. She
gave a department update, and reported that all EMT students passed their
skills tests. Ms. Deckert requested approval to purchase an electronic software
module so Medicare billing can be done electronically. Madison Traster made the
motion to approve the purchase of the software at a cost of $1,100.00. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Ms. Deckert informed the commissioners
that Greensburg is interested in purchasing ambulance 352 from the county for
$60,000.00. They will use the ambulance as a transfer vehicle. Ms. Deckert
estimates the cost for a new ambulance to be $120,000.00. Carl Higgs made the motion to sell the 2004 International ambulance to Greensburg for
$60,000.00. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Mark St. Peter, Nex-Tech, presented a proposal
for providing network hardware, network security, network management, and
network tools for the courthouse offices. Tom Fuhrmann, County Appraiser and Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds, attended this portion of the meeting. The County Clerk relayed the Treasurer’s favorable opinion of the proposal. No decision was
made on the proposal.
The commissioners recessed for lunch with the
City of Ulysses at Park View Assisted Living. Those attending from the city
were: Thadd Kistler, Mayor, and Council Members, Ann Papay, John Battin and
Scott Malone. General discussion was held. It was decided that the Mayor and
Commission Chairman would talk to Bill Rogers, President of the Economic
Development Board of Directors, regarding the director and the mission and
accomplishments of economic development to date.
Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser, and Terry Lawhon,
Landmark Appraisal, presented their real estate contract for the county. The contract
amount has increased 8% over this year; however, the contract amount has not
changed the past 11 years. No decision was made.
Sara Nagel, Director of Communities in Schools, Employees,
Sandy Duran and Sandy Markley, and Board Member, Todd Kahle, presented their
2009 budget request which remains the same amount as this year at $14,000.00.
Annette McNaul, TMHC Services, Inc. presented
information on Non-Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Testing. The
decision was made to review a sample policy, making changes where necessary
followed by implementation of random drug/alcohol testing for all county
Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator,
met with the commissioners. Commissioner Traster asked if something could be
done about the bindweed in the assisted living yard. Mr. McCauley said he will
have his noxious weed staff work with the manager of the assisted living unit
to treat the weeds. Mr. McCauley reported on the dirt, which is available at
Rockin E Feeders. He will trade gravel for dirt to build the hazardous road up
at the feed yard. The estimated cost for the gravel, which will be used by
Rockin E is $1500 and the cost of dirt the county will receive in exchange is
estimated at $3000 making the trade a good one for the county so the
commissioners approved the exchange. It was decided that additional gravel
might be traded for dirt to be stockpiled for later use. In other business, Mr.
McCauley requested approval to purchase a new diesel pump. Madison Traster made
the motion to approve the purchase of the diesel pump from P.B. Hoidale Co.,
Inc. at a cost of $12,581.00. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed
Gene Pflughoft, Economic Development Director,
presented his 2009 budget request. Chairman Long asked where the $280,000 from
West Industries went. Mr. Pflughoft explained it was put in the Economic
Incentive Fund. Mr. Pflughoft will email a list of businesses he has helped start
in the past year to the commissioners.
Kevin Shapland, Ulysses Gun Club, presented a
lease renewal for the commissioner’s consideration. The commissioners will talk
to the Transfer Station Manager and have the county attorney review the lease
before approval is given.
The commissioners adjourned to meet again in
regular session on July 1, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in the commissioners’ room at the
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Marty