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            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 a.m. with all members and the County Clerk present.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the minutes of the August 6 & 9, 2002 meetings.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Vivian Button, Emergency Management Secretary, presented the application form for State and Local Assistance funding.  The commissioners reviewed and approved the application.  Mrs. Button updated the board on the status of the encoder for the sirens.  She reported that there was a problem with the sirens but it was due to the repeater instead of the encoder.  She explained that if the encoder develops problems as it has in the past, it would have to be replaced.

 

            The 2003 Budget Hearing was held at 10:00 a.m.  Mark Skiles, Economic Development Coordinator, and Herb Noyes, citizen and KULY/KFXX Radio, attended the hearing.  Carl Higgs made the motion to adopt the 2003 budget for the county.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion, and following discussion it passed unanimously.

 

            Marty Bates, Juvenile Corrections and Protection Services Director, presented an interlocal agreement for juvenile services in the 26th Judicial District.  The commissioners unanimously approved the agreement.

 

            Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, and Tom Kramer, Road Supervisor, presented bids for two new motor graders.  The bids were as follows:  Van Keppel bid $199,600; Berry Tractor bid $266,318; Murphy Tractor bid $233,882; and Foley Equipment bid $230,458.  Representatives from the various vendors gave presentations on their equipment.  Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the best bid not to exceed $230,458 from Foley Equipment Company for two motor graders.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Bids were opened for a one-ton truck.  Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the bid of $24,500 from Riley Chevrolet.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the purchase of a flat bed from Sullivan, Inc. at a cost of $1,100.00.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Road crossing permits for Anadarko and Letcher Waechter were reviewed and approved by the commissioners.

 

            Kevin Barbo, Interim Emergency Medical Services Director, presented bids for selling the 1987 Collins ambulance.  Gary Cheek bid $650.  St. Catherine’s Hospital bid $5,005, and Alan Bitter bid $1,000.  Carl Higgs made the motion to accept the high bid of $5,005 from St. Catherine’s Hospital.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. 

The hospital plans to utilize the old ambulance in a grant funded program entitled “Reaching Agricultural Workers in Southwest Kansas; A Mobile Health Initiative.”  Due to the fact that new computer software has to be purchased to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, and the price of the software increases by over $300 every month Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the purchase of the software at a cost of $9,420.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  The ambulance equipment fund will be used to pay for the software.  Mr. Barbo will get quotes for new computers that will be used with the software.

 

            Loyetta Skeen, Clerk of the District Court, asked if she could transfer two used computers to the Sheriff’s department.  Approval was given to do this.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the claims against the various funds of the county.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            The commissioners approved the updated Employee Assistance Program at a cost of $118.84/month.  The value of the program will be assessed to determine whether or not to continue with it next year.

 

            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on September 3, 2002.

 

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                        Madison Traster, Chairman