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: John Crosby, Fire Chief; Don Button,
Emergency Management Coordinator; J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager; Todd
Hampton, City/County Building Official; Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director; Mary K.
Sullivan, Register of Deeds; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Anita Alvarado, Health
Department Administrator; David Graber, Transfer Station Manager; Lance
Babcock, Sheriff; and Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator. Years of
Service Awards were presented to the following employees: James Biddle, Deputy
Sheriff - 10 years; Susan Elliot and Tyra Olson, Dispatchers – 10 years each;
Pete Clinesmith, Road Department Noxious Weed Director – 10 years; Ron Hauser,
Road Department Mechanic – 20 years; and Luie Diaz, Road Department Shop
Foreman – 25 years.
Madison Traster made the motion to approve
the minutes of the November 7 and November 14, 2008 minutes and the claims
against the various funds of the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it
J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager,
presented quotes for a new printer/copier/fax machine. The Fair Board agreed to
pay half the cost for the new machine with each department spending a little
over $300. The commissioners approve this expenditure. Mr. Neufeld presented
quotes for scheduling software. The commissioners decided not to purchase the
scheduling software at this time due to other needs at the civic center. Mr.
Neufeld told the commissioners he is interested in taking the Certified Public
Manager course being offered in 2009. Madison Traster made the motion to allow
J.D. Neufeld to take the CPM course in 2009. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and
it passed unanimously. Tuition will be paid through the general fund. Carl
Higgs made the motion to recess into executive session for 5 minutes to discuss
non-elected personnel. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed
unanimously. After 5 minutes the meeting continued in open session with no
Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director, reported a
walk in door at the ambulance station needs to be replaced. She said ambulance
personnel will install the door. Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the
purchase of a steel door from Rick’s Lumber and a cost not to exceed $940.92.
Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Ms. Deckert
requested approval to purchase 2 new office computers. Madison Traster made the
motion to approve the purchase of 2 computers at a cost of $999.98 plus
shipping. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Ms.
Deckert told the commissioners she is interested in taking the CPM course being
offered. Carl Higgs made the motion to approve Ms. Deckert attending the CPM
Course in 2009. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Ms. Deckert informed the commissioners about problems they are having with Medicare
charges. She will email an update regarding this after attending a workshop in
Salina for this purpose.
Lynda Fort, Ulysses Centennial Committee
Member, presented the proposed budget for the Centennial celebration. She said
the City of Ulysses is contributing $8,000 for the celebration. Carl Higgs made
the motion to approve contributing $8,000 to the Centennial Committee to be
paid from the general fund. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed
After reviewing a proposal from Fiss
Architecture/Design, P.A. regarding remodeling the restrooms at the Civic
Center, Carl Higgs made the motion to accept the proposal at a cost not to
exceed $15,000. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Department heads met with Don Button to go
over continuity of operations plans for their department. Following review of
the forms, it was decided that Mr. Button would meet separately with department
heads to complete their forms.
The commissioners reviewed a letter from Great
Plains Development regarding a delinquent micro-loan to Steven Melius, d/b/a U
Town Cycles in the amount of $15,000.00. The decision was made to have Great
Plains Development pursue loan repayment through the county attorney.
The commissioners adjourned to meet again in
regular session on December 16, 2008.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Marty