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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.

 

            Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the minutes of the October 1, 2002 meeting and to approve the claims against the various funds of the county.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager, presented an update of her department.  Only one bid for air conditioning for the Commercial Building was received.  Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, also attended this portion of the meeting.  John Crosby was called and came to answer questions regarding the bid from Ross Heating and Plumbing.  Gene Schwein made the motion to accept the base bid and alternate one from Ross Heating and Plumbing not to exceed $17,006.70.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Mark Skiles, Economic Development Director, presented the Grant County Economic Incentive Fund Policy that was reviewed by the commissioners.  Carl Higgs made the motion to reappoint Rod Kreie to the Economic Development Board for a three-year term, and to appoint David Jesse to a three-year term replacing Chuck Hacker whose term has expired.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Tom Kramer, Road Supervisor, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, presented bids for two belly dump trailers.  Berry Tractor and Equipment bid $36,200; Foley Equipment Co. bid $61,634; and Murphy Tractor and Equipment Co. bid $41,286.  Gene Schwein made the motion to accept the low bid from Berry Tractor and Equipment Co. for two Ranco trailers at a total cost not to exceed $36,200.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Virginia Pauda, local citizen, requested that the commissioners waive fees for use of the civic center for the 15th birthday party for a young girl who has a life threatening kidney disorder.  The commissioners agreed to this and asked only that a regular contract be executed and all rules be complied with.  They asked her to talk to Sheriff Babcock regarding security for the function.  Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager, asked that there be no beer or alcohol at the function.  Mrs. Pauda said she had no problem with that, and that she would talk to the sheriff regarding security.

 

            Ronald Lofland, Transfer Station Manager, updated the commission on the fire at his facility last week.  He reported that an engineer has assessed the building and there is no structural damage.  He said the trailer is a total loss, the truck is fine except for the smoke smell and the tractor is repairable.

 

            Discussion was held on renewing the contract with Nex-Tech for computer support.  Gene Schwein made the motion to contract with Nex-Tech for support and the annual upgrade at a cost of $10,717 for support and $750 for the annual IBM/AS400 operation system upgrade.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Carl Higgs made the motion to accept the agreement for the annual audit to be performed by Hay, Rice and Associates at an approximate cost of $19,800.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on November 5, 2002.

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                        Madison Traster, Chairman