GRANT COUNTY CEMETERY DISTRICT
August 13, 2010
MEMBERS PRESENT: Chairman Darrin Figgins, Board Members Cecil Simpson, Don Dunn
MEMBERS ABSENT: Kathy Olson Wilson and David Schell
STAFF PRESENT: Secretary Paula Shapland, Sexton Robert Brown
PUBLIC PRESENT: None
Chairman Darrin Figgins called the meeting to order.
The minutes of July 8, 2010 were reviewed and approved following motion by Cecil Simpson and second by Don Dunn.
The public hearing for the 2010 Budget was opened. The board has been consistently levying .5 mills to maintain existing grounds and plan for future development. Current budget needs were discussed and the budget as published was approved following motion by Don Dunn and second by Cecil Simpson. The mill levy will be approximately .5 mills. The reduced county valuation will result in a decrease of tax revenue in 2011.
Cemetery Project: The board discussed the project. Darrin Figgins spoke with the engineer who submitted a letter about his concerns about the board editing out certain bid items. Following discussion, it was agreed to add 6' compaction subgrade back in and have the sexton manage the erosion and seeding. The Board wants to move forward and commence projects as soon as possible. Darrin updated the Board that the County doesn't want a concrete entrance to the new addition so they will complete an asphalt entrance at county expense. It was agreed to notify the engineer to add the subgrade back into the project and forward both the irrigation and streets bids to the secretary by the 20th.
Water Agreement: Chairman Figgins brought the revised agreement for board consideration. The city has agreed to place a water meter at the cemetery at a cost of approximately $4,500 and supply 10 million gallons at no charge; additional water will be $1.30 per thousand. Motion by Don Dunn and second by Cecil Simpson to approve the agreement and return it to the city for signature. Carried unanimously.
Golden Cemetery: Sexton Brown reported that the well is going dry. It is currently running at low flow and is surging. The Board requested that Sexton Brown obtain a quote to drill deeper and bring it to the next meeting for consideration.
Mower: Sexton Brown asked the Board if they want to purchase a used 7' Bushog mower from Bernard LaFever for $1,800 to mow the new section. The current tractor works good with it. Motion by Cecil Simpson, second by Don Dunn, to purchase the mower for $1,800 carried unanimously.
Cemetery Policies. The board discussed the timeline for people to comply with cemetery policies. Sexton Brown advised that one person is still out of compliance. Reminder notices have been published in the Ulysses News and a grace period until Labor Day was given for cleanup. The Board wants a letter to be issued to violators immediately after Labor Day.
There being no further business, Cecil Simpson moved, Don Dunn seconded, that the meeting be adjourned at 12:40p.m.