of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with all members
and the County Clerk present.
Schwein made the motion to nominate Carl Higgs as commission chairman for
2003. Madison Traster seconded the
motion and it passed.
Schwein made the motion to approve the following organizational items:
commissioner meeting dates and times for 2003 be the first and third Tuesday of
each month, and that the first meeting will commence at 9:00 a.m. and the third
meeting will start at 9:30 a.m;
designate the Grant County Bank, the Southwest National Bank, and the Bank of
Ulysses as official depositories for the county;
designate the Ulysses News as the official paper for the county;
To give the
County Treasurer the authority to invest county funds to the best interest of
the County Clerk as Chief Purchasing Agent, Federal & State Withholding Tax
Agent, Social Security Agent, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Agent
and Insurance Agent for the county;
Frank Goldsby as Public Works Administrator;
Ramon Clinesmith as Noxious Weed Director;
Dr. Johnson as County Health Officer;
John Crosby as Fire Chief;
that mileage be paid at $0.31 per mile when using a personal vehicle for county
the following administrative heads for approving claims against the various
funds of the county:
Lance Babcock for Sheriff Department and Juvenile Justice
Sean Gooding for Ambulance funds
John Crosby for Fire Department funds
Frank Goldsby for Road Department funds
Ramon Clinesmith for Noxious Weed funds
Ronald Lofland for Transfer Station funds
Brad Welch, for Appraiser funds
Mary K. Sullivan for Register of Deeds funds
Rita Gee for Treasurer funds
Douglas Campbell for County Attorney funds
Don Button for Emergency Management funds
Sherill Thompson for Health Department funds
Nancy Ramski for Park Maintenance and 4-H Building funds
Harold DuPree for Airport funds
Linda McHenry for all other funds;
That Gene Schwein remain serving as
the county’s representative to weather
That the following board
appointments be made:
That Teri Christian and Eldon Dirks be reappointed to the Bob
Wilson Memorial Hospital Board;
That Larry Rumburg be reappointed to the Western Prairie Care
That Jim Anderson and Josephine Taul be reappointed to the
Board on Aging;
That Daron Cowan, Kevin Shapland, Ron Smith, Gail Jorgensen,
Susan Alexander, and Dennis Deyoe be reappointed to the Fair Board; and
That Arturo Trevino and Larry Rumburg be appointed to serve on
the Area Mental Health Board of Directors.
Madison Traster seconded the motion
and it passed unanimously.
Gene Schwein made the motion to
approve the minutes of the January 7, 2003 meeting and the claims against the
various funds of the county. Madison
Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Appraiser, presented quotes for computers for his office. Madison Traster made the motion to approve
the purchase of Dell computers for the appraiser’s office at a cost not to
exceed $3,000 including installation.
Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. There will be a savings of about a thousand
dollars over the IBM quote. Gene
Schwein made the motion to approve the purchase of imaging software for the
appraiser’s office not to exceed $1,080.
Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
from the Grant County Leadership class proposed improvements to the park by the
swimming pool. The commissioners gave
their approval for the leadership class to pursue this project with the
understanding that the county may not have any funds to help with their plans.
Rodgers, Safety Committee Chairman, and Don Button, Safety Coordinator,
attended the meeting. Gene Schwein made
the motion to adopt the safety committee’s risk management safety policy
statement. Madison Traster seconded the
motion and it passed unanimously. Mr.
Rodgers requested approval to send out a survey to county employees to
determine what might be utilized for a wellness program. The commissioners approved sending a survey
to county employees. Mr. Button gave an
update on the emergency management department.
Thompson, Health Department Administrator, presented her quarterly
reports. She said Douglas Campbell,
County Attorney, approved the bioterrorism regionalization agreement, and it
has been sent to Stevens County. Mrs.
Thompson also reported that grant criteria for a community development block
grant has been sent to Great Plains Development. Discussion was held on Mrs. Thompson’s prior request to purchase
walkie-talkies. Gene Schwein made the
motion to approve the purchase of four16 channel walkie-talkies at a cost not
to exceed $3,000 from Snyder Radio with the money coming from bioterrorism
grant funds. Madison Traster seconded
the motion and it passed unanimously.
Road Foreman, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, discussed asphalt projects
for 2003. Approval was given to solicit
bids for asphalt work for this year.
Discussion was held on having part time help work at the sand pit to
free full time employees for other tasks.
It was the consensus of the commissioners that this be done if it can be
Babcock, Sheriff, presented quotes for a new vehicle for his department. Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the
best bid from Riley Ford not to exceed $22,639. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Sheriff Babcock reported that he has only
received one bid on a shower for the jail.
He will try to get at least one more bid for this. Sheriff Babcock showed a letter from the
Kansas Bureau of Investigation stating that in 2004, they will start charging
the county for using the bureau’s computer information. This includes driver’s license checks,
outstanding warrants, etc.
Traster made the motion to adopt number four on the list of seals with the
wording official seal of Grant County wrapping around the logo. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it
passed unanimously. (The seal will be
round in shape instead of oval.)
talked to the commissioners about a four-month delay she had in getting
approval from the county’s health insurance carrier for knee injections. The decision was made to send a letter to
EPOCH requesting that the injections be considered in 2002 charges.
Traster made the motion to adopt the Grant County Bus Operation Policy. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it
Schwein made the motion to approve a 1.50% cost of living increase to full and
part time county employees. The cost of
living increase will be applied to the rates of employees who started working
full time for the county in 2002 at their anniversary date. Consideration is being given to bonus pay of
.25% based on employee performance evaluations at the end of the year providing
there are adequate funds in the various budgets for this. Elected officials, excluding the
commissioners, will receive a 1.75% cost of living increase since they will not
be considered for bonus pay at the end of the year. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. A copy of the approved increases is attached
as a part of this record.
commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on February 4, 2003.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Carl