C20110215 February 15, 2011
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with all members and Kristy Frazee, Deputy County Clerk present.
Rita Gee, Treasurer and the commissioners held a conference call with Piper Jaffray and Company regarding the refinance of the care home bond. Later in the meeting Carl Higgs made the motion to adopt Resolution 11-03, authorizing the preparation of a preliminary official statement to be prepared in connection with refinancing the care home obligation bond. Marty Long seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Scott Nichols, Grant County Recreation Director & C.J. Nava, President of Grant County Recreation Board, met with commissioners to discuss updates and additions to the Sports Complex. They would like to add an adult size soccer field as well as some additional parking in the area. This would be accomplished by extending the facility to the east, using some of the land owned by the airport. Mr. Nichols discussed the possibility of getting some financial help from the county for repairs and updates to the pool complex. The most immediate need is to replace the roof, including the ventilation system making the facility more efficient. They shared with the commissioners a vision for improvements to be made over the next 5-7 years.
Scott Selee, Southwest Kansas Local Environmental Planning Director, presented to the commissioners a resolution of support for continuance for the Kansas Local Environmental Protection Program and Funding. The commissioners declined to adopt this resolution. Richard Banes, City/County Inspector, joined Mr. Selee in asking the commissioners to sign a waiver allowing for a term of one year the residence located at 1946 W. Ortiz to share water with their neighbor using one well. According to the Environmental Code of Grant County, any water well that has two or more users must have chlorine added and records must be kept to document this action and the results. The commissioners signed the waiver.
Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the minutes of the February 1, 2011 meeting, and the claims against the various funds of the county. Marty Long seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Leslie Mangels, Economic Development Director, presented Tom Hauser and Mark Faulkner, Airport Board Members, with a 2006 Chevrolet Impala for use in providing transportation to those people who utilize the airport. In other business, she explained that they will be cleaning their office this spring and will have a large amount of debris from water damage they have incurred so she asked the commissioners to waive the fees at the transfer station for this cleanup project. The commissioners agreed to waive the fees as requested.
The commissioners recessed for lunch at Park View Assisted Living with the City of Ulysses officials. General discussion was held.
Brice Barton, Trade Wind Energy Representative, gave an update on the Buffalo Dunes Wind Project. He introduced his company and gave some history as to the results of their research and what preliminary work has been completed. General discussion was held concerning construction timelines, transmission lines, and possible benefits to the county. He will plan to meet again with the commissioners and Randy McCauley as they get closer to a construction date.
Randy McCauley, Road & Bridge Administrator, presented bids for crushing concrete. He received two bids. Marty Long made the motion to accept the bid from Heartstone Inc. to crush 6000 ton of concrete at a cost of $7.90 per ton for a total cost of $49,300. Carl Higgs seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. Randy also submitted bids for ½" rock. He had received three bids. Marty Long made the motion to accept the bid from Eastern Colorado Aggregates for 5700 Tons of ½" rock at $12.00 per ton for a total cost of $68,400. Mr. McCauley presented two road crossing permits; they were reviewed and approved by the commissioners. Also, the Noxious Weed state report was presented and approved by the commissioners.
Mark Faulkner visited with the commissioners about Technology Stimulation Services moving into the Teeter Construction building, formerly the skating rink. The property is zoned Heavy Industrial and will work very well for them. They are looking for a place outside the city limits to place an acid tank. The commissioners offered some suggestions and possible places to check into. No action was taken at this time. Mr. Faulkner will do some more research and will get back to them.
Carl Higgs made the motion to recess into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel. Marty Long seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. After 10 minutes, the meeting continued in open session.
Marty long made the motion to hire Kristy Frazee to fill the position of Health Department Administrator beginning on March 7th, 2011. Carl Higgs seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
The commissioners adjourned the meeting at 2:45 pm and will meet again on February 22nd for a special meeting "strategic work day" at the Corporate East Hotel beginning at 9:00 am.
Kristy Frazee, Deputy Clerk Linda McHenry, Chairman