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            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with all members and the Chief Deputy Clerk present.

 

            The monthly department head meeting was held with the following in attendance: Tom Kramer, Road Supervisor; Sean Gooding, Emergency Medical Services Director; Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; Pete Clinesmith, Noxious Weed Director; Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator; Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manger; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds, Brad Welch, Appraiser; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; and John Crosby, Fire Chief.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the minutes of the February 18, 2003 meeting. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. 

 

            Madison Traster made the motion to approve Change Order 2 decreasing the Kayton Electric, Inc. contract $980 and Change Order 2 decreasing the Dobson Brothers Construction Company contract $5,591.05 for the Airport Runway Project 6.  Gene Schwein seconded and the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve Change Orders 4-$1,560, 5-$1,310 and 6-$3,860 for the Library Bond Project.  Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Anita Mason, RRISK Director and Bill Stewart RRISK Finance Committee Member presented information on their success and asked that RRISK be viewed as a county priority to help with financial stability.

 

            Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator and Tom Kramer, Road Supervisor presented proposed budget changes for the Road and Bridge and Special Highway due to the $565,000 demand transfer payment reduction made by the state.  Approval was given to use part of the building at 408 S. Court to house some Road & Bridge equipment.  It was the consensus to review storage needs and room at 408 S. Court at a later meeting.

 

            David Higgs, Local Auctioneer asked the county if they would like to put items in the School Auction planned for May 31st.  The commercial building fees were discussed.

 

            Ronald Lofland, Transfer Station Manager and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator received permission to get bids for the old CD pit closure.

 

            John Crosby, Fire Chief presented a request to purchase 4 sets of bunker gear.  Gene Schwein made the motion to purchase 4 sets of bunker gear at a cost not to exceed $3,500.  Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Discussion was held on the removal of fence by the airport at the fire station.

 

            Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator; Tom Kramer, Road Supervisor and Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manger requested the county put a snow removal plan and policy in place.  The plan and policy would help combine forces of the Road & Bridge, Noxious Weed and Civic Center and clarify cleaning priority.  Mr. Kramer will put together a rough draft and have it ready at a later meeting.  Nancy Ramski requested the fees and deposits for all events at the Civic Center Facility be considered for change.  Discussion was held and it was the consensus to review the fees and deposits at the next meeting.  Mrs. Ramski presented a request to hire a part time seasonal employee to help with yard care.  Madison Traster made the motion to allow the Civic Center to hire a person to work 3 days a week, 6 hours per day from May to October.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  The spraying contract for county property has expired and permission was given to get bids for 2003.

 

            Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator requested approval to purchase one encoder for a siren.  Madison Traster made the motion to purchase one encoder not to exceed $1,585.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Mr. Button reported Frances Roberts has asked him to work with her to get the Library designated as a public shelter.  Emergency Management will have a booth at the Health Fair this year.  Don Button reported Doug Campbell, County Attorney has approved the by-laws and mission statement set by the safety committee and KWORCC has approved the workers compensation questionnaire.

 

            Scott Nichols, Chamber Director reported he represented Economic Development at the meeting held in Lakin by RC&D.  Mr. Nichols will serve as interim on the RC&D board until a new Economic Development Director can be hired.

 

            The Commissioners gave their blessing for the Health Department to enter into a collaborative grant with the RRISK Project/USD 214.  This grant is offered through the KDHE Tobacco Use Prevention Program.

 

            Madison Traster made the motion to increase the newest jailer wage to $10.80 as requested by Lance Babcock, Sheriff.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve participation in the Ulysses News Grant County Pride edition at a cost not to exceed $630.  Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve a request from the American Legion to sponsor two young men to Boy’s State at a cost of $500.  Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Madison Traster made the motion to approve the claims against the various funds of the county and a bill to be sent to Thompson Architects and TAO, Inc. for the full amount of $846.20 for the access doors that were not installed at the time of renovation of the Courthouse.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on March 18, 2003.