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


            The monthly department head meeting was held with the following in attendance:  Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; Todd Hampton, Building Inspector; John Crosby, Fire Chief; David Ediger, EMS Director; Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; and Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds.


            Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the minutes of the January 15, 2002 meeting.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator, reported that the senior citizens are unhappy with WIC being administered through the health department in the conference room that is shared by both departments.  She said they would move the program back to the civic center even though it won’t be convenient due to records that are kept at the health department, and a nurse will have to go to the civic center to insure that referrals for the children who need it are done.  Tom Martinez, Building and Grounds Manager, attended this portion of the meeting.  He will work with Mrs. Thompson on scheduling WIC at the civic center.  Mrs. Thompson also updated the commissioners on her department.  She said they would be participating in the Health Fair again this year.


            Tom Martinez, Building and Grounds Manager, reported that the upholstery on 400 of the stacking chairs at the civic center have torn places.  He has checked on the cost to reupholster the chairs. The commissioners asked him to see if the seats can be replaced.  He will also check the price for new chairs.  Mr. Martinez requested approval to re-key the locks on doors at the civic center.  There are 47-50 locks that need to be done.  He will get three quotes for this.  Discussion was held on the tree that has roots that might be growing under the building at the civic center.  He will dig down to determine if the roots are growing under the building.  It was the consensus of the commission that if they are, the tree will have to be removed.


            John Crosby, Fire Chief, reported that they have finally received written approval from the FAA to move the little house from the old trailer park to the fire station for training purposes.  Approval was given to proceed with plans to move the building.  Mr. Crosby said the building would be painted so it won’t be an eyesore.  He will get two bids for moving the building.  Discussion was held on getting some rescue equipment for the fire department.  This could be paid from his equipment fund or a lease/purchase plan.  He said he would be willing to apply for a grant to help pay for at least one-year payment if a lease/purchase is done.  Chief Crosby explained that they don’t want to take over rescue; they just want to be able to assist them when necessary.  He explained that there is only one set of jaws available at the present, and there have been times when the emergency services could have used another set.  Gene Schwein made the motion to accept the bid from Weis Fire & Safety Equipment Company, Inc. at a cost of $25,125.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Donnie Phelps, Bit & Spur, Gary Howard, Tractor Pullers, and Ron Smith and Dennis Deyoe, Fair Board, talked about the possibility of adding a restroom and concession stand at the fair grounds for use during special events.   They said it would be nice if they could use the restrooms at the ball fields but they were not able to.  The estimated cost for their proposal ranges from $22,000 to $55,000.  The commissioners explained that there are other items that will take priority for the present.  They said they would be talking to the Grant County Recreation Director later and they would ask about the possibility of using the restrooms.  Mr. Phelps asked if the county would participate in purchasing stock for the rodeo again this year.  Carl Higgs made the motion to contribute $2500 toward the purchase of livestock for the rodeo to enhance the fair.  Madison Traster seconded the motion.  Following discussion the motion passed.


            Mark Skiles, Economic Development Coordinator, presented information on a strategic plan that will be needed as part of the process for applying for Nonmetropolitan Business Region Status for Grant County.


            Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, and Pete Clinesmith, Noxious Weed Director, met with the commissioners.  Mr. Clinesmith presented a progress report that goes to the state.  The commissioners reviewed and approved the report.  Mr. Kramer reported that he went to look at the steel drum roller and it would be a good one for the county.  Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the purchase of the Bomag steel roller from Berry Tractor not to exceed $43,000.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Mr. Goldsby requested approval to purchase a new 10 ton jack for the shop.  Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the purchase of a jack from Grant County Implement not to exceed $1434.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Lynda Fort and Ginger Anthony, Tourism Board, discussed their by-laws with the commissioners.  They would like to have two members from the motel industry and three members from the community at large.  The commissioners said they have no problem with this. Ms. Fort stated that they would like the board members to be Shari Davison, Ginger Anthony, Jeff Trotman, Stan Rice, Lynda Fort, Marion McGlohon, and Taunya Lindahl.  After their annual meeting, they will return with final recommendations to the commissioners.  Discussion was held on the method used to pay tourism vouchers.  Carl Higgs made the motion that tourism vouchers will be routed through the county clerk’s office instead of the chamber of commerce.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Ms. Fort reported on her itinerary for the month of March.  She will keep the clerk informed regarding her itinerary in the future. 


            Bobbie Lewis, Grant County Recreation Director, and Justin Huslig, Aquatics Facilitator, met with the commissioners.  The commissioners asked Ms. Lewis about the possibility of opening the restrooms at the ball field for tractor pulls and rodeos.  Ms. Lewis explained that she has opened them for tractor pulls the past three years and would be willing to open them for rodeos if asked.  She reported that redoing the inside of the pool is going to cost much more than originally thought.


            Ginger Anthony, Museum Curator, Jeff Trotman, Cheryl Deyoe, and Robin Graber, Historical Society, reported that they need additional funding because they run out of operating funds before the end of the year.  They also said they have no money to acquire items that people want to sell.  They will bring a quote for repairing the porch floor on the old hotel to the next meeting.


            Tom Martinez, Building and Grounds Manager, Keri Liddeke, 4-H Agent, and Greg Soelter, Grant County Implement, talked to the commissioners about the proposed covered arena at the fairgrounds.  Mr. Soelter will talk to an independent architect he knows to see what it would cost to have specifications drawn up for the building.


            Bids were opened for the 1983 Jimmy.  Roger Wise bid $926.  Courtney Eslick bid $800.  Tim Reeves bid $1,015.  Terry Ziegler bid $431.  David Wagner bid $451.01.  Ron Branine bid $1,005.  Kevin Ford bid $860.  Carl Higgs made the motion to accept the high bid of $1,015 from Tim Reeves.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the low bid of $9,975 for a sharp copier and an annual service contract in the amount of $1,200 from Southern Office Supply for the Register of Deeds office.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the claims against the various funds of the county.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on February 19, 2002.



Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Madison Traster, Chairman