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            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with commissioners Madison Traster and Gene Schwein and the County Clerk present. Chairman Carl Higgs was absent due to illness. Commissioner Schwein was acting chairman.

 

            The monthly department head meeting was held with the following in attendance: Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator; Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager; Sean Gooding, Emergency Medical Service Director; Rita Gee, Treasurer; John Crosby, Fire Chief; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official; Tom Kramer, Road Foreman; and Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator.

 

            Madison Traster made the motion to approve the minutes of the June 17, 2003 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Gene Schwein seconded the motion. Following clarification of three vouchers, the motion passed.

 

            John Crosby, Fire Chief, presented quotes for installation of energy efficient windows at the fire station. Madison Traster made the motion to approve the low quote from JR’s Glass not to exceed $2,450 for window replacement. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed. Mr. Crosby discussed problems with the courthouse fire alarm system and doors. The commissioners asked the clerk to have Simplex put together a proposal for a system that will work.

 

            Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, John Duran, Traffic Control Officer, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, met with the commissioners. Mr. Duran presented information on speed limit resolutions for residential subdivisions within the three-mile limit around the city. Madison Traster made the motion to approve the speed limit resolutions as presented by Mr. Duran. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed.

 

Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager, joined the meeting. Madison Traster made the motion to recess into executive session for ten minutes for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed. After 10 minutes the meeting continued in open session. Madison Traster made the motion to recess into executive session for five minutes for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed. After five minutes the meeting continued in open session. Discussion was held on starting wages for summer help. Mrs. Ramski explained that two people will be working in the office as well as outdoors and are making fifty cents an hour more than the other workers. She explained that in the future she has decided to pay all the summer help at the same rate.

 

Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, returned to the meeting. Approval was given to sell an old road department pickup. Approval was also given to solicit bids for a new loader for the road department. If a new loader is purchased, the road department would give their old one to the Transfer Station and the loader from there would be traded in.

 

            Pam Gindlesberger, Western Prairie Care Home Board, presented their 2004 budget request. She requested $1,011,745 for the care home and $48,803 for Park View.

 

           

 

Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager, reported that there have been several groups that want to use the civic center all night. Following discussion the commissioners agreed with Mrs. Ramski in maintaining the midnight closing hours and not having overnight usage of the facility.

 

            Madison Traster made the motion to appoint Jim Anderson to serve as Grant County’s representative on the South West Kansas Area Agency on Aging Sub-Region Council. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed.

 

            Discussion was held on the wellness plan for employees. Due to budget constraints and an apparent lack of interest by employees, the decision was made to continue with the swimming pool program for employees but nothing more at this time.

 

            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on July 15, 2003.

 

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                            Carl Higgs, Chairman