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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on July 15, 2003.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Carl