of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 a.m. with all members
and the Chief Deputy Clerk present.
Traster made the motion to approve the minutes of the July 1, 2003 meeting and
the claims against the various funds of the county. Gene Schwein seconded the motion. Following clarification of one voucher, the motion passed
and John Wire, Great Plains Development, Inc. informed commissioners Grant
County does not qualify for a Community Development Block Grant (CBDG/CI) to
build a new Health Department. Sherill
Thompson joined the commissioners in questioning the reasoning behind some of
the percent figures used to determine eligibility. Ms Trent agreed to calling the state and making some inquiries
and returning to see the commissioners at a later date. Mr. Wire presented information packets on
county projects using Great Plains Development grants and loans. Madison Traster made the motion to pay
membership of $1,581.80 to Great Plains Development, Inc. Gene Schwein seconded and the motion passed
Anthony, Museum Curator and Board Member Robin Graber reported the roof on the
Adobe Building and the Oil & Gas Addition are leaking. The board will get estimates for the repair
to the commissioners at a later date.
Egley and Amanda Sullivan, FFA Members asked the commissioners to participate
in a fund raising dunking booth FFA is hosting at the County Fair. Each commissioner gladly agreed to a
Chamber Director presented information and asked the commissioners to join him
at the Kansas Prosperity Summit. The joint six county meeting will be held July
18th at 10:00 a.m. in the Pioneer Communications Media Room.
Road Foreman and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator presented three bids
on a new 2003 wheel loader. Van Kepple
Company bid $137,500 for a Volvo L110 ($147,500 wheel loader and $10,000 trade
in); Foley Equipment Company bid $148,100 for a Caterpillar 950G II ($164,600
wheel loader and $16,500 trade in); Murphy Tractor & Equipment Company bid
$150,733 for a John Deere 644H ($159,633 wheel loader and $8,900 trade
in). Gene Schwein made the motion to
accept the bid of $137,500 from Van Kepple Company for a Volvo L110. Madison Traster seconded and the motion
Road Foreman requested promoting an Equipment Operator I to an Equipment
Operator II. The commissioners approved
the Equipment Operator II promotion with the pay starting at 95% of the median
for that position with the understanding he falls correctly into the pay plan
at that time and there will not be an increase in 6 months.
Thompson, Health Department Administrator informed the board on next years BT
funding schedule, upcoming clinics and the bio terrorism grant. She requested approval to increase
immunizations fees to $10.00, pap annual exam fees to $40.00, county pap exam
fees to $40.00 and lab drawing fees to $10.00.
The commissioners gave approval for the increase.
Pflughoft, Economic Development Director gave an update on Economic Development
projects. Mr. Pflughoft reported that
he is helping several new businesses planning to locate in the community.
Campbell, County Attorney reviewed the plan proposed to start an oil
reclamation facility and found it to be consistent with the county’s solid
waste management plan. The
commissioners gave their approval to High Plains Environmental, LLC to continue
with the project.
Emergency Management Coordinator explained the Southwest Regional Hospital Plan
for bio terrorism preparedness that was developed with the cooperation of
Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Mr. Button informed the board he has applied for a Storm Ready Community
Award from the National Weather Service.
Mr. Button invited the commissioners to attend a state funded LEPC
Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. He also
asked Carl Higgs to give the welcome introduction at the Critical Incident
Stress Management Class to be held in the Pioneer Communications Media Room,
Goldsby, Public Works Administrator returned to the meeting. The commissioners reviewed and approved a
road-crossing permit for Pioneer Communications. Gene Schwein made the motion to recess into executive session for
five minutes for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it
passed. After 5 minutes the meeting
continued in open session.
commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on August 5, 2003.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Carl