of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with all members
and the County Clerk present.
department head meeting was held with the following in attendance: Tom Kramer,
Road Foreman; Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator; Don Button, Emergency
Management Coordinator; Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official; John
Crosby, Fire Chief; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; Sherry Thompson, Health Department
Administrator; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds; and
Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager.
Schwein made the motion to approve the minutes of the September 16, 2003
meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Madison Traster
seconded the motion. Following clarification of three vouchers, the motion
Emergency Management Coordinator, presented information on the Mitigation 20/20
Task Force forms. It was decided that Don Button would be the main contact for
e-grant information through Dunn & Bradstreet, and Carl Higgs, Linda
McHenry and Rita Gee would be secondary contact people. Discussion was held on
upcoming workshops. Mr. Button presented information on a 2-week class on the
chemistry of hazardous materials. All expenses for the class will be paid
through a grant the state received. The class will be December 8 – 18 in
Topeka. Don requested approval to purchase a projector with remaining grant
money. He may have to add a little from his budget to get the one he needs. He
has a little over $1,400 remaining in the grant and the projector he has priced
is about $2,000. The commissioners recommended that he get more quotes. Mr.
Button assured them that he would get at least three.
Rodriquez and others from the 2003 Grant County Leadership Class attended the
meeting. They reminded the commissioners that their project is revitalizing the
county’s park across the street from Hickok School. They are in the process of
seeking funding for the project. They requested a letter from the commissioners
approving the group’s plans for the park. Madison Traster made the motion to
issue a letter granting permission for the Leadership Class to pursue the park
revitalization project. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The name chosen to name the park is “Prairie Wind”.
Road Foreman, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, presented
information on a shoofly for the Moscow Bridge Project. Mr. Kramer reported
that water resources would have to approve the shoofly. He will put in a
request for their review. A decision on constructing the shoofly was tabled
until more information is available. The commissioners signed a resolution
committing county funds in the amount of $210,779.88 for the bridge project.
Approval was given to fill the vacant position at the road department. Seven
road-crossing permits for OXY USA, Inc. and one for Pioneer Communications were
reviewed and approved by the commissioners.
Thompson, Health Department Administrator, went over the final bio-terrorism
grant expenditures with the commissioners. Mrs. Thompson gave an update on
other business in her department. Gene Schwein made the motion to pay for flu
shots from the health department for county employees. Madison Traster seconded
the motion and it passed unanimously. They also agreed to pay for pneumonia
shots if the employee meets the criteria.
Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, and a former
employee, met with the commissioners. Gene Schwein made the motion to recess
into executive session for thirty minutes for personnel matters. Madison
Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 30 minutes, the
meeting continued in open session.
Babcock, Sheriff, and Loy Henderson, Undersheriff, gave an update on their
The decision was made to pay for
Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention services on a quarterly basis in 2004.
It was decided that Madison Traster
would represent the commission at the 2003 Kansas Economic Policy Conference in
Lawrence, Kansas on October 24, 2003.
Schwein was appointed as voting delegate for the annual Kansas Association of
Counties Conference and the voting delegate for the annual KWORCC and KCAMP
insurance meetings. Carl Higgs was appointed as alternate voting delegate for
the meetings. Madison Traster was
appointed as second alternate for KAC.
from KONE Elevators for an RSQ-Pak that would automatically activate during a
building power loss was reviewed and discussed. Due to the cost of $6,279.00,
the commissioners made the decision not to have the emergency lowering power
commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on October 21, 2003.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Carl