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            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 a.m. with all members and the County Clerk present.

 

            Madison Traster made the motion to approve the minutes of the May 4, 2004 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Gene Schwein seconded the motion. Following clarification of several vouchers the motion passed unanimously.

 

            Douglas Campbell, County Attorney, explained that there is a problem with non-payment of personal property taxes on some mobile homes. If a person has not paid taxes on the property and it is repossessed, they have delinquent taxes and can’t purchase a tag for a vehicle. If a finance company repossesses the mobile home and doesn’t pay the taxes on it, they aren’t able to obtain a clear title for resale of the home. Mr. Campbell will check with the Attorney General to see if this issue has been addressed, and if it hasn’t, he will take steps necessary to solve the problem.

 

            Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager, presented three quotes for a replacement refrigerator. Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the quote from Superior Products refrigerator not to exceed $2,209.00. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Mrs. Ramski was given approval to solicit bids for two water coolers.

 

            Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, and Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, discussed building a temporary crossing for the duration of the bridge building project. The decision was made to proceed with the temporary crossing. Mr. Goldsby informed the commissioners that the county might get funding for the intersection project at Road M and Highway 160 (cemetery road) next year or the end of this year instead of having to wait until 2007. The decision was made to proceed with the project by working toward obtaining the land necessary for the project. Mr. Goldsby will contact the county attorney regarding this so he can get the necessary paperwork completed as soon as possible.

 

            Darl Henson, Extension Agent, Keri Liddeke, 4-H Agent, Jason King, Chairman of the Extension Council Executive Board, Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official, Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, and Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, met with the commissioners. Plans for remodeling the Commercial Building were viewed and discussed. Madison Traster made the motion for Mr. Goldsby to proceed with obtaining bids for the necessary components of the project. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, met with the commissioners. Madison Traster made the motion to recess into executive session for 15 minutes for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 15 minutes the meeting continued in open session.

 

            Darl Henson, Extension Agent, and Keri Liddeke, 4-H Agent, requested that the county help them purchase a new vehicle out of county general funds. They reported that their capital outlay fund has been depleted over the past five years. Mr. Henson said they have about $10,000 that could be used toward the purchase. The commissioners made the decision to work with the Extension Council in purchasing a vehicle.

 

            Madison Traster made the motion to appoint Gary Boldt to the Library Board of Trustees. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Madison Traster made the motion to increase the mileage rate for use of personal vehicles for county business to $0.35/mile from  $0.31/mile. Carl Higgs seconded the motion. The motion passed with commissioners Higgs and Traster voting in favor of the motion and commissioner Schwein voting against it.

 

            Justin Huslig, Aquatics Facilitator, informed the commissioners that the circulation pump in the indoor pool has to be replaced. He had one bid and the commissioners asked him to get another bid, if possible and to go with the low bid.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve Ordinance No. 1130 and Ordinance No. 1131 amending the official “Zoning District Map” of the Ulysses-Grant County metropolitan area by rezoning certain property. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            The Commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on June 1, 2004.

 

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                        Carl Higgs, Chairman