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            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with all members and the County Clerk present.

 

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

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the minutes of the May 18 and May 20, 2004 meetings and the claims against the various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Lorine Myers, Leonard Wilson and Jamie Hudson, Grant County Conservation District, presented their 2005 budget request. They are requesting an increase from $20,000 to $27,000. The commissioners will consider the request.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to discontinue paying router fees since the state is going to pay them. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Richard Banes and David Rodriguez, 2003 Grant County Leadership Class Representatives, reported that they received a $15,000 grant from Cooper-Clark to help fund their swimming pool park project. They have applied for another grant through RC & D and hope to receive it during the next year. Gene Schwein made the motion to contribute $9,510 to Grant County Leadership to augment the grant they received so they can proceed with the sidewalk portion of the project. Madison Traster seconded the motion. Following discussion the motion passed unanimously.

 

            Mark Hinde and Mary Gleason, Southwest Developmental Services, Inc., and Sharon Hixson, Russell Child Development Center presented their 2005 budget request. They requested $41,700 for SDSI and $31,500 for RCDC. The commissioners will consider the requests.

 

            Douglas Campbell, County Attorney, met with the commissioners. Madison Traster made the motion to recess into executive session for 15 minutes for the purpose of discussing contractual matters. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 15 minutes the meeting continued in open session.

 

            Gene Schwein made the motion to recess into executive session for 30 minutes for an employee exit interview. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 30 minutes the meeting continued in open session.

 

            Madison Traster made the motion to accept the lowest and best bid $4,050 from Terracon for sampling seven (7) groundwater monitor wells. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, met with the commissioners. Mrs. Ramski requested approval to advertise for a full time maintenance worker due to the resignation of one of the workers. The commissioners approved her request.

 

            Terry Lawhon, Landmark Appraisal, Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser, and Ann Papay, Appraisal Consultant, met with the commissioners. Gene Schwein made the motion to approve renewing the contract with Landmark Appraisal not to exceed $78,000. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

 

            Scott Nichols, Chamber of Commerce Director, presented an update on coming events as regards the Chamber of Commerce. He gave an update on tourism events including the Sampler Festival, which will be in Garden City in 2006.

 

            The commissioners made the decision to support an application for a Federal Juvenile Accountability Block Grant to enhance the provision of Juvenile Intake and Assessment Services for the 26th Judicial District Juvenile Corrections & Prevention Services. Grant County’s share will be $204.88.

 

            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on June 15, 2004.

 

Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                                  Carl Higgs, Chairman