of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 a.m. with all members
and the County Clerk present.
Schwein made the motion to approve the minutes of the June 1, 2004 meeting and
the claims against the various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded
the motion and it passed unanimously.
Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, and Charles Berry, Land Man for Oxy met
with the commissioners. Mr. Berry reported that he is procuring right-of-way
and has received permission from all landowners for road crossing permits
except for one individual. The individual is asking for more money than the
company is required to pay. The commissioners approved the road-crossing
permit. Mr. Berry provided an explanation of several other road-crossing
permits in the northeast part of the county. The commissioners approve the
Gooding, Emergency Medical Service Director, presented an update on his
Henson, Keri Liddeke, Mary Sullivan, Grant County Extension, Paul Hartman, Area
Director, and Katrina Benyshek and Jason King, Extension Council Members, met
with the commissioners. They reported that they are moving to the West
Industries office until a permanent place is found. The cost for renting the space
will be $375 a month plus utilities. The commissioners agreed to pay the rent
for the office space. Mr. Henson presented their 2005 budget request, which
shows an increase of $5,000. The primary reason for the increase is because of
the continued increase in health insurance costs.
Babcock, Sheriff, reported that the Department of Corrections (DOC) inspected
the jail. There were several items that have to be addressed before he will be
able to house DOC prisoners. Most of the items pertain to paperwork and they
will be done. Sheriff Babcock said he is still interested in adding a bigger
exercise yard on the north side of the Law Enforcement Center.
Lewis, Grant County Recreation Commission Director, talked to the commissioners
about her five-year plan as it regards the county swimming pool complex and
ball fields. The following are items she discussed: (1) Sandblasting and
resurfacing the pool is not a high priority at this time; (2) The bathroom
stalls will have to be redone soon; (3) She said the water heaters are still
working but will have to be replaced sometime; (4) Ms. Lewis reported that the
outdoor pump is going to be less than the $3500 than was originally quoted. She
said Mr. Huslig did get another quote for the pump; (5) They are not interested
in putting a sewer system at the ballparks right now; (6) The reel that a solar
cover for the pool goes up on takes so much space that there is no place left
for patrons to walk; (7) They plan to have the lights installed at the Legion or
varsity ball field sometime this fall. In other business, Ms. Lewis explained
the problems with the filtering system for the outdoor swimming pool. She
explained that the system is not functional which causes the heater to burn
out. The outdoor pool is not being heated due to this. She said the temperature
of the water without the heater is 76 degrees and with a heater would be 78
degrees. The commissioners asked Ms. Lewis to make a written five-year plan
with cost estimates so they will know what her priorities are.
and board members representing Communities in Schools presented their 2005
budget request of $10,000.
Anita Mason, RRISK, presented a
request for $13,000 for their 2005 budget.
Frank Goldsby, Public Works
Administrator, presented the bids for remodeling the commercial building. After
reviewing the bids the commissioners tabled a decision on the project.
Sherry Thompson, Health Department
Administrator, presented an update on her department.
Frances Roberts, Librarian, and Dee
Longoria, Board of Trustees Member, presented plans for the parking lot behind
the courthouse and their 2005 budget request. Mrs. Roberts explained that they
are open 65 hours a week and will need to add a part time position.
Don Button, Emergency Management
Coordinator, presented information on ODP funds. He explained that the funds
were put into two projects. One project consists of providing an emergency
generator that will be used by the courthouse and the law enforcement center.
Mr. Button explained that the grant would pay for the generator and the
installation but not for construction of a pad to set it on. The other project
consists of updating hand held radios and purchasing an incident response
Daron Cowan, Fair Board, presented
their 2005 budget request.
Madison Traster made the motion to
appoint LaVonne Michael as a representative to the Southwest Kansas Area Agency
on Aging Sub-Region Council. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed
The commissioners adjourned to meet
again in regular session on July 6, 2004
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Carl