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C20080617                                                                                                                 June 17, 2008



            Madison Traster made the motion to approve the minutes of the June 3, 2008 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Carl Higgs made the motion to appoint Mary Cott to serve on the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging Sub-Region Council. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Doug Yoder, Care Home Consultant, gave an update on the care home building project. He said there has been $50,000 in change orders to date and there is $310,000 budgeted for change orders. He reported they want to change the name of the care home to “The Legacy at Park View”. It will be called “The Legacy”. He said the whole complex could be called Park View Village. The commissioners concurred with the name change.


            J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager, presented quotes for signs to be placed at the civic center. Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the quote for signage from Dan Jury Signs at a cost not to exceed $1,321.00. The county building fund will be used to purchase the signs. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Quotes were opened for a used scissor lift. As recommended by the manager, Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the purchase of a1999 JLG 48, 450 Sissor Lift HR from Big L Rental at a cost of $7,250.00. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. This will be purchased from the special equipment fund. In other business Mr. Neufeld requested permission to get bids for concrete work to replace the fire lane where it is buckling and a small porch area. Approval was given to solicit bids for this.


            Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director, presented her 2009 budget request, which remains the same as this year at $584,105.00. She gave a department update, and reported that all EMT students passed their skills tests. Ms. Deckert requested approval to purchase an electronic software module so Medicare billing can be done electronically. Madison Traster made the motion to approve the purchase of the software at a cost of $1,100.00. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Ms. Deckert informed the commissioners that Greensburg is interested in purchasing ambulance 352 from the county for $60,000.00. They will use the ambulance as a transfer vehicle. Ms. Deckert estimates the cost for a new ambulance to be $120,000.00. Carl Higgs made the motion to sell the 2004 International ambulance to Greensburg for $60,000.00. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Mark St. Peter, Nex-Tech, presented a proposal for providing network hardware, network security, network management, and network tools for the courthouse offices. Tom Fuhrmann, County Appraiser and Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds, attended this portion of the meeting. The County Clerk relayed the Treasurer’s favorable opinion of the proposal. No decision was made on the proposal.


            The commissioners recessed for lunch with the City of Ulysses at Park View Assisted Living. Those attending from the city were: Thadd Kistler, Mayor, and Council Members, Ann Papay, John Battin and Scott Malone. General discussion was held. It was decided that the Mayor and Commission Chairman would talk to Bill Rogers, President of the Economic Development Board of Directors, regarding the director and the mission and accomplishments of economic development to date.

            Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser, and Terry Lawhon, Landmark Appraisal, presented their real estate contract for the county. The contract amount has increased 8% over this year; however, the contract amount has not changed the past 11 years. No decision was made.


            Sara Nagel, Director of Communities in Schools, Employees, Sandy Duran and Sandy Markley, and Board Member, Todd Kahle, presented their 2009 budget request which remains the same amount as this year at $14,000.00.


            Annette McNaul, TMHC Services, Inc. presented information on Non-Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Testing. The decision was made to review a sample policy, making changes where necessary followed by implementation of random drug/alcohol testing for all county employees.


            Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator, met with the commissioners. Commissioner Traster asked if something could be done about the bindweed in the assisted living yard. Mr. McCauley said he will have his noxious weed staff work with the manager of the assisted living unit to treat the weeds. Mr. McCauley reported on the dirt, which is available at Rockin E Feeders. He will trade gravel for dirt to build the hazardous road up at the feed yard. The estimated cost for the gravel, which will be used by Rockin E is $1500 and the cost of dirt the county will receive in exchange is estimated at $3000 making the trade a good one for the county so the commissioners approved the exchange. It was decided that additional gravel might be traded for dirt to be stockpiled for later use. In other business, Mr. McCauley requested approval to purchase a new diesel pump. Madison Traster made the motion to approve the purchase of the diesel pump from P.B. Hoidale Co., Inc. at a cost of $12,581.00. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Gene Pflughoft, Economic Development Director, presented his 2009 budget request. Chairman Long asked where the $280,000 from West Industries went. Mr. Pflughoft explained it was put in the Economic Incentive Fund. Mr. Pflughoft will email a list of businesses he has helped start in the past year to the commissioners.


            Kevin Shapland, Ulysses Gun Club, presented a lease renewal for the commissioner’s consideration. The commissioners will talk to the Transfer Station Manager and have the county attorney review the lease before approval is given.


            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on July 1, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in the commissioners’ room at the courthouse.





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Linda McHenry, County Clerk                          Marty Long, Chairman