The Board of County Commissioners met in regular
session at 9:30 a.m. with Chairman Marty Long and Commissioner Carl Higgs present. Commissioner Madison Traster was absent due to his attendance at a WEKANDO
meeting. County Clerk, Linda McHenry was also present.
Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the
minutes of the August 5 and August 8, 2008 meetings and the claims against the
various funds of the county. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed.
The commissioners presented Vivian Button with a
certificate from the Kansas Emergency Management Association designating her as
a Kansas Certified Emergency Manager. The commissioners commended Mrs. Button
for her successful completion of the courses required to achieve this
The decision was made to change the first
meeting date in October to Wednesday, the 8th due to a conflict with
the Southwest Kansas Association of Counties meeting in Morton County on
Tuesday, October 7th.
The decision was made to change the second
meeting date in November to Friday, the 14th due to a conflict with
the annual Kansas Association of Counties meeting which is being held November
Holly Mathes, Librarian, requested approval to
designate a parking space for an older employee during the winter season. The
commissioners approved the request.
Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator,
talked to the commissioners about building up Road C between Road 20 and 21.
Carl Johnson attended this portion of the meeting and confirmed that he would
like to have the road built up. The commissioners explained that all property
owners have to agree before a road can be built up. Mr. McCauley explained
there are 2 cottonwood trees that will have to be removed if they are in the
county’s right-of-way. The commissioners gave their approval to build the road
as long as all property owners are in agreement. Later in the day, Marshall
Kepley was contacted and said he approved the road being built up.
Other road department business
items follow. Mr. McCauley requested and received approval to solicit bids for
crushing concrete they have on hand. Discussion was held on the bypass project.
Mr. McCauley requested approval to purchase a used manure spreader from Bill
Rogers at a cost of $5,700 which is his trade-in amount. Carl Higgs made the
motion to approve the purchase of the manure spreader. Marty Long seconded the
motion and it passed. Chairman Long reported Jeff Schoonover contacted him
regarding the fact that the material used to treat prairie dogs on his property
killed and/or injured several of his domestic dogs. He is requesting the county
waive the $1100.00 treatment fee since he has a substantial veterinary bill
caused by the treatment material. The commissioners approved forgoing the cost
of the treatment. Carl Higgs made the motion to adopt a resolution to place a
stop sign at Road M and Road 21, stopping traffic on Road M. Marty Long
seconded the motion and it passed.
At 10:30 a.m. Chairman Long opened the budget
hearing for public comment. One person from the public was present. Chairman
Long explained that the county’s 6 mill increase was due to one mill for
regular county operations including fuel increases and the other 5 mills cover
bond and interest projects which were voted on by the citizens of the county. Carl Higgs made the motion to adopt the county’s 2009 budget in the amount of $20,919,882.00.
Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed.
Lance Babcock, Sheriff, reported he received a
grant of $61,000.00 to help pay for Computer Assisted Dispatch (CAD) software. Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the expenditure of $27,773 from the wireless and E 911
funds to Global Software for the remainder of the CAD cost. Marty Long seconded
the motion and it passed.
Heather Heckman, local citizen, expressed her
concerns regarding the fact that she can not purchase flood insurance for her
home since the city does not participate in the FEMA Flood Plan. The
commissioners directed her to the city council regarding this.
The commissioners recessed for lunch with the
city council. Discussion was held on both entities budget hearings as well as
A group of local citizens who are interested in
starting a support group for people, who have had a child die, met with the
commissioners. They would like to meet once a month and would like to use a
room at the civic center at no cost if possible. Carl Higgs made the motion to
waive the fees for use of a room at the civic center for the support group.
Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed.
Marty Long made the motion to adopt a Workplace
Substance Abuse and Testing Policy for all Grant County employees. This will
not include elected officials or seasonal help such as election board workers. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed.
Kenny Sneyd, local businessman, explained there
are problems with towing vehicles initiated by a call from the law enforcement
center. He said it is sometimes difficult to know if it is a city or a county
job. He explained there are times he does not receive payment for a tow. He
would like to roll the cost back to the county after exhausting all means of
collecting for the tow. He said the maximum amount the county might have to pay
would be $800.00 or $900.00. Mr. Sneyd said if something can’t be worked out he
would probably start asking for proof of insurance when called to tow a
vehicle. If none is available, he said he would probably refuse the job. The
commissioners said they would like to wait until Commissioner Traster is back
to discuss this matter and they would also like to talk to the city council and
the sheriff and police chief to see if something can be worked out.
J. D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager, met with
the commissioners. Marty Long made the motion to recess into executive session
for 15 minutes for the purpose of discussing non-elected personnel. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 15 minutes the meeting continued
in open session.
The commissioners adjourned to meet again in
regular session on September 2, 2008.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Marty