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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 June 3, 2003 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Bobbie Lewis, Director of Grant County Recreation Commission, presented an update on the swimming pool and ball fields. Approval was given to put new lights at the Legion field instead of the Babe Ruth field as was previously approved.


            Darl Henson, Extension Agent, Keri Liddeke, 4-H Agent and Mary Sullivan, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, and several Board Members presented their 2004 budget request. It remains the same as this year at $153,000. The commissioners explained that due to decreased valuation and demand transfer cuts from the state, the county is asking all departments to cut as much as possible so taxes won’t have to be increased.


            Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, presented bids for a new pick-up. Bids were received from Riley Ford and Riley Chevrolet. Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the low bid not to exceed $27,376 from Riley Ford. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The commissioners reviewed and approved a road-crossing permit for Ulysses Feed Yard.


            Gene Pflughoft, Economic Development Director, and Marieta Hauser, Board Member, presented an overview of economic development. Mr. Pflughoft gave an update on the new Entrepreneurship Club.


            Verna Webber, Kansas Social Rehabilitation Services Representative, met with the commissioners. She explained that the offices that are being closed are based on caseload. She said they plan to have a social worker come to Grant County but that worker will be based elsewhere. She asked if the county had any office space available that could be used by the social worker. She mentioned that they are sharing space with Court Service Officers in some counties. The county clerk will check to see what is available in Grant County and get the information to Ms. Webber.


            Asa Wilson, Karla Nichols, Debbie Rundell, Rick Lane, Keric Sullivan, and Mike Brewer, Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital, presented their 2004 budget request of $1,080,000. They were able to reduce their request by 20 % as was requested by the commissioners.


            La-Vonne Michael, Board on Aging Director, and Board Members, Jim Anderson, Mollie Beard and Josephine Taul, presented their 2004 budget request. Mrs. Michael explained that they have cut positions from their budget in order to help reduce costs. Discussion was held on expanding the senior citizens’ center to include the area currently housing the health department. The Senior Citizens’ Board said they are still expecting the change in 2005.


            Frances Roberts, Librarian, and Library Board Members; Kelly Gindlesberger, Archie DeBruce, Dee Longoria, and Galen Pelton, presented their 2004 budget request. They requested $461,782 for their general budget and $66,465 for employee benefits. Their general budget for this year is $498,340 and their employee benefits budget is $66,465. The Library Board said they might be able to reduce the request a little more pending final costs for the building project.


            Becky Doerschlag, Park View, and Larry Rumburg, Board Member, reported that they are planning to build a storage building that can be used by the care home and assisted living. They explained that they have the necessary funds to build the needed storage.


            Ginger Anthony, Museum Curator, and Board Members, Cheryl Deyoe, Judy Cornell, Marie Dowell and Robin Graber presented their 2004 budget request of $115,240, which is a decrease of 12.7%.


            Ken Lawhon, Terry Lawhon, and Ann Papay, Landmark Appraisal, met with the commissioners. Ms. Papay gave an update on the county’s valuation. State assessed property has not been received yet so a final estimated valuation is not available. She asked the commissioners about contracting with Ron Cook, Petroleum Consultant, to perform an evaluation of the Hugoton Gas Field and make a presentation to the county. The cost for this will be $700 with that amount being divided between the county’s involved. The commissioners approved contracting with Mr. Cook for this purpose. Terry Lawhon presented Landmark Appraisal’s renewal contract for real estate. The amount of the contract has not increased from their current one. Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the real estate contract with Landmark Appraisal not to exceed $78,000. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Gene Schwein made the motion to nominate Madison Traster as voting delegate for the mail ballot election for the Kansas representative to the governing board of the National Association of Counties. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed.


            The commissioners made the unanimous decision to participate in the statewide tree-planting event in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill that was signed by Congress in May 1854.


            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on July 1, 2003.



Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Carl Higgs, Chairman