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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.


            Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the minutes of the April 2, 2002 meeting and to approve the claims against the various funds of the county.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, and Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, were present for the public hearing on the county’s 5-year road plan.  No one from the public attended the meeting.  Gene Schwein made the motion approve the 5-year plan with the projects in the following order:  the bridge over the Cimarron River on the Moscow Road, the cemetery road; and the Rocking E Feeders road.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            The commissioners reviewed bids from the three banks for lease purchase of an ambulance.  The total cost from Grant County Bank was $106,853.48, the total cost from Southwest Bank was $106,882.00; and the cost from Bank of Ulysses was $106,456.78.  Gene Schwein made the motion to accept the bid from Bank of Ulysses for financing the lease purchase of an ambulance at a total cost of $106,456.78.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Sheila Brown, Chief Deputy Clerk, presented information on potential web site designers.  She will email a few sites for the commissioners to look at.  She will also try to get information from other web designers.


            Frank Goldsby and Tom Kramer talked to the commissioners about bidding specifications for repairing the screening plant.  Specifications will be given to the parties who are interested in bidding the project.


            Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator, asked the commissioners if a commissioner would be able to attend the State of Kansas Bio-terrorism Exercise, Prairie Plague 2002, on June 26 & 27.  Chairman Traster said he would try to attend.  Approval was given for the clerk to attend as the county’s Public Information Officer.  Mr. Button updated the commission on other business in his department.


            Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, Greg Soelter, and Keri Liddeke, presented final information for the proposed covered arena at the fair grounds.  Discussion was held on what the covered arena could be used for besides fair events.  Some uses mentioned were: the Farmer’s Market; Spring Fling events; picnics; the boy scouts might be able to use it; and uses that are unknown at this time.  Carl Higgs made the motion to take bids for the erection of a covered arena at the fairgrounds.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion.  Following discussion the motion passed unanimously.


In other business, Mr. Goldsby discussed the vacant position of Building and Grounds Manager.  The decision was made to advertise for the position.  Mr. Goldsby confirmed the commissioners’ prior approval to move Jeremy Rodriquez to full time status at the civic center after school is out.  Approval was given to solicit bids for electrical work and air conditioning for the commercial building at the fairgrounds.  Discussion was held on the worn patio carpet at the civic center.  Approval was given to solicit bids to replace the carpet.  Three road-crossing permits were reviewed and approved by the commissioners.  Mr. Goldsby presented an agreement with Terracon for boring soil samples at the bridge site and the landfill.  The cost for these will be $9,900 for the bridge site and $1,450 for the landfill site.  The commissioners approved the agreement.



Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator, informed the commissioners that


AMS Diagnostics will discontinue rural mobile mammography on June 1, 2002.


The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on May 7, 2002.



Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Madison Traster, Chairman