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                                                                                                May 2, 2006


The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with all members and the Chief Deputy Clerk present.


            The monthly department head meeting was held with the following in attendance: Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; David Wagner, Transfer Station Manager; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official; Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager; John Duran, Traffic Control Supervisor/Road Foreman; and John Crosby, Fire Chief.


            Marty Long made the motion to approve the minutes of the April 18, 2006 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. 


            Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official met with commissioners to discuss the possible expansion of the Law Enforcement Center and his concerns with ADA and fire code compliance.  Lance Babcock, Sheriff attended this portion of the meeting.  The commissioners took the concerns under advisement and plan to work closely in the building process.  The commissioners asked Sheriff Babcock to work with Alan Olson, Police Chief and sketch out their ideas of the new addition and present them to Bob Forsen to draw, keeping costs down as much as possible.


            Ron Masson, Masson Productions is cooperating with the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and 10 other entities to make a video to help market Grant County/Ulysses and is asking all entities to donate $500 to the project.  Carl Higgs made the motion to pay $500 to the Chamber of Commerce for this project.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Lynda Fort, Tourism and Gene Pflughoft, Economic Development Director presented tourism plans for 2006.  Ms Fort stated that Grant County will be well represented at the 17th Annual Kansas Sampler Festival at Garden City.  Other promotions include selling cookbooks, giving out publications, having information on web sites to reduce costs and placing signs.


            Tom Kramer, Road Department Administrator; John Duran, Traffic Control Supervisor/Road Foreman; and Luie Diaz, Shop Forman presented quotes on mowers.  Cornerstone Sales quotes for John Deere CX15 Rotary Cutter costing $13,746 and for John Deere HX15 Rotary Cutter costing $11,534; and a Hoskinson Implement quote for Rhino Flex15 Magnum costing $12,313.  Loy Anthony, local resident and sales representative from Hoskinson Implement attended this portion of the meeting.  Carl Higgs made the motion to purchase the Rhino Flex15 Magnum mower for $12,313 upon recommendation from the Road & Bridge Shop Foreman.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  In other business Tom Kramer presented road crossing permits.  Tom Kramer and the commissioners discussed the budget for the Road & Bridge Road Plan for 2006 due to the rising costs of asphalt.


            The commissioners met with Billie Upshaw, Care Home Administrator; Marci Stringham, Assisted Living Operator; and Care Home Board Members Julia Traster, Larry Rumburg for lunch at the Park View Assisted Living facility.  Resolutions for a new care home building project and establishing Western Prairie Care Home as a home for the aged were presented.  The commissioners will have the County Attorney take a look at the resolutions and approval will be contingent upon the County Attorneys review.


            Brent Walker, Grant County Recreation Director and Dave Seibel, Grant County Recreation Board Member toured the Grant County Swimming Pool and Weight Room with Commissioners.  They explained improvements made to the facilities and the new heater/filter system that is being updated this year.


            Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director, met with the commissioners.  At Ms. Deckert’s request Carl Higgs made the motion to recess into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  After 5 minutes the meeting continued in open session.  Ms. Deckert reported the remodeling project is complete and EMS will be hosting an open house May 20th from 2-4 pm.  She requested to adjust EMS patient fee schedule based on Medicare rates.  The commissioners agreed with the request.    


            Lance Babcock, Sheriff presented pictures of a skeleton and pottery found in the southeast corner of Grant County.  The skeleton was turned over to KBI and archeological experts to carbon date.  The skeleton turned out to be an American Indian woman, 45 years of age and 1000 years old.  Sheriff Babcock reported Kansas State Historical Society will return to the site for more research.  Discussion was held on a multi-jurisdictional swat team and the benefits to the county.  Sheriff Babcock requested permission to join the team and purchase equipment and training for his employees at a cost of $3,000 per person.  The commissioners tabled the request for later consideration.  In other business, the dog leash resolution was discussed.  The commissioners decided not to take any further action at this time on the dog leash resolution due to the costly implementation of the resolution. 


            Armando Sandoval with Ulysses Kids Wrestling thanked the Commissioners, Civic Center Manager and her staff for the use of the Civic Center for training.


            Ric Dalke, Area Mental Health Center Executive Director, Margaret Myers, Region III Director, Judy Netherlin and Larry Rumburg, Board Members gave a report on their programs and presented their 2007 budget request.  Their request remains the same as the past four years at $108,768.  The commissioners will consider the request.


            Marty Long made the motion to adjourn at 4:30 p.m. to meet again in regular session on May 16, 2006.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.




Linda McHenry, County Clerk                     Madison Traster, Chairman