The Board of County Commissioners met in regular
session at 9:00 a.m. with all members and the County Clerk present.
The monthly department head
meeting was held with the following in attendance: David Graber, Transfer
Station Manager; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; John Crosby,
Fire Chief; J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager; Randy
McCauley, Road Foreman; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; Mary K. Sullivan, Register of
Deeds; and Rita Gee, Treasurer.
Carl Higgs made the motion to
approve the minutes of the April 17, 2007 meeting and the claims against the
various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed
Madison Traster made the motion
to establish a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program in accordance
with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 40 CFR Part 26
for the Ulysses Airport. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed
Randy McCauley, Road Foreman, and Todd Randles
and Gene White, local citizens, met with the commissioners. Mr. Randles
requested a road from the intersection of Road 9 and M, South to Mr. Randles’
house, a distance of 1,000’ more or less. Madison Traster made the motion to
build the road as requested. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed
In other business, Randy McCauley asked
permission to solicit asphalt bids for this year. Approval was given for this.
Discussion was held on a resolution banning the use of jake brakes on Road I.
The commissioners approved the idea and asked that Mr. McCauley determine if
this can be done by motion or if it requires a written resolution.
Madison Traster made the motion to recess into
executive session for 20 minutes to discuss contractual matters. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 20 minutes the meeting continued
in open session.
Robert Ohlen, Hospital Administrator, requested
approval to dispose of a pop machine, a stove/oven, and a convection oven. Madison Traster made the motion to allow the hospital to dispose of the 3 items. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Mr. Ohlen asked if the wooden storage
facility would be moved. The commissioners informed him they had discussed the
matter with the road department administrator and it would be moved as soon as
they have the time. Discussion was held on placing a concrete slab at a site to
move a metal storage shed. It was explained that Loren Wright, County Surveyor is working on a plat for the property where the building will be put, which
is on county property near the road department. Chairman Long informed Mr.
Ohlen the county made the decision not to utilize the services of George K.
Baum as consultant for issuance of the hospital bonds. The clerk will contact bond
counsel to let them know of this decision. She will also ask about insuring the
Bob Forsen, Consultant, gave an update on the Law Enforcement Center project. Mr. Forsen said he will send the plans to Salina for
printing and he should have them back by Tuesday of next week. He hopes to have
bids submitted so they can be opened at the commissioners’ meeting on June 19.
The commissioners approved the time schedule.
Madison Traster made the motion to approve
renewal of a pre-paid service gold package from Nex-Tech at a cost of
$6,000.00. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. This is
the same package which was purchased in 2005 and it is just running out.
Kevin Gray, Gray’s Yard Service, met with the
commissioners. Mr. Gray reported he has contacted “dig safe” and with the
commissioners’ approval he will start the sprinkler project right away.
Discussion was held on a drainage line for the basement for the LEC addition.
Due to this being part of the plans for the new addition, the decision was made
to wait until the law enforcement addition is built to complete that portion of
the sprinkler job.
Steve Shadden, 26th Judicial District
of Kansas Juvenile Corrections & Prevention Services, and Judy Alig,
Communities in Schools Director, met with the commissioners. Mr. Shadden
requested the county provide the 10% match required for intake and screening of
juvenile offenders. He explained that Seward County provided the match 2 years
ago and the City of Liberal paid the match last year. Madison Traster made the
motion to contribute $619 as matching funds for the federal grant monies. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Mr. Shadden said Grant County would not be asked again until 2010.
The commissioners approved paying Garden City
Community College the total amount of tuition and fees for the Firefighter I
course in the amount of $3,650.00. The county will be reimbursed for this cost
through the state.
Donnie Phelps, Bit & Spur, requested
approval to repair their announcer’s booth at a cost of $1440.00. Madison Traster made the motion to approve repairing the announcer’s booth at a cost of
$1440.00. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Carl Higgs made the motion to set aside one (1)
mill for the WEKANDO coalition. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it
passed unanimously. This money will remain in Grant County funds until such
time as the coalition approves a project.
Discussion was held on the new storage building for
law enforcement vehicle and miscellaneous storage. Carl Higgs made the motion
to participate with the city in the construction of a building for confiscated
vehicles by contributing $30,000, providing the site for the building, and doing
dirt work for the site. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed
The commissioners adjourned to meet again in
regular session on May 15, 2007.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Marty Long, Chairman