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C20071127                                                                                                     November 27, 2007


            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 a.m. with all members and the Deputy County Clerk present.


            Gene Pflughoft, Economic Development Coordinator, has been approached by a group needing WeKanDo to consider a multi-county project.  Madison Traster will contact the WeKanDo members and set up a meeting.


            Rita Gee, Treasurer, informed the commissioners that a state computer used for the sale of car tags has crashed and will be replaced this year with motor vehicle monies.


            Loyetta Skeen, Clerk of the District Court requested permission to purchase budget software to replace the outdated program that is currently in place.  Carl Higgs made the motion to purchase Jayhawk Budget Tracking Software for $2,250.  Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the minutes of the November 6, 2007 meeting and the claims against the funds of the county.  Madison Traster seconded the motion and following clarification of two vouchers it passed unanimously.


            Lance Babcock, Sheriff, gave an update on the Law Enforcement building project. He informed the commissioners a motor went out on a county officer’s 2004 Ford pickup with 132,000 miles on it.  The Sheriff presented quotes and requested approval to replace the motor.  Carl Higgs made the motion to purchase a motor from Riley Ford Mercury, Co. and to have the Road & Bridge install it.  Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator, presented two contracts from Kirkham Michael, one for Agreement for Engineering Services FAS and Off-System Bridge Inventory and Appraisal and another for a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan.  Madison Traster made the motion to hire Kirkham Michael for bridge inspections at a cost of $600 and to comply with EPA regulations, develop a SPCC Plan for Grant County at a cost of $1,400.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Randy presented Resolutions 07-10, 07-11, 07-12, 07-13, and 07-14 for stop signs on Road W and a road crossing permit for Pioneer Communications.  The resolutions and permit were reviewed and approved by the commissioners.


            Pete Earles, Earles Engineering and Inspection, Inc., gave a presentation on his professional and technical qualifications.


            The commissioners recessed for lunch with the city council at Park View Assisted Living. Those attending from the city were: Mayor Thadd Kistler; Council Members, Ann Papay, John Duran, John Battin and Scott Malone; also attending was Pete Earles, Earles Engineering and Inspections, Inc.  The city informed the county of the storm drainage problem at the hospital and asked for financial help. The city will have a cost of $900,000 in the project. They are asking the hospital to contribute $250,000 towards the drainage project and the county $65,000 to fund the lift pump system.  The commissioners were receptive and will review the 2008 budget to see if any funds are available.


            Grant County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism requested the commissioners draft a letter to the Gray County Commissioners in support of a directional billboard to be placed on Highway 50 in south Gray County.  The letter was drafted and sent.


            Carl Higgs made the motion to recognize full-time county employee’s for years of service with the following amount of Ulysses Bucks: 10 years, $50; 15 years, $100; 20 years, $150; 25 years, $200; and 30 years, $250.  Marty Long seconded the motion.


            Marty Long made the motion to recess into executive session for 30 minutes for the purpose of discussing contractual matters. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Carl Higgs made the motion to adjourn at 2:45 p.m.  Madison Traster seconded the motion.  The next regular session will be held December 4, 2007 at 9:00 a.m.





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Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Marty Long, Chairman