The Board of County Commissioners met in regular
session at 9:00 a.m. with all members and the Chief Deputy County Clerk
The monthly department head meeting was held
with the following in attendance: Lance Babcock, Sheriff; Anita Alvarado,
Health Department Administrator; Rita Gee, Treasurer; J.D. Neufeld, Civic
Center Building and Grounds Manager; David Graber, Transfer Station Manager;
Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator; Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds;
and Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator.
Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the
minutes of the March 18, 2008 meeting and the claims against the various funds
of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator,
presented noxious weed chemical storage building bids for the commissioners’
review. Loren Wright, County Surveyor, Craig Malone and Greg Soelter were
present for this portion of the meeting. GBS Construction, LLC bid $112,455;
Malone Enterprises bid $116,900 and Central States Mechanical, Inc. bid
$168,670.28. Carl Higgs made a motion to accept the low bid of $112,455 from
GBS Construction, LLC to construct a new noxious weed storage building with
construction to commence within 60 days. Madison Traster seconded the motion
and it passed unanimously. Mr. McCauley presented one road crossing permit
which was reviewed and approved by the commissioners. Bids were opened for 14,000
tons of bituminous mix for stockpile. Klotz Sand Company, Inc. bid was $51.50/ton
totaling $721,000 and APAC-Kansas, Inc. bid was $50.85/ton totaling $711,900. Carl Higgs made a motion to accept the bid from APAC-Kansas, Inc. at $50.85/ton with a total bid
of $711,900. Grant County will stockpile 9,500 tons at a cost of $483,075 and
the City of Ulysses will stockpile 4,500 tons at a cost of $228,825. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The commissioners reviewed information sent to
them by Nexsun Ethanol, LLC concerning the ten year tax abatement. A telephone
conference was set up for next commissioner meeting between Nexsun Ethanol,
LLC, the County Appraiser and the Commissioners to resolve some unanswered
David Graber presented a quote from Wilkens for
a trash trailer. Madison Traster moved to purchase the Wilkens 12 gauge side
sheets trailer for $59,349 less a trade in of $11,500. Carl Higgs seconded the
motion and it passed unanimously. Marty Long made the motion to go into executive
session for 17 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel. Carl Higgs seconded and it passed. After 17 minutes the meeting continued in open session.
Dave Seibel, Grant County Recreation Board
Member presented Scott Nichols as the new Grant County Recreation Director.
Mr. Seibel updated the commissioners on several projects the recreation has
underway such as the new air heating system for the indoor pool and new lights
at the baseball fields. The recreation board needs to expand the soccer fields
and would like to do something different with the handball court. Discussion
was held concerning the mural on the side of the handball court wall. The
commissioners voiced their concern that it could be quite costly to move the
mural wall but welcomed the recreation board to come up with alternatives to tearing
down the mural wall. Dave Seibel also was interested in looking into alternatives
and he will get some costs together and return at a later date.
The commissioners recessed for lunch with the Hospital
Board at Park View Assisted Living. Steve Alford, Board Member and Robert
Ohlen, Administrator attended the meeting. General discussion was held.
Liz Rice and Mary Jo Dimitt, 26th
Judicial District of Kansas Juvenile Corrections & Prevention Services met
with commissioners to review their learning center program. Liz Rice requested
the county continue to match 50% to fund the salary of a part-time prevention
officer for this community. Madison Traster made the motion to continue the
50% match to fund the salary of a part-time prevention officer for this
community. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Bob Forsen, Consultant and J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager presented information on remodeling the
restrooms at the civic center. Several counter and sink options were looked
over so the plans can be put together.
Carl Higgs made the motion to reappoint Madison Traster and Jose Olivas to the Cimarron Basin Corrections Advisory Board for 3 year terms.
Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The commissioners adjourned to meet again in
regular session on April 15, 2008.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Marty