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C20090303                                                                                                                                                   March 3, 2009


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


                Randy Parks, Pastor, opened the meeting with a prayer. Prayer was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.


                The monthly department head meeting was held with the following in attendance:  Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; John Crosby, Fire Chief; Jerry Jo Deckert, Emergency Medical Service Director; J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager; Todd Hampton, City/County Building Official; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; and Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser.


                Marty Long made the motion to approve the minutes of the February 17, 2009 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


                Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director, and J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager, talked to the commissioners about their Certified Public Manager Capstone Projects. Ms. Deckert explained they need the commissioners’ approval for the projects. Ms. Deckert explained that she would like to do her project on how to implement the new scope of practice for EMT Basic and Intermediate personnel which is being considered by the legislature. She believes the legislation will pass either this session or next session. Mr. Neufeld said he would like to use the marquee sign as his capstone project. The commissioners gave their unanimous approval for both the projects.


                Robert Ohlen, Bob Wilson Memorial Grant County Hospital Administrator, requested approval to dispose of an anesthesia machine, a color printer and an emergency generator. He explained the Board of Trustees has approved the disposal of the equipment.  Madison Traster made the motion to allow the hospital to dispose of the equipment. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


                Marty Long made the motion to approve ambulance write-offs in the amount of $7,774.25 as presented by the EMS Director. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


                Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator, presented information for a possible federal stimulus money project. He proposed submitting an application to improve the intersection of Road E and Road 17 by replacing the asphalt with concrete. The estimated cost is $275,000.00. This does not include any design costs. Discussion was held on the possibility of collaborating with the city to get the railroad crossing on Highway 160 replaced. Daron Hall, City Administrator, was called and came to the meeting.  He agreed that it would be helpful if the city and county collaborated on the railroad crossing as a project. He is meeting with the State tomorrow regarding this matter and he will give the commissioners an update after that meeting.  In other business, discussion was held on the property south of the DOVE’s house. The decision was made that the road department will move the fence to the edge of the county’s south property line on that property.





Kevin Shapland, Ruben Flores, Angela Myers, Randy and Brenda Grubbs and Steve and Carol Tarbet with Northfork Tailgunners talked to the commissioners concerning the contract between the Civic Center and Pheasants Forever.   JD Neufeld, Civic Center Manager and Lance Babcock, Sheriff also attended this portion of the meeting.  The group would like clarification on the law enforcement requirements at the Civic Center.  They would like permission to have beer among the members while they are setting up Friday night and Saturday before the dinner starts, but do not want any law enforcement for these times.  Discussion was held on the number of officers needed for Friday evening and Saturday before the dinner starts.  Lance Babcock and JD Neufeld stated they are currently reviewing and making changes to the law enforcement section of the general contract and will present it at a later date, but it will reduce the number of law enforcement in these situations.  Madison Traster made the motion to amend the rule and allow one (1) officer for less than fifty (50) people until such time the rules are amended permanently with a new contract being accepted by the commissioners.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


Lance Babcock, Sheriff asked permission to run an ad for cleaning at the Law Enforcement Center.  He would like someone to clean the public areas of the Law Enforcement Center 2 to 3 times per week.  The commissioners gave permission to run the ads.


Marty Long made the motion to respectfully adjourn at 1:52 p.m. and to meet again in regular session at 9:30 a.m. on March 17, 2009.  Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.




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Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                                                     Carl Higgs, Chairman