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            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:  Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator; Tom Kramer, Road Supervisor; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; John Crosby, Fire Chief, Kevin Barbo, Interim EMS Director; Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds; Brad Welch, Appraiser; Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator; Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager; and Rita Gee, Treasurer.


            Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the minutes of the September 17, 2002 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county.  Gene Schwein seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Following clarification of several vouchers, the motion passed unanimously.


            Anita Mason, RRISK, presented the Kansas Children Report Card for last year.  The commissioners once again endorsed the Report Card.  Discussion was held on the Youth to Youth program.  Ms. Mason said the program is going great.


            Tom Kramer, Road Supervisor, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, discussed problems with the assisted living carport.  The commissioners will view the carport site after lunch.  A road-crossing permit for Mike Moyer was reviewed and approved by the commissioners.  Mr. Goldsby received approval to take bids for two belly dump trailers.  


            Kevin Barbo presented bids on computers.  Gene Schwein made the motion to accept a bid from Dell computer not to exceed $4,257.00 for 3 computers, a printer and a 3-year second day service warranty.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Mr. Barbo presented information on transferring babies at risk from Dodge City to Wichita.  He explained that this would only be done if Grant County were covered adequately.  The commissioners said they don’t have a problem with this as long as Grant County residents are not jeopardized. 


            Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager, explained that part of the electrical problems at the fair grounds is that there are 20 amp boxes that are being over rode with 30 amp fuses.  Ms. Ramski requested approval to get quotes on 5 adequate electrical boxes for fair time and special event usage.  Ms. Ramski requested approval to transfer two of the used computers at the ambulance station to the Civic Center for the office.  She also requested permission to provide space and an old computer for use by the Chief Maintenance Worker.  The commissioners approved her requests.  Approval was also given to have the two office computers networked.


            Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator, discussed his new position as safety coordinator for the county.  Mr. Button was asked to go through each department’s policy regarding safety matters to see what we already have in place and incorporate all the policies into the county’s policies.  The commissioners assured Mr. Button that the county would have to absorb any extra cost to his budget.


            Gene Schwein made the motion to have the county attorney proceed with a charter resolution to increase the transient guest tax.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Discussion was held on setting up interviews for the EMS Director position.  The county clerk will contact several people to see if they will be on the interview committee, and then she will contact the applicants to schedule interview times.


            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on October 15, 2002.



Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Madison Traster, Chairman