The Board of County Commissioners met in
regular session at 9:00 a.m. with Chairman Carl Higgs and Commissioner Madison
Traster in attendance. Commissioner Marty Long was absent due to illness. Linda
McHenry, County Clerk, was also present.
The monthly department head meeting was held
with the following in attendance: Randy McCauley, Road Department
Administrator; Anita Quimby, Health Department Administrator; Rita Gee,
Treasurer; Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director; David Graber, Transfer Station
Manager; J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager; Todd Hampton, City/County Building
Official; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; Lance Babcock, Sheriff;
and Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser.
Madison Traster made the motion to approve
the minutes of the May 19, 2009 meeting and the claims against the various
funds of the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and following clarification
of two vouchers the motion passed.
Mark Hinde, President/CEO, Southwest
Developmental Services, Inc., and Mary Gleason, Grant County?s representative
to that agency, presented their 2010 budget request of $44,662.00. Mr. Hinde
explained they are now using a population based approach to arrive at a budget
amount rather than a per person served basis.
Deanna Berry, Scott Kedrowski and Dr.
Matthew Gerstberger, Russell Child Development Center, presented their 2010
budget request of $32,755.00. Ms. Berry explained that they are also using a
population based approach to arrive at a budget amount rather than a person
J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager, asked
how the commissioners want to dispose of the old chairs at the Civic Center. The
decision was made to advertise the chairs for sealed bid in lots of 6 with
bidders being given the option of paying the high bid amount for the chairs. If
there are chairs left after the sealed bid process, Mr. Neufeld will ask a
local auctioneer if the excess chairs can be put in one of his auctions. Mr.
Neufeld has offered the chairs to other county departments. Discussion was held
on hiring another full time position at the Civic Center. The commissioners
gave their approval for another part time position to be hired if needed.
Commissioner Traster asked if Mr. Neufeld needs more full time help on a year
round basis. Mr. Neufeld said it would be nice to have a full time position
rather than 2 part time positions. The commissioners said they would consider
Madison Traster made the motion to approve
Resolution 09-03 asserting the county?s authority to insist on coordination with
the United Sates Fish and Wildlife Service and any associated federal or state
agency working with and in conjunction with Fish and Wildlife regarding the
listing of the Black-tailed Prairie Dog and regarding any other action taken in
or contemplated in our county regarding species. The resolution also serves
notice on the Secretary of Interior and any and all persons and agencies under
his jurisdiction, and on any other cabinet member who has authority to act
under the Endangered Species Act, of the existence of Grant county?s policy
against listing the Black-tailed Prairie Dog as endangered, when the facts show
that by numbers and by resilience at the very least it does not need protecting
as a species. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed.
Rob Mahoney, Senior Benefits Consultant with
Haake Companies presented a WebEx presentation on an expanded wellness program
using the Simply Well Program and Blue Print to Health Program. These programs
are a third party solution to promote healthy behavior. The employees could
have individual trackers, 6 week challenges, a web site for tips, health
recording, etc. The full program would cost $15 to $20 per employee or half
the cost if the health department would agree to do screenings and upload the results.
They also offer a one- time meeting to help the county set up a wellness
program. No action taken.
Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director presented
information on a new 2007 Ford Diesel E-450 with 1 1/4 ton van chassis at a
cost of $108,166. Carl suggested purchasing a new Ambulance for $17,000 to
$20,000 more. Jerry Jo reminded the commissioners a new ambulance had a 2010
waiting period and she could use it now. Ms. Deckert stated that doctors have
told her as soon as she has enough certified personnel they will give her more
transfers. She now has the personnel and needs another ambulance if more
transfers are going to be done. After discussion the Commissioners asked Jerry Jo
to get quotes on a new ambulance and return to the next meeting.
The commissioners adjourned at 2:50
p.m. to meet again in regular session on June 16, 2009.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Carl