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C20090602                                                                                                                                           June 2, 2009



                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 served basis.


                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 this later.


                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.






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Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                                                     Carl Higgs, Chairman