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C20090818                                                                                                                                           August 18, 2009


                The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:30 a.m. with all members and the County Clerk present.


                Marty Long made the motion to approve the minutes of the August 4, 2009 minutes and the claims against the various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and following clarification of two vouchers the motion passed unanimously.


                At 10:00 a.m. the public hearing for the 2010 budget was held. No one from the general public attended the hearing.  Marty Long made the motion to adopt the 2010 budget in the amount of $20,412,607.00. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


                Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director, presented quotes to repair a leaking roof at eave and wall connection and replace a damaged door jamb and sub-frame on a walk-in door. Marty Long made the motion to accept the low bid from GBS Enterprises at a cost not to exceed $4,617.50 to be paid from the county building fund for repairing the ambulance station. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


                Thadd Kistler, Mayor, and Daron Hall, City Administrator, talked to the commissioners regarding Christmas lights at Memorial Park. Plans for the lighting are being done professionally by Ben Barbo. Mr. Hall said the cost for the plans and lights is $7500.00. He asked if the county would contribute $2500 toward the cost. He said the City of Ulysses and Chamber of Commerce will each contribute $2500 for this project. Marty Long made the motion to participate in lighting Memorial Park at a cost of $2500.00 to be paid from the general fund. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


                Tom Fuhrmann, County Appraiser, met with the commissioners. Madison Traster made the motion to recess into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss litigation involving the county. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 15 minutes the meeting continued in open session.


                Scott Nichols, Recreation Director, CJ Nava, Kristy Anderson, and Steve Carrithers, recreation employees, met with the commissioners for informational purposes. Mr. Nichols said the outdoor slide is showing some signs of corrosion and will need to be replaced at some point in the future. A pool cover for the indoor pool is being looked at due to significant savings in utility costs.  Mr. Nichols said that within the next 5 years we need to start looking at replacing the swimming pool roof. Mr. Nava mentioned that putting a water park similar to Liberal?s might be considered in the future.


                The commissioners recessed for lunch with the City of Ulysses at Park View Assisted Living. Those attending from the city were: Thadd Kistler, Mayor; Daron Hall, Administrator; and Council Members, Ann Papay, John Duran, Larry Velasquez, and Tim McCauley. General discussion was held.

After lunch the commissioners returned to the courthouse to continue their regular meeting.


                Marty Long made the motion to budget $5,000.00 to fund the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center in 2010. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


                The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session September 1, 2009.



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Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                                                     Carl Higgs, Chairman