C20100302 March 2, 2010
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: Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager; Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director; John Crosby, Fire Chief; Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds; Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser; and Sheila Brown, Health Department Administrator.
Marty Long made the motion to approve the minutes of the February 16, 2010 meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Marieta Hauser, Chamber of Commerce Executive, requested permission to have the Carson & Barnes Circus at the Civic Center on September 30, 2010. Marty Long made the motion to approve Mrs. Hauser's request. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Sheila Brown, Health Department Administrator, requested approval to purchase a copier for her department. Marty Long made the motion to approve the purchase of a Sharp digital color copier from Southern Office Supply at a cost of $6,975.00. The copier will be purchased through the county's special equipment fund. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The commissioners approved an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation to treat noxious weeds on highway right-of-way this year.
Marty Long made the motion to re-appoint Jose Olivas to the Cimarron Basin Community Corrections Advisory Board. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Reverend Bill Harrold asked the commissioners about the possibility of using the old care home site as a community garden. He said he believes someone has to be in charge of the project, and he understands there would be lots of issues to consider if this was done. The commissioners indicated they would not be opposed to the idea but they don't think the ground will be ready for a garden this season. Reverend Harrold will put together a plan for consideration for next year.
Marty Long made the motion to recess into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss contractual matters. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. After 15 minutes the meeting continued in open session.
Benjamin Gray, Waste Connections, met with the commissioners to follow up on the proposal his company submitted for the county's solid waste disposal. Chairman Higgs informed Mr. Gray that the county will continue disposing of solid waste at the Seward County Landfill.
John Crosby, Fire Chief, requested approval to replace a 30 year old mini-pumper with a 2009, Weis Fire Quick Attack 500 Demo unit at a cost of $98,482.00. Jeff Baier and Kim McGaughey attended this portion of the meeting. Mr. Crosby explained that he had this purchase budgeted for 2009, but he put it off until there was more money in his equipment fund. Mr. Crosby said the old truck would be sold. Mr. Crosby explained that this truck would be used as a first out vehicle on accidents, vehicle fires, and grass fires. Marty Long made the motion to approve the purchase of the 2009 grass rig from Weis Fire & Safety Equipment Co., Inc. at a cost not to exceed $98,482.00. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Mike Anderson, Skylite Construction, presented his recommendations for replacing the roofs at the museum and courthouse. He said both roofs need to be replaced.
Bob Dale presented information on the sound system for the civic center. He said he had proposed that we end up with 8 speakers in the auditorium but after doing research, he has increased that to 14 speakers. Mr. Dale said the equipment needs shouldn't vary too much from his proposal. Madison Traster made the motion to authorize Bob Dale to purchase the equipment and materials necessary to update the sound system at the Civic Center at a total cost not to exceed $9,000.00. Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Robin Hathaway, County Attorney, requested approval to purchase 2 night vision video cameras that will enable law enforcement to record night incidents. One camera would go to the sheriff's department and the other would go to the police department. Marty Long made the motion to approve the purchase of the cameras from the diversion fund at a cost of $11,190.00. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Marty Long made the motion to adjourn at 2:52:26. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Linda McHenry, County Clerk Carl Higgs, Chairman