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C20100803                                                                                                               August 3, 2010


                The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with Chairman Carl Higgs and Commissioner Marty Long present. Linda McHenry, County Clerk was also present. Commissioner Traster was absent because he was on vacation.


                The monthly department head meeting was held with the following in attendance: Lance Babcock, Sheriff; Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator; J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager; Jerry Jo Deckert, Emergency Medical Services Director; John Crosby, Fire Chief; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; Rita Gee, Treasurer; and Sheila Brown, Health Department Administrator.


                Marty Long made the motion to approve the minutes of the July 20, 2010, meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed.


                Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator, presented information regarding ruts on the Milepost Road. He said the contractor will take 75 cents/ton off the cost of asphalt if we purchase another 5,000 tons to repair the 5 miles.  Marty Long made the motion to approve the purchase of an additional 5,000 tons of asphalt from Hall Brothers at an estimated cost of $127,000. Carl Higgs seconded the motion, and it passed. Discussion was held on contracting for road department fuel for 2011. A decision on this was tabled.


                De De Lane, Solid Waste Committee Member, presented the updated  5 year plan for  the commissioners' approval. Marty Long made the motion to accept the new 5 year plan for solid waste. Carl Higgs seconded the motion, and it passed.


                Cory Davidson, Precious Beginnings, requested the commissioners waive the fees at the Civic Center for their banquet October 16. Marty Long made the motion to waive these fees. Carl Higgs seconded the motion, and it passed.


                Lance Babcock, Sheriff, talked to the commissioners about vacation time in his department. He explained that his department differs from most county departments because he has to have personnel 24 hours every day. He explained that when an employee takes vacation time, he has to fill that position, and it usually involves extra overtime. He requested approval to pay employees for part of their vacation rather than have them take their time off. Marty Long made the motion to allow the Sheriff, at his discretion, to pay employees for some of their vacation time. Carl Higgs seconded the motion, and it passed.


                Extension Council Members attended the commissioners' meeting to discuss their 2011 budget. Those attending were: Randy Phillips, Chairman; Candace Deyoe, Vice Chair; and Members, Eldon Dirks, Lori Deyoe, and Lynda Fort.  Mary Sullivan, Extension Agent, also attended the meeting. The commissioners explained that nearly everyone has had to cut their budget due to the decrease in valuation. The commissioners did not change their budget decision for this agency.


                Marty Long made the motion to adjourn at 1:50 p.m. Carl Higgs seconded the motion, and it passed.



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Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                                            Carl Higgs, Chairman