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C20100921                                                                                                  September 21, 2010


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


                Madison Traster made the motion to approve the minutes of the September 7, 2010, meeting and the claims against the various funds of the county. Marty Long seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.


                J. D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager, reported that panic bars were not included in the cost of the doors, which were approved at the last meeting. Madison Traster made the motion to approve the purchase of the panic bar for the new doors at a cost of $1,221.75. Marty Long seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.


                Carl Eyman, Kansas Workers' Risk Cooperative for Counties (KWORCC) Representative, presented information on the county's workers compensation experience rating. He stated that Grant County is doing an excellent job, and has a loss ratio of 20%.


                Sandy Stafford, Church of the Nazarene, requested that Civic Center fees be waived for the celebration of the pastor's 20th anniversary. The commissioners approved her request.


                Richard Coffey, local citizen, expressed his concerns with possible flooding of his property. He said Loren Wright, Surveyor, took some elevation shots, and will try to help with a plan. Commissioner Long said an engineer would probably need to be consulted regarding this matter.  Mr. Coffey said he realized nothing could be done right away, but he wanted to bring it to the commissioners' attention. In other business, Mr. Coffey expressed concerns about the safety of foot traffic on Road I. He would like to see a walking path put in. He stated that he would be willing to donate some of his yard for that purpose.


                Bill Hall, Unified School District No. 214 School Superintendent, and Derrick Swinehart, Maintenance Supervisor, talked to the commissioners about the possibility of resurfacing the schools lots by the Dart In and the Tiger Pit. Mr. Hall explained the surface would not have to be elaborate because the lots are not heavily used. Following discussion, the commissioners said they would be willing to have the road department help with this in an effort to ease the burden on taxpayers. Mr. Hall will contact Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator, to work out the details of the project.


                Sheila Brown, Health Department Administrator, presented bids for painting the health department. Frydays Services bid $6,685.39 for materials and labor. Bill Purnell bid $4,852.00 for materials and labor. Marty Long made the motion to accept the low bid from Bill Purnell to paint the health department at a cost of $4,852.00. Madison Traster seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. This will be paid from the county's building fund. Mrs. Brown said her department is working on using the new credit cards, but are having some difficulties with pharmaceutical companies who won't accept the card, unless a payment is late. She said there are others who won't give a discount for early payment, if a credit card is used for payment. Commissioner Long asked if she could check with other companies that sell the needed products. Mrs. Brown said she could.


                Marty Long made the motion to allow Mark Faulkner, as well as Tom Hauser, to approve vouchers for airport expenditures. Madison Traster seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.


                The commissioners recessed for lunch with City of Ulysses officials. Those attending from the city were: Thadd Kistler, Mayor; Daron Hall, Administrator; Dana Cotherman, City Clerk; and Council Members, Ann Papay and Tim McCauley. General discussion was held.


                The commissioners adjourned at 1:15 p.m. to meet again on October  5, 2010.



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Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                                                     Carl Higgs, Chairman