C20101102 November 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: Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser; Jerry Jo Deckert, Emergency Medical Service Director; J.D. Neufeld, Civic Center Manager; David Graber, Transfer Station Manager; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator; Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds; and Sheila Brown, Health Department Administrator.
Marty Long made the motion to approve the minutes of the October 19, 2010 meeting, and the claims against the various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Leslie Mangels, Economic Development, informed the commissioners that she is working as a consultant for economic development. She said this position could continue for up to a year. She is trying to re-establish some lines of communication with organizations, such as, R C & D, and WEKANDO. She said she is working with the local Chamber of Commerce, as well as the State Department of Commerce. She explained that economic development is focusing on helping established businesses that are struggling. She is also working to reinstate the county as an enterprise zone. She has to do a new application because the enterprise zone was not renewed in 2008.
Benjamin Gray, Waste Connections, Inc., met to discuss his company's proposal to the county. The commissioners said there are some things they have issue with, but they are not going to discuss it because they are not interested in moving the county's business from the Seward County Landfill.
Alejandro Juarez, BlueCross/BlueShield Representative, presented information regarding the Health Care Reform Act, as well as the county's health insurance renewal information for 2011. The following rate increases were given: Employee - 4.2%; Employee/Child - 7.9%; Employee/Spouse - 4.2%; and Employee/Dependents - 6.5%.
Randy McCauley, Road Department Administrator, presented three bids for the purchase of a motor grader. A 1998 John Deere will be traded with the purchase. Murphy Tractor and Equipment bid $159,502.00 for a John Deere. Van Keppel bid $177,000 for a Volvo. Foley Tractor bid $175,572.42 for a Caterpillar. A decision was tabled until the next regular meeting to allow Mr. McCauley time to review the bids. The John Deere representative said his bid was subject to availability after 2 weeks. Caterpillar and Volvo Representatives said there would be no problem with the two week delay for them.
Vivian Button, Emergency Management Coordinator, presented information on digital mapping. Tom Fuhrmann, Appraiser, attended this portion of the meeting. The commissioners asked to revisit this in a year.
Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director, requested approval to purchase a new cardiac monitor. Madison Traster made the motion to approve the purchase of a new cardiac monitor from Zoll Medical Corporation, at a cost not to exceed $22,452.70. Marty Long seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. Donations totaling $10,250 from PB Jayhawk Plant, Columbian Chemicals, and BP Production will go toward the cost of the monitor. The ambulance department capital outlay fund will pay the additional $12,202.70. In other business, Ms. Deckert reported the tower that is hosting the EMS Radio system is being replaced by Sunflower Electric. The estimated cost to take down the old equipment is $1,453.50. The cost of a new antenna is $1,590.00. The estimated cost of a new antenna, coax, and necessary connections is $5,000.00. Ms. Deckert will return with a cost estimate from another vendor.
Marty Long made the motion to approve Resolution No. 10-03, waiving the requirements of K.S.A. 75-1120(a) as they apply to Grant County, and resolving that the financial statements and reports of the county be prepared on the basis of cash receipts and disbursements as adjusted to show compliance with the cash basis and budget laws of the state. Madison Traster seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
The commissioners adjourned to meet again on November 5, 2010 as a board of canvassers to review the votes cast at the November 2, 2010 General Election.
Linda McHenry, Grant County Clerk Carl Higgs, Chairman