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C20110315                                                                                                                   March 15, 2011


The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 am with all members and the County Clerk present.


Randy McCauley, Road and Bridge Administrator, presented a road crossing permit that was reviewed and approved by the commissioners.  Mr. McCauley informed the commissioners his part time secretary would be quitting and he will not be replacing the position at this time.


The commissioners received an invitation to an informational meeting on the subject of crossing county lines and forming Extension Districts.  It was decided Marty Long will attend the meeting at the Stevens County Fairgrounds on March 21st.


A renewal invoice from Group Benefit Specialists was reviewed it was the consensus of the commissioners not to renew the annual contract at this time.


JD Neufeld, Civic Center Manager, presented four bids to repair the roof on the Civic Center main building.  Marty Long made the motion to accept the bid from Skylite Construction for $73,600 to repair the roof as described in the bid specifications.  KCAMP insurance will pay $73,100 and the $500 deductible will be paid from county building.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  Mr. Neufeld requested permission to move the electrical conduit from the top of the roof to underneath the edge.  The commissioners agreed with Mr. Neufeld and the cost will be taken out of the county building fund.


Jerry Jo Deckert, EMS Director, presented contracts to license the ambulances for a 12 month period; they were reviewed and approved by the commissioners.   Ms. Deckert discussed with the commissioners and opportunity for her staff to get continuing education hours by attending a KEMTA seminar in April at Hutchinson.   Jerry Jo requested permission to compensate the seminar registration fees of $260 per individual for employees who attend this seminar.  Marty Long made the motion to pay the $260 fee per individual for the requested four employees to attend the KEMTA seminar to help with their required continuing education credits.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


Carl Higgs made the motion to approve a three year contract with Manatron for the AS400 hardware and software maintenance at a cost of $8,494.10.  Marty Long seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


The commissioners approved a hangar lease agreement on hangar #8 A-5 with co-lessee, Melvin Neidert, Darla Neidert and Carol Forsen, for $840 per year.


Carl Higgs made the motion to approve the minutes of the March 1, 2011 meeting, and the claims against the various funds of the county.  Marty Long seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

            Discussion was held on making county policy concerning unwanted property and the disposal method of the items.  The Kansas Statutes are very clear on the disposition of county property so the commissioners took no action.


Discussion was held on cutting back expenses in each county department.  The commissioners would like time studies completed by each county employee and then the department head to determine if they are over staffed.


Marty Long made the motion to go into executive session for 45 minutes to discuss non elected personnel.  Carl Higgs seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.  After 45 minutes, the meeting continued in open session.


The commissioners adjourned at 11:50 am to meet again in regular session on April 5, 2011.




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Sheila Brown, County Clerk                                                         Linda McHenry, Chairman