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            The 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 Kramer, Road Supervisor; Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator; Todd Hampton, Building Official; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; Ronald Lofland, Transfer Station Manager; Mary K. Sullivan, Register of Deeds; John Crosby, Fire Chief; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator; Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager; Sean Gooding, EMS Director; and Rita Gee, Treasurer.


            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the minutes of the March 18, 2003 and the claims against the various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion. Following clarification of one bill, the motion passed unanimously.


            Sherry Thompson, Health Department Administrator, gave an update on her department. She reported that her department participated in the annual Health Fair. Discussion was held on the mobile mammogram unit returning to Grant County. Approval was given for this.


            Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager, Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, and John Crosby, Fire Chief, met with the commissioners. Mr. Crosby reported that he inspected the civic center and it meets state and city fire safety requirements because it is an existing facility. If it were being built today it would have to have an alarm system installed. He also said there are adequate fire extinguishers and exits in the facility. One bid for spraying county property was received and opened. Gray’s Yard Service bid $2,250. Gene Schwein made the motion to accept the bid not to exceed $2,250 from Gray’s Yard Service. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Mrs. Ramski requested approval for 6 additional skylights in the covered arena. Approval was given to solicit bids for this. Approval was also given to solicit bids for a new riding mower and a walk behind mower. Mrs. Ramski’s final request was to add 220 electrical wiring to the rabbit building so a refrigerated air unit can be installed in that building. It was the consensus of the commissioners that the Fair Board should be considering that improvement if it is really needed.


            Brad Welch, Appraiser, reported that Pioneer Natural Resources has filed an appeal on the value of their plant. He will have Ron Cook, Petroleum Engineer analyze the information received. The cost for this will be between three and four hundred dollars.


            Tom Kramer, Road Supervisor, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, presented a quote for asphalt inspection. Mr. Kramer will get another quote before a decision is made. Mr. Kramer requested and received approval to look for a good used tractor. Road crossing permits for Pioneer Natural Resources were reviewed and approved by the commissioners.


            Sean Gooding, EMS Director, presented an update on his department.


            Trevor Leffingwell, Big Brothers Big Sisters, requested support for that organization in the amount of $500. Gene Schwein made the motion to allocate $500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


            Justin Huslig, Grant County Recreation, and Greg Soelter, local citizen, discussed the possibility of several entities joining in the purchase of a projector for power point presentations. The commissioners recommended that they talk to other entities regarding this.


Due to a conflict, the second meeting in April was rescheduled from April 15 to April 22.


After viewing all entries for the contest to name the new patio at the Civic Center, the commissioners chose the name “Southwest Cedar Patio”. Eight different people submitted that name.


            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on April 22, 2003.