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            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. with commissioners Gene Schwein and Madison Traster present. Linda McHenry, County Clerk was also present. In the absence of Chairman Carl Higgs, Madison Traster was acting chairman.


            The monthly department head meeting was held with the following in attendance: John Crosby, Fire Chief; Sean Gooding, Emergency Medical Service Director; Rita Gee, Treasurer; Lance Babcock, Sheriff; Nancy Ramski, Civic Center Building and Grounds Manager; Don Button, Emergency Management Coordinator; Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator; and Tom Kramer, Road Foreman.


            Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the minutes of the July 15 and July 23, 2003 meetings and to approve the claims against the various funds of the county. Madison Traster seconded the motion. Following clarification of several vouchers, the motion passed.


            John Crosby, Fire Chief, and Sean Gooding, EMS Director, requested approval to send four people to a conference in Las Vegas. The fire and ambulance budgets will each pay $600 toward the expenses for the conference. The commissioners approved their request.


            Harold DuPree, Airport Board Member, presented quotes for a new tractor and mower for the airport. Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the low bid from Grant County Implement for a John Deere 5320, mower, and loader at a cost not to exceed $28,993.69. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed.


            The commissioners reviewed and approved a road-crossing permit for Robert D. Moore.


            Gene Schwein made the motion to participate in the Ulysses News and Vendor next edition of “Experience Grant County” book at a cost of $399.00 and to participate in the cartoon map at a cost of $413.00. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed.


            Lance Babcock, Sheriff, presented a quote on fence for an exercise yard for inmates. He will proceed with estimates for other costs involved. Sheriff Babcock also presented a maintenance agreement with 911, Inc. for the emergency 911-system. The cost for the agreement is $4,500.00. The commissioners authorized Sheriff Babcock to sign the maintenance agreement following review and approval by the county attorney.


            Virgil Johnson, Gene Awtry, Bud Helwig, Ronnie Mangels, Steve Johnson, David Johnson, Don Mangels, and Bob Mangels expressed their concerns regarding bindweed and Johnson grass. Mr. Johnson asked about the possibility of grader operators carrying sprayers and treating the roadsides that need it. The commissioners assured those in attendance that they would talk to the road department and the noxious weed department regarding this.


            Charles Hacker requested the use of Hampton Road for the scouts cub mobile races to be held on September 20 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Gene Schwein made the motion to approve Mr. Hacker’s request. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed.


            Tom Kramer, Road Foreman, and Frank Goldsby, Public Works Administrator, met with the commissioners. The commissioners discussed the bindweed and Johnson grass problem with them. Bids to sell a 1989 GMC pickup were opened. Kellie Euliss bid $582.50; David Wagner bid $796.01; Randy Myers bid $600.00; and Carlos Perez bid $500.00. Gene Schwein made the motion to approve the high bid of $796.01 for the pickup. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed.


            Gene Schwein made the motion to appropriate $9,000 for Communities in Schools and $8,100.00 for RRISK in 2004. Madison Traster seconded the motion and it passed. This is a 10% reduction of those requests.


            The commissioners adjourned to meet again in regular session on August 19, 2003.


Linda McHenry, County Clerk                                      Carl Higgs, Chairman