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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

SEPTEMBER 23, 2003

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

ALL PRESENT

 

 

Mr. Witte requested two changes to the agenda: 1) Executive Session – Non-Elected Personnel in the Public Works Department and 2) cancel the 11:10 agenda item and reschedule for next week’s meeting.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the agenda as amended.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Lori Wheat and Kristin Anderson joined the meeting during Public Input Session at 10:00 a.m.  As mothers of MCKIDS students, they thanked the Commissioners for their support of the MCKIDS Program and presented them with a picture done by MCKIDS students at the “Scribble Fair” a few months ago.

 

Bruce Thiessen of Inman also spoke during Public Input Session to request financial support for the property tax coalition lobbyist in an attempt to get the legislature to pass legislation to tax elderly independent living units of nursing homes.  The Commissioners commented that more support was needed from school districts, cities and counties to get legislation passed.  The Commissioners reminded Mr. Thiessen that the Board of County Commissioners has agreed to assist in funding the lobbyist for the 2003 Legislative Session only and there was no action to fund future lobbyist efforts.

 

Kyle Hawk, McPherson Industrial Development Company Inc. (MIDC) President joined the meeting at 10:15 a.m. and re-introduced Homer and Sarah Krehbiel of Krehbiel’s Specialty Meats.  Mr. Hawk then read a letter from MIDC supporting the Krehbiels’ request for property tax exemption.  All requirements have been met, including the required cost-benefit analysis and the MIDC Board recommended that, under McPherson County Resolution 95-6, Krehbiel’s Specialty Meats be granted 100% property tax exemption on the building construction and 50% on the equipment purchases for 10 years for their proposed expansion.  After discussion, Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve Resolution 2003-26, “Granting Economic Development Tax Incentives to Krehbiel’s Specialty Meats, Inc”.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  Chairman Terry voted aye.  Commissioner Schroeder voted aye.  Commissioner Patrick voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the minutes of September 9, 2003 as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the minutes of September 16, 2003 as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  Commissioners Schroeder and Patrick voted aye.  Commissioner Terry abstained since he was absent from the September 16th meeting.

 

Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the adds and abates register of September 19, 2003.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Gerry Bley, Public Works Design Engineer, joined the meeting at 10:30 a.m. with two agenda items as follows:

B.   Mr. Bley was unable to get natural gas prices as requested this week but should be able to have them for next week’s meeting.

A.  Mr. Witte requested 10 minutes, from 10:33 to 10:43 a.m., in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel in the Public Works Department, to include himself, Mr. Bley and Richard Nelson.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to go into executive session as requested.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.  The Commissioners returned to open session at 10:43 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) for end of probation for Justin Anthony, Maintenance Worker II in the Public Works Department.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented a PCN for end of probation (12/A to 12/B) for Heather Johnston, Communications Tech in the Emergency Management/Communications Department.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented a letter of resignation from Robert Andersen as Chairman of the Board of Fire District #9 (Galva, KS) and a letter of recommendation from the remaining Board members to appoint K. David Farnham as Chairman of The Board.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to accept the resignation of Mr. Andersen and the appointment of Mr. Farnham.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Chad Bahr, Planning & Zoning Administrator, joined the meeting at 10:50 a.m. to request adoption of the 2004-2014 McPherson County Comprehensive Plan.  After discussion, Commissioner Patrick made a motion to adopt Resolution 2003-27, “Approving and Adopting the 2004-2014 McPherson County Comprehensive Plan”.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  Chairman Terry voted aye.  Commissioner Schroeder voted aye.  Commissioner Patrick voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte requested 10 minutes, from 11:15 to 11:25 a.m., in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel in the Public Works Department.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to go into executive session as requested.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  The Commissioners returned to open session at 11:25 a.m.; no action was taken during executive session.

 

The Commissioners recessed at 11:30 a.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m., at that time Commissioner Patrick made a motion to go into executive session for 1 ½ hours, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., to conduct a job interview with an applicant for the Public Works Director Position, to include the applicant and Mr. Witte.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.  The Commissioners returned to open session at 2:30 p.m.; no action was taken during executive session.

 

At 2:40 p.m. Commissioner Patrick made a motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

 

Commission Minutes taken by Irene R. Goering.

 

 

Harris G. Terry, Chairman

Don L. Schroeder, Vice-Chairman

Duane J. Patrick, Commissioner

 

 

Attest:  County Clerk

Susan R. Meng