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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY
OCTOBER 13, 2003
OCTOBER 14, 2003
MEET WITH PUBLIC WORKS
Commissioners and Mr. Witte met in executive session on October 13, 2003 at
1:30 p.m. to interview a candidate for the Public Works Director position. No action was taken during executive
session. At 3:10 p.m. the Commissioners
recessed. On October 14th at
9:30 a.m. the Chairman called a special meeting in the County Administrators
Office. Commissioner Schroeder made a
motion to meet in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel in the
Public Works Department for 25 minutes, from 9:30 to 9:55 a.m. and to include
Mr. Witte. Commissioner Patrick
seconded. All voted aye. No action was taken during executive session
and at 9:55 a.m. the Commissioners recessed and reconvened at 10:00 a.m. in the
Commission Room for their regular weekly meeting.
Patrick made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Commissioner Schroeder seconded. All voted aye.
was no public input.
Schroeder made a motion to approve the minutes of October 7, 2003 as
presented. Commissioner Patrick
seconded. All voted aye.
Schroeder made a motion to approve the checks and claims and the payroll. Commissioner Patrick seconded. All voted aye.
Bley, Public Works Design Engineer and Richard Nelson, Public Works Road and
Bridge Supervisor, joined the meeting at 10:15 a.m. to update the Commissioners
on various Public Works Projects. He
also presented contract documents from Whitewing Construction for the Old 81
Highway Guard Fence Project. The
Commissioners approved the bid from Whitewing at a previous meeting so the
Commissioners signed the contract as presented.
Bley discussed completion dates and costs on the following projects: Concrete Box Culverts, estimated completion
date of November 15, 2003; South Centennial Project, estimated completion date
of November 17, 2003; Concrete Vehicle Pad West of Public Works Shop, estimated
completion date of November 15, 2003; West Marquette Bridge Replacement,
estimated completion date of August, 2004; and Office Work Stations, deferred
until 2004. Mr. Nelson reported on the
Arrowhead Road Reconstruction, estimated completion date of October 24, 2003;
Old 81 Hwy. Guard Fence, estimated completion date of November 14, 2003;
Asphalt Plant Scalper, estimated completion date of February 15, 2004; Cutler
Repaving Project, estimated completion date of May 15, 2004 and the new dump
truck, expected to be ready October 21, 2003.
10:28 a.m. Commissioner Patrick made a motion to go into executive session for
5 minutes, from 10:28 to 10:33 a.m., to discuss non-elected personnel in the
Public Works Department and to include Mr. Bley, Mr. Nelson and Mr. Witte. Commissioner Schroeder seconded. All voted aye. The Commissioners returned to open session
at 10:33 a.m. No action was taken during
Webster, Emergency Management/Communications (EMC) Director, joined the meeting
at 10:33 a.m. to update the Commissioners on various activities and projects in
the EMC Department as follows:
1. Discussed the September 15th
tractor/trailer rollover incident on I-135.
2. Discussed flooding problems during the heavy
rains received in McPherson County on October 8th.
3. Discussed improvements to the 911 Emergency
Communications system. The upgrade of
the dispatch center and the addition of a five-channel trunked radio system in
the northern part of the county is currently in progress. Mr. Webster is in the planning stage of
upgrading the 911 hardware and software as it relates to locating 911 calls
coming in on cellular phones. He
estimated 40 to 50% of all 911 calls are made from cellular phones.
4. Stated that he has applied for the
Department of Justice Grant and feels there is a good chance of getting it
again this year. Last year the EMC
Department received $46,000 through this grant.
5. Reported that he has been asked to take part
in a committee called Mutual Aid Conway (MAC), which is made up of eight
companies/entities that have an interest in the Conway Underground Storage
6. Requested signature on the Kansas Emergency
Management 2003 Cooperative Agreement Program Submission. This is an application for participation in
the Federal Emergency Management Agency State and Local Assistance (SLA)
Program for the Federal Fiscal Year 2003 (October 1, 2002 through September 30,
2003). Commissioner Patrick made a
motion to have the Chairman sign the agreement as presented. Commissioner Schroeder seconded. All voted aye.
Schroeder made a motion to approve the abates register of October 10,
2003. Commissioner Patrick
seconded. All voted aye.
11:30 a.m. the Commissioners recessed and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. at the Public
Works Department where they met for a work session/road tour with Public Works
personnel. No action was taken during the
work session/road tour. At 3:00 p.m.
Commissioner Schroeder left the meeting and at 3:55 p.m. Chairman Terry made a
motion to adjourn. Commissioner Patrick
seconded. All voted aye.
Minutes taken by Irene R. Goering.
Harris G. Terry, Chairman
Don L. Schroeder,
Duane J. Patrick,
Attest: County Clerk
Susan R. Meng