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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

OCTOBER 28, 2003

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

ALL PRESENT

 

 

Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the agenda as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

There was no public input.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the minutes of October 21, 2003 as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the checks and claims, distribution and payroll.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Jay Sizemore, Assistant County Attorney, joined the meeting at 10:10 a.m. with a request for the County Attorney’s Office to hire a part-time, temporary secretary.  Their full-time secretary will be out for five to six weeks so they are requesting to hire Debbie Johnson at $11.00 per hour for four to five hours per day until the regular full-time secretary is able to return to work.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the request as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Gerry Bley, Public Works Design Engineer and Mr. Richard Nelson, Road and Bridge Supervisor, joined the meeting at 10:15 a.m.  Mr. Bley presented a request for the construction of a truck apron and sand/grease pit west of the Public Works Shop.  Public Works employees would do all work, with the exception of electrical.  Estimated cost of materials and an electrician is $10,000 to be funded from the capital outlay budget.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the project as requested.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.  Mr. Nelson gave a brief update on several ongoing road projects.

 

There were no adds and abates.

 

There was discussion on a request from the YMCA Board to consider using a portion of the land where the County Extension Office, 4-H Building and Grounds and Rodeo Arena are located to build a new YMCA Building.  Mr. Witte will be attending a meeting with the YMCA Board and will report back to the Commissioners at a future meeting.

 

Mr. Witte requested fifteen minutes, from 10:37 to 10:52 a.m., in executive session with the Commission to discuss non-elected personnel in the Public Works Department.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to go into executive session as requested and to include Mr. Witte.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.  The Commissioners returned to open session at 10:52 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.

 

There was discussion on the Public Works Director position.  The Commissioners commented that after interviews, two candidates were seriously considered.  Both were well-qualified and desirable candidates and both have family ties to McPherson.  After careful consideration, Commissioner Terry made a motion to offer Mr. David Bohnenblust the position as the Public Works Director.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

At 11:30 a.m. the Commissioners and Mr. Witte had a work session to discuss County Employee Health Insurance and employee benefit issues.  No action was taken during the work session.  At 12:00 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