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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

NOVEMBER 4, 2003

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

BANK OF AMERICA BUILDING

ALL PRESENT

 

One item was added to the agenda: Notice to New Gottland Township Board – Cereal Malt Beverage License Renewal.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the agenda as amended.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

There was no public input.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the minutes of November 4, 2003 as corrected.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

At 10:05 a.m. Richard Nelson, Road & Bridge Supervisor, joined the meeting with a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) to promote Larry Bicket, from Maintenance Worker I (9/H) to Maintenance Worker III (13F) effective November 9, 2003.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

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

 

Mr. Witte presented a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) to hire Mr. David Bohnenblust as Public Works Director effective November 14, 2003.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented PCN’s to hire Maureen Ensminger, Valerie Kratzer, Gladys Brockway and Bonnie Stratton as Seasonal Temporary Tax Clerks in the Treasurer’s Office, all to be effective November 10, 2003.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to have the Chairman sign the PCN’s as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented a Notice to Township Board to be signed by the Chairman and sent to New Gottland Township Board for recommendation on a Cereal Malt Beverage License Renewal for the Rolling Acres Golf Club in that township.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign the Notice to Township Board as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Doyle Davidson and Mr. Larry Shotts, members of the McPherson Board of Realtors , joined the meeting at 10:15 a.m. to speak to the Commissioners about the controversy over changing the Planning & Zoning Regulations from requiring a 3 acre minimum to requiring a 40 acre minimum for building a home in the country.  As representatives of the McPherson Board of Realtors, they expressed the Realtor Board’s opposition to changing the required acreage to 40 acres.  They also requested that a member of their Board be considered to fill the next opening on the Planning & Zoning Board. 

 

John Klenda, County Counselor, joined the meeting at 10:30 a.m. and requested twenty minutes, from 10:33 to 10:53 a.m., in executive session with the Commissioners under the Attorney/Client Privilege, and to include Mr. Witte.  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 10:53 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to direct the County Counselor to send a letter to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) requesting that STB abandon both railroad corridors in McPherson County currently held by Central Kansas Conservancy (CKC) for interim trail use because of a lack of progress by CKC to develop the trails.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

There was discussion on County Employee Health Insurance and whether to change carriers.  Five companies, including the County’s current carrier, submitted quotes.

 

At 11:25 a.m. Nancy Kessinger, MCKIDS Director, joined the meeting to present a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) to hire Joy Toll as a temporary part-time Child Development Specialist to work while a full-time employee is on extended medical leave.  Budget funds are available for the remainder of 2003 for the position.  She also requested to advertise for a new regular part-time position (which has already been approved and budgeted for) to be filled after the first of 2004.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign the PCN as presented and to approve advertising for the regular part-time position as requested.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

There was further discussion on County Employee Health Insurance.  Mr. Witte reviewed the quotes received and after considerable thought and consideration, Commissioner Patrick made a motion to accept the proposal from Blue Cross/Blue Shield as the County Employee Health Insurance carrier effective December 1, 2003.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte recommended to the Commissioners that they raise the limit for Cafeteria (un-reimbursed medical) from $3,600 to $4,800 per year, per employee.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve raising the limit for un-reimbursed medical to $4,800 as recommended.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

At 12:45 p.m. the Commissioners recessed and reconvened at 1:35 p.m. in the County Administrator’s Office for a work session.  No action was taken during the work session.  At 2:30 p.m. Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Patrick 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