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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

 

DECEMBER 16, 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 Schroeder made a motion to approve the minutes of December 9, 2003 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.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the adds and abates and landfill register dated December 12, 2003.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Marvin Peters, McPherson Industrial Development Co. Inc (MIDC) Executive Director, Kyle Hawk, President of MIDC and Linda Downing and Todd Krahl of Aero Transportation Products, Inc., (ATP) joined the meeting at 10:10 a.m.  Mr. Peters introduced Ms. Downing who gave a financial overview of ATP and explained their proposed expansion.  The company purchased the assets of ASF-Keystone in McPherson in 2001 and has been leasing space (approximately ½ of the building) at 1330 North Hwy 81 Bypass since that time.  They have been developing and building a new line of railcar gates called Aerogate.  Mr. Krahl explained that they have continued to grow and have currently obtained a large contract from Burlington-Northern.  Their growth has necessitated adding approximately $700,000 worth of equipment, including a plasma cutter, welders, fixtures, etc.  They are requesting a 50% tax exemption for 10 years on the $700,000 of equipment as allowed by the County’s Tax Exemption Policy.  Mr. Kyle Hawk read a letter of recommendation from the MIDC Board stating that ATP meets the necessary requirements and requested that the Board of Commissioners accept the application and asked that a time and date be set for a public hearing on the application.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to accept the application for tax exemption by Aero Transportation Products, Inc. and to set a time and date for a public hearing on the application as requested.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.  Public Hearing on the application was set for January 13, 2004 at 10:10 a.m.

 

Paul Dahlberg, along with Stanley Schrag and Silver Stoffel joined the meeting at 10:30 a.m.  As representatives of the American Legion Posts in McPherson County, they requested an increase in the amount the County reimburses for grave markers placed on the graves of veterans.  The amount currently paid by the County is slightly less than the actual cost of the markers.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to increase the amount reimbursed for grave markers to the full cost of the markers.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented a copy of the proposed 2003 Budget Amendment as published in the Daily Sentinel.  The three proposed amendments are as follows:  Court Trustee to $475,000; Special Landfill to $1,550,000; Technology Fund to $75,000.  Funding for all three funds is from assessments or fees and not ad valorem property taxes.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the 2003 Budget Amendment as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Dave Bohnenblust, Public Works Director, joined the meeting at 11:00 a.m. to request to award the bids for the 2004 Aggregates.  Mr. Bohnenblust recommended accepting the bids as follows: 

                CS-2 FOB Quarry from Martin Marietta, Woodbine – haul by Robinson Trucking

                CS-1 FOB Quarry from Hamm Quarries, Woodbine – haul by Robinson Trucking

                SS-8 FOB Quarry from Johnson Sand, Salina – haul by Gary Johnson Trucking

                SS-3 FOB Quarry from Martin Marietta, Marion – haul by Mike Wallsten Trucking

                CSA FOB Quarry from Bingham Sand, Baxter Springs – haul by Bingham Sand

                3x6 Rock from Martin Marietta, Marion – haul by Mike Wallsten Trucking

               AS-1 Modified FOB Quarry from Martin Marietta, Marion – haul by Mike Wallsten Trucking

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to award the bids for aggregates and aggregate haul as recommended.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Fern Hess, Health Department Director, joined the meeting at 11:30 a.m. and presented Personnel Change Notices (PCN’s) to hire Sarah Holm as a full time Secretary/Receptionist (6/B); hire Christina Roberts as a Public Health Nurse 1 (18/A) and to hire Susan Webb as a full time Office Clerk (9/A).  All are effective January 4, 2004.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve all three PCN’s as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented a PCN for Vera Schra as a Temporary Personal Property Specialist, effective January 4, 2004.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Dillard Webster, Emergency Management/Communications Director, joined the meeting at 11:50 a.m. to request approval to submit the final grant proposal for the 911 telephone upgrade to Public Safety Foundation of America.  The grant amount requested is $94,792.17.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to sign the grant proposal as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

At 12:30 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