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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

DECEMBER 30, 2003

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

ALL PRESENT

 

 

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

 

There was no public input.

 

Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the minutes of December 23, 2003 as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the adds and abates and landfill register of December 20, 2003.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Linda Paul, Register of Deeds, joined the meeting at 10:10 a.m. with an update on proposals received for imaging software for use by her office as well as other offices in the courthouse.  Ms Paul recommended the proposal from Infinitec of Hays, KS.  Their proposal met all specified requirements and both the Register of Deeds Office and the County Clerks Office currently use other software from Infinitec and have been satisfied with it.  Cost of the Real Vision Image (RVI) software, first year maintenance, installation and training is $30,200.  There would be an additional cost of $2,000 per year for updates.  All would be paid from the Register of Deeds’ Technology Fund.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the purchase of RVI software, maintenance, installation and training from Infinitec as requested.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye. 

 

John Klenda, County Counselor, joined the meeting at 10:30 a.m. and requested 20 minutes, from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. in executive session under the attorney/client privilege to discuss litigation matters and to include Mr. Witte.  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 10:50 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.

 

At 10:50 a.m. there was discussion on a letter from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) regarding the opt-out provision on the K61 Highway project.  KDOT is requesting letters from all local sponsors involved in the project stating whether they plan to continue to support the project or opt out of it.  The letters must be received by KDOT no later than January 16, 2004.  Doris Ridge of rural Inman was in attendance and spoke to the commissioners about her concerns.  She and her husband live near the proposed corridor and own land on both sides of it.  She feels the project is counter to the preservation of farmland and Inman merchants are concerned that it will cost them business.  She does not feel a four-lane is needed for the 20-mile stretch of road between McPherson and Hutchinson.   The Commissioners explained that the concerns they had in the beginning of the project have been answered and, although a four-lane may not be needed today, it probably will be in the future and KDOT is willing to fund the project now.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to notify KDOT of their decision to support the K61 Highway Project.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  Commissioners Terry and Schroeder voted aye.  Commissioner Patrick voted nay.

 

There was discussion on a letter from the Commissioners of Barton County, KS regarding their authorization from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) to create an independent Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO) for Barton County.  They invited McPherson County to a meeting January 5, 2004 to discuss plans for the development of the independent CDDO.  Since Multi Community Diversified Services (MCDS) currently serves as CDDO for McPherson County and MCDS and Disability Supports of the Great Plains in McPherson are working well under the arrangement, it was a consensus of the Commissioners to decline the invitation from Barton County.

 

At 11:45 a.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