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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

JANUARY 19, 2004

McPHERSON MAIN STREET, INC. ANNUAL MEETING

6:30 PM.

JANUARY 20, 2004

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

ALL PRESENT

 

Commissioners Terry and Patrick attended the annual meeting of McPherson Main Street, Inc. at 6:30 p.m. on January 19.  The meeting was held in the 5th Floor Meeting Room in the Bank of America Building.  No action was taken by the Commissioners during that time and at 8:00 p.m. they recessed and reconvened at 10:00 a.m. on January 20, 2004 in the 5th Floor Conference Room in the Bank of America Building for their weekly commission meeting.

 

Mr. Witte requested to add “John Klenda, County Counselor – Attorney/Client Privilege” to the agenda at 10:50 a.m.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the agenda as amended.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Larry Wedel of Moundridge spoke to the Commissioners during Public Input Session at 10:00 a.m.  Mr. Wedel asked that the Commissioners look at the possibility of putting caution and flashing red lights at the intersection of Arrowhead and County Road 2043 (Old 81) and also at the intersection of County Road 2043 and 22nd.  He asked if statistics have been kept on the number of accidents at those locations.  He feels these are dangerous intersections, partly because two businesses (Moridge Manufacturing and The Grasshopper Co.) are located on Old 81 in that area, causing extra traffic and vehicles entering and exiting what is already a busy road.  Commissioner Terry told Mr. Wedel that the Public Works Department will look into any available accident statistics for that stretch of road. 

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the minutes of January 13, 2004 as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve payroll and tax disbursements.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the adds and abates and landfill register of January 16, 2004.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Dave Bohnenblust, Public Works Director and Richard Nelson, Road & Bridge Superintendent, joined the meeting at 10:10 a.m. with the following agenda items:

A.   Request to hire two Maintenance Worker I’s.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to go into executive session for 15 minutes, from 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. to discuss non-elected personnel and to include Mr. Bohnenblust, Mr. Nelson and Mr. Witte.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.  The Commissioners returned to open session at 10:30 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.  Mr. Bohnenblust presented Personnel Change Notices (PCN’s) to hire Matthew Lloyd and Steven Ashpole as Maintenance Worker I’s (9/A) in the Public Works Department.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the PCN’s as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

B.   Request to advertise to purchase a double steel roller low profile compactor to replace their 1994 Hamm Roller.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to advertise for a roller as requested.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

C.   Request to advertise for the replacement of three vehicles.  The replacement vehicles are to be two ¾ ton 4x4 pickups and one ½ ton 4x4 pickup.  After discussion Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the request to advertise for three replacement vehicles as requested.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Nancy Kessinger, MCKIDS Director, joined the meeting at 10:50 a.m.  Mr. Witte requested ten minutes, from 10:50 to 11:00 a.m., in executive session and to include himself and Ms Kessinger, to discuss non-elected personnel in the MCKIDS Department.  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 11:00 a.m., no action was taken during executive session. 

 

Mr. Witte presented names of two persons, Harris Terry and Ted Odle, who have volunteered to serve as alternate representatives to the SCKEDD Board.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to appoint Mr. Terry and Mr. Odel as McPherson County’s alternate representatives to the SCKEDD Board.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  Commissioners Schroeder and Patrick voted aye.  Chairman Terry abstained.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign 38 MCKIDS Contracts.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) to hire Christopher Shafer as a Correctional Officer (12/A) in the Sheriff’s Department, effective January 21, 2004.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye. 

 

Mr. John Klenda, County Counselor, joined the meeting at 11:05 a.m. and requested 15 minutes, from 11:05 to 11:20 a.m., in executive session under the attorney/client privilege, 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 11:20 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session. 

 

At 11:40 a.m. the Commissioners recessed and Commissioners Schroeder and Terry, along with Mr. Witte, met at the Hutchinson Plaza in Hutchinson for a meeting of the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce.  Ms. Deb Miller, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) was in attendance and spoke about grants available to both the Hutchinson Airport and the McPherson City/County airport.  No action was taken by the Board of McPherson County Commissioners during that time.  At 9:00 a.m. Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Terry 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