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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

NOVEMBER 9, 2004

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

WORK SESSION W/PUBLIC WORKS

12:40 P.M.

 

ALL PRESENT

 

One item was added to the agenda: Request for Support of Smart Beginnings Child Care Grant Proposal.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the agenda as amended.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

No one spoke during Public Input Session at 10:00 a.m.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the minutes of November 2, 2004 as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the payroll of November 12, 2004.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented two Personnel Change Notices (PCN’s) for the Sheriff’s Office as follows:  hire Chris O’Cain as a Correctional Officer (12/A) effective November 18, 2004 and hire Greta Bicket as Assistant Part-Time Cook (5/D) effective November 8, 2004.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve both PCN’s as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Brenda Becker, County Treasurer, joined the meeting at 10:05 a.m. to request a salary increase, in addition to the annual 2% salary increase, for herself.  After brief discussion, it was the consensus of the Commissioners to authorize the annual 2% salary increase of $677.30 with no additional salary increase for the County Treasurer.

 

Mr. Witte presented a letter from the Fire District No. 5 Fire Chief, Dennis W. Schroeder, requesting Roger Boesker, F.D. #5 Captain replace Richard Schierling, deceased, as the Department’s representative to the District Governing Board.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the request as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Rick Batchellor, County Appraiser, joined the meeting at 10:15 a.m. and requested ten minutes, from 10:15 to 10:25 a.m., in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel in the Appraiser’s Office 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 10:25 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.  Mr. Batchellor presented two Personnel Change Notices (PCN’s) as follows:  position change for Julie Severns from Personal Property Specialist II (12/D) to Field Appraiser I (10/F) and for a department change for Nancy Krehbiel from the County Clerk’s Office to the Appraiser’s Office as Personal Property Specialist (12/B).  Both are to be effective November 21, 2004.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve both PCN’s as presented, with the understanding that the Step/Grade for Ms. Severns will remain at 10/F until she has successfully completed the required IAAO Courses and Ms. Krehbiel will be eligible for a step increase at the end of probation.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented a request from MCKIDS/Early Childhood for McPherson County to participate in a tri-county grant application for Smart Start grant money from the State of Kansas.  This is money derived from the State’s share of “tobacco money” (money paid by tobacco companies for health endangerment caused by tobacco products).  The grant will be used for a Smart Beginnings/Healthy Families program and will target at-risk families with prenatal to preschool age children.  The three counties involved in the grant application are McPherson, Harvey and Marion.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to support the grant application as requested.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte informed the Commissioners that McPherson County has been awarded $275,000 for the 2004 HOME - Homeowner Rehabilitation Grant.  A representative of the County must attend a one-day grantee workshop in January 2005 and applications for the homeowner’s rehabilitation projects will probably be taken beginning in March of 2005.

 

Steve Johnson, County Sanitarian and Fern Hess, Health Department Director, joined the meeting at 10:50 a.m. to request that Mr. Johnson participate in the 2005 Kansas Environmental Leadership Program (KELP).  He has completed the application process and has been accepted by KELP to participate.  The majority of the cost of the program is funded by scholarships.  Cost to the County would be a registration fee of $85, mileage and wages while at the five sessions.  The sessions are held every other month for 10 months and last from noon one day to noon the next.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve Mr. Johnson’s participation in the 2005 Kansas Environmental Leadership Program as requested.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

At 11:15 a.m. the Commissioners recessed and Commissioners Schroeder and Patrick reconvened at 12:40 p.m. at Public Works for a work session.  Chairman Terry joined the work session at 1:00 p.m.  No action was taken during the work session.  At 2:30 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