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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

 

JANUARY 18, 2005

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

 

ALL PRESENT

 

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

 

Mr. Phil Linscheid, 2149 18th Avenue, McPherson joined the meeting at 10:10 a.m. for Public Input Session to ask if the County could do anything about the ice on 18th Avenue.  The Commissioners will talk to the Public Works Director about the problem but for now the warmer weather will probably be the only solution to the problem.

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the minutes of January 11, 2005 as corrected.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve payroll for January 21, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the adds and abates register of January 14, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Marvin Peters, MIDC Executive Director, joined the meeting at 10:10 a.m. and introduced Norlan Ferguson, President of Ferguson Production.  Ferguson Production is requesting a 50% exemption on $359,661 for furniture, fixtures and equipment for 10 years and a 100% tax exemption on $103,235 for their building improvements for 10 years.  Mr. Craig Holman, MIDC Member, read a letter from Brett Reber, MIDC President, stating that the MIDC Board has “determined the project meets the Constitutional requirements of the State of Kansas and McPherson County Resolution 04-14 for consideration of property tax exemption, and further made a finding of fact that the project is necessary to retain jobs in the State of Kansas.”  The MIDC Board requested that a date and time be set for a public hearing on the application and that required notifications and publications be initiated.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to accept the preliminary application for property tax exemption for Ferguson Production.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  A public hearing will be held at 10:10 a.m. on February 8, 2005.

 

Dave Bohnenblust, Public Works Director, joined the meeting at 10:25 a.m. with the following requests:

B.            Request signature on a Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) resolution giving County concurrence to the City of McPherson as they establish Urban Area boundary lines around the City of McPherson.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to have the Chairman sign the KDOT Resolution as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

A.            Request 15 minutes, from 10:40 to 10:55 a.m., in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel in the Public Works Department, and to include Mr. Witte.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to go into executive session as requested.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  The Commissioners returned to open session at 10:55 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.  Mr. Bohnenblust presented a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) to promote Kelly Hess from Maintenance Worker I to Maintenance Worker II (9/B to 11/A) effective January 30, 2005.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  Mr. Bohnenblust also requested approval to advertise for and hire up to four part-time summer workers for 2005.  Two positions would be for Maintenance Workers and two would be for Engineering Tech interns.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the request to advertise for and hire up to four part-time summer workers for 2005.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Linda Paul, Register of Deeds, joined the meeting at 11:00 a.m. to request to accept a bid from Imaging Solutions Company (ISC) of Wichita to convert Register of Deeds’ digital images to archival silver microfilm.  Two bids were received with the ISC bid being the lowest at $0.0375 per image.  The project will be paid from the Register of Deeds’ Technology Fund.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to accept the bid from ISC as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented a recommendation from Gene Wilson, Communications Consultant with Telephone Sales and Services to change the County’s Phone system to the Plexar Custom option.  This would save the County approximately $12,083.76 per year and save time on billing and payment.  After discussion Commissioner Terry made a motion to sign the 60-month Plexar-Customer Service Agreement and the Plexar-Customer Service Arrangement.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

At 12:05 p.m. Commissioner Terry made a motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commission Minutes taken by Irene R. Goering.

 

 

Don L. Schroeder, Chairman

Duane J. Patrick, Vice-Chairman

Harris G. Terry, Commissioner

 

 

Attest:  County Clerk

Susan R. Meng