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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

MARCH 29, 2005

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

 

ALL PRESENT

 

One item was added to the agenda: Discuss Usage of County Gas Pumps.  Commissioner Terry 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 March 22, 2005 as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the checks and claims and payroll.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign a Notice to Township Clerk for a Cereal Malt Beverage License for Fleming Convenience F193 in Canton Township.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Dan Schrag, Noxious Weeds Director, joined the meeting at 10:10 a.m. to request signature on an agreement between the Kansas Department Of Transportation Bureau of Construction and Maintenance and McPherson County Noxious Weeds Department.  The agreement will allow the County Noxious Weeds Department to spray and treat noxious weeds in state highway right-of-ways in the County and to be reimbursed by KDOT.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to sign the agreement as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

A committee made up of County Department Heads has been studying the possibility of adding an additional pay scale for Clerk positions.  It was the recommendation of the committee to have a Clerk I position at Grade 6 and after 1 year of service, with an acceptable evaluation, the employee could be promoted to Clerk II, Grade 8 on the pay scale.  After discussion, Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the recommendation as presented, to be effective with the April 10, 2005 pay period.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Fern Hess, Health Department Director, joined the meeting at 10:30 a.m. with three Personnel Change Notices (PCN’s) for end of probation.  Two Public Health Nurse’s (PHN’s) were promoted from PHN I to PHN II (18/C to 21/B) and are now at the end of their probation period.  There is no rate change.  One PHN I, a new hire in January, has reached the end of probation and will go from 20/A to 20/B effective March 27, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve all three PCN’s as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

The Commission has considered increasing the rent for the 5th Floor meeting room and kitchen at the county owned Bank of America Building.  Mr. Witte suggested increasing the rent when the remodeling has been completed in May or June of this year, he suggested $50 per day for business, $25 per day for non-profit organizations and leave the kitchen at $35 per day.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to adjust the room rates as suggested.  Commissioner Terry seconded. All voted aye.

 

Dave Bohnenblust, Public Works Director, joined the meeting at 10:45 a.m. with the following agenda items:

A.   Presented a resolution to change the speed limit on a section of County Road 594 between Wheatridge Road and Winchester Road from 55 to 40 mph.  This came after a request was received from Buildex for a traffic study and the traffic study indicated a need for a reduced speed.  After discussion, it was suggested that the area south of Wheatridge should also be looked at.  This agenda item was tabled and Mr. Bohnenblust will return it to the Commission after further studies on the area south of Wheatridge.

C.   Review the bids for dump truck body approved at the March 15th meeting.  Mr. Bohnenblust suggested that since they would not be purchasing the Sterling truck, the County could save $2,622 by purchasing a Heil dump body rather than the Henderson dump body that was approved.  After hearing recommendations from Mark McVicker, Fleet Maintenance Foreman, and Richard Nelson, Road & Bridge Superintendent, it was a consensus of the Commissioners to stay with the original motion to purchase the Henderson dump body.

B.   Request to hire Brown and Brown of Salina, KS to mill off 4,972 sq. yds. of asphalt on CR2043 (Old Hwy 81) south of Elyria. The milling must be done before repair work can proceed on the project.  Since Brown and Brown is currently working on CR451 (Arrowhead Road) their milling machine is in the area and they would do the milling at a cost of $2.90 per sq. yd.   Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the request as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

There was discussion on the usage of the County Public Works gas pumps.  Mr. Jack Copal of J&N Taxi spoke briefly to the Commissioners; he has been purchasing gas at the county pumps and was concerned that he would no longer be allowed to.  After reviewing the list of entities purchasing gas from the county, it was suggested that only vehicles with city and/or county tags should be allowed to purchase gas from the county’s pumps since it is there is no Federal tax-paid on the fuel.  It was a consensus of the Commissioners to table this item for one week to allow for more research, until that time no changes will be made.

 

Mr. Witte suggested that he, along with the County Counselor and County Appraiser, review the properties eligible for tax sale to determine if there is a less expensive method to remove the properties from the tax sale.  Several properties will cost the County more to process for sale than the delinquent tax due.  It was a consensus of the Commission to have Mr. Witte, the County Counselor and the County Appraiser proceed as requested.

 

At 11:55 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