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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

JUNE 21, 2005

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

ALL PRESENT

 

Three changes were made to the 1:00 p.m. (Budget Hearings) agenda item.  Changes were as follows: 1) Linda Paul, Register of Deeds to 1:30 p.m. 2) Robin Becker, Unified Courts to 2:00 p.m. and 3) add Susan Meng, County Clerk at 3:00 p.m.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the agenda as amended.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Several people spoke during Public Input Session at 10:00 a.m. regarding their concerns about wind farms in this area.  They were under the impression that the County was in the process of allowing wind farming in McPherson County.   Dave and Martha Hilley, Deb Colle, Kathy Malm, Tim Duran, Larry Weibert and Julie Young, all rural McPherson County landowners, spoke against wind farms.  The Commissioners explained that, at this point, the County is simply looking at the possibility of a future need for planning and zoning regulations concerning wind farms.

 

Barry Stocking, the County’s contracted computer technician, joined the meeting at 10:30 a.m. with a request to purchase Forms Print Software through Komtek Systems Corp. of Arizona.  The software would be used on the AS400 in the Courthouse and would allow departments to design forms unique to their needs as well as eventually be used to print Accounts Payable and Payroll checks.  Cost would be $5,000 for purchase and installation plus $1,000 for pdf files and a $200 annual maintenance fee.  After discussion, Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the purchase as requested provided there are sufficient funds in the budget.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Fern Hess, Health Department Director, joined the meeting at 10:40 a.m. to request approval to write off uncollectible debts in the amount of $855.  These are accounts that have had no payment activity for twelve consecutive months preceding March 31, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the bad debt write-off as presented in the amount of $855.  Commissioner Terry seconded.   All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the minutes of June 13 and 14, 2005 as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the payroll of June 24, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the abates of June 17, 2005.  Commissioner Terry seconded. 

All voted aye.

 

A letter was received from Craig Simons, County Administrator of Harvey County, KS requesting that the McPherson County Commission approve a letter of support for an application to have the Newton Service Area declared a medically underserved area, this would allow Health Ministries to apply for status as a Federally Qualified Community Health Center and they could then serve uninsured/under-insured clients as well as Medicaid and Medicare clients in the southern townships in McPherson County.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign the letter as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Rick Lanman, McPherson Airport Manager, joined the meeting at 10:50 a.m. to request the Chairman’s signature on a Grant Agreement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a project application dated May 9, 2005 for a grant of federal funds.  The grant will be used to construct a connecting Taxiway A-1 (Phase 2) and to rehabilitate the northern section of Taxiway A (Phase 2).  Total maximum amount of the grant is $503,138 with a 5% match.  The City has verified that they are holding funds to cover the match.  The City voted to sign the agreement at their meeting June 20, 2005 and the County Counselor has reviewed the grant agreement.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign the agreement as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Dave Bohnenblust, Public Works Director, joined the meeting at 11:05 a.m. and gave the Commissioners an update on ongoing road projects, he then requested ten minutes, from 11:09 to 11:19 a.m. in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.  Commissioner Terry made motion to go into executive session as requested.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  The Commissioners returned to open session at 11:19 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.  Mr. Bohnenblust requested to advertise for a vacant position in the engineering department.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Chad Bahr, Planning and Zoning Administrator, joined the meeting at 11:20 a.m. for an update on possible regulations for wind farm stations.  Until and/or if regulations are written, individual cases can be dealt with as Conditional Use Permits; however, present tower regulations would not cover wind farm towers.

 

Dillard Webster, Emergency Management/Communications Director, joined the meeting at 10:30 a.m. and requested ten minutes, from 11:30 to 11:40 a.m., in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel in his department.  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 11:40 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.

 

At 11:50 the Commissioners recessed and at 1:00 p.m. Chairman Schroeder and Commissioner Terry reconvened for budget hearings from Prairie View, Unified Courts, Register of Deeds, Noxious Weeds and County Clerk.  No action was taken during the budget hearings.  At 3:30 p.m. Commissioner Terry made a motion to adjourn.  Chairman Schroeder 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