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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

JULY 26, 2005

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

ALL PRESENT

 

The following items were added to the agenda:  1) 4-H Fair Cookie Jar Winners and Presentation of Cookie Jars to Commissioners; 2) HOME Grant Payment Request for Signature; 3) Executive Session - Possible Land Acquisition; and 4) County Appraiser, Non-Elected Personnel.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the agenda as amended.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Shawna Mitchell, County Extension Agent joined the meeting at 10:00 a.m. and introduced the winners of the 4-H Fair Cookie Jar Decorating Competition.  Rachel Corn, Kaden Ritteel, Shelby Reazin and Cole Reazin designed the winning cookie jars.  The cookie jars, filled with cookies, were presented to the Commissioners.

 

Julie Young, Pat Weibert, and Darlene Bloomberg spoke during Public Input Session regarding their opposition to wind turbines being allowed in McPherson County.   Several others were in attendance but did not speak.  Ms. Young asked when McPherson County was going to take action on this issue.  Chairman Schroeder responded that, at this time, there is nothing to respond to, there has been no application for wind turbines in McPherson County.  Ms. Bloomberg spoke about ELF (Electronic Low Frequencies) and various health issues attributed to long-term exposure to ELF.  Mrs. Weibert asked that the Commissioners consider people, not money.

 

Rick Lanman, McPherson Airport Manager, joined the meeting at 10:20 a.m. to present the 2006 Airport Budget request.  The 2005 Budget appropriation from the County was $55,116; they are requesting $61,240 for 2006.

 

Dianna Carter, County Appraiser, joined the meeting at 10:30 a.m. with the following agenda items:

A.  Request three cell phones for use by the Field Appraisers.  The Public Works Department has agreed to let them add the phones under their cell phone plan at an approximate cost $40 per month.  The phones would be checked out when the Field Appraisers go out into the field and checked back in when they return.  It was a consensus of the Commissioners to approve the request as presented. 

B.  Request 20 minutes in executive session, from 10:35 to 10:55 a.m., to discuss non-elected personnel in the Appraiser’s Office, and to include Rick Witte.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to go into executive session as requested.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  At 10:55 a.m. Commissioner Terry made a motion to extend executive session an additional five minutes, from 10:55 to 11:05 a.m.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  The Commissioners returned to open session at 11:05 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.  Ms. Carter presented a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) to change the Deputy Appraiser to a Review Field Appraiser II (17/F to 14/I), effective July 19, 2005 with six months probation.   Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  Ms. Carter presented a PCN to place a second Field Appraiser on six months probation, effective July 21, 2005.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Dick Beasley, Community Corrections Director, joined the meeting at 11:08 a.m. with two agenda items.

A.   Presented the 2006 Juvenile Justice Services Prevention Grant Awards as follows:

Communities in Schools of Harvey County, Inc - $13,750 paid in four quarterly installments of $3,437.50

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harvey County - $8,500 paid in four quarterly installments of $2,125

CASA: A Voice For Children, Inc - $7,225 paid in four quarterly installments of $1,806.25

Big Brothers Big Sisters of McPherson County - $5,750.00 paid in four quarterly installments of $1,437.50

Offender/Victim Ministries, Inc. –  $40,500 paid in four quarterly installments of $10,125

Commissioner Terry made a motion to sign the five 2006 Juvenile Justice Services Prevention Grant Awards as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

B.   Presented the Notification of Grant Award for the 2006 Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to sign the Notification of Grant Award as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Dave Bohnenblust, Public Works Director, joined the meeting at 11:08 a.m. and updated the Commissioners on various ongoing road projects in the County.

 

Commissioner Patrick gave a report on the various meetings he attended at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Meeting in Hawaii July 15th thru 19th.

 

Dave Bohnenblust requested 10 minutes, from 11:45 to 11:55 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.  At 11:55 a.m. Commissioner Patrick made a motion to extend executive session an additional five minutes.  Chairman Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.  The Commissioners returned to open session at 12:00 p.m.  No action was taken during executive session. 

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the minutes of July 12, 2005 as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the adds and abates of July 22, 2005.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

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

 

Mr. Witte presented the first payment request for the HOME Grant for the Chairman’s signature.  The payment request will be sent to the State for payment.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to have the Chairman sign the payment request as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte requested five minutes, from 12:15 to 12:20 p.m. in executive session to discuss a possible land acquisition.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to go into executive session as requested.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.  The Commissioners returned to open session at 12:20 p.m.  No action was taken during executive session. 

 

At 12:20 the Commissioners recessed and reconvened at 1:00 p.m. for a budget work session.  During the work session the Commissioners reviewed the (McPherson) City’s plan for an animal shelter and it was a consensus of the Board of County Commissioners to approve the site plan as submitted.  No other action was taken during the work session.  At 3:55 p.m. Commissioner Patrick made a motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Terry 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