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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

AUGUST 16, 2005

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

ALL PRESENT

 

The following items were added to the agenda:  1) Chad Bahr, Planning & Zoning Administrator - Resolution for Declaring Moratorium on Acceptance of Applications for CUPs in Connection with Wind Turbines and 2) Discuss Appointment to Gypsum Township Board.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the agenda as amended.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Pat Weibert of Bonneville Township and Deb Colle of Delmore Township spoke during Public Input Session at 10:00 a.m.  Once again, both expressed their concerns about wind turbines and the effects they will have on the land.

 

Chad Bahr, Planning & Zoning Administrator, joined the meeting at 10:10 a.m. to present a resolution that would require a moratorium of 180 days before the Planning & Zoning Administrator may accept or process applications for Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) in connection with wind turbine generating projects.  During the moratorium period, the Planning & Zoning Board would review the zoning regulations and Comprehensive Plan in depth as well as the impact on the land before submitting the CUP to the Board of County Commissioners.  After discussion, Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve Resolution 05-16 “A Resolution Declaring a Moratorium Upon the Acceptance of Applications for Conditional Use Permits in Connection with Wind Turbine Electric Generating Projects”.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  Chairman Schroeder voted aye.  Commissioner Patrick voted aye.  Commissioner Terry voted aye.

 

The 2006 Budget Hearing was held at 10:28 a.m.  Mr. Witte stated that the 2006 Budget is less than the 2005 Budget and the mill levy is down from 34.77 in 2005 to 33.27 in 2006.  After discussion and, hearing no objections and/or comments from the public, Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the 2006 Budget as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Fern Hess, Health Department Director, joined the meeting at 10:40 a.m. with the following requests:

A.  Presented the Bad Debt List in the amount of $1,044.17.  The list is made up of individual client accounts reflecting no payment over 12 consecutive months.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to write off as uncollectible the bad debt list in the amount of $1,044.17.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

B.  Presented bids received from Lacy Motors and Wallace Chevrolet, both of McPherson, for a replacement vehicle for the Health Department.  After discussion, Commissioner Terry made a motion to accept the bid from Lacy Motors for a 2006 Ford Freestar at a cost of $18,621 without trade or $16,081 with trade-in.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  Ms. Hess will ask the Appraiser’s Office if they are interested in the Health Department’s ’97 Chevy Cavalier; if the Appraiser’s Office is not interested in the Cavalier, then it will be used as a trade-in

 

Dillard Webster, Emergency Management/Communications Director, joined the meeting at 10:55 a.m. with two agenda items:

A.  Presented a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) for end of probation (12/A to 12/B) for Odessa Eaton, a Communications Tech in the EMC Department, effective August 14, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

B.  Introduced Ward Nippert and John Black from USD 418.  The school district (USD 418) is requesting to place a repeater on the County’s tower sight at the top of the county-owned Bank of America Building.  Mr. Nippert has contacted Ron Fischer of KaComm in Salina to do all installation, maintenance and upkeep on the equipment.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the USD 418 request to share tower space at the Bank of America Building.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented budget forms for signature by the Chairman as follows:  McPherson County Extension Council for a County appropriation of  $210,031; McPherson County Conservation District for a County appropriation of $25,000 and Unified (District) Courts – $212,727.29 was requested, $186,590 was approved.  The 2006 Budget was approved earlier in the meeting so no further action was required.  Chairman Schroeder signed the individual budgets.

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the minutes of August 9, 2005 as corrected.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Linda Paul, Register of Deeds, joined the meeting at 11:10 a.m. to request approval to have her three staff members work overtime through 2005, three hours per week, per employee, to work on imaging and editing previously recorded documents.  The overtime expense would come from the Register of Deeds Technology Fund.  Ms. Paul has checked with the County Counselor and he feels it would fall within the Technology Fund requirements.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the request a presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the abates register of August 12, 2005.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve payroll for August 19, 2005 and one manual accounts payable check.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte and the Commissioners discussed a vacancy on the Gypsum Creek Township Board.  Mr. Witte will inform the remaining township board members of options available and have them submit names to the Commissioners by September 15th; the Board of County Commissioners will then review and make an appointment or accept additional names for the position from those names at their September 20, 2005 meeting.

 

At 12:05 a.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