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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 1, 2005

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

ALL PRESENT

 

One item was added to the agenda: Discussion on Fireworks Storage in the County.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the agenda as amended.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Della and Owen Meier of Canton, KS spoke to the Commissioners during Public Input Session at 10:00 a.m.  Representing the Friends of Maxwell, (Maxwell Game Preserve), Mr. Meier talked about a visit earlier this spring from a representative of the company that makes Jeep vehicles.  Jeep wants to make a commercial in April of 2006 at the Maxwell Game Preserve.  Mrs. Meier spoke about a scenic byway that would go through McPherson County;  this would be a State Program and could be nominated as a Federal Byway.  The Meiers stated that this area was chosen for both projects because of the unrestricted view and pristine prairie land that is unique to the area.  They feel that wind turbines would ruin this.  Susan Fitzsimmon of Rural Lindsborg also spoke, saying she supports alternative energy but not on pristine prairie land.

 

Dianna Carter, County Appraiser, joined the meeting at 10:12 a.m. and requested 15 minutes, from 10:13 to 10:28 a.m., in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel in the Appraiser’s Office 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 10:28 a.m.; no action was taken during executive session.  Ms. Carter requested approval of a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) to hire Margretta Heidorn as a Commercial Property Appraiser at 15/B, effective November 6, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the PCN as presented, at 15/B with no raise at the end of probation in 6 months.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

At the request of the County Appraiser, Mr. Jerry Wisdom, co-owner of Visual Lease Services (VLS), Holdenville, Oklahoma, gave a visual presentation of what his company does and can do for McPherson County.  VLS is a mapping and consulting firm that provides discovery and appraisal services, primarily locating unreported or under-reported oil and gas sites and equipment in the a county.  This generates lost tax dollar revenue by finding properties not on the tax rolls.  This would also be helpful to E911 since the unreported sites would be identified and given an address.

 

Dave Bohnenblust, Public Works Director, joined the meeting at 11:05 a.m. with the following agenda items:

A.  Presented a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) for end of probation for David Dirks, Maintenance Worker IV (15/F to 15/G) effective November 6, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

B.  Requested to advertise for bids for 2006 roadway maintenance materials (aggregates and aggregate haul).  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the request to advertise as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Brenda Becker, County Treasurer, joined the meeting at 11:13 a.m. with the following:

B.  Presented Personnel Change Notices (PCN’s) to hire seasonal temporary tax clerks as follows: Vera Schra effective November 7, 2004, Maureen Ensminger effective November 8, 2005, Bonnie Stratton effective November 9, 2005 and Gladys Brockway effective November 10, 2005.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve PCN’s for temporary seasonal help as presented, to bring in as needed for the tax season.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

A.  Presented information for having tax statements (printing, stuffing and mailing) outsourced to Postal Presort, the only company available that can do it.  Cost would be approximately $13,000 for 26,000 sheets.  Ms. Becker stated she has $11,000 in her 2005 budget for the tax statements. Since it is too late at this point to order envelopes and have staff do the statements as in the past, there is no choice at this late date but to have the statements outsourced, therefore no action by the Commission was required.

 

At 11:50 a.m. Chad Bahr, Planning & Zoning Administrator, joined the meeting with the following items:

A.  Presented the Preliminary Plat Review for 2005 Subdivision CUP #2, a request by Robert D. Bailey for a proposed eight-lot subdivision to be known as Rolling Hills.  The subdivision is located in an A-1 Agricultural District.  The applicant has met all subdivision regulation requirements and the Planning Board approved the request at their October 17, 2005 meeting.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the (2005 Subdivision CUP #2) request as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

C.  A letter was received by the Commission from Mr. Steve Showalter requesting an extension of the November 9, 2005 deadline for him to move his fireworks business out of McPherson County, specifically the trailers storing the fireworks.  At the request of the Commission, Mr. Bahr contacted several counties asking how they regulate the storage of fireworks and found that most don’t address the land use.  Mr. Showalter was present at the meeting and verified that he has met all Federal requirements and is asking for the extension until the County makes a decision on his request for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP).  It was consensus of the Commission to grant an extension.  There was further discussion on fireworks regulations and Mr. Albert Bailey, who was also present, objected to the extension saying there is a noise and safety issue and he referenced a letter from Mr. Bahr to the Showalters saying progress toward compliance must be seen by November 9.  The Commissioners asked Mr. Bahr to check the Showalter’s property on or about November 9th and report back to the Commissioners, per the letter referenced above.

B.  At 12:10 a.m. Mr. Bahr presented the proposed regulations from the Planning & Zoning Board concerning wind farms.  Chairman Schroeder explained the need for the regulations and; Commissioner Terry expressed concern that wind farms don’t meet with the land uses specified in the County’s comprehensive plan.  Chairman Schroeder asked for input from the audience and several suggestions and comments were made.   After lengthy discussion, it was a consensus of the Commissioners to study the suggestions from those present as well as the proposed regulations as presented from the Planning & Zoning Board and bring this issue back to the meeting next week.

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the minutes of October 25, 2005 as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

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

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the abate register dated October 28, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign the Notice to Township Clerk for a cereal malt beverage license for Rolling Acres Golf Club in New Gottland Township.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

At 2:22 p.m. the Commissioners recessed and reconvened on Saturday, November 5th at the Holiday Manor in McPherson for the 4-H Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m.  At 8:30 p.m. Commissioner Terry made a motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  No action was taken by the Commissioners during that time.

 

 

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