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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

NOVEMBER 8, 2005

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

ALL PRESENT

 

One change was made to the agenda:  cancel the 1:00 p.m. meeting at Public Works.  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.

 

Dianna Carter, County Appraiser, joined the meeting at 10:03 a.m. and requested five (5) minutes, from 10:04 to 10:09 a.m. in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel in the Appraiser’s Office, and to include Mr. Witte.  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 10:09 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.  Ms. Carter requested approval of a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) to promote Rhonda Hart from Commercial Property Specialist (12/I) to Deputy Appraiser (14/H0) effective November 20, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Dillard Webster, Emergency Management/Communications Director, joined the meeting at 10:10 a.m. with the following requests:

B.  A revised Personnel Change Notice (PCN) will be prepared and Item B will be placed on next week’s agenda.

A.  Presented information on Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), one of the final components tying the 911 Dispatch Center upgrades together.  After researching various vendors the choice came down to Logisys for $160,000 and GeoConex for $110,000.  Communications Tech James Bruntz, 911 Supervisor/Dispatcher Tim Hawkinson and County Cartographer Kevin Beakey have researched both vendors and all three recommended Logisys.  The initial cost of the Logisys program also includes training; service via phone and/or Internet and the 1st year of maintenance is included in the cost.  After the first year maintenance would be $12,000 per year.  After discussion, Commissioner Terry made a motion to sign the contract with Logisys for $160,000.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  The cost of the system will be paid 100% by a Homeland Grant.

 

At 10:30 a.m. Chairman Schroeder opened the meeting for public comment on the pros and cons of the proposed Planning & Zoning Regulations changes relating to wind turbines.  Several people spoke with various concerns such as lighting on turbines, distance from residences, maximum height of turbines and noise levels.  Mr. Bahr stated that these issues could be dealt with in a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and if they did not meet approval, the CUP could be lifted.  Mr. Neil Colle of Delmore Township stated that he felt the Planning & Zoning Board did not look at the County’s Comprehensive Plan, that wind farms are not agricultural (ag.) use.  Commissioner Terry also expressed concern that wind farms are commercial, not ag. use and this goes against the Comprehensive Plan.  Mr. Albert Bailey stated that Fireworks in Trailers (as discussed a last week’s meeting) does not fit the Comprehensive Plan either.  Commissioner Terry made a motion that the Board vote that wind turbines do not meet the Comprehensive Plan.  The motion died for lack of a second.  After more input from the public, Chairman Schroeder closed Public Input.  There was further discussion by the Commissioners on the proposed changes.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve Resolution 05-21, a resolution amending the McPherson County Zoning Regulations, addressing the lack of specific wording regulating electric wind energy conversion facilities, as presented by the Planning & Zoning Board, as written.  Chairman Schroeder and Commissioner Terry questioned the need for a specified distance from residences.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve an amendment to Amendment #2: Article 3, Section 107A1 to specify that a turbine cannot be located within 2,000 feet from any active residence located off the CUP property unless waived by the property owner of residence.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded All voted aye. Chairman Schroeder then seconded Commissioner Patrick’s original motion.  Commissioner Schroeder voted aye.  Commissioner Patrick voted aye.  Commissioner Terry voted nay.

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the minutes of November 1, 2005 as corrected.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve payroll for November 11, 2005.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the adds and abates of November 4, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) for end of probation (12/A to 12/B) for Katherine Grossman, Correctional Officer in the Sheriff’s Department, effective November 5, 2005.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye. 

 

At 12:30 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