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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

NOVEMBER 29, 2005

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

ALL PRESENT

 

The following changes were made to the agenda: 1) delete the 10:00 agenda item F; 2) delete the 11:00 agenda item; 3) add discussion on Cost of Living Allowance (COLA); 4) add Cereal Malt Beverage License for New Gottland Township and Notice to Township for Cereal Malt Beverage License for Canton Township.  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.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the minutes of November 15, 2005 as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

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

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the adds and abates and landfill register of November 23, 2005.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte discussed an amendment to the 2005 Budget, an increase from five million nine to six million nine for the Public Works Budget for additional work on Highway 81 during 2005.  No action was required at this time.

 

Mr. Witte presented a Notice to Township Board for Canton Township for a Cereal Malt Beverage License to be sent to Canton Township and a 2006 Cereal Malt Beverage License renewal for Rolling Acres Golf Course in New Gottland Township for signature.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to have the Chairman sign the Notice to Township Board for Canton Township for a Cereal Malt Beverage License.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign the 2006 Cereal Malt Beverage License renewal for Rolling Acres Golf Course in New Gottland Township.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

At 10:15 a.m. there was discussion on the storage of Class B fireworks in McPherson County.  Several people attended the meeting and spoke to the Commissioners about the issue.  Mr. & Mrs. Albert Bailey of rural Inman both expressed a continuing concern for safety.  Mr. Steve Showalter, owner of one of the fireworks storage facilities, explained the various safety precautions he has taken, both required (by the ATF) and those he has voluntarily done such moving his storage trailers 500’ inside his property instead of the required 300’.  Cindy Martens, Arapaho Road, said safety is not an issue for her because she feels appropriate safety measures have been taken.  Her concern is the appearance of the trailers, mowing and possibly putting up a visual barrier such as trees/vegetation.  Mr. George Peters of rural Inman said he lives a mile from the storage area and has no complaints.  After discussion by the Commissioners, it was decided that Mr. Witte would ask Chad Bahr, Planning & Zoning Administrator, to prepare a resolution for next week’s meeting.

 

Dick Beasley, Community Corrections Director, joined the meeting at 11:10 a.m. with the following items:

A.  Request approval of the Juvenile Justice Authority (JJA) FY2007 Prevention/Intervention Programs in the following amounts – Harvey County Big Brothers/Big Sisters - $9,025; McPherson County Big Brothers/Big Sisters - $6,245; Early Intervention - $15,270; HMCCC Truancy Program - $27,300; CASA (A Voice for Children, Inc.) - $7,635; and HCCC Teen Court Program - $29,611.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the FY2007 Prevention/Intervention Programs as requested.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

B.  Request approval of the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) FY2006 Additional Funds, to be used for Personnel expense, in the amount of $5,000 plus a cash match of $556.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the FY2006 JABG Additional Funds as requested.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

C.  Request approval of the FY2006 JJA Unexpended FY2005 Prevention-Intervention Funds in the amount of $2,840, to be used for Personnel and Travel/Subsistence.  Commissioner Terry made a motion approve the FY2006 JJA Unexpended FY2005 Prevention-Intervention Funds as requested.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

D.  Request approval of the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) FY2005 Unexpended Funds in the amount of $11,526, to be used to hire a half-time Surveillance Officer and purchase document scanners.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the KDOC FY2005 Unexpended Funds as requested.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Dave Bohnenblust, Public Works Director, joined the meeting at 11:20 a.m. with the following agenda items:

A.  Request to purchase a 12” Brush Chipper from Vegetation Management for $26,378, without trade-in.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the purchase as requested.  Commissioner Terry seconded. 

All voted aye.

B.  Request five minutes, from 11:34 to 11:39 a.m., in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel in the Public Works Department 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 11:39 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.  Mr. Bohnenblust requested approval of a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) for reclassification for Brad Ek from Maintenance Worker IV (15/G) to Maintenance Worker III (13/I), effective November 20, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

C.  Request signature on three copies of an agreement for KDOT Project No. 59X-2440-01, a project involving the installation of signal lights at the railroad crossing on 20th Ave.  The agreement states that the County will install and maintain advance warning signs and those already exist at that crossing.  There is no other cost or responsibility to the County.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to sign the agreement as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye. 

D.  Discussion on 2005 Chip Seal was postponed to a later date.

 

Tom Brown of Savant Services joined the meeting at 11:40 a.m. with copies of the 2005 McPherson County Strategic Plan.  After review, Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve Resolution 05-22, “A resolution of support for the qualifying regional Strategic Plan and requesting that the Secretary of Commerce and Housing Approve the County of McPherson as a Kansas Enterprise Zone Designated Non-Metropolitan Business Region”.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  Chairman Schroeder voted aye.  Commissioner Patrick voted aye.  Commissioner Terry voted aye.

 

Brenda Becker, County Treasurer, joined the meeting at 12:03 p.m. to request a salary increase for her position, to make it equal to the County Clerk’s salary.  No action was taken at this time.

 

There was discussion on Cost of Living Allowances (COLA’s).  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve a 3% COLA effective December 4, 2005.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

At 12:30 p.m. the Commissioners recessed and reconvened at 2:00 p.m. when they met for a work session on election equipment with Susan Meng, County Clerk.    No action was taken by the Commissioners during the work session.  At 3:00 p.m. they recessed and reconvened at 6:30 p.m. at the Lindsborg Safety Center in Lindsborg for a meeting on wind farm issues and legislation.  Commissioner Patrick left at 7:00 p.m.  No action was taken by the Commissioners during the wind farm meeting.  At 9:15 p.m. Commissioner Terry made a motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commission Minutes taken by Irene R. Goering.

 

 

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Don L. Schroeder, Chairman

 

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Duane J. Patrick, Vice-Chairman

 

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Harris G. Terry, Commissioner

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Attest:  County Clerk

Susan R. Meng