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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

DECEMBER 6, 2005

REGULAR MEETING

10:00 A.M.

ALL PRESENT

 

The following items were added to the agenda: 1) HOME Grant Payment Request for Two Homes (Lead Base Paint & Admin. Fee and 2) Cereal Malt Beverage License Notice to Township Board – Superior 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.

 

Mr. Rick Lanman, McPherson Airport Manager, joined the meeting at 10:03 a.m. to request signature on the final construction report for removing the old airport taxiway and building the new taxiway.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to have the Chairman sign the final construction report as presented. Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the minutes of November 29, 2005 as corrected.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the payroll for December 9, 2005.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the adds and abates and landfill register of December 2, 2005.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Chad Bahr, Planning & Zoning Administrator, joined the meeting at 10:12 a.m. with the following agenda items:

A.  Request action on 2005CUP2 – a request by Paula Larson for an RV Park and horse motel at 2201 E. Northview Road in an A-1 District failed to pass any motion by the Planning/Zoning Board; they felt they did not have enough information regarding flood plain and vegetative screening.  Ms. Larson was present and gave the Commissioners a more detailed map of the area.  She stated that the park will cover 25 acres, the water district has given approval to add water line and the County Sanitarian has approved the existing lagoon.  Arnette and Delmar Duerksen, 1526 16th Ave. voiced their objections to possible noise and questioned what happens if she quits.  Shirley Fitzsimmons, 2337 9th Ave. expressed health concerns for horses if there is noise from guns, 4 wheelers, etc.  After further discussion, Commissioner Terry stated that the request meets the requirements of the Comprehensive Plan.  He then made a motion to approve Resolution 05-23, A resolution approving 2005CUP2 for a recreational vehicle park and horse motel at 2201 East Northview Road in an A-1 District, with the condition of adding screening to the west of the site.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  Chairman Schroeder voted aye.  Commissioner Patrick voted aye.  Commissioner Terry voted aye.

B.  Request action on 2005CUP3 – a request by Mike and Dana Patterson for a recreational vehicle park located at 2341 10th Ave. (Harper Township), in an A-1 Zoning District.  The Planning Board has denied the request.  Terre and Leon Rawson, James Schwantes and Susan Fitzsimmons all live in the area and all expressed concern for the safety of the location of the road entering/exiting the property and the fact that the road often floods.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to support the decision of the Planning/Zoning Board and deny 2005CUP3.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

C.  Request action on 2005 Subdivision CUP#2 – a request by Robert D. Bailey for approval of the final plat for Rolling Hills subdivision and approval of the Developer’s Agreement between the developer and McPherson County.  Mr. Bailey has met all requirements, therefore Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve 2005 Subdivision CUP#2 Final Plat and Developer’s Agreement as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

D.  There was discussion on fireworks storage, this item was discussed at last week’s meeting and returned to the agenda this week for approval of a resolution if an agreement is reached on verbiage regarding distance from neighboring properties and utilities and the need for a waiver from neighbors in regard to distance.  Mary Caruthers, 1921 Frontier Road and Steve Showalter of 76 Plum Ave. both spoke to the Commissioners regarding the difference between Class C and Class B fireworks.  After discussion, it was decided that Paragraph 27 should begin “Storage of Class B fireworks..” (omitting the term Class C); Paragraph 27-C should read “The retail sale of Class C fireworks shall be permitted according to K.A.R. 22-6-5, except that on-street parking shall not be permitted with this temporary use”; and Paragraph 27-D should read “The storage of Class B fireworks shall be 500 feet from a public utility and also from adjacent property lines and the only way an active residence may be located within the 500 feet minimum distance stated previously shall be if the owner of the property signs a waiver effectively waiving this distance requirement”   Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve Resolution #05-24 “A Resolution amending Article 4, Section 102, paragraph C, Item #27 having to do with the storage of fireworks, with the changes mentioned above.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  Chairman Schroeder voted aye.  Commissioner Patrick voted aye.  Commissioner Terry voted aye.

Mr. Bahr requested 10 minutes, from 11:28 to 11:38 a.m. in executive session to discuss non-elected personnel in the Planning/Zoning Department, 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 11:38 a.m.  No action was taken during executive session.

 

Jim Novak, Community Corrections Assistant Director, joined the meeting at 10:35 a.m. and presented Personnel Change Notices (PCN’s) as follows:  Step increases for two Transport Drivers effective December 04, 2005; COLA (effective 12/4) and Step Increase (18/B to 18/C State, effective 12/18) for Justin Myers, Surveillance Officer; and State COLA for Community Corrections Director, ISO’s and Secretaries effective December 4, 2005.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve all the PCN’s as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Marvin Peters, MIDC Executive Director, and Monte Koehn, representing Premier Casting & Machine Services, Inc. joined the meeting at 11:40 a.m. to request final approval to grant a property tax exemption to Premier Casting & Machine.  The expansion project is now completed and all requirements have been met.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve Resolution 05-25, “A Resolution Granting Economic Development Tax Incentives to Premier Casting and Machine, Inc.”  Commissioner Terry seconded.  Chairman Schroeder voted aye.  Commissioner Patrick voted aye.  Commissioner Terry voted aye.

 

Ty Kaufman, County Attorney, joined the meeting at 11:10 a.m. to notify the Commissioners that one of the Assistant County Attorneys has quit and until a replacement is found he and the other Assistant County Attorney are working extra hours.  He requested an additional $500 each per month, effective December 4, 2005, for himself and his remaining Assistant County Attorney until a replacement can be found.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve the request as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Susan Meng, County Clerk, joined the meeting at 11:40 a.m. to request to purchase election equipment (touch screens) required by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) regulations.  She is requesting to upgrade existing ballot counting equipment for $15,500 and purchase one touch screen for each voting site to meet the HAVA requirement.  The touch screens would be paid by Federal funds but the County would pay the upgrade.  Commissioner Terry made a motion to approve $15,500 for the upgrade of election equipment to meet HAVA requirements, to be paid from the 2006 Budget.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye. 

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign the HOME Grant Payment Request as presented.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign the Notice to Township Board for a cereal malt beverage license renewal for Prime Time Store #121 in Superior Township.  Commissioner Terry seconded.  All voted aye.

 

At 12:10 p.m. Commissioner Terry made 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