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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

JUNE 17, 2003

10:00 A.M.

REGULAR MEETING

ALL PRESENT

 

 

Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the agenda as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

John Holecek, representing the Ministerial Alliance, joined the meeting during Public Input session at 10:00 a.m. to invite the Commissioners to the annual Fourth of July Prayer Walk.

 

Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the minutes of June 10, 2003 as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the adds and abates register dated June 13, 2003.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Bill Ridge, General Manager; John Hawk Operations Manager; and Brenda Siemsen, Financial Manager, all of the McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility joined the meeting at 10:10 a.m.  The Utility is requesting a $200,000 increase in their annual assessment to cover the increased cost of trash disposal.  Mr. Ridge sited increased trash, increased destination landfill tipping fees, increased State mandated costs of closing the landfill and increased fuel costs.  Various ways of cutting costs were discussed, including further reduction of staff.  No action was taken at this time. 

 

Fern Hess, Health Department Director, joined the meeting at 10:40 a.m. to request approval of the revised KDHE Universal Contract.  There have been no changes in the contract since 1997 and the changes being made now are all acceptable and manageable for the McPherson County Health Department.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to have the Chairman sign the revised KDHE Universal Contract as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Leon Hobson, Public Works Director, and Phil Barrager of ONEOK joined the meeting at 10:50 a.m. to explain and answer questions the Commissioners have on the purchase of natural gas for the county’s asphalt plant.  The two options available are to ride the market and purchase from month to month from Kansas Gas or to contract at a fixed price for a specific time period.  It was the consensus of the Commission to have Mr. Barrager prepare a contract based on the market price effective Thursday, June 19th, 2003 and the Board will consider the contract price at the next Commission meeting. 

 

Mr. Hobson also presented the following agenda items:

A.   Non-elected personnel – Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to go into executive session for 10 minutes, from 11:40 to 11:50 a.m., to discuss non-elected personnel in the Public Works Department and to include Mr. Hobson and Mr. Witte.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  At 11:50 a.m. Chairman Terry made a motion to extend executive session an additional 5 minutes, from 11:50 to 11:55 a.m.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  The Commissioners returned to open session at 11:55 a.m.; no action was taken during executive session.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the Personnel Change Notice (PCN) to promote Patricia Wachtel from Engineering Tech II to Engineering Tech III (13/C to 17/A), effective June 22, 2003.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded. 

F.   Request to fill a vacant Maintenance Worker I position.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the request to hire a Maintenance Worker I.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

B.   Request to change the functional classification of two roads in McPherson County to “major collector” classification to be eligible for STP funding.  The roads are CR594 (Smoky Valley Road east of Marquette for 1 mile then north 1 mile on 6th Ave. to K-4) and CR1073 (Kiowa Road extension of Ave. A, southeast part of the City of McPherson, east to CR319, 17th Ave.).  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to sign the request as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

C.   Request signature on the policy regarding the placement of newspaper delivery boxes.  The Sentinel has reviewed the policy and their concerns have been addressed.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to sign the policy as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

D.   Request to advertise for the replacement of a tandem axle truck, spreader and plow.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the request as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

E.   Request to award bids for wheel loaders.  Bids were received from five vendors for a 3.5 loader and a 4.0 loader.  After discussion, Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the bid from Foley Tractor for a Cat 3.5 yd. loader at $128,500 and a 4.0 yd. Loader at $157,620 with the understanding that the 4.0 loader may be purchased for $165,620 if the trade-in can be sold by sealed bid by the County at an agreeable price.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented a plat for the Walker Subdivision for signature.  The plat requires Commission signature because it is located in the unincorporated area of the County on 13th Avenue.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to sign the Walker Subdivision Plat as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented a mail in ballot form from the Kansas Association of Counties (KAC).  The ballot requires that the County certify a voting delegate to vote for a Kansas Representative to the Governing Board of the National Association of Counties (NACo).  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to designate Chairman Terry as voting delegate for McPherson County.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve four MCKIDS contracts for education services.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Mr. Witte presented a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) to hire Vera Schra as a Temporary Personal Property Specialist (12/G) in the Appraiser’s Office, effective June 9, 2003.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Kansas –Nebraska Bill, making Kansas a territory on its way to statehood, the Kansas Territorial Sesquicentennial Commission is planning a statewide tree planting to take place at County Courthouses throughout the state on Arbor Day, April 23, 2004.  It was a consensus of the Commissioners to take part in the tree planting.

 

At 12:45 p.m. Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to adjourn.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Commission minutes taken by Irene R. Goering.

 

 

                                                                                                                ____________________________________

                                                                                                                Harris G. Terry, Chairman

 

                                                                                                                ____________________________________

                                                                                                                Don L. Schroeder, Vice-Chairman

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ATTEST: County Clerk                                                                       ____________________________________

Susan R. Meng                                                                                     Duane J. Patrick, Commissioner