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BOARD OF McPHERSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

 

JUNE 24, 2003

10:00 A.M.

REGULAR MEETING - COURTHOUSE

ALL PRESENT

 

 

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

 

Mr. Witte presented a letter of resignation from Leon Hobson, Public Works Director, effective July 30, 2003.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to accept Mr. Hobson’s resignation.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

No one spoke during Public Input Session at 10:08 a.m.

 

Fern Hess, Health Department Director, joined the meeting at 10:10 a.m. to present the Health Department’s 2004 Budget request.  The Department is requesting a 17% increase over 2003 because of two program additions/changes.  One is the Bio-Terrorism program, which appears on the budget for the first time in 2004 and the second is a change at the state level in the State’s guidelines for paying for vaccine supplied to county health departments.  The State Immunization Department will no longer supply free vaccine to children who are covered by insurance.  This will affect approximately 50% of the Health Department’s clientele.  Children with no insurance will still get free vaccinations but the Health Department will have to bill the insurance companies of children covered by their family’s health insurance.  The Health Department will have the up-front cost of the vaccine and will probably have to hire an insurance billing clerk.  Two other options are to 1) send clients to their family physician or 2) require up front payment to the Health Department and have families bill the insurance company themselves.  Both of these options would put a financial burden on the families and the second option would probably cause an excessive caseload to Doctors’ offices already overflowing.  No action was taken on the 2004 Budget request at this time.

 

Gerry Bley, Public Works Project Engineer, joined the meeting at 10:40 a.m. to request signature on the contract agreement with LMK Concrete Construction, Inc. for seven R.C Box bridges and related road construction in the amount of $233,964 plus one additional culvert for an additional $30,000, and with a 10% contingency.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to sign the contract as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

Richard Nelson, Public Works Road & Bridge Supervisor, joined the meeting at 10:45 a.m. to present a proposed natural gas contract with ONEOK Energy to purchase gas for the asphalt plant at a fixed rate for one year, based on the current market price and past usage.  The other available option would be to purchase gas on a month-to-month basis.  It was the consensus of the Commission to wait two months and check market prices at that time.

 

Dick Beasley, Community Corrections Assistant Director, joined the meeting at 10:55 a.m. with the following agenda items:

A.  Request to re-appoint Carol Hueske to the JJA Advisory Board.  The appointment would run from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2006.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the appointment as requested.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

B.  Request to purchase a vehicle, copier and computers with unexpended (fiscal) year-end funds and reimbursements.  Mr. Beasley recommended the vehicle bid from Lacy-Regehr of McPherson for a 2003 Dodge Intrepid (subject to availability) for $11,795 with trade of the department’s 1998 Dodge Stratus.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to accept the bid from Lacy-Regehr for a 2003 Dodge Intrepid as recommended.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.  Two bids were received for a new copier.  Mr. Beasley recommended the bid from Sunflower Office Products for a Xerox Document Centre 425 copier for $3,690, with trade-in of a 2010 Minolta.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the purchase of the Xerox Document Centre 425 for $3,690 with trade as recommended.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.  Mr. Beasley presented bids from three vendors for the purchase of 8 computer workstations for the McPherson and Harvey County offices, he requested they be allowed to purchase the computers from Dell Computers at a cost of $1,288.60 each for a total of $10,308.80.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the request to purchase 8 Dell Workstations at $1,288.60 each.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye. 

C.  Presented a Personnel Change Notice (PCN) for a promotion for James Novak, from ISO I (22/A State) to ISO II (23/B State), effective July 7, 2003.  Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the PCN as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded. All voted aye.  Mr. Novak will be moved from the Newton Community Corrections Office to the McPherson Community Corrections Office.

 

There was lengthy discussion on landfill special assessments and the Solid Waste Utilities’ request from last week for a $200,000 increase.  Mr. Bill Ridge, General Manager and John Hawk, Operations Manager of the Utility were both present for the discussion.  Mr. Ridge pointed out that the Utility is already increasing some of their fees but still needs a $200,000 increase to cover expenses.  Commissioner Patrick favored charging a gate fee, thus passing the extra expense to those using the service.  After further discussion, Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve a $10 increase to the current annual service fee for residential and commercial users.  Chairman Terry seconded.  Chairman Terry voted aye.  Commissioner Schroeder voted aye.  Commissioner Patrick voted nay.

 

Commissioner Schroeder made a motion to approve the minutes of June 17, 2003 as presented.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  All voted aye.

 

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

 

Commissioner Patrick made a motion to approve the adds and abates and landfill register of June 20, 2003.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

As required by changes to the SCKEDD Articles of Incorporation approved by the member counties recently, the number of county appointed delegates has changed.  McPherson County now needs to appoint two designated representatives and two alternates.  Mr. David O’Dell and Commissioner Don Schroeder have agreed to serve as designated representatives.  Chairman Terry made a motion to approve Mr. O’Dell and Commissioner Schroeder as designated representatives to the SCKEDD Board.  Commissioner Patrick seconded.  Commissioners Terry and Patrick voted aye.  Commissioner Schroeder abstained.  Alternates to the SCKEDD Board will be selected later.

 

Mr. Witte presented Contract Amendment/Request #6 to the Multi-Community Diversified Services’ CDBG Grant for an extension of completion date of four months, to August 31, 2003.  Commissioner Patrick made a motion to have the Chairman sign Contract Amendment/Request #6 as presented.  Commissioner Schroeder seconded.  All voted aye.

 

At 12:25 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

 

Duane J. Patrick, Commissioner

 

 

Attest:

Susan R. Meng, County Clerk