Minutes – February 13, 2017

These minutes are unofficial until reviewed and approved by the Board of County Commissioners as official.

February 13, 2017
All Commissioners Present
Commissioner McCloud Presiding

1.     Commissioner McCloud called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Room at the Courthouse.

2.     Commissioner Wilson moved to approve the agenda and the minutes of the February 6th session as prepared.  The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wiens.

3.     There were no public comments.

4.     EMS/EM Director Greg Klein appeared to present updates to the Commissioners.  He discussed an interlocal agreement with Claflin Ambulance for service in the Bushton area.  Greg reported that Claflin Ambulance would like to increase the cost of the service.  The old agreement cost $50.00 loaded run and $25.00 for a no-load run.  They would like to increase the cost to $100 per loaded run and $50 for a no-load run.  Commissioners authorized him to get the new agreement for signature and return at a future date.  Greg discussed the part-time pay rates.  He reported that there was an EMT and a Paramedic rate but there was no scale for the AEMT rate.  He requested a rate of $8.55 per hour.  Commissioners approved the establishment of the rate for a part-time AEMT at $8.55.  Greg reported on a paramedic that is going for a pre-employment physical today.  He will be taking the place of an employee that has retired.  Greg also updated the Commissioners on the station at Sterling and possible updating of the station.  Greg reported on the status of the ice storm and FEMA assistance.

5.     Public Works Administrator Dennis Wray appeared to present updates to the Commissioners.  He reported on the bridge inspection process and fracture critical bridge process.  Fracture critical bridge inspections are due this year.  The state will complete the inspections and the cost will range around $10,000.  Commissioner Wilson moved to authorize the Public Works department to get the fracture critical bridges inspected at an amount not to exceed $15,000.  The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wiens.  Dennis presented pictures of 28th Road between Avenue F and Avenue G that is being requested to vacate.

6.     County Clerk Alicia Showalter requested information regarding scheduling of several individuals at the next session.  She presented an agreement for Wetlands Irrigation.  Commissioner Wiens moved to approve agreement with Wetland Irrigation to maintain the Courthouse sprinkler system in an amount of $495.00.  The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wilson.

7.     Commissioner McCloud opened the public hearing for the vacation of 28th Road between Avenue F and Avenue G.  Several citizens were present and voiced their opinions regarding the closure of the road.  Citizens attending were Ardis Arnold, Ben Behnke, and Odessa Township Trustee Don Miller.  Commissioner McCloud closed the public hearing.  Commissioner Wilson moved to adopt Resolution 5-2017 (Officially close 28th Road between Avenue F and Avenue G).  The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wiens.

8.     Detention Supervisor Tim Weaver appeared to discuss the pay scale for the department.  Tim explained and answered questions regarding the proposed pay scale.  Commissioners will discuss the scale further and report back at the next session.

9.     Commissioner McCloud moved to enter into executive session from 10:55 to 11:05 for attorney client privilege.  The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wiens.  County Counselor Scott Bush was present for the session.

Commissioners returned to open session.

10. Commissioner Wiens moved to enter into executive session from 11:05 to 11:15 for non-elected personnel at the Sheriff’s Office.  The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wilson.  County Counselor Scott Bush and Sheriff Bryant Evans were present for the session.

Commissioners returned to open session.

Commissioner Wiens moved to enter into executive session from 11:15 to 11:35 for a non-elected personnel issue at the Sheriff’s Office.  The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wilson.  County Counselor Scott Bush and Sheriff Bryant Evans were present for the session.

Commissioners returned to open session.

11. Commissioner McCloud moved to enter into executive session from 11:42 to 12:00 for a non-elected personnel performance appraisal and items relating to salary and department policy.  The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wilson.  Public Health Administrator Marci Detmer was present for the session.

Commissioners returned to open session.

Commissioner Wiens moved to enter into executive session from 12:00 to 12:10 for non-elected personnel items relating to salary.  The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wilson.  Public Health Administrator Marci Detmer was present for the session

Commissioners returned to open session.

12. Commissioners viewed the sidewalk on the southwest part of the courthouse square regarding a damaged part of the sidewalk.  They requested Rice County Builders to grind down the portion of the walk so that it is no longer a hazard.

13. County Clerk Alicia Showalter presented information from Espy Services to the Commissioners.  They are not interested in their services at this time and Alicia will inform the company.  The space in the attic was discussed and Alicia will attempt to obtain some information about freeing up some space.  She will report back at a future session.

Alicia presented a resolution to transfer funds to the Radio Infrastructure fund.  Commissioner Wiens moved to adopt Resolution 4-2017 to transfer $25,000 each from Communications, EMS, Sheriff and Fire funds to the Radio Infrastructure fund.  The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wilson.

14. County Counselor Scott Bush appeared and presented an Aerial Applicator agreement for consideration.  Further discussion will be conducted at the next session.

15. Commissioners agreed to meet at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 14th to review and approve mid-month vouchers.

16. Commissioners will not meet next week due to the President’s Day holiday.

17. Commissioner McCloud adjourned the meeting.

Adjourned.

 

February 14, 2017
All Commissioners Present
Commissioner McCloud Presiding

1.     Commissioners reviewed and approved mid-month vouchers.

2.     No further business was conducted.

3.     Commissioner McCloud adjourned the meeting.

Adjourned.

 

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