Minutes – February 25, 2019

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

February 25, 2019
All Commissioners Present
Commissioner Wilson Presiding

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

2. Commissioner Wiens moved to approve the agenda and the minutes of the February 11th session as presented.

The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wilson.

3. There were no public comments.

4. Communications Supervisor Josh Michaelis appeared and updated the Commissioners on the status of the remodel. Josh stated that the work stations were installed beginning on February 12th & completed on February 13 Josh submitted a bill from Sutton Electric in the amount of $2,063.18 for the installation of 3 additional workstation electrical circuits which had not been budgeted for in the plan.

Commissioner McCloud moved to approve the payment of the bill from Sutton Electric out of the Communications Capitol Equipment Fund in the amount of $2,063.18 for the installation of 3 additional electrical circuits for the workstations in the 911 Dispatch Center. The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wiens.

Commissioners commended Josh on a job well done managing the relocation project.

5. County Attorney Remington Dalke appeared to discuss merit increases for his department. Commissioners requested updated Job descriptions that outline new job responsibilities to justify increases and will review at another date.

6. Public Works Administrator Tom Robl appeared to present updates to the Commissioners. Tom reported that the 2019 Kenworth T800 landfill truck is still in the shop after being there for two weeks having warranty work done and that the Landfill loader at the Transfer Station is having some issues and will need repairs. Commissioners suggested that Tom look into possibly getting a loaner truck from the vendor while the repairs are being done.

Tom reported on an HRRR (High Risk Rural Roads) Grant that Rice County has been accepted in the sum of $252,000.00 for sign replacement in the southeast quadrant in 2021.

Tom requested permission to purchase 2000 tons of 1 ½” crushed concrete from APAC at $15.40 per ton which is less than the current price of $18.25 per ton. Commissioner McCloud moved to authorize the Road & Bridge Director to purchase approximately 2000 tons of 1 ½” crushed concrete from APAC not to exceed $30,000.00. The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wilson.

7. Dustin Holt from FE Moran appeared to go over the fire alarm system proposal. He informed the Commissioners that it would take about 3 weeks to complete the job. The Commissioners asked several questions and requested information regarding installation of security cameras, strobes and automatic door locks to be presented at a later date.

8. Rice County Sheriff Bryant Evans appeared to present a quarterly report for the Sheriff’s department. Sheriff Evans reviewed the revenue and expenses for his department, vehicle mileage and the Enterpol Conference in April.

Sheriff Evans reported that there were speed limit signs down at Avenue T off K-14 & 22nd road at K-4. The Sheriff also reported that the SUV that is being purchased from the Kansas Highway Patrol in the amount of $24,800.00 will arrive in April. Sheriff Evans discussed the need for additional options to be purchased and added to the vehicle to meet the needs of the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Evans reported on the Chase house fire that took place on the night of 2/18/19 where a body was found. Sheriff Evans informed the Commissioners that the Sedgwick County Forensic Lab will release the body that was found as unintended as a result of the autopsy, however, the Rice County Coroner, Dr. Kristina Darnauer, M.D requires DNA evidence in order to release the body. The concern regarding who would pay for the testing was addressed to the Commissioners and County Counselor Scott Bush. Scott Bush said that most likely it will be the responsibility of the county to pay for it.

9. Health Administrator Marci Detmer appeared to report that she is having issues with 2 of the 3 computers that she has left on the budgeted rotation plan and requested permission to have them replaced. Marci submitted a quote from Gilmore Solutions. Commissioner Wiens moved to approve the replacement of 3 computers for the Health Department not to exceed $3,670.04 to be paid out of Equipment Reserve. The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wilson.

10. County Counselor Scott Bush presented a resolution to establish an Airport Advisory Committee. Commissioner McCloud moved to adopt resolution 06-2019 establishing an airport advisory committee. The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wiens.

Commissioners reviewed Airport agreements and will discuss them with the City Administrator Chad Buckley at the next session.

Scott Bush requested an Executive Session for Attorney/Client Privilege. Commissioner Wilson moved to enter an executive session from 11:50 to 12:00 for attorney/client privilege.  The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner Wiens.

11. Commissioners returned to open session at 12pm in the Commissioners room at the Courthouse.

12. Commissioners agreed to review and approve month end vouchers on Wednesday, February 27th at 3pm.

13. Commissioner Wilson adjourned the meeting.

Adjourned.

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