Minutes – July 22, 2019

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

July 22, 2019
Commissioner McCloud & Wiens 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 Wiens moved to approve the agenda. The motion carried unanimously following a second by Commissioner McCloud.

3. There were two citizens, Jeff Stroberg and Terryl Jordan that attended the meeting. There was some discussion regarding the damage to roads in various townships.

4. Commissioners conducted a discussion about the 2020 budget and reviewed some of the requests. Further discussion will be conducted later in the meeting.

5. Public Works Administrator Tom Robl appeared to present updates to the Commissioners. He presented an invoice for $15,900.00 for the fracture critical bridge inspections.  Commissioner McCloud moved to approve the payment to KDOT for 4 fracture critical bridge inspections in the amount of $15,900.00.  The motion carried following a second by Commissioner Wiens.  Kirkham Michael will begin inspections of 25 bridges for load ratings and will be funded by KDOT.  Tom reported on the asphalt patching project and the sand sealing project status.  He reported on the breakdown of the loader at the landfill, the CAT grader and the mowing tractor.

6. Economic Development Director Stacy Clark appeared to present updates to the Commissioners. She reported on the loan program including the Revolving Loan, Sterling-Alden E-Community, Rice County E-Community and StartUp Kansas.  Stacy gave updates on the Tourism Board, Continuing Education, Celebrations, Public Relations and Strategic Planning.

7. Josh Michaelis, Communications Supervisor, appeared to get approval from the Commissioners on a quote. He presented a quote from Voice Products for the moving of the radio/telephone logger to the new location.  Commissioner Wiens moved to approve the agreement with Voice Products in an amount not to exceed $6,325.00 to move the recording equipment to the new location and to be funded from the 911 Fund.  The motion carried following a second by Commissioner McCloud

8. County Clerk Alicia Showalter presented a new indigent attorney contract for approval. Commissioners approved the contract and it will be forwarded to the attorney for signature.  Alicia presented the shift differential policy for signature.  Action had been taken on the shift differential policy at an earlier date.  Alicia presented information regarding coverages with Liberty National Life Insurance.  Commissioners will not allow any more paycheck deductions or benefits at this time.

9. EMS/EM Director Greg Klein, Communications Supervisor Josh Michaelis, Little River Police Chief Chad Johanning, and Sheriff Bryant Evans appeared to present information on GPS Technology for the new radio system. Greg presented a proposal from Motorola Solutions.  Aaron with Motorola Solutions was present for the session.  Commissioners will review the proposal and consider it as part of the 2020 Budget.  They will report back to Greg in the near future.

10. Commissioner Wiens moved approve tax escapes in the amount of $1,486.86, tax additions in the amount of $12,562.12 and tax abatements in the amount of $536,436.54. The motion carried following a second by Commissioner McCloud.

11. Commissioner McCloud adjourned the meeting to 1:00 p.m.

12. Commissioner McCloud reconvened the meeting at 1:00 p.m. Randy Hofmeier with Lindburg, Vogel, Pierce & Faris appeared to assist with the 2020 Budget process. A 2020 Budget study session was conducted for the remainder of the day.

13. Commissioner Wilson appeared at 3:45 to participate in the budget study session.

14. Commissioner Wiens moved to approve the minutes of the July 15th session as prepared. The motion carried following a second by Commissioner Wilson.

15. Commissioner Wilson adjourned the meeting.

16. Adjourned.

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