MINUTES FOR NOVEMBER 20, 2017
BOARD OF CHEROKEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
CHEROKEE COUNTY, KANSAS
Chairman Pat Collins called the regular session of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners (The Board), to order and led all in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017 in the Commission Room, #109 of the Cherokee County Courthouse located at 110 W Maple St., Columbus, Kansas. Commissioners Pat Collins, Neal Anderson, Cory Moates, County Counselor Barbara Wright, and County Clerk Rodney Edmondson were present.
Members of the press present: Larry Hiatt
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to approve the payroll for the period ending November 10, 2017. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to approve the accounts payable for the period ending November 16, 2017. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moates. The motion carried 3-0.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to approve the minutes of the November 13, 2017 BOCC meeting as written. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Leonard Vanatta, County Road Supervisor, appeared before the Board on county road business. Commissioner Anderson stated that the road at NW 10th St. & Orchard Ln. is getting soft. Leonard stated that they put two loads of rock in it last week. It may need to be dug out and a rock base put back in. Leonard stated that he has talked with the state and they are going to revise the agreement for dust control since there are more houses involved. He stated that he has turned in the tonnage of rock that has been used for the detour repairs for reimbursement by KDOT. He stated that they are looking at a completion date about a year from now. Leonard stated that he received an email from KDOT informing him that they are going to replace six bridges east of Chetopa. He doesn’t know when they are going to begin.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates for an executive session with the Board, Leonard Vanatta, and Counselor Wright for a policy issue of non-elected personnel for a period of 10 minutes. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0 at 9:32 a.m.
The meeting reconvened at 9:42 a.m.
Counselor Wright presented an agreement with Stewart & Neece for the surveying of 5th St. in Baxter Springs as part of the KDOT project for the expansion of that road. The Board signed the agreement with Stewart & Neece.
Counselor Wright stated that she has been working on the list of unwanted county owned real properties that the Board wants to auction off. She is carefully going through the list to exclude any property that the county needs to retain. She stated that she is getting close to being able to type the list of properties for the public notice in the newspapers.
Clerk Edmondson presented the offer from KCAMP to participate in a three year rate stabilization program for a second read. The current agreement expires at the end of 2017. Cherokee County will receive a $6,696 credit for 2018 as a result of favorable claims history over the past three years.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to participate in the three year rate stabilization program with KCAMP. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Renee Charles, Mary Billington, and Florence Collins, representing the Historic Route 66 Association appeared before the Board. They informed the Board that Cherokee County has two bridges over the historic route and the signs need to be repaired or replaced. They would like the Galena Viaduct Bridge and the Rainbow Bridge signed alike. They presented a few examples of signs to consider. The City of Galena can make a vinyl sign, but they could be stolen or vandalized easily. They would like to put up more permanent signs similar to the ones used at national parks. They stated that they are not asking the county to pay for the entire project, but they need their permission to move forward with the project. There are several groups that can be approached to help with the costs. The Board asked them to research options and to bring back examples and cost estimates for them to consider.
A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson for an attorney client executive session for litigation purposes for a period of 10 minutes. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moates. The motion carried 3-0 at 10:30 a.m.
The meeting reconvened at 10:40 a.m.
Commissioner Moates made a motion to adjourn until the next regular meeting set for Monday, November 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at which time they will convene as fence viewers and proceed to 656 SE Greenlawn Rd. The Board will reconvene in the Commission Room at 6:00 p.m. for their regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0 at 10:58 a.m.
ATTEST: Resolved and ordered this 27th day of November, 2017
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