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MINUTES FOR MAY 21, 2018

BOARD OF CHEROKEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

CHEROKEE COUNTY, KANSAS

CONVENE

Chairman Cory Moates called the regular session of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners (The Board), to order at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018 in the Commission Room, #109 of the Cherokee County Courthouse located at 110 W Maple St., Columbus, Kansas.  Commissioner Anderson opened the meeting with prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  Commissioners Cory Moates, Pat Collins, Neal Anderson, 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 minutes of the May 14, 2018 BOCC meeting as written.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.  The motion carried 3-0.

David Holmes and members of the Board of Directors of the Cherokee County Extension Council appeared before the Board to present their 2019 budget request. They are asking for an 11.6% increase in funding.  The request is to cover the additional personnel and programs that have been put in place.  The Board took the request under advisement.

Jean Pritchett appeared before the Board with a tourism grant request from the Galena Volunteer Fire Department for Galena Days in the amount of $300.

A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to approve the grant request as presented.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.  The motion carried 3-0.

A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to approve the payroll for the period ending May 11, 2018.  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 May 16,2018.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moates.  The motion carried 3-0.

Louis Schreiner, County Lot Supervisor, appeared before the Board on routine county road business.  Fabick Cat presented an updated quote for there build of the motor grader due to additional work that was discovered after the machine was torn down.  The total cost is now $190,877.43.

A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to approve the additional cost of the grader rebuild.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.  The motion carried 3-0.

Real estate agent David Holmes appeared before the Board representing the Glen Houser family regarding property that adjoins the County Health Department.  He stated that the Houser family is selling three lots that are behind the Health Department building and next to the parking lot.  They are offering the property to the county for $5,000

A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to purchase the property that borders the county Health Department.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.  The motion carried 3-0.

A motion was made by Commissioner Moates for an Attorney/Client executive session for contract purposes with the Board, Counselor Wright, and Clerk Edmondson for a period of 15 minutes.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.  The motion carried 3-0 at 9:35 a.m.

The meeting reconvened at 9:45 a.m.

No action was taken during the executive session.

Anne Sharpe, Fair Board President and Dewey Smith, Fair Board Treasurer appeared before the Board to present the 2019 Fair Board budget request.  The fair costs about $40,000 each year and last year it lost money.  They are requesting the same amount in funding as last year.  The Board took the request under advisement.

A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to renew the contract with Counselor Wright effective today through June 30, 2020.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.  The motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Moates stated that there are two things left to be done on the 5th St. Project in Baxter Springs.  The county needs to hire a KDOT certified inspector and Mr. Myers and the City of Baxter Springs need to get the deeds completed.

A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to hire Schwab Eaton to do the inspection of the 5th St. Project in Baxter Springs.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.  The motion carried 3-0.

Jane Brozek appeared before the Board regarding property at 2301 S Main St. in Galena.  She stated that she has been paying the back taxes and they were paid in full prior to Mr. Myers filing the tax foreclosure petition.  The property has been sold and the title company is holding up the sale due to the $300 fee from the county.  She doesn’t believe she should have to pay the fee and would like to Board to waive the fee.

A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to forgive the $300 fee on her property.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.  The motion
carried 3-0.

Commissioner Moates stated that Jason Youngblood has taken another job and will not continue as our seweroperator.  Moates stated that he has spoken with interested persons but none of them have an operator’s license.  The State is willing to give us a one-year operator in training permit since we are in good standing and that would allow them time to pass the test.  The Board will need to decide how to handle the situation.

Counselor Wright informed the Board that KDHE has updated regulations in the areas of isolation and quarantine and also animal disease and rabies control.  She will review them and determine if a resolution needs to be adopted.

Commissioner Anderson made a motion to adjourn until the next regular meeting set for Monday, June 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moates.  The motion carried 3-0 at 10:44 a.m.

The Board will not meet on Monday,May 28th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

ATTEST:  Resolved and ordered this 4th day of June, 2018

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