MINUTES FOR JUNE 11, 2018
BOARD OF CHEROKEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
CHEROKEE COUNTY, KANSAS
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, June 11, 2018 in the Commission Room, #109 of the Cherokee County Courthouse located at 110 W Maple St., Columbus, Kansas. Commissioner Neal 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 Anderson to approve the minutes of the June 4, 2018 BOCC meeting as written. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Collins. The motion carried 3-0.
Paul Bone appeared before the Board to present the 2019 funding request for the Cherokee County Conservation District. They are requesting $25,000 in county funding, the same amount as last year. He stated they will need to upgrade computers next year. The Board took the request under advisement.
Susan Galemore from the SEK Regional Planning Commission appeared at the request of the Board regarding the application for a CDBG grant for sidewalks in Crestline. She stated that with all things considered, an LMI survey would need to be completed in the target area before anything else could be pursued. The county would do the survey and she would tabulate the results. The Board agreed to go forward with the survey and the application process. If a grant is awarded, construction would begin in May of 2019.
Louis Schreiner, County Lot Supervisor, appeared before the Board on county road business. Louis reported that a 6’ concrete culvert was destroyed in an automobile accident on Friday just north of Messer Rd. on SE 40th St. They are going to replace it with a pipe culvert. Rebecca Brassart asked the Board to check on the condition of NW 30th St. near the ½ mile mark. She stated that the patching of the asphalt is not holding. Louis will take a look at it. He stated that he is getting phone calls regarding the big rock that is being put on the roads causing flat tires. The Board asked him to explore options for smaller rock.
Deana Randall appeared before the Board to present the 2019 budget request for the Human Resource Department. She is requesting a $315 increase over her 2018 budget. The Board took the request under advisement.
Barbara Bilke appeared before the Board to present the 2019 budget request for the Register of Deeds Office. She is requesting an increase of $11,391 over her 2018 budget. She has replaced apart-time employee with a full-time employee. She has increased the salary line and decreased other lines to offset some of the increase. The Board took the request under advisement.
Counselor Wright presented a draft resolution regarding the county Solid Waste Management Plan that was presented last week.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to approve Resolution 16-2018 adopting the review and revision of the Cherokee County Solid Waste Management Plan. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion
Janet Miller, Economic Development Director, along with Counselor Wright informed the Board that the City of Baxter Springs is set to sign a resolution tomorrow night to participate in the county’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program and to sign the inter-local agreement.
Janet Miller, Economic Development Director, appeared before the Board to present the 2019 budget request for Economic Development. They are asking for $55,000 in county funding for 2019, the same as for 2018. The Board took the request under advisement.
Wayne Elliott appeared before the Board to present the 911 Mapping Addressing and Addressing budget request. He is requesting a $4,525 increase over the 2018 budget. He will need to replace a computer and due to the raises given this year he needs to increase for salaries and wages. The Board took the request under advisement.
Jim Burton appeared before the Board regarding the Sewer District operator vacancy. Commissioner Moates stated that there are people interested in the job but they would need a licensed operator to work under while they are in training. Burton is willing to help out with the paperwork and other things as needed but he wants to make sure that there are no violations that need to be dealt with first. He noticed that on the last inspection the operator was running the lift station twice a day. Columbus only runs theirs once a week and he believes that could be the source of some of the overtime hours. Commissioner Moates stated that he has a few applications and has someone that works for the City of Baxter Springs Water Department that is interested in the position. The Board agreed to move forward with that person and asked Counselor Wright to draft a contract.
Raven Elmore appeared before the Board to present the 2019 budget request for the Treasurer’s Office. She would like to replace the carpet with vinyl squares due to the dust and mold under the old carpet. She is asking for a $9,500 increase over the 2018 budget. The increase is in the salary and training line items. The Board took the request under advisement.
Jason Allison appeared before the Board to present the 2019 budget request for the Emergency Management Department. The budget request reflects an increase for 2019 of $25,143 largely due to the salary increases since they are now doing Carl’s job in the environmental area. There is also an increase for training expenses as they need to update their P.C.M. They will also need to update computers. The Board took the request under advisement.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to take a 10 minute recess. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0 at 10:55 a.m.
The meeting reconvened at 11:05 a.m.
Judge Sam Marsh presented a bid for putting new electrical outlets in the courtroom at a cost of $2,400 from Seward Electric. The Board approved the expense.
Larry Hiatt presented an advertisement for the Columbus High School reunion to recognize the county employees that graduated from Columbus.
Betha Elliott and Brenda Clugston appeared before the Board to present the 2019 budget request for the Health Department. Their request is $14,988 less than the 2018 budget. They have had several changes including the loss of a Pilot Program Grant in the amount of $42,000. The Board took the request under advisement.
Commissioner Moates made a motion to adjourn until the next regular meeting set for Monday, June 18, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0 at 11:46 a.m.
ATTEST: Resolved and ordered this 18th day of June, 2018
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