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MINUTES FOR JUNE 18, 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, June 18, 2018 in the Commission Room, #109 of the Cherokee County Courthouse located at 110 W Maple St., Columbus, Kansas.  County Clerk Rodney Edmondson 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 and Jordan Zabel

A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to approve the minutes of the June 11, 2018 BOCC meeting as written.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.

William Asher living at 755 SE Oakland Ln. appeared before the Board again concerning Oakland Lane.  The county owns the deeded 60’ roadway, but it was never dedicated as a county road.  He is asking the county to return ownership to him so he can maintain it.  Counselor Wright stated that the property can be sold or deeded back to him.  There is concern regarding the owners on the south side of the road where there are no houses.  Counselor Wright will send a letter giving 30 days to respond.

Louis Schreiner, County Lot Supervisor, appeared before the Board on county road business.  He stated that he looked at 30th St. and he is recommending fill rock and then asphalt on top to fix it.

A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to approve the payroll for the period ending June 8, 2018.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Collins.  The motion carried 3-0.

A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to approve the accounts payable for the period ending June 15, 2018.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.

Sheriff David Groves and Undersheriff Terry Clugston appeared before the Board regarding their 2019 budget request for the Sheriff’s Office and the Jail.  Sheriff Groves stated that they have adjusted some of the line item figures but the total budget request remains the same as this year.  The Board took it under advisement.

Jacob Conard, County Attorney, appeared before the Board regarding the 2019 budget request for the County Attorney’s Office.  Conard stated that they have made some line item adjustments to accommodate the pay increases that were given this year, but the total budget request remains the same as this year.  The Board took it under advisement.

A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to take a 10 minute recess.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.  The motion carried 3-0 at 9:57 a.m.

The meeting reconvened at 10:07 a.m.

Mark Hixon, County Appraiser, appeared before the Board regarding the 2019 budget request for the Appraiser’s Office.  He is asking for a $2,918 increase over this year’s budget.  He has increased the professional development line item by $2,000 for training.  77% of his budget is in salaries.  The GIS budget request contains a $1,500 increase for a new computer for 2019.  The Board took it under advisement.

Logan Grant, Noxious Weed Director, appeared before the Board regarding the 2019 Noxious Weed budget request.  He has decreased a few line items and increased the chemical sales line.  The overall budget request is $500 less than this year’s budget.  The Board took it under advisement.

Rodney Edmondson, County Clerk, appeared before the Board regarding the 2019 budget request for the County Clerk and the Election Departments.  He is asking the Board for a $3,000 increase in the Clerk’s budget to help offset some of the increase in expenses for the salary and wage increases.  The total budget request is $137,000.  He presented an Election budget request in the amount of $149,750 for 2019.  The Board took it under advisement.

Doug Mogle appeared before the Board regarding the 2019 budget request for Ambulance Districts #1 and #2.  They are asking for the same amount of county funding as 2018.  He asked the Board to consider putting some funds into a reserve account to be kept by the county for future needs.  The Board took it under advisement.

A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to enter an Attorney Client executive session for the Sewer District Operator contract with the Board, Counselor Wright, and Clerk Edmondson for a period of 10 minutes.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.  The motion carried 3-0 at 11:31 a.m.

The meeting reconvened at 11:41 a.m.

A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to hire Matt Biddle as the operator in training for the Sewer District.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.

Cindy Lane, Executive Director of the Southeast KS Aging and Disability Resource Center, appeared before the Board regarding 2019 county funding for the Area Agency on Aging.  They are requesting $7,500 in county mill levy funding for 2019.  She provided an update on the services that they provide to senior citizens.

Commissioner Anderson made a motion to adjourn until the next regular meeting set for Monday, June 25, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Collins.  The motion carried 3-0 at 11:55 a.m.

ATTEST:  Resolved and ordered this 25th day of June, 2018

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