MINUTES FOR JULY 9, 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, July 9, 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 July 2, 2018 BOCC meeting as written. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Collins. The motion carried 3-0.
Clint Saporito and players from the Columbus 10 and under Cal Ripken all-star team appeared before the Board. They are seeking donations for travel expenses to the state tournament in Harper. The Board agreed to make a donation.
William Asher appeared before the Board regarding Oakland Ln. The Board informed him of their recent decision to leave it as county owned property and not to deed it to anyone.
David Holmes along with Hailey Tracy from First American Title appeared before the Board to close the purchase of the property located next to the Health Department building. Chairman Moates signed the closing documents.
Nancy King, Spring Valley Township Treasurer, appeared before the Board regarding fire protection for the Spring Valley Township. She stated that there has been inaccurate information in the recent Columbus newspaper article. She stated that there has never been a contract for fire protection, it was done on a donation basis other than a contract in 1967 and 1968. She explained the reasoning behind their budgeting of 1.25 mills which will generate $12,578 for fire protection. She asked that everyone work together to resolve the issue.
Wayne Gudmonson & George Dockery from KDOT appeared before the Board. They informed the Board that the legislature passed a bill last session giving KDOT the ability to bond for more money. They represent the Secretary of Transportation to meet with partners of delayed T-Works projects. They need to know if the delayed project east of Baxter Springs is still a priority project. Commissioner Moates stated that his concern is the current U166 would become a county road and our responsibility to maintain. They stated that they would improve the condition with an overlay, etc. before they hand it over to the county. Based on comments, Wayne stated that he would consider it one yea, and two nays.
Renee Charles, President of the Kansas Historic Route 66 Association, appeared before the Board. She extended an invitation to come to Galena tomorrow evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. where there is a National Trust Caravan coming through to promote the making of a National Trail out of Route 66.
Clerk Edmondson informed the Board that Gene Mense will be here next week to update the Board on the 2017 audit and to begin preliminary work on the 2019 budget. The workshop will be July 30th.
Larry Hiatt stated that the time capsule that was opened during the sesquicentennial celebration is still open but it will be closed just as soon as the decision is made on how to replace it.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates for an executive session for the discipline of non-elected personnel 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 10:50.
The meeting reconvened at 11:05 a.m.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates for an attorney client executive session for non-elected personnel with the Board, Counselor Wright, and Clerk Edmondson for a period of five minutes. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0 at 11:06 a.m.
The meeting reconvened at 11:11 a.m.
Commissioner Moates made a motion to adjourn until the next regular meeting set for Monday, July 16, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0 at 11:15 a.m.
ATTEST: Resolved and ordered this 16th day of July, 2018
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