MINUTES FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 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, September 17, 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 September 10, 2018 BOCC meeting as written. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Collins. The motion carried 3-0.
Jimmie Lovell and Carmen Boccia appeared before the Board representing the Big Brutus Board. They have had a mining shovel donated to them by the Markley family. They are in the process of finalizing the agreement and plan to build a base for it to be placed near Big Brutus. They are asking the county to donate three to four truckloads of rock for the base. The Board agreed to the request.
Carmen Boccia also informed the Board that he had been notified that a property that he owns was going to be sold in a tax sale. The property owner prior to him didn’t pay the taxes but he was never notified as the current owner, that the property was being sold. He was forced to pay a fee and the back taxes to get it off the sale list. The Board stated that they would look into it.
John Thompson of 6721 SE Quaker Rd. appeared before the Board regarding recent flooding in his area. He stated that the county installed new culverts and raised the road more than six inches with new asphalt. A recent heavy rain storm caused water to get into his garage. He stated that he is in a flood zone, but feels the county caused the problem with the road work recently completed and that the culverts aren’t sufficient to drain the water. He’s asking the county to lower the road. Leonard Vanatta stated that the asphalt cap was only 2.5 inches and that area received as much as eight inches of rain in a very short time. The Board took it under advisement.
Leonard Vanatta, County Road Supervisor and Louis Schreiner, County Lot Supervisor appeared before the Board on county road business. Leonard presented a proposal for engineering services from Schwab Eaton for the sidewalk project in Crestline. The cost is not to exceed $32,000.
A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to accept the terms and conditions of the agreement with Schwab Eaton. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Commissioner Moates asked them to check on the lower Lowell Rd. where it ties into Commons Rd. The chip seal appears to be deteriorated. Louis requested a payment to John Parson in the amount of $750.38 for the application of dust control material for a resident that was left off the list earlier. The Board approved the payment. Commissioner Collins asked them to check on the bridge approach near Lawton. Commissioner Moates stated that as a result of a meeting in Baxter Springs last Thursday, phase two and phase three will be completed at the same time on the Baxter 5th Street Project.
Terry Clugston, County Under-Sheriff, presented a proposal to upgrade the dispatch phone system to be compatible with the state system as they transition to the new state hosted 911 System. He stated that 911 funds can be used for the upgrade.
A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to allow the dispatch center improvements as presented. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Clugston also presented a proposal to purchase vehicle repeaters at a cost of $22,400. 911 funds can be used for this purchase.
A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to purchase the vehicle repeaters as presented. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Ralph Houser reported that Stockton Restoration had been here to seal the windows in the courtroom again. They can’t find where the water is getting into the building from. Commissioner Moates presented a request from the District Court Clerk to have the restrooms in the Jury Room updated after water leaks have caused some damage. Houser also asked the Board to consider putting in a desk or station for the courthouse security/bailiff officer on the ground floor. The Board took it under advisement.
Mark Hixon, County Appraiser, appeared before the Board. Commissioner Collins stated that since the chemical plant recently sold, an evaluation or assessment of the property taxes would be in order. Hixon stated that there are companies that appraise those types of properties. He suggested getting with Janet Miller as she is familiar with the new owners. An appraisal by the buyers and the sellers was probably done. The Board asked him to start the process.
Commissioner Moates asked Jason Allison to check on a house in Lowell, south of the nursing home that has a junkyard with numerous vehicles in the back. Allison stated that it’s been looked at before but nothing was ever done but he would take a look at it. He stated that he is also working with the City of Columbus and their bond issue for the possibility of mitigation money being available to fund a storm shelter in the proposed recreation center.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to recess until 11:15 a.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0 at 10:43 a.m.
The meeting reconvened at 11:15 a.m.
Mac Young, 11th Judicial District Administrator, appeared before the Board to present the Community Corrections Fiscal Year 2018 Report. He stated that the main focus is always on the success rate. State law requires a 75% success rate and the 11th District finished at 69.8%. Cherokee County had an 84% success rate. Offender unemployment had a goal to be under 30% and finished with a 30.5% rate.
A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to accept the report as presented. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
A motion was made by Commissioner Collins for an executive session with the Board for the discipline of non-elected personnel for a period of 10 minutes. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moates. The motion carried 3-0 at 11:27 a.m.
The meeting reconvened at 11:37 a.m.
No action was taken during the executive session.
Larry Hiatt presented an ad for Columbus Day Hot Air Balloon Festival at a cost $280 for a full color advertisement. The Board approved the request.
Commissioner Moates made a motion to adjourn until the next regular meeting set for Monday, September 24, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0 at 11:42 a.m.
ATTEST: Resolved and ordered this 24th day of September, 2018
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