MINUTES FOR SEPTEMBER 24, 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 24, 2018 in the Commission Room, #109 of the Cherokee County Courthouse located at 110 W Maple St., Columbus, Kansas. Commissioner Moates 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 September 17, 2018 BOCC meeting as written. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Leonard Vanatta, County Road Supervisor and Louis Schreiner, County Lot Supervisor appeared before the Board on county road business. Leonard reported that the letting of bids for the Faulkner Bridge Project will be October 22nd. Asphalting will begin tomorrow behind the old IGA building in Galena. He stated that paving for phase one will begin today for the Baxter 5th St. Project. Commissioner Anderson asked him to check on ditch work that needs to be done in West Mineral. Commissioner Moates asked Leonard to contact KDOT and inquire about the Riverton Bridge Project. Counselor Wright presented information regarding the Lakeview Addition near the boat & ski club in Rest-a-While. Leonard stated that there is no evidence that there was ever a formal request from the developer for the county to maintain or accept the roads as is required by law. The roads were never adopted or dedicated as county roads.
A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to approve the payroll for the period ending September 14, 2018. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to approve the accounts payable for the period ending September 19, 2018. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Counselor Wright presented the property at 6444 SE 70th St., Riverton, for condemnation action for the Board to review. She is confident that there are no liens on the property. She presented a draft resolution to set a public hearing for condemnation. She suggests waiving the two read rule due to the time of year. The hearing would beset for November 5, 2018.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to adopt Resolution 21-2018 on a first read. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
The motion carried 3-0.
Commissioner Moates opened the public hearing at 10:00 a.m. for the condemnation of properties located at 8793 SE 71st Ter., 70 SW Highway 166, and 704 SE Highway Alt. 69.
Paul Cupp appeared regarding the property located at 704 SE Highway Alt. 69. They would like some time to remove items from the property prior to the county demolishing it. He stated that in 30 days he could have the items removed.
Counselor Wright informed the Board that the owner of 8793 SE 71st Ter. asked for a one week continuance as they are moving back to the area. The Board approved the continuance.
Counselor Wright stated that there is no one appearing for the property at 70 SW Highway 166 and recommends moving forward with the condemnation.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to move forward with condemnation of the Highway 166 and the Alt. 69 properties. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Collins. The motion carried 3-0.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to close the public hearing. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0
at 10:14 a.m.
A motion as made by Commissioner Collins to take $10,000 from the Equipment Reserve Fund and $10,000 from the Sewer Fund to pay for the county’s portion of the VAC Trailer being purchased with the City of Galena. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Jim Tunnell stated that there was a Solid Waste Committee meeting last week and they are inquiring about the recycling trailer that hasn’t been constructed yet. Commissioner Moates stated that Lloyd Hancockwas waiting on information from the county before proceeding. Commissioner Moates has instructed him to begin construction. Expected delivery time is approximately three weeks.
Counselor Wright presented a formal agreement from the Kendra Austerman Law Firm for conducting tax foreclosure sales. She also presented a resolution to move forward with the process for consideration. She informed the Board that the county would need to contract with someone to do the title work. She stated that First American Title, Gene Barrett, and Kevin Cure have all expressed interest in doing the work. She suggests passing the resolution on a first read to get the process started faster.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to approve Resolution 22-2018 on a first read. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to sign the Letter of Engagement with Kendra Austerman, LLC. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moates. The motion carried 3-0.
Commissioner Moates asked Counselor Wright what needed to be done to start the process of creating fire districts in Cherokee County. Wright stated that she just needs to know what districts and the number of each district so she can print the documents. He stated that the Spring Valley, Lowell, and Shawnee Townships will become fire districts. Wright stated that she can revise the earlier agreements and present them for consideration after January 1, 2019.
Commissioner Anderson made a motion to adjourn until the next regular meeting set for Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Collins. The motion carried 3-0 at 10:58 a.m.
ATTEST: Resolved and ordered this 1st day of October, 2018
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