MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 22, 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, October 22, 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 and Jordan Zabel
Dale Helwig, County Extension Agent, appeared before the Board to extend an invitation to their annual meeting and board member election being held on November 8th. He informed the Board that they had received a grant to do a garden project in the Baxter Springs schools for grades four through six.
A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to approve the minutes of the October 12, 2018 BOCC meeting as written. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Betha Elliott, Health Director, appeared before the Board to submit an estimate from Travis Kitch for the concrete work at the Health Department.
A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to approve the concrete work to include two A.D.A. ramps. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Leonard Vanatta, County Road Supervisor, appeared before the Board on county road business. Leonard stated that he had inspected Dewberry Ln. for consideration of dedicating it as a county road. He stated that it was narrow due to grass growing on the edges, but it is in good shape. Counselor Wright stated that she can prepare a resolution to be considered next week dedicating it as a county road. The Board signed a contract with Mission Construction Co. for a bridge replacement 4/10 of a mile North of Faulkner on SW 100th St. over Center Creek. The estimated cost is$298,289 with the County match of $66,000. The Board discussed a bridge that is in disrepair located 3/4 of a mile south of U166 on SW 20th St. The bridge was built in approximately 1912. Commissioner Moates stated that the EPA has agreed to remove the bridge at no cost. Leonard stated that he would take a look at it. The Board discussed with Leonard the freeze on spending at the County Lot, unless prior approval by the Board is obtained, for the remainder of the year. Commissioner Moates stated that 5th St. in Baxter Springs should be open to traffic this Friday after asphalting is complete.
A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to approve the payroll for the period ending October 12, 2018. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moates. The motion carried 3-0.
A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to approve the accounts payable for the period ending October 18,2018. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Sandra Friend and Tommie Bottorff, representing the Shawnee Township Board, appeared before the Board with questions regarding the proposed Fire District for the Shawnee Township. They are concerned about the 2.5 mill levy increase in taxes. That increase would have doubled the Township budget, so the Township Board voted not to increase taxes for fire protection. They are asking the Board not to increase the full 2.5 mills.
The Board considered the CDBG application for the sidewalk project in Crestline. Mary Jones and Carol Phelps appeared in support of the sidewalk and addressed the opposition to it.
Commissioner Moates made a motion to do away with the grant application and to explore other options. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 2-1 with Commissioner Collins voting no.
Clerk Edmondson presented a renewal questionnaire and list of property from KCAMP for property insurance for county owned property for 2019.
A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to approve the KCAMP Coverage Questionnaire for 2019 as presented by Clerk Edmondson. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Counselor Wright presented a draft resolution for consideration by the Board for the condemnation of a property located at 8931 SE 72nd Ter., owned by Mary Mae Sitton.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moates to adopt Resolution 24-2018 for condemnation of a property located at 8931 SE 72nd Ter. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Counselor Wright reported to the Board that the Klenda Austerman, LLC Law Firm has the petition for the next tax sale ready to file. She stated that she will be coordinating with the Clerk of the Court and the County Treasurer to get the petition filed.
Jason Allison, County Emergency Management Coordinator, presented a contract for two new storm sirens. The grant requires a 25% match of $14,000 in county funds. One siren will be located in Lawton and one on SE 60th & Lostine Rd.
A motion was made by Commissioner Collins to sign the agreement for the two new storm sirens. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The motion carried 3-0.
Commissioner Moates made a motion to adjourn until the next regular meeting set for Monday, October 29, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Collins. The motion carried 3-0 at 10:46 a.m.
ATTEST: Resolved and ordered this 29th day of October, 2018
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