July 15th, 2019
Kiowa County Commissioners Meeting
Courthouse Lower Level Conference Room
July 15, 2019
Bert Lowery, John Bertram, Ronald Freeman, Kristi Cooper, Chay Howard, Jay Schmidt, George Jennings, Mel Limon, Chris Tedder and Jeff Blackburn attended the meeting.
Consent agenda included: Agenda, PR reports, AP reports and Commissioner minutes of 07/01 & 07/08.
After the prayer was given by Jeff Blackburn, Bert opened the meeting. Ron moved to approve the consent agenda as presented and John seconded, motion carried 3-0.
Jay Schmidt came to give updates for the public works departments which included; federal funds exchange, blading updates, payroll change C Pyatt (merit) and R Young (new hire), sand seal on Mullinville blacktop finished, chip seal around Greensburg in August, Overlay at Mullinville in September or October, washed out culverts northeast of Haviland replaced, cold mix asphalt purchased, quotes for cutting edges for graders. Jay presented the application for the Federal Funds exchange program in the amount of $55,220.99. After review of the application, Ron moved to accept the funds for exchange and Bert seconded, motion carried 3-0. Jay also presented a payroll change for C Pyatt (merit) and R Young (new hire) for approval. After review of the payroll changes Bert moved to approve the changes and John seconded, motion carried 3-0. Next, he discussed the quotes on 100 cutting edges for the graders from Welborn for $16,468.80 and Foley for $22,185.60. After some discussion John moved to approve the quote from Welborn and Bert seconded, motion carried 3-0.
George Jennings came to discuss herbicide alternatives and his concern about the herbicides the County uses on spraying roads close to his homestead and has invited a representative from Flame Engineering to discuss flaming options for the County.
Break called for 5 minutes at 9:23 until his guest comes. Regular session began at 9:28.
Mel Limon from Flame Engineering Inc out of Lacrosse came to present information on what the Red Dragon Torches and Equip company provides for herbicide alternatives. He explained the benefits from flaming verses spraying. There was no action taken.
John adjourned the meeting and called the BOH meeting t order and Bert seconded, motion carried 3-0. Kristi gave the updates that Kerri presented such as; upcoming dates, vaccine fridge issues, back to school preparations, end of quarter reports, end of year grant reports for State formula, USD 459 School nursing contract and KDHE audit coming up in October. Bert adjourned the BOH meeting and called the regular session to order. Kristi presented the School nursing contract from USD 459 for approval. After review of the contract Bert moved to approve the contract as presented and John seconded, motion carried 3-0. Chay informed them that Kerri has concerns on the changes to the cash balance at the budget workshop and will be talking with her more on her concern.
Kristi Cooper presented payroll change for C Clark(merit) for approval. After review of the payroll change Bert moved to approve the payroll change as presented and John seconded, motion carried 3-0.
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Also, she wanted clarification on where the new Reliance Life Insurance would be paid out of and explained that the Short-term disability plan, they offered was paid out of the Commissioners fund and asked if they wanted the new life insurance to be taken out of the same fund. After some further discussion, Ron moved to approve to pay the Reliance life insurance out of the Commissioner fund and Bert seconded, motion carried 3-0. Next, she discussed the Pay plan and asked to move the Register of Deeds deputy, County Clerk deputy, Treasurer deputy Appraiser deputy and Administrative Assistant for Noxious Weed and Solid Waste from range 13 to range 14. After she explained the changes John moved to approve the range changes for all the job descriptions presented and Bert seconded, motion carried 3-0. Last they discussed the parking lot to be open for employees to park since they stopped that several years ago due to limited parking for the clients who came into the Health department for services and since the Health department has moved to their new facility there would be no need to keep it from being used by the employees and after some discussion, John moved to allow the parking lot to be used by employees as well as the public and Bert seconded motion carried 3-0.
Chay Howard informed them that he had looked into the ownership of Cottonwood street in Haviland and after he researched, he came to the conclusion that the Coop in Haviland is responsible for the repairs to the road but suggests having Jay talk to them and see what the County can do to assist them with materials needed.
Break called at 11:12 for 5 minutes.
During Commissioner Discussion they invited the Sheriff to come talk about the dispatch for the City of Greensburg. He reported that he met with the City administrator and Mayor to discuss dispatching services for the City of Greensburg police, but no action has been taken. Next, they discussed allowing part-time sheriff department employees to receive working holiday pay and it was by consensus to change the existing policy 502 and 302 with the changes as discussed and asked the clerk to adjust the policy and bring it to the next meeting.
Meeting was adjourned at 11:58
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