June 28th, 2019
Kiowa County Commissioners Meeting
Courthouse Lower Level Conference Room
June 28, 2019
John Bertram, Ronald Freeman, Kristi Cooper, Chay Howard, Jay Schmidt, Rosa Spainhour, Cassie Blackburn, Tracy Gumpenberger, Katie-Lee Anderson, Grant Neuhold, Bob Wetmore, Chris Tedder, Jay Koehn and Jeff Blackburn attended the meeting.
Consent agenda included: Agenda, PR reports, AP reports and Commissioner minutes of 06//17.
After the prayer was given by Jeff Blackburn, John opened the meeting. Ron moved to approve the consent agenda as presented and John seconded, motion carried 2-0.
Jay Schmidt came to give updates for the public works departments which included; blading updates, payroll change B Foster(merit), asphalt patch work, guard rail north of Haviland and changes to the Solid Waste department. Jay presented a payroll change for B Foster (merit) for approval. After review of the payroll change Ron moved to approve the change and John seconded, motion carried 2-0. Next, he presented figures on options for filling the open position at the Landfill. After some discussion it was by consensus to allow Jay to advertise for a full-time position and work on making the changes on staff.
Grant Neuhold came to give a video presentation on what the Media Center offers for the public and what their 2020 budget request would fund.
Tracy Gumpenberger, Cassie Blackburn and Katie-Lee Harrison came to give updates on the library which included, electronic bookkeeping, reading program and introduction on the new head librarian Cassie Gamble.
Break was for 10 minutes at 10:13.
Bob Wetmore came to present the budget request for the Great Plains Development and to give updates.
Kristi Cooper presented a payroll change for J Parkin (separation) J Finch (merit) for approval. After review of the payroll changes Ron moved to approve them as presented and John seconded, motion carried 2-0. Next, she presented two quotes for 4 electronic poll pads from Akins Election Services for $7622 and from Election Source for $7480. They tabled this till the next meeting for Bert’s opinion. Last she presented corrections to Policies 113, 202, 301, 311, 402, 501 and 514 for approval per the County Attorneys prior approval. After review of the policies and discussion John moved to approve the updated policies as presented and Ron seconded, motion carried 2-0. Last she asked if they would allow the Courthouse to be closed on July 5th due to the holiday being on a Thursday. They will talk with Bert and decide on Monday.
Chris Tedder came to ask for permission to purchase 2 car/body camera kits and additional equipment for the new cars and the amount would be around $10,000 and it was by consensus to allow him to purchase what he needs from the Special Equipment fund. Next, they continued the previous
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discussion on purchasing a new truck for him and to use his old truck as a backup since it is the only 4-wheel drive vehicle they own. He explained that they discussed this previous but is waiting for the truck to be ready. He will report back later on the truck purchase once the dealer lets him know it is ready. Last they discussed using special equipment funds for a garage and website for him. Chay explained that he couldn’t find anything in the statue regarding the website being used on those specific funds, so Chris will work on getting quotes. He explained that he is looking into funds for the garage but will report back.
Meeting was adjourned at 12:03
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