May 31st, 2019
Kiowa County Commissioners Meeting
Courthouse Lower Level Conference Room
May 31, 2019
Bert Lowery, John Bertram, Ronald Freeman, Kristi Cooper, Matt Christenson, Jay Schmidt, Chris Tedder and Jeff Blackburn attended the meeting.
Consent agenda included: Agenda, Payroll/AP reports and Commissioner minutes of 05//20.
After the prayer was given by Jeff Blackburn, Bert opened the meeting. Ron moved to approve the consent agenda as presented and Bert seconded, motion carried 3-0.
Jay Schmidt came to give updates for the public works departments which included; payroll changes J Meitl (separation), S Peters (merit), B Schmidt (merit), C Erickson (merit) D Liggett (merit), grading, mowing issues due to all the rain, washouts, working ditches and storm shelter installed at the landfill. Bert moved to approve the payroll changes as presented and John seconded, motion carried 3-0.
Break called till 9:28.
Matt Christenson came to present 2019 budget request for Emergency Management, Commons building and Courthouse General. Next, he discussed replacing doors on the West and East side. Health department building updates, flooring, generator, gas service line.
Chris Tedder came to discuss creating a website for the County Sheriff office which would be a tool for the public and for his operations. It was by consensus to use the Equipment reserve to purchase the website for operations. Chris will get some quotes and report back.
Break till 10:28.
Kristi Cooper presented a payroll change for C Cantrall (merit) for review. Bert requested to go into executive session for 5 minutes to discuss employee relations at 10:30 and John seconded, motion carried 3-0. Regular session began at 10:35 with no action taken. Payroll change was tabled till Monday meeting. Kristi informed them that she would like to purchase 3 baby changing stations for the concession stands restroom and the men’s room in the community building. Also, she asked if she would be allowed to place signs around the at the red barn to prohibit glass containers being taken in the barn due to some glass was found and it was by consensus to allow her to install the baby changing stations and the signs on the outside and inside the barn. Next, she asked about placing a storm shelter at the fairgrounds and it was by consensus not to do anything at this time. Last she talked about Policy 506 regarding travel expenses and reported that since we follow the State guidelines that the daily meal rate is $55 for over night stays which include; meals, taxes, and all fees and tips to waiters, hotel porters, bellhops, doormen, maids and dining room stewards. She also added when figuring mileage, she would like to change the existing policy to calculate mileage from where they are currently at and not the Courthouse address when figuring to and from. It was by consensus to make those changes to the existing policy. She will make these changes and talk with the other supervisors before reporting back.
There was no discussion for Commissioner discussion.
Meeting was adjourned at 11:18
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