February 16th, 2021
Meeting held at the County Community Center Building
February 16, 2021
John Bertram, David White, Bert Lowery, Kristi Cooper, Chay Howard, Kerri Ulrich, Jay Schmidt, Dee J McMurry, Rosa Hettinger, Bruce Foster, Morgan Allison, Susan Page, Kendal Lothman, Matt Christenson and Kelly Askew attended the meeting.
Consent agenda included: Agenda and Commissioner minutes of 01/06/21.
After the pledge of allegiance, John opened the meeting at 9:00. Bert moved to approve the consent agenda as presented and John seconded, motion carried 3-0.
John adjourned the regular meeting at 9:02 and the called the Board of Health(BOH) meeting to order. Kerri Ulrich, County Health officer came to give updates which included downward trend in cases, Covid clinic schedules, doses administered to date, change from KDHE regarding quarantine after they receive their second dose and survey results from the PODs. John adjourned the BOH and called the regular meeting to order. John moved to go into executive session for 10 minutes to discuss employee relations for non-elected personnel at 9:15 and Bert seconded, motion, carried 3-0. Regular session began at 9:25 with no action taken.
Jay Schmidt came to give updates for the public works departments which included road maintenance updates, M23 brake recall and payroll change for R Lothman(merit). After review of the payroll change Bert moved to accept the change and John seconded, motion carried 3-0. Bruce Foster came to present the annual noxious weed report for signatures.
Rosa Hettinger came to continue the discussion on purchasing a new ambulance and where the funds could be used from. David asks if she had a vehicle and equipment replacement schedule and she explained that it is hard for her to do that due to the use of the other ambulances. She explained the replacement of the monitors were not planned due to a recall which forced them to purchase new monitors. They discussed options of usable funds to go towards the purchase. USD 474 will allow them to store the ambulance in their school garage since they had to find a new location due to a new fire truck for the current station the truck is in. She will put a list of replacement equipment and report back at the next meeting.
Break called for 5 minutes till 10:04.
Dee J McMurry came to discuss how tax corrections are established and how he makes those changes and how they are processed.
Kelly Askew came to introduce herself as the new librarian for Kiowa County and wanted to inform them of a new leak in the building that cause some damages to the interior wall and books. Matt reported that an adjuster will be out tomorrow to look at the damages and mitigate from future damages. He will report back when he knows more on the situation from the adjuster.
Matt Christenson came to discuss changes to the pay plan and went of the changes with the commissioners which included removing the cap on the pay ranges, changes from a percentage raise to a flat rate raise. David asked about the maintenance agreement they pay to Foley. Matt informed them that he is getting a different quote.
Kendal Lothman came to give updates for the Sheriff office which included updates to the water systems in the Sheriff office and payroll change for R Tedder. After review of the payroll change, John moved to approve the change as presented and Bert seconded, motion carried 3-0. Next, he presented quotes from BestWater for SWK for a reverse osmosis system in the amount of $3675 and water softener system in the amount of $4875. He explained that they have had issues with hard water which has caused multiple issues in the building and that this would eliminate future issues. Also added that he would be leasing a new dishwasher which includes all chemicals and maintenance would be included in the lease since the old one was taken out, but he would come back when the get these two systems installed for approval of a lease dishwasher. Bert moved to approve the quotes from BestWater to come out of the Special Equipment and John seconded, motion carried 3-0. Last he wanted to inform them that Ray is working on getting a heater proposal at the head house since they had issues with the fire repeater on the S.O tower.
Break called till 11:19.
Kristi Cooper presented signature cards for Haviland State Bank and Peoples Bank for the Commissioners to sign. Also presented was payroll and account payable reports to be signed as well. Next, she advised them their next meeting will be February 26th.
David requests a 15-minute executive session for non-elected to discuss employee relations regarding wages and John seconded, motion carried 3-0. Regular session began at 11:39 with no action taken. Dave moved to go back into executive session for non-elected personnel to discuss employee relations for 10 minutes and Bert seconded, motion carried 3-0. Regular session began at 11:49 with no action taken.
Meeting adjourned at 11:50.
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