May 31, 2022
Kiowa County Commissioners Meeting
May 31, 2022
David White, Bert Lowery, John Bertram, Kristi Cooper, Chay Howard, Kendal Lothman, Leanna Banzet, Karen Butler, Matt Christenson, Rhonda Fernandez and Jeff Blackburn attended the meeting.
Consent agenda included: Agenda, Payroll report, Accounts Payable reports, and Commissioner minutes of 5/16/22.
After prayer given by Jeff Blackburn and the pledge of allegiance, David White opened the meeting at 9:00. Bert moved to approve the consent agenda as presented John seconded, motion passed unanimously.
Kendal Lothman came to present payroll changes for M West(separation), P Capansky(new hire deputy officer) and M Farmer(part-time new hire detention officer). After review Bert moved to approve the payroll changes as presented and John seconded, motion passed unanimously. Next, he requested to purchase some body armor out of his Special Equipment fund in the amount of $1921.86 for his new deputy. After some discussion, Bert moved to approve the purchase out of his Special Equipment Fund and John seconded, motion passed unanimously.
Leanna Banzet came to present the 2023 budget request for the County Museum with Terri Butler. They informed them all that they are looking to hire a full-time director and also wanted to remind them that they had added a $5000 increase to their budget as well, which will be used towards future needs on the round barn per their previous conversations.
Kristi Cooper presented tax corrections for approval on real estate. After reviewing the changes, Bert moved to approve the tax corrections as presented and John seconded, motion passed unanimously. She gave a quick update on election filing deadlines and presented the payroll reports, accounts payable reports and minutes from the last meeting for signatures.
Karen Butler came to inform them that she will be retiring on September 30th this year and that there will be an increase in her budget request for next year to help cover the costs of the health insurance for the new employee that she will be hiring this year.
During Commissioner discussion the recycling dumpsters was revisited but after some discussion they tabled it until the next meeting when Jay would be present.
Matt Christenson came to report that there was a change to the vendor who he had purchased the backup storage for the county from due to the significant increase of price from SCW and that he has purchased off another vendor for $6,622.08 since he had approval on the first purchase.
Break called till 10:00.
Rhonda Fernandez came to present quotes for the renewal with Blue Cross Blue Shield for July 1, 2022 to July 1, 2023. She gave a few renewal options from BCBS and explained the different options for them. She recommended option 1 for their renewal. After some discussion, Bert moved to approve option 1 for the renewal in the amount of $905,483.44 and John seconded, motion passed unanimously. Kristi informed them that open enrollment will be on June 13th for all the employees which will be held at the Community Center with 3 different sessions so all the employees can attend.
Meeting adjourned at 10:22
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