September 9, 2019
The Monday, September 9, 2019 County Commissioners meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m., by Chairman Greving with three Commissioners and the County Clerk attending.
The minutes of the Tuesday, September 3, 2019 meeting were read. The motion was made by Larry Meili to approve the minutes as corrected. Max Dibble seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Motion carried 3-0.
Rick Capps told the Commissioners that the loader is still in Concordia. He presented for payment an additional bill of over $4,000 for the phone lines at the north facility. Rick will call and ask for a representative to attend the meeting next week.
Daryl Clark voiced concerns with the condition of Thunder Road off the Speed Road, 1100 Road & Santa Fe is like a washboard and the weeds on 1100 Road. Tube work to be done was also discussed. Bill said he had received compliments on Seth Derr for the mowing over by Prairie View.
Commissioner Meili had received a call from Joel Lauren asking for either rock or sand on the road to his feedlot in Granite Township. Larry had also visited with Doug Schemper asking to have a low spot on W Cherokee Road just off W 1100 Road filled with dirt or shale and then covered with sand.
Change of Status forms were signed for Austyn Werner – 7 year increase and Dennis Brown – 5 year increase.
Lisa Capps, Debbie Hays, Gary Stephen and Charles Radabaugh joined the meeting to discuss the county’s need to upgrade to 800 mhz radios. Gary had asked the Commissioners to sign a letter of support in applying for grants to cover the cost of 71 refurbished handheld radios and 46 mobile units. The grant amount was approximately four times the amount of $23,500 discussed in the August 5, 2019 meeting. It was decided that each department that would be getting radios needed to sign a form stating how many they needed and that they would be responsible for the yearly maintenance. Lisa commented that each one of the EMS volunteers carry a handheld radio.
All those in attendance agreed that there are communication problems in the county and Undersheriff Stephen said that Phillips County needs to update. The paging system in the county will not change.
Vouchers and checks for weekly expenses were signed.
Commissioner Dibble said he had been approached by Tracy Sanson asking the Commissioners to approve a Proclamation concerning the month of September as being suicide awareness month. The motion was made by Max Dibble to declare September 2019 as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month in Phillips County. Larry Meili seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Motion carried 3-0. As the County Commissioners, we call upon the citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools in Phillips County to recommit our community to increasing awareness and understanding of suicide, the steps our citizens can take to protect their mental health, and the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental health conditions.
With no further business to discuss, at 12:30 p.m., the motion was made by Larry Meili and seconded by Max Dibble to adjourn, subject to call. Discussion followed. Motion carried 3-0.
September 3, 2019
Because of the Labor Day Holiday, the County Commissioners met in regular session, Tuesday, September 3, 2019 with three Commissioners and the County Clerk attending.
The minutes from the August 26, August 29 and August 30, 2019 meetings were read. After making several corrections, the motion was made by Max Dibble to approve as corrected. Larry Meili seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Motion carried 3-0.
Rick Capps and Bill Ashmore joined the meeting.
Bill Ashmore asked how many miles of roads were completely redone in the county last year. Rick said he didn’t know for sure but probably around 18. Mr. Ashmore said Rooks County only did 40 last year and usually do twice that many. Roads that still need shale hauled include Cozy Cove, Big Bear, W 1000 Rd, W 1200 and Yankee Rd. Rick said they are down to one loader and it was making it difficult to get materials hauled. Bill also mentioned the small trees that are coming up in the ditches west of Brady Ellenberger’s on Day Dream.
Keith Forssberg and Stephen Reese, Belmont Township Officials, met with the Commissioners. Mr. Reese said that he had hand delivered the letter to Bethel Klink asking for the Belmont Cemetery records and was asked to leave. She said the records belong to them. Keith and Stephen told the Commissioners that they have had people wanting to buy plots and are unable to get in touch with the Klink family. They need to know if plots have been purchased and where. The Commissioners said they would visit with Tom Sullivan.
Rick visited with the Commissioners about a holding tank at the north facility. Rick was given the approval to look into the purchase of a dump truck. Two of the county’s dump trucks are not running.
Jan and Gary Kempt joined the meeting. Jan asked Bill to sign a Medicare WPS form needed so the health department can be reimbursed for flu shots.
Gary Kempt presented for consideration two estimates for flooring at the north Noxious Weed facility from Olliff-Boeve Furniture ($2,132.60) and one from Phillipsburg Homestore ($1,145.78). The motion was made by Max Dibble to accept the quote from the Phillipsburg Homestore in the amount of $1,145.78. Larry Meili seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Motion carried 3-0. Gary and Darrel Colby will lay the flooring.
Darrel Colby has painted the office building. Black mold was found in the restroom so the toilet, sink and part of the wall will be replaced.
A change of status form was signed for Nathan Mathes changing him from a part-time deputy sheriff to full time.
Vouchers and checks for weekly expenses were signed.
Lisa Capps told the Commissioners that they had sent out 843 surveys on Friday. These surveys are needed for the county to qualify for a Community Development Block Grant for the Phillips County Emergency Services/Health Department Facility Project. The residents of Phillips County are encouraged to return the survey.
Jan Kempt returned to have Chairman Greving sign a form allowing for electronic transfer of Medicare funds.
An annual contract between Phillips County and Flanigan Communications LLC was discussed. Mr. Flanigan will be asked to meet with the Commissioners.
A letter was received from Linda Hunsicker, KS Department of Commerce Field Representative, stating that there is a deficiency with CDBG Project #18-PF-025. Max will e-mail Justine Benoit to see when this deficiency can be resolved.
With no further business to discuss, at 12:20 p.m., the motion was made by Larry Meili to adjourn, subject to call. Max Dibble seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Motion carried 3-0.