Kiowa County commissioners Meeting May 10, 2018

PROMO 660 x 440 Government - Kiowa County Courthouse Chris Sorensen
Published Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Kiowa County Commissioners regular meeting was called to order on May 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. by Chairman Richard Scott. Scott opened the meeting with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Those in Attendance: 

  • Richard Scott, Chairman
  • Donald Oswald, Commissioner
  • Delisa Weeks, County Clerk
  • Tina Oswald, County Administrator
  • (Cindy McLoud, Commissioner-Absent due to attendance of Conference)

Dennis Pearson, Director of Social Services entered the meeting at 09:05 a.m. to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding with the State in regards to the TANF Program. Oswald moved and Scott seconded the motion to sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the TANF Program. Motion carried. 

Pearson mentioned again about the possibility of purchasing a vehicle for Social Services. The Commissioners asked Pearson to get some figures together and they will discuss further. 

Pearson also said he wanted to give Audrey Johnson, Caseworker recognition as she has received her Masters Degree in Social Work. The Commissioners would like to congratulate Audrey Johnson on this great accomplishment.

Oswald moved and Scott seconded the motion to approve the minutes as presented. Motion carried. 

Scott moved and Oswald seconded the motion to approve the vouchers as presented. Motion carried. 

Scott moved and Oswald seconded the motion to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried. 

OLD BUSINESS: 

GRANT UPDATES: Adamson provided a grant report for the Murdock Project. Adamson said she had not heard of the status of the REDI Grant and The Recycling Grant.

LANDFILL UPDATE: Adamson will be communicating further with the State Permiter, Heather Barbare and will update the commissioners at the next meeting. Discussion followed for a usage fee from the public for the use of the landfill. 

Bart Michael, Barbara Scranton and Mike Johnson entered the meeting as Members of the Fair Board. They asked if they could get a Special Permit for a beer tent for fair. Michael explained that the Theater Group is not having a Main Street beer garden and dance this year for fair. Michael explained that the fair board wanted to mark a certain section of the grandstands for those who would have a beer and could still sit in the grandstand. Scott and Oswald both opposed the idea of allowing beer in the grandstands. Michael said they will also be holding a dance at the fairgrounds this year. The Commissioners said they will wait till McLoud is present before making any decisions. 

Barbara Scranton stated that she and Mike Johnson will attend Philanthropy Days in Lamar. 

The Fair Board has made the decision not to have a pork barbeque on the Saturday of Fair. They said this should give the different food vendors an opportunity to sell more food.

The Fair Board members exited the meeting at 10:40 a.m. 

Road Foreman Allen Watts entered the meeting at 10:45 a.m. 

Karen Jones, Fire District Secretary; entered the meeting at 10:50 a.m. to present the IGA for the Fire District. Adamson said the BOCC will need to review and take action on this line item at the next meeting. 

Karen Jones also asked the Commissioners to pay her wages so she can attend Philanthropy Days 

June 11-13th Jones is out of paid time off and would like to attend Philanthropy Days. Oswald and Scott both agreed that she should check with the Fire Board District and see if they would pay for one day and the commissioners would pay for one day. Jones said she would find out and let Adamson know. Jones thanked the BOCC and exited the meeting 11 :05 a.m. 

Road Foreman Watts came to the Commissioners to discuss the lake clean-up. Watts reported that the District 1 Road and Bridge employees will be doing the lake clean-up for the month of May. Lengthy discussion followed. Watts will be renovating a trailer so that it will hold a water tank and trash barrels for cleaning the bathrooms and trash disposal at the lakes. Watts exited the meeting at 11 :55 a.m. 

Oswald moved and Scott seconded the motion to recess the meeting for lunch at 11 :55 a.m. Motion carried. The meeting reconvened at 1 :00 p.m.

Planning & Zoning: A public hearing will be held on May 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in regards to the vacating of a street and alley in Towner near the Bartlett Elevator. 

FAIRGROUNDS: Adamson reported that the bathroom remodel at the Community Building is now completed and is fully ADA compliant. 

ASSISTANT POSITION: No other applications have been received. Adamson will readvertise. 

Upcoming Meeting and reports were reviewed and approved.

NEW BUSINESS: 

TV Tower: Oswald moved and Scott seconded the motion to approve the purchase of two cooling fans to be used for the TV station transmitters. 

Central Recreation District Board Appointment: There were two Letters of Interest sent to the commissioners for this Board position. Oswald moved and Scott seconded the motion to appoint Holly Mitchek to the Central Recreation District Board. Motion carried. 

Blowing Dirt Complaint: A blowing dirt complaint at County Road N and 49 in Kiowa County had been filed with the Kiowa County Commissioner's Office. Commissioner McLoud had contacted the NRCS Office and requested assistance with this complaint. A Plan of Mitigation was put into force and the property owner has since worked the area of concern. 

Grain Chaff Complaint: The chaff coming out of the Bartlett Elevator in Towner has become an issue and was addressed. 

Incentive Program Application: CO-OP has applied for the Business Personal Property Tax Credit Incentive Program. After review and discussion, Scott moved and Oswald seconded the motion to approve the personal property Tax Credit Application from COOP. Motion carried. 

Oswald moved and Scott seconded the motion to approve the use of 10 picnic tables for $20.00 and the pavilion for $50.00 for a tentative 4th of July event to be held by Jerry McDaniel and Darrell Koch. Motion carried. 

Scott moved and Oswald seconded the motion to approve the Haase Right of Way permit to the addition to the Agenda. Motion carried. Oswald moved and Scott seconded the motion to approve the Right of Way permit from Jay Haase. Motion carried. 

Barbara Wilson Scranton entered the meeting to request permission for use of the Community Building for a scavenger hunt in the near future. Scranton believed it may be in June if they could come up with a good date. Scranton will check with Adamson when it comes closer to picking a date. 

The next regular Commissioner's meeting will be held May 24, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. 

With no other business to discuss, Scott moved and Oswald seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 2:15 p.m. Motion carried.

Delisa L. Weeks, County Clerk

Richard Scott, Chairman