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Kiowa County Commissioners Meeting Minutes – July 26, 2018

Kiowa County, Colorado, Courthouse in Eads. © Chris Sorensen

The Kiowa County Commissioner’s regular meeting was called to order on July 26, 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

Cindy McLoud, Commissioner

Donald Oswald, Commissioner

Delisa Weeks, County Clerk

Tina Adamson, County Administrator

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

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

Scott moved and McLoud seconded the motion to approve the agenda as amended with the following additions being made: Old Business: Haswell Cemetery. New Business: Initiative 153. Motion carried.

Dwight Gardner with Bennett’s office was here to discuss what concerns the Commissioners have including the landfill situation in Haswell and also the option in providing better internet broadband throughout the county.Commissioner Oswald thanked Bennett’s Office for assisting in getting the funds for the Murdock Project for the Sand Creek Massacre. 

Dr. Lujan with Lamar Community College entered the meeting at 10:00 a.m. to provide an update for the college and the different programs it will be offering throughout the 2018 – 2019 year. Ms. Lujan exited the meeting at 10:20 a.m.

Ryan Sneller, TV Tower operator had a phone conference with the commissioners in regards to the broadband. He feels if the county opts out of SB05-152 it would allow for the county to work with internet providers and open the door for the county to work with other counties to get grants for better internet service. 

Sky Daily entered the meeting at 10:50 a.m. to discuss the flooding issues she is having at 14999 County Rd. 38 Eads, Colorado. Daily reported that her yard is holding water after big rains. She asked if the county could assist in alleviating some of the water issue. There was some discussion of putting in a culvert. Adamson said the county attorney suggested putting in a ditch and/or a culvert. Ms. Daily said she does not want to upset anyone but would like to see something done to assist in the drainage of rain water and she understands the concerns Randy Larrew has for his property to the east of her. Road Foreman Jack Howard was in attendance of this scheduled appointment and provided some different scenarios of how the County could possibly cut the road and ditch. After further discussion Ms. Daily thanked the BOCC for their time and consideration. 

Randy and Fran Larrew entered the meeting at 11:30 to also discuss their concerns with the water issues they have on their property to the east of Sky Daily’s property.  Mr. and Mrs. Larrew both have concerns over the erosion of their land and the potential negative effects it will have on their land asset over time, if the County puts in a culvert or lowers the county road. After a lengthy discussion Commissioner Scott said the BOCC would need some time to discuss further with Road Foreman Howard a plan of action. Road Foreman Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Larrew and Ms. Daily exited the meeting at 11:59 a.m.

McLoud moved and Oswald seconded the motion to recess for lunch at 12:05 p.m. Motion carried. The regular session reconvened at 1:05 p.m.

Teresa Witte, Emergency Manager entered the meeting at 1:10 p.m. to provide a monthly report. Witte had traveled to Springfield to be an evaluator in a mass casualty exercise. Witte has been doing storm watching.

Karen Jones, Assistant to the Extension Office and Bruce Fickenscher, Interim Regional Extension Agent entered the meeting at 1:30 to provide updates for the upcoming fair. 

County Fire Chief AJ McCracken, Assistant Fire Chief, AJ Bolin; Prowers County Sheriff Sam Zordel, Teresa Witte, Emergency Manager; Kiowa County Deputy Lane Elliot and Jack Howard, Road Foreman entered the meeting to hear Greg Pettis with FirstNet provide information on how to have priority and preemptive coverage for the 911 services with the use of AT&T. To use this service the entire county would have to have 4G Technology but the west end of Kiowa County is still in 3G. It would be about a year before 4G would be available. The presentation ended at 3:00 p.m. with no decisions being made. All those present exited the meeting.

Fair board: Bart Michael, Mike Johnson, Areta Laird and Barbara Scranton entered the meeting at 3:00 p.m. to review the plan for the Beer Garden. Oswald moved and Scott seconded the motion to approve the Beer Garden Plan for the 2018 Fair. Motion carried. Discussion followed with fair sponsorship. Michael, Johnson, Laird and Scranton exited the meeting.

OLD BUSINESS: Grant Update: 

McLoud reported that Kiowa County did not receive the Adolph Coors Grant. McLoud moved and Oswald seconded the motion to sign a letter of agreement for the Daniel’s Fund Grant. This will be for the interiors finishes of the new Senior Citizens Center. Motion carried.

Landfill Update/Monitoring Wells: Discussion followed over the landfill and the compactor. Road Foreman Howard met with the Commissioners and had placed a phone call to Terry Koehn with Caterpillar in regards to a trash compactor. Discussion followed. Mr. Koehn will be contacting Administrator Adamson with more figures.  

Adamson discussed the carport that had been out at the fairgrounds. The carport had been moved to the County Health Nurse’s Office where the new County Transit van is housed and will be somewhat protected from the weather elements. The carport will be moved back to the fairgrounds so it can be used for shade for the upcoming fair.

Haswell cemetery was tabled until the next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS: Upcoming Meetings: Reports and meetings were reviewed and signed.

Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to request SB05-152 be put on the ballot. Motion carried.      

Oversized Load Permits: Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to apply a $25.00 over sized load permit or also known as extra-legal to permit fees. Motion carried.

McLoud moved and Oswald seconded the motion to apply for an audit extension. Motion carried.

McLoud moved and Oswald seconded the motion to approve the Intergovernmental Agreement with the County Clerk for including the Prairie Pines Referendum in the 2018 Election. Motion carried.

Comp Time: Discussion followed. No decisions were made.

McLoud moved and Scott seconded the motion to pay the County Administrator $4569.50 in the time period there was no administrative assistant. This is for recognition for the time and effort put in for covering two jobs. Oswald voted against it. Motion carried.

Initiative 153:  Discussion followed. No action was taken.

The next regular meeting will be August 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

With no other discussion Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:53 p.m. Motion carried.