Kiowa County Commissioners Meeting Minutes – October 12, 2017

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Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Kiowa County Commissioner's Regular meeting was called to order on October 12, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. by Chairman Richard Scott. Oswald opened the meeting with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Those in attendance were:

Richard Scott, Chairman

Cindy McLoud, Commissioner
Donald Oswald, Commissioner

Delisa Weeks, County Clerk
Tina Adamson, County Administrator

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

Ryan Sneller, TV Tower Repairman, entered the meeting at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the TV tower. Sneller is requesting extra funding for 2018 in the repair line. He said things are running well. Sneller presented the PBS bill in the amount of $300.00.

JoLynn Idler and Tammie Clark, with Prowers and Kiowa County Health Services entered the meeting at 09:50 a.m. Dennis Pearson, Director of Social Services and Teresa Witte, Emergency Manager also entered the meeting as a member of the audience at this time.

Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to recess the regular meeting at 09:55 a.m. and move into the Board of Health meeting. Motion carried. Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to adjourn the Board of Health meeting and move back into regular session at 11:02. Motion carried. Idler, Clark, Pearson and Witte exited the meeting at 11:04 a.m.

Sheriff Sheridan and Undersheriff Jake Six entered the meeting at 11:05 a.m. to discuss the 2018 budget. Sheridan suggested the possibility of overseeing the Emergency Manager Office. He provided information as to ways these two entities could operate more effectively. Scott and Oswald agreed they would look into this. Sheridan thanked the BOCC for their time and he and Undersheriff Six exited the meeting at 11:25 a.m.

Road Foreman Howard entered the meeting at 11:25 a.m. to discuss the landfill issues. Ted Alexander, Engineer for APEX, who is also the designer for the landfill plans will be meeting with the Commissioners on October 19th to discuss further issues with the landfill. After further discussion Road Foreman Howard exited the meeting.

Howard Votruba, Fire Chief for Kiowa County entered the meeting to discuss billing issues.

Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to recess for lunch. Motion carried.

Votruba exited the meeting at 11:55 a.m. The regular session reconvened at 01:00 p.m.

Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to approve the vouchers except for one. Motion carried. The Commissioners will wait for clarification before approving the one voucher.

Scott moved and McLoud seconded the motion to approve the agenda with 1 addition to New Business: A request from S.E.C.P.A. for a Right of Way permit. Motion carried.

Grant Updates:/Under funded Courthouse Grant Application: Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to approve the application of the Under funded Courthouse Grant. Motion carried.

McLoud has been in contact with Charles Thompson, Loan Specialist with the USDA Rural Development in regards to the different types of grants available through USDA.  McLoud will also be applying for funding in the kitchen area of the senior citizen building after the beginning of the 2018 year.

Mike Crain, Maintenance Foreman has been researching cost comparisons for the bleachers at the fairgrounds to provide to McLoud for a GOCO Grant application.

Director of Social Services, Dennis Pearson entered the meeting at 1:15p.m. to provide updates with his department. Kiowa County has 6 kids in their custody at this time.

Landfill Update/ Operator Position: Adamson will continue to advertise for this position.

Adamson questioned as to the expansion of the landfill. Discussion followed.

Planning and Zoning Update: The Commissioners are still waiting on a copy of the resolution from Alamosa County.

LAKES: The Commissioners will be meeting with Department of Wildlife in regards to the lakes.

New BUSINESS: Upcoming meetings were discussed and reported on. Reports were reviewed and signed.

FASTER Grant Agreement: Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to sign the agreement for the FASTER Grant. Motion carried. This grant is for the purchase of a new transit van.

Road & Bridge: Haswell Hotel Project: Kris Stokke had approached the county to see if they would be able to assist in some of the clean up efforts on the Haswell Hotel Project. Scott said the county is not in that line of business and therefore would need to hire someone or another business from the private sector.

Rialto Bids: Oswald moved to accept the bid from Mr. Bill Koehler for the purchase of the Rialto property. The bid was for $5000.00 plus the ground cover will be in place before the purchase is complete. Scott seconded the motion. Motion carried.

West Recreation District Board Appointment: Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to accept Kim Briggs in the open vacancy position of the West End Recreation District. Motion carried.

Fairgrounds Estimates: McLoud moved and Oswald seconded the motion to approve the bid from Morgan Glass Company to install small windows in the doors of the Community Building. Motion carried.

OWTS Regulations: Tabled till next meeting.

OPER Contract: Oswald moved and McLoud seconded to sign the OPER Grant Contract with Kris Stokke. Motion carried. 

Budget: Some budgets were discussed. No decisions were made.

SECPA: They are in the process of applying for a Right Of Way permit.

Bart Michael and Mike Johnson entered the meeting at 3:00 p.m. to discuss the current by-laws in regards to the elected positions to the fair board. The Fairboard is requesting a change in the by-laws in regards to the position of Secretary/Treasurer. Discussion followed. Oswald moved to approve separating the office of the Secretary/Treasurer into Office of Secretary and Office of Treasurer while allowing the Offices to be recombined should the board membership decrease below 6 members. McLoud seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Scott moved and McLoud seconded the motion to approve Mike Johnson as a member of the fairboard. Motion carried.

Michael requested clarification in regards to fairboard members operating the county tractor and be covered under the county's insurance. Adamson will speak with CTSI in regards to insurance coverage.

Oswald moved and McLoud seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 3:35 p.m. Motion carried.

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County Clerk                                                       Board Chairman