Kiowa County Commissioners meeting minutes - July 11, 2019

PROMO 660 x 440 Government - Kiowa County Courthouse Chris Sorensen
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Kiowa County Commissioner's regular meeting was called to order on July 11, 2019 at 8:50 a.m. by Chairman Richard Scott. Robertson opened the meeting with a prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. Those in attendance:

  • Richard Scott, Chairman
  • Donald Oswald, Commissioner
  • Howard "Butch" Robertson, Commissioner
  • Delisa Weeks, County Clerk
  • Tina Adamson, County Administrator

Scott moved and Robertson seconded the motion to amend the agenda and begin with the interview of Lorena Bencomo. Motion carried.

Oswald moved and Robertson seconded the motion to recess the regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. and move into executive session. Motion carried. Executive session was in regards to Statute 24-6-402 (4) (f) personnel matters. Oswald moved and Robertson seconded the motion to adjourn the executive session and move back into regular session at 09:30 a.m. Motion carried.

Theresa Witte, Emergency Manager entered the meeting to request approval for repairs to the emergency vehicle in the amount of $2,100.00. Oswald moved and Robertson seconded the motion to approve the repairs. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS: 

Minutes:Robertson moved and Oswald seconded the motion to approve the minutes as presented. Motion carried.

Vouchers: Oswald moved and Robertson seconded the motion to approve the vouchers as presented. Motion carried.

Agenda: Scott moved and Robertson seconded the motion to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried. The following items were added to the agenda: 

NEW BUSINESS:  Tax Lien Abatement and MOU for Social Services.

Grant Update/Latcon Change Order: Chairman Scott reported the SECOG Grant that Towner has received is being fulfilled. The swing sets and picnic tables have been purchased and are being put together.

Landfill Update/Scale Service-SL Shop Electrical: Letters and phone calls will be made to the local businesses to see if they would be interested in recycling. Robertson moved and Oswald seconded the motion to purchase a school bus from the RE-1 school district in the amount of $1,000.00. Motion carried. This bus will be used for storage and transfer of cardboard.

Steve Ryder:Mr. Ryder, State Weed Coordinator with the Department of Agriculture; agreed to meet with the Commissioners in regards to weed control and funding. Kiowa County Extension Agent, Tearle Lessenden also entered the meeting to gather as much information as possible. Mr. Ryder said there is some grant funding for weed control. He reviewed the three classifications of weeds and discussion continued with the weed applicator's licensure.  Mr. Ryder thanked the BOCC and exited the meeting at 10:51 a.m. 

Kelly Roesch, Agronomist for the Colorado Extension Office provided information for the different testing plots in Kiowa County. Overall Roesch reported the wheat test plots in Kiowa County were much better than in the past. Roesch and Lessenden exited the meeting at 11:30 a.m.

Belinda Zink:Zink entered the meeting at 11:15 a.m. as a member of the audience and then at 11:30 she spoke in regard to the Latcon Change Orders in item numbers 12, 13 and fourteen at the Murdock building. Zink is concerned with the breaker for the elevator; it is very expensive but is needed in order for the elevator to operate. Oswald moved and Robertson seconded to approve change order #12 in the amount of $496.00, #13-$11,459.00 (elevator breaker) and #14 is $628.00. Motion carried. Zink exited the meeting at 11:45 a.m.

Oswald moved and Robertson seconded the motion to recess for lunch at 11:50 a.m. Motion carried. The regular session reconvened at 1:00 p.m.

Discussion followed over the Kiowa County Fire Protection District and the MOU with the County. Oswald said it appears that the fire district did not wish to sign the MOU and therefore made a motion to rescind the Memorandum of Understanding for office space with the Kiowa County Fire Protection District. Robertson seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Upcoming Meetings and reports: Meeting and reports were reviewed and signed.

Time off Request Forms:  Scott moved and Robertson seconded the motion to approve the time off requests. Motion carried.

SEMHS Lease Agreement:Robertson moved and Oswald seconded the motion to approve the Southeast Mental Health Services lease agreement. Motion carried.

Oswald moved and Robertson seconded the motion to recess the regular meeting and move into executive session at 2:00 p.m. for personnel matters, Statute 24-6-402 (4) (f). Motion carried. Robertson moved and Oswald seconded the motion to move out of executive session and back into regular session at 2:31 p.m. Motion carried.

Employee resignation: The BOCC would like to thank Lola Igou for her many years of service and accepted her resignation as a transit driver.

Census Outreach:Administrator Adamson stated her concerns as to why she feels the Census Outreach Program should be headed by someone else other than the Commissioner's Office.  She explained for one reason how time consuming it is going to be for advertising and educating the public. There have been no volunteers to serve on the County's Complete Count Committee. No action taken.

Kiowa County Fair Boardmembers Cindy Pitman, Areta Laird and Fair Royalty Sponsor Yonda Leonard entered the meeting to discuss the Riding Club Bylaws. They are requesting that the Riding Club be listed under the fair board for insurance purposes. Discussion followed over the CJRA rodeo. The fair board members present all agreed it was a huge success.

Leonard questioned a liquor license for the upcoming demolition derby. Clerk Weeks will check into and apply for a special permit for the fair board. 

Tax Lien Assignment:Oswald moved and Robertson seconded the motion to assign a County Certificate to FX Resources. Location of property is in Lots 5-6-7-E2NW-NESW-N2SE of 31-20-54. Motion carried.

Scott moved and Robertson seconded the motion to approve the building permit application from Randy and Fran Larrew. Motion carried. Location of the building permit is S20-T18-R48.

Robertson moved and Oswald seconded the motion to sign two Memorandums of Understanding between the Cheyenne County and Kiowa County Department of Social Services for the month of July 2019. Motion carried. 

Scott moved and Robertson seconded the motion to hire Dawna Peck as Financial Officer for the Kiowa County Administration Office. Motion carried.

With no further business to discuss, Robertson moved and Oswald seconded to adjourn the meeting at 4:00 p.m. Motion carried

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