Lincoln County Commissioners – January 29, 2018

The regular meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was held in the basement meeting room of the courthouse Monday, January 29, 2018. Chairman Terry Finch called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. with Vice-Chairman Alexis Pflugh and Member Al Joe Wallace present. County Clerk Dawn Harlow was in attendance.

Others present for portions of the meeting: Howard Wehrman, Cynthia Nelson, Katie Lyne, Ethan Lyne, Grace Lyne, Virgal Lawson, Eric Johnson, Jeremy Rosebrook, Jim Wiebke, Jennifer O’Hare, David Dohe, and Debora Zachgo.

Alexis Pflugh moved to approve the minutes of January 22, 2018 regular meeting as corrected, seconded by Al Joe Wallace. Motion carried.

Katie Lyne requested that the board consider options regarding bridges surrounding their property as they have been locked into their property at times; requesting permanent repairs to a bridge near their residence and inquired if a low water crossing would be a solution to the bridge that was closed several years ago. The board related that they will discuss Lyne’s request with Highway Department officials.

Eric Johnson, Campbell & Johnson Engineers PA provided Change Order No. 2 for the board’s approval and explained each of the electrical changes identified which results in a reduction to the contract. Alexis Pflugh moved to approve Change Order No. 2 in the amount of $34,695, seconded by Al Joe Wallace. Motion carried.

Jeremy Rosebrook inquired about the gravel pile remaining in his pit after the lease expired, and related that due to the expiration of the lease agreement he believes that the piled gravel is now his property and issued a concern regarding statements made to the Ottawa County Highway Department supervisor, by a Lincoln County Highway Department supervisor, during a time when he was attempting to negotiate the sale of the gravel.

County Attorney Jennifer O’Hare inquired whether the board was satisfied with the proposed changes to the mediation agreement by Steve Schneider and his attorney Robert Crangle. Each board member identified their ideas and concerns regarding the proposed changes to the mediation agreement. No changes to the mediation were approved.

Emergency Manger David Dohe inquired about approval to attend the following training in Pueblo, Colorado: Leadership and Management of Surface Transportation Incidents, with all costs paid for by grant funding, which had been tabled from the January 2, 2018 commission meeting. Al Joe Wallace moved to allow the chairman to sign the application for training, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried. (2017 DHS/FEMA Application for PER-292 Leadership and Management in Surface Transportation (LMSTI)) Dohe provided forecast information and requested that the board continue with the current burn ban. The board approved.

Jim Wiebke inquired about the bid received to drive piling and whether another bridge could be added to satisfy the minimum amount.

Al Joe Wallace moved to adopt Resolution 2018-07, to clear uncollectable accounts receivable and insurance write-offs, in the amount of $3,238.96, from the Lincoln County Health Department accounts receivable records, seconded by Alexis Pflugh. Motion carried.

Human Resource Officer Debora Zachgo discussed changes to the job descriptions provided for the ambulance service.

The board reviewed the WEB Fund committee’s recommendations for 2018 funding. Al Joe Wallace moved to approve the WEB Fund Committee’s recommendations in the total amount of $22,078.08 as presented and approved the following Windpower Economic Benefit fund distributions: Leadership Lincoln County/City of Lincoln, $3,000, for pool improvements; Lincoln County EMS, $2,178.08, to purchase exercise equipment; Lincoln County Health Department, $1,000, to offer a Becoming a Mom education class; Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation, $5,000, to assist with the exterior improvement grant program for downtown businesses; Lincoln Recreation Department, $900, for wayfinding signs for a disc golf course; Lincoln County Historical Society, $4,000, for repairs to Marshall-Yohe House garage; and Rural Opportunity Zone, $6,000, continuing support of the previously approved disbursements for tuition reimbursement, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried.

Al Joe Wallace moved to follow the recommendations of the Council on Aging: extending the terms of Judy Ahlvers, Keith Yarnell and Charlene Watson, expiring December 31, 2019 and Charlene DeWitt expiring December 31, 2018, seconded by Terry Finch. Motion carried.

Commissioner Pflugh discussed bridge repair priorities and commissioner education. Alexis Pflugh moved to set the end of the month meeting to an evening time encouraging public attendance. Motion died for a lack of a second. Alexis Pflugh moved to have the commission educated on the utilization practices of Mobile 311 program used for highway department projects. Motion died for a lack of second. Al Joe Wallace moved to adjourn. Motion died for a lack of second. Alexis Pflugh moved to seek an Attorney General opinion on K.S.A. 75-4301a and K.S.A. 75-4304 regarding the contract negotiated by Lincoln County Attorney on behalf of O’Hare Law LLC. Motion died for a lack of second.

With no further business to come before the board the chairman adjourned the meeting at 12:11 p.m. until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in the commission meeting room of the courthouse.

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