The Ness County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday, October 24, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room. Chairman Sandra Y. Rupp called the meeting to order with Commissioners, Frederick P. Flax, David L. Albers, and County Clerk Renee S. Kerr in attendance.
Others Present Mark Davis, Republican Nominee for Commissioner, was also present for the meeting.
Minutes: Minutes of the October 17, 2016 meeting were read and approved.
Road and Bridge: Road and Bridge/Landfill Supervisor Ron Johnson reported on the weekly work schedule. 460 yards of sand was hauled last week. $380.00 was received as tipping fees at the landfill October 5-8 and $431.00 October 11-15 2016. Machinery maintenance was discussed. Road concerns were reviewed.
Motion: Upon the motion of Albers, seconded by Flax, the Commission voted unanimously to place a stop sign at the intersection of L Road and the Trego County Line. A resolution will be signed at a later date.
Burn Ban Motion: Upon the motion of Flax, seconded by Albers the Commission voted unanimously to institute a burn ban effective immediately.
Economic Development: Economic Development Director Anthony Roy filed his activity report for the past several weeks. Roy made website updates, researched FEMA grants, attended a City Council meeting, and researched Forestry Grants.
Noxious Weed: Noxious Weed Supervisor Charles Halbleib and the Commission discussed an opportunity for an employee in his office.
Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Preparedness Director Crystal Podlena met with the Commission.
Motion: Upon the motion of Rupp, seconded by Flax, the Commission voted unanimously to go into executive session for a period of 10 minutes beginning at 10:59 a.m. for the discussion of nonelected personnel. (Albers, Flax, Rupp and Podlena in executive session). Regular session resumed at 11:09 a.m.
The Commission and Podlena agreed that she will work in the Noxious Weed Office during spraying season and that GIS responsibilities will be assumed by Kimble Mapping and other county personnel. Her salary will reflect a reduction in the elimination of her GIS duties.
County Attorney: County Attorney Craig Crosswhite and the Commission discussed correspondence received from concerned citizens regarding a property that appeared on the Ness County Delinquent Tax Sale. The property is not owned by Ness County and will be up for sale at the next Delinquent Tax Sale. A letter will be composed to those concerned. They also discussed court activity.
Motion: Upon the motion of Rupp, seconded by Albers the Commission voted unanimously to go into executive session for a period of 10 minutes beginning at 11:52 a.m. for Attorney Client Privelege. (Albers, Flax, Rupp and Crosswhite in executive session). Regular session resumed at 12:02 p.m.
Upon the motion of Rupp, seconded by Albers the Commission voted unanimously to go into executive session for a period of 5 minutes beginning at 12:02 p.m. for Attorney Client Privelege. (Albers, Flax, Rupp and Crosswhite in executive session). Regular session resumed at 12:07 p.m.
Accounts Payable: Accounts Payable checks and vouchers were reviewed and signed.
The meeting dismissed for lunch at 12:15 p.m. and resumed at 1:05 p.m.
Personnel Manual Rebecca Crowder, President of Austin Peters Group Inc., and the Commission discussed and made final changes in the Ness County Personnel Manual.
The meeting adjourned at 2:25 p.m.