THE BOARD OF NESS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
March 7, 2016
The Ness County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday,
March 7, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room. Chairman
Jay Harris called the meeting to order with Commissioners, Sandra Y. Rupp, Frederick P. Flax, and County Clerk Renee S. Kerr in attendance.
Motion: Upon the motion of Harris, seconded by Rupp, the Commission voted unanimously to go into executive session for a period of 10 minutes beginning at 9:05 a.m. for the discussion of nonelected personnel. (Flax, Harris, Rupp and Kerr in executive session). Regular session resumed at 9:15 a.m.
County Appraiser Kelly DesLauriers recommended hiring Kandi Keathley for the position of office clerk. Keathley currently is the shared office clerk and has been working in the Appraiser’s Office since the departure of the Deputy Appraiser.
Motion: Upon the motion of Flax, seconded by Rupp, the Commission voted unanimously to hire Kandi Keathley as office clerk at her current pay level, effective February 23, 2016.
Road and Bridge
Road and Bridge /Landfill Supervisor Ron Johnson and Assistant Supervisor Chelsae Braun reported on the weekly work schedule.
$105.00 was taken in at the landfill as tipping fees February 23-27, 2016.
1,060 yards of sand was hauled to roads last week.
Johnson, Braun and the Commission discussed a bridge failure and the methods and cost of repair.
Road concerns were reviewed.
Machinery maintenance was discussed.
Johnson reported that the new motor grader was delivered.
The Commission agreed to waive tipping fees for the Ransom City Clean-up.
Johnson and FSA have compiled a list of minimum specifications for waterways.
Motion: Upon the motion of Flax, seconded by Rupp, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the minimum specifications for waterways. Chairman Harris signed the specification document.
Motion: Upon the motion of Harris, seconded by Flax, the Commission voted unanimously to hire James (Dylan) Rowlett as mechanic at pay level 1.
Emergency Preparedness Director Crystal Podlena filed her schedule for the past several weeks. Podlena sent out a burn ban alert, attended a Situation Unit Leader training in Russell, and hosted a Technical Rescue Trailer Demonstration in Ransom.
Sheriff Whipple filed his reports for the month of February.
The Commission spoke with Sheriff Whipple, regarding a large snake kept as a pet in Arnold.
They also discussed the uneven sidewalk in front of the Sheriff’s Office.
The Commission agreed to close County Offices at noon on March 25, 2016.
Minutes of the February 29, 2016 meeting were read and approved.
Accounts payable checks and vouchers were reviewed and signed.
The Commission agreed that future quarterly alcohol/drug testing will be done by the County Health Nurse at the courthouse for Ness County Employees. Shelly Pavlu, RN-BSN completed the required training, and will be able to provide this service exclusively for Ness County DOT and Non DOT employees.
County Attorney Craig Crosswhite and the Commission discussed court cases, the large snake in Arnold, and questions regarding invoices.
Daily Statements for the month of February were reviewed and signed.
Motion: Upon the motion of Harris, seconded by Flax, the Commission voted unanimously to go into executive session for a period of 5 minutes beginning at 12:05 p.m. for attorney client privilege. (Flax, Harris, Rupp, Crosswhite and Kerr in executive session) Regular session resumed at 12:10 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.