The Ness County Board of Commissioners met in regular session
Monday, December 19, 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.
Mark Davis, Commissioner elect, was also present for the meeting.
Minutes of the December 12, 2016 meeting were read and approved.
Road and Bridge
Road and Bridge/Landfill Supervisor Ron Johnson and Assistant Chelsae Braun reported on the weekly work schedule.
John Riggins of Kirkham Michael was present.
$110.00 was received as tipping fees at the landfill December 6-10, 2016.
540 yards of sand and 60 yards of crushed concrete were hauled last week.
Machinery maintenance discussed.
Road concerns and signage were reviewed.
Motion: Upon the motion of Albers, seconded by Rupp, the Commission voted unanimously to go into executive session for a period of 10 minutes beginning at 9:44 a.m. for the discussion of nonelected personnel. (Albers, Flax, Rupp, Johnson and Braun in executive session). Regular session resumed at 9:54 a.m.
Road petitions were discussed.
Railroad right-of way was discussed.
Riggins reported that work will begin on FAS Bridge 450.
The Commission agreed to purchase 10 pagers for each fire department and 18 radios for the hospitals.
Those present for the discussion were: Sheriff Bryan Whipple, Undersheriff Gavin Wilson, NCFD #2-Stan Erb, and Gary Stieben, NCFD #1- Sean Sehl, Emergency Preparedness-Crystal Podlena, Ransom Fire-Kenneth Flax, Ness County Hospital-Susan Kuehn, NCFD #3- Terry Bernbeck, Mobile Radio Services, Inc.-Aaron Corcoran.
Motion: Upon the motion of Flax, seconded by Rupp, the Commission voted unanimously to purchase 10 pagers per fire department (50), 18 radios, and 3 control stations. Control stations will be paid from the 911 fund, the pagers and radios from the General fund.
Emergency Preparedness Director Crystal Podlena and the Commission discussed purchase orders for binoculars. They also discussed mapping layers for emergency preparedness.
A conference call was held with Paul Pavlu regarding property appraisals. (Albers, Flax, Rupp, Davis and Kerr present for the call).
The Commission agreed to have the County Employee Appreciation Dinner on January 8, 2017, the meal will be served by Sacred Heart Altar Society.
Emergency Preparedness & Economic Development
Motion: Upon the motion of Albers, seconded by Rupp, the Commission voted unanimously to move Emergency Preparedness & Economic Development to hourly positions beginning December 23, 2016. Overtime may be used only in an emergency. If needed the positions may take time off on Friday morning because of evening meetings etc.
Motion: Upon the motion of Flax, seconded by Albers, the Commission voted unanimously to go into executive session for a period of 5 minutes beginning at 12:23 p.m. for the discussion of nonelected personnel. (Albers, Flax, Rupp and Kerr in executive session). Regular session resumed at 12:28 p.m.
Accounts Payable checks and vouchers were reviewed and signed.
The meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m