The Ness County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday, November 28, 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, Commissioner elect, was also present for the meeting. Court Services Court Services Chief Gail Antenen met with the Commissioners regarding office space. Antenen would like to move her office to the top floor. Minutes Minutes of the November 21, 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. $215.00 was received as tipping fees at the landfill November 15-19, 2016. 320 yards of sand was hauled to roads last week. Work is continuing on Road 110. Machinery maintenance road petitions, and bridges were discussed. Road concerns were reviewed. Motion: Upon the motion of Flax, seconded by Rupp, the Commission voted unanimously to go into executive session for a period of 5 minutes beginning at 9:57 a.m. for the discussion of nonelected personnel. (Albers, Flax, Rupp and Johnson in executive session). Regular session resumed at 10:02 a.m. Insurance A conference call was held with Karol Roadhouse of Blue Cross Blue Shield regarding health insurance. (Albers, Flax, Rupp, Davis and Kerr present for the call). Motion: Upon the motion of Rupp, seconded by Flax, the Commission voted unanimously to accept Plan 2J2 with United Healthcare as presented by Julie Yarmer of Freedom Claims Management and to accept the present dental plan and Advance Life Insurance with Blue Cross, Blue Shield as presented by Karol Roadhouse of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. Court Services Court Services Chief Gail Antenen returned to discuss moving Court Services. The Commission agreed to move Court Services to the top floor, moving the Election Room to the basement with County Attorney elect Kevin Salzman having an office in the basement as well. Radios Sheriff Bryan Whipple presented information regarding the need for an 800 digital radio system, retiring the analog system (due to poor coverage). Aaron Corcoran of Mobile Radio presented details of the system. Those present and contributing to the discussion were: NCFD #1- Chief,Sean Sehl and Darwin Whipple; NCFD #2-Chief, Stan Erb, Gary Stieben and Bob Black; NCFD #3-Terry Bernbeck; Ransom Fire-Kenneth Flax; Ness County EMS-Case Beckman; North County EMS-Cindy Berry; Ness County Hospital-Susan Kuehn; Grisell Memorial Hospital-CEO,David Caudill; Undersheriff, Gavin Wilson; Ness County Road and Bridge-Supervisor Ron Johnson and Emergency Preparedness Director-Crystal Podlena (available for a portion of the meeting). Grisell Memorial Hospital Ambulance David Caudill, Cindy Berry and the Commission discussed a maintenance agreement on the Stryker Cot in the ambulance. They also discussed EMS services. Sheriff Sheriff Bryan Whipple and the Commission discussed excessive overtime in his department. Sheriff Whipple and the Commission discussed changing the overtime rules back to overtime of over 171 hours over a 28 day period. Motion: Upon the motion of Albers, seconded by Rupp the Commission voted unanimously to change the overtime of over 40 hours per week for Sheriff Deputies back to the overtime rules where overtime is accrued hours worked over 171during a 28 day period, beginning December 23, 2016. The Sheriff agreed that this will help alleviate some of the overtime that is being accrued, but not entirely. Accounts Payable Accounts Payable checks and vouchers were reviewed and signed. Payroll Payroll time records, reports and checks were reviewed and signed.
The meeting adjourned at 1:17 p.m.