The Ness County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Monday, January 30, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room. Chairman Sandra Y. Rupp called the meeting to order with Commissioners, Mark Davis, David L. Albers, and County Clerk Renee S. Kerr in attendance. Watershed Jeremiah Hobbs Director the Wet Walnut Watershed District introduced himself to the new Commissioners and gave them information regarding the watershed. Minutes Minutes of the January 23, 2017 meeting were read and approved. Road and Bridge City of Ransom Brian Wick, Ransom City Councilmember, met with Johnson and the Commission regarding hauling sand to the City of Ransom. They also discussed street signs. Road and Bridge/Landfill Supervisor Ron Johnson filed his weekly reports. The landfill did not receive tipping fees January 17-20, 2017. 2,400 yards of dirt was hauled from the airport to Bridge 530 and the landfill. Johnson reported that Bridge 530 is now open. Road concerns were reviewed Machinery maintenance was discussed. City of Bazine Scott Corsair and Steve Rein, Bazine City Councilmembers, met with Johnson and the Commission regarding chip and seal for a street in Bazine which is a secondary county road. No decision was made to help with this project due to possible tax lid constraints imposed by the legislature. County Attorney County Attorney Kevin B. Salzman and the Commission discussed facebook posts and the delinquent tax sale. Executive Session 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 10:23 a.m. for attorney client privilege. (Albers, Davis, Rupp, Salzman, Register of Deeds Mark Horchem, and Sheriff Deputy Travis Bailey in executive session). Regular session resumed at 10:33 a.m. Motion: Upon the motion of Rupp, seconded by Davis, the Commission voted unanimously to go into executive session for a period of 10 minutes beginning at 10:35 a.m. for attorney client privilege. (Albers, Davis, Rupp, Salzman, Horchem, Bailey and County Treasurer Layne Wasinger in executive session). Regular session resumed at 10:45 a.m. Motion: 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 10:45 a.m. for attorney client privilege (Albers, Davis, Rupp, Salzman, Horchem, Bailey, Wasinger and County Clerk Renee Kerr in executive session). Regular session resumed at 10:50 a.m. Emergency Preparedness Emergency Preparedness Director Crystal Podlena filed her work schedule for the past several weeks. Podlena monitored winter storms, attended a KEMA Meeting, and an Integrated Weather Team Meeting. Appraiser County Apprasier Kelly DesLauriers and the Commission discussed oil values. DesLauriers also reported that she has had a number of tax inquiries regarding agriculture values. DesLauriers explained that by law the State of Kansas is responsible for determining Ag values. The County Appraiser can review acreage and land use (cultivated, irrigated grass, etc.) with the taxpayer to insure that agricultural land is properly appraised using the value set forth by the State. Accounts Payable Accounts Payable checks were reviewed and signed. Payroll Payroll time records and checks were reviewed and signed.
The Commission adjourned at1:35 p.m.