• Tue. Sep 20th, 2022

Marshall County Commission Meeting Minutes – 08/29/2022

ByChad J. Johnson

Sep 6, 2022

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The Marshall County Board of Commissioners met in regular session with Barbara Kickhaefer, Member, Keith Bramhall, Member, Fritz Blaske, Member and Sandra Wilson, County Clerk in attendance. Chris Pannbacker of the Marysville Advocate was also present at the meeting.

Commissioner Kickhaefer opened the meeting at 8:30 a.m. The meeting was opened with the flag salute.

Moved by Keith Bramhall, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to approve the minutes of the meeting of 8/22/22 as presented and the agenda for today’s meeting. Unanimous.

Council discussed 5 previous neighborhood revitalization applications. 3 of these requests did not return the final cost, 1 request did not complete the project within the year time frame, and 1 request returned the pre-construction cost but not the final cost. The council gave the direction to withdraw the 3 applications, to inform the 1 applicant that he will have to reapply if he wants to build in the future and to send a letter to the 1 applicant to see if the cost of pre-build was accurate or if any changes need to be made. Letters will be sent to all applicants.

Moved by Fritz Blaske, seconded by Keith Bramhall, to approve the following purchase orders. Unanimous.

Husker Steel, Columbus, NE
For bridge steel for replacement project
$122,012.00 – Roads and Bridges Fund – PO # 109370

Honeyman Auto Sales & Service, Marysville, KS
For running boards and floor mats
$1,910.00 – Roads and Bridges Fund – PO # 101938

John Deere Financial (LandMark Impl), Carol Stream, IL
For the replacement of 2 rubber tracks for rented skidloader
$5,628.82 – Roads and Bridges Fund – PO #109369

Hoyt’s Truck Center, Topeka, KS
For Kenworth W900L Semi-Trailer 2013
$97,000.00 – Machinery Special Fund – PO # 109367

Public Works Administrator Mike Craig met with council. The bridge north of Axtell will have the deck poured on Thursday. The bridge over West River Rd had a formed deck and will sink later this week.
Public Works Administrator Mike Craig and Public Works Coordinating Supervisor Roy Yungeberg have determined that they will submit 2 bridges for Bridge Replacement Program grants, one in Walnut Township on Pheasant Rd and one in the Township of Guittard on 24th Rd.

County Health Nurse Cheryl Skalla met with the Board of Directors to discuss an upcoming drive-in flu clinic Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. located in the Valley Vet parking lot (former Wal-Mart building). The health department will have to close that day due to the use of all clinic staff behind the wheel. The state recently changed regulations and the health officer will visit in person or authorize a representative to visit all schools in the county to perform safety inspections. The criteria for the inspections are still being defined.

Barbara Kickhaefer moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to enter executive session by KSA 75-4319(b)(6) for a preliminary discussion relating to the acquisition of real estate with the council, health nurse Cheryl Skalla and County Councilors Jason Brinegar and Aaron Westbrook present to return to open session in the council meeting room at 9:45 a.m. Unanimous.

Barbara Kickhaefer moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to extend the above executive session for an additional 5 minutes via KSA 75-4319(b)(6) for a preliminary discussion relating to the acquisition of real estate with the same people present for return to public session at the Council meeting room at 9:45 am Unanimous.

No action taken as a result of this executive session. County Councilors Jason Brinegar and Aaron Westbrook met with council. The tax sale was completed on Friday with 12 of the 13 plots sold. The proceeds of the sale for taxes amounted to $8,700.

Keith Bramhall proposes, seconded by Fritz Blaske to accept the result of the tax sale of 08/26/22. Unanimous.

April Swartz of Varney & Associates, Manhattan, KS presented the 2021 audit to the board. The audit found no violations of cash-based budgeting laws.

Moved by Barbara Kickhaefer, seconded by Keith Bramhall, to approve the following purchase orders. Unanimous.

American Ultraviolet Co, Lebanon, IN
For the repair of ultraviolet lamps
$4,056.29 – Health Strengthening Fund – PO #6686

Latta Plumbing, Marysville, KS
For labor and motor on AC (East)
$1,195.16 – Agency on Aging Fund – PO #6522

Varney & Associates, Manhattan, KS
For verification 2021
$19,900.00 – County General Fund (Commissioner) – PO #6743

Latta Plumbing, Marysville, KS
For labor and motor on AC (West)
$1,195.16 – Agency on Aging Fund – PO #6523

The Board of Directors took the time to view and discuss the 2023 budget. Corrections were made and discussed. The Board will move forward with the release of the 2023 Budget Summary with a proposed levy of 45,563 with the Revenue Neutral Rate Hearing to be held on Monday, September 12, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. and the Budget Hearing which will follow directly.

Moved by Barbara Kickhaefer, seconded by Keith Bramhall, to approve the following domestic sewer vouchers to be paid from the appropriate funds. Unanimous.

Charles Schwindamann – refund $174.73
Kansas Rural Water Assoc – 2 set cards $30.00

Moved by Barbara Kickhaefer, seconded by Keith Bramhall, to approve the following payments from ARPA funds. Unanimous.

Networked computing solutions – server $1,762.89
Marshall County – payroll reimbursement $2,361.00

Moved by Keith Bramhall, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to approve warrants as presented and issue manual warrants. Unanimous.

Jeff Lane of TreanorHL, Jay Herrmann and Eric Stallbaumer of AHRS met with the board. Sheriff Tim Ackerman and Rob Peschel of CES were also present at the meeting. The initial cost estimate for the prison was $13,037,426, which included the construction of the street. Street construction was removed and several other changes were suggested which reduced the cost by approximately $1,000,000. The group discussed many places to possibly consider reductions. Mr Lane will launch a redesign with a reduced square footage and present a new cost estimate to Council next week.

Moved by Barbara Kickhaefer, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to approve the following neighborhood revitalization requests. Unanimous.

David & Jana Whitesell – construction of a new shed/garage in Waterville
John Eagan – construction of a new Beattie rural agricultural storage building
Dennis Jasko – construction of a house at 2505 13th Terrace, Frankfurt
Hannah Largen – replacing the old barn at 1877 Hwy 77, Blue Rapids.

Moved by Keith Bramhall, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to approve the payroll as presented. Unanimous.

Moved by Fritz Blaske, seconded by Keith Bramhall, to approve the hiring of Kim Nolte as a new Clerk in the Clerk’s Office as Clerk I Stage I at the rate of $17.79/hr to begin work September 19, 2022. Unanimous.

Moved by Keith Bramhall, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to approve pay bonus in the amount of $264,162.40 with ARPA reimbursement in the amount of $354,805.48. Unanimous.

Barbara Kickhaefer moves, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to close the meeting at 1:39 p.m. Unanimous. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The courthouse will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022 for Labor Day.

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