The Marshall County Board of Commissioners met in regular session with Barbara Kickhaefer, Chair, Keith Bramhall, Member, Fritz Blaske, Member and Sandra Wilson, County Clerk in attendance. Chris Pannbacker of the Marysville Advocate was 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 Barbara Kickhaefer, to approve the minutes of the meeting of 11/4/22 and the agenda for today’s meeting with the addition of Bill Schwindamann, Jr. and Vernita Peeks at 8:30 a.m. Unanimity.
Barbara Kickhaefer moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to go into executive session per KSA 75-4319(b)(1) to discuss matters of unelected staff-candidates at the request of Director of Emergency Management Bill Schwindamann, Jr. with the Board of Directors and Mr. Schwindamann present to return to open session in the Board meeting room at 8:37 a.m. Unanimous.
Moved by Barbara Kickhaefer, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to hire Joy Wilkinson as an office clerk on the recommendation of Director of Emergency Management Bill Schwindamann, Jr. at the rate of $17.79/hr effective April 19, 2022. Unanimous .
Charlie Schwindamann representing Home Sewer submitted an additional offer for rock and delivery of 3″ to 4″ filter rock for sewer lagoons from Schneider Trucking Inc. in the amount of $13,436.50, representing an increase compared to the amount previously submitted due to a misunderstanding of the whole need. Commissioner Kickhaefer did not participate in the discussion due to the offer from her brother’s company.
Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to approve the new offer of $13,436.50 to replace the previous rock offer. Unanimous.
Vernita Peeks of Marysville met with council. Ms. Peeks worries about Marshall County entering an expansion district. She feels that the split could harm the current services offered by our local extension office and could require clients to travel further afield to take advantage of resources. Ms Peeks also encouraged the council to work with the prison architect to site the new solar power building and plan the solar cells in the car park and to allow an area to house the inverter and battery storage as an alternative power source for the new structuring.
Moved by Keith Bramhall, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to approve the following purchase order. Unanimous.
Wanklyn Oil Co, Frankfurt, KS
For the new Gaso 300 gallon skid tank
$1,090.00 – Roads and Bridges Fund – PO #109330
The Mack dump truck repair is complete and will be picked up today from Hoyt’s Truck Service in Topeka. The Kenworth dump truck is at Reed Salvage in Wamego and should be finished on Wednesday.
Keith Bramhall moves, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to suspend the meeting scheduled for 9:01 am Unanimous.
Moved by Keith Bramhall seconded by Barbara Kickhaefer at 9:02 am to open the public hearing meeting for the vacancy of certain streets and lanes in Vliets, KS said the street and lanes are as follows: unanimity.
In Smith’s Addition, (Ewingsport) now Vliets, Kansas
Oak Street between Dewey Street and Main Street
Block 2 driveway
Block 4 driveway
Those present at the hearing are Brian Winkler with Ag Partners, Ben Wilson of Vliets, KS and Terry Bishop of Vliets, KS. Mr Wilson addressed the board saying there were several downsides to leaving Oak Street, including limited parking, areas for expanding families and future business development. Mr. Wilson is not opposed to the evacuation of the alleys. Mr Bishop said the street and lanes which are proposed to be liberated have never been used as such.
Moved by Keith Bramhall, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to approve resolution #20-22-04-18-1 A resolution freeing up a certain township road – to free up Oak Street between Dewey Street and Main Street and the alleys of blocks 2 and 4. Unanimity.
Keith Bramhall moves, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to adjourn the public hearing at 9:26 am Unanimous.
Moved by Keith Bramhall, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to reconvene the regular meeting of the Board of Directors at 9:27 a.m. Unanimously.
Sheriff Tim Ackerman met with council. He informed the council that he will be holding a sobriety test clinic with highway patrol and officers later this week and will be purchasing alcohol. Sheriff Ackerman also asked the board to consider increasing the per diem for meals as the cost of food increases and the current $15 – half a day; $30 for a full day is not enough to keep up with increases. Commissioner Kickhaefer said they would discuss this at the Heads of Department meeting today.
County Councilors Jason Brinegar and Aaron Westbrook met with council.
Barbara Kickhaefer moved, seconded by Keith Bramhall, to enter into executive session pursuant to KSA 75-4319(b)(2) for privileged discussions with the attorney client – contract negotiations with the Board and County Councilors present for return to public session in the council meeting room at 9:45 Unanimous.
No action taken as a result of this executive session.
Barbara Kickhaefer moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to suspend the meeting at 9:47 a.m. to resume in the basement meeting room for the department heads meeting. Unanimous.
Barbara Kickhaefer proposes, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to reconvene the meeting at 9.56 am. Unanimity.
The Department Head meeting was attended by the Board of Directors, County Clerk Sandy Wilson, County Attorney’s Secretary Jamie Jones, Assessor Francine Crome, Registry of Deeds Martha Roesch, Agency on the aging Grace Grable, Extension Officer Susie Latta, Assistant Treasurer Angie Price, Director of Emergency Management Bill Schwindamann Jr., Public Works Administrator Mike Craig, County Councilman Jason Brinegar, and Nurse Cheryl Skalla.
County Clerk Sandy Wilson reported that the new carpet in her office was installed a few weeks ago. The office is busy receiving applications from the men and women of the precinct committee for the primary election as well as the post of Township Clerk and another local post of District 1 Commissioner.
County Councilor Jason Brinegar said tax sale notices for homeowners who couldn’t be served are now published in the newspaper. The tax sale is probably 6 weeks to 2 months. Notices have been placed on all tax sale properties. Andy Lohmann will go part-time in his office as he takes over as assistant county attorney.
Public Works Administrator Mike Craig said they remained busy digging, leveling and hauling rock.
Emergency Management Director Bill Schwindamann, Jr. said he is trying to catch up and will have a new clerk starting tomorrow to replace Leslie Jeter who recently moved to the sheriff’s office.
Assistant Treasurer Angie Price said they were busy trying to learn the new tax system with the 2nd half of tax collection coming up.
Extension agent Susie Latta said they are busy educating the public about the benefits of an extension district and are in the early stages of discussing an extension district with 4 southern counties. She remains busy educating clients about Medicare and Medicare supplements and recently prepared 206 tax returns for clients.
Health nurse Cheryl Skalla said she is looking forward to new nurse Erin Pralle from the 29th of this month. Cheryl and Tami recently attended recertification for car seat installation and they have started school shooting clinics again.
Sheriff Tim Ackerman said he has an employee who has completed the academy, who is currently a jailer, but will replace him when he loses 2 officers to the National Guard deployment for a year. Leslie Jeter trains in her new position.
The Grace Grable Aging Agency reported that the state recently extended the mask’s mandate through May 3. April is freeride month. Jodi Martin is the new driver and she quickly established herself and is doing well. The KDOT audit will be done internally on April 29 and she said they are ready. Commodities and the bread basket will continue monthly for the rest of the year, with the exception of August. Meals on Wheels recently expanded to Oketo and they currently have 5 meals delivered right now.
Registry of Deeds Martha Roesch said they were busy receiving and filing documents. They don’t have as many researchers in the office as before. The new scanner is operational and the scanning of documents has started. Ms. Roesch asked the Board if they would like to try again to schedule the Northeast Kansas county officials meeting that was supposed to take place in the past two years. The Board of Directors would like to organize the meeting and think that the fall would probably be the best time. The planning committee is made up of Martha, Francine Crome, Jami Ellenbecker and Ashley Lyhane.
Appraiser Francine Crome said they are busy finalizing personal property values to send out assessment notices by May 1. Annual maintenance will begin soon.
County Attorney’s Secretary Jamie Jones said they were moving from Meghan to Brad.
Commissioner Kickhaefer said the board deals with issues as they arise. Heads of department were asked to give their opinion on per diems. Everyone agrees that the per diem must increase.
Barbara Kickhaefer proposes, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to suspend the meeting at 10:21 a.m. to return to the Council meeting room. Unanimous.
Barbara Kickhaefer moved, seconded by Keith Bramhall, to reconvene the meeting at 10:31 am Unanimous.
Moved by Barbara Kickhaefer, seconded by Keith Bramhall, to approve the following purchase orders. Unanimous.
For shipping costs
$3,500.00 – County General Fund (Courthouse) – PO #6615
Bruce’s Body Shop, Marysville, KS
For Parts/Labor, Explorer Rebuild
$11,923.19 – County General Fund (Sheriff) – PO #6586
Superior Emergency Response, Andover, KS
For Parts and Repair Explorer
$1,300.00 – County General Fund (Sheriff) – PO #6585
For architectural services
$29,379.60 – County General Fund (Courthouse) – PO#6614
The board discussed increasing the per diem to $25 for half day, $50 for full day. The new per diem form will be presented to the board at the next meeting and steps will be taken to implement the new per diem.
Keith Bramhall moves, seconded by Barbara Kickhaefer, to approve the supporting documents as presented and issues the manual warrants. Unanimous.
Barbara Kickhaefer moves, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to close the meeting at 10:42 am Unanimous. The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on Monday, April 25, 2022, starting at 8:30 a.m.