Archive for Friday, January 2, 2009

Board of county commissioners

January 2, 2009

On Dec. 22 the commission:

• Met in a budget hearing to approve amendments to the 2008 budget. Commissioners J.C. Tellefson and Clyde Graeber voted in favor of augmenting the Leavenworth County Health Department’s budget by $30,000; the 911 budget by $40,000; the Juvenile Detention Center budget by $60,000; Sewer District One’s budget by $3,000; sewer districts three and six’s budgets by $7,000; the capital reserve fund for Sewer District Two’s budget by $2,500; and the capital reserve fund for Sewer District Three’s budget by $7,100.

Commissioner Dean Oroke was not present for the hearing.

Linda Scheer, the county clerk, said none of the departments or budgets needed extra funds because they had cash on hand to handle the amendments.

• Granted a temporary use permit to Joseph and Rebecca Carey to live in their single-wide manufactured home. Current county regulations do not allow permanent residency in a single-wide home. The Careys said they are in the process of building their new home, but will not be able to start until they sell their old home.

Commissioner J.C. Tellefson said the pair had already made some efforts to clean up the property and he appreciated the attempts they were making at fixing the problems.

If the Careys begin to build their home within the next year, they will be able to extend the temporary use permit for another year until their home is complete. The commissioners also unanimously voted to wave the $30 application fee for the permit.

• Unanimously agreed to purchase a Federal Signal 2001 outdoor siren for the additional growth in the Falcon Lakes area. The emergency siren costs $19,907, of which $17,000 will come form the Capitol Outlay reserve fund and the rest from the equipment reserve fund. The commission also unanimously approved to enter into a contract with Blue Valley Public Safety for $19,992 to maintain all of the county’s sirens.

• Met in executive session with Heather Morgan, county administrator, and Commissioner-elect John Flower for 10 minutes to discuss potential litigation.

On Dec. 29, the Leavenworth County Board of County Commissioners:

• Met in three executive sessions for a total of 45 minutes to discuss nonelected personnel and one executive session for 30 minutes to discuss nonelected personnel and possible litigation.

• Unanimously approved to subscribe to the League of Municipalities, but not join the league.

• Unanimously voted to accept an investigative panel report into the county commission’s permanent record.

• Commissioner Dean Oroke updated the board on the status on the north EMS station. He expressed concern about low spots on the ambulance bay floor where water would pool instead of heading toward the bay’s drain. He motioned that the concrete floor in the bay closest to the living quarters will be replaced from control joint to control joint to keep the water from pooling. The board unanimously approved the motion.

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