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Marshall County Commissioner’s meeting

October 25, 2010

The Board of Marshall County Commissioners met in regular adjourned session with Michael J. Keating, Chairman; Charles R. Loiseau and Thomas K. Holle members; and Sonya L. Stohs, County Clerk present.

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m.

The Board opened the meeting with the flag salute.

The minutes and agenda were approved as presented upon a motion by Charles R. Loiseau moved, seconded by Thomas K. Holle.  Unanimous.

Bob Connell was present for the meeting. 

Commissioner Keating announced to the Board that he does not want to bring the campaign into the meeting but felt that it is necessary that he set the record straight after the letter to the editor in last week’s paper and presented the following written statement:

“When the County Treasurer filed a lawsuit against the County there were two issues in dispute.  Did the Commissioners have the right to set the Treasurer’s salary as in the past and did the Commissioners have the right to require purchase orders for purchases over $500.00 out of the motor vehicle fund as they have always had.

After consulting with Brian Carroll the County Counselor, the Commissioners voted unanimously to defend the County in this lawsuit.  Unfortunately the District Court ruled in favor of the Treasurer.

After consulting with our auditor and other County Counselors across the State Carroll recommended that we appeal the case to the State Supreme Court.  The Commissioners questioned Carroll about what this would cost and he stated that it would be mileage to and from Topeka as well as one night lodging.

Last spring on the day that I was shown a copy of a check registry I learned that in Dec. 2009 the Treasurer had written a check to her husband for over $1,200.00   and had a written notation on the side saying it was for assembling desks.  This was both unethical and a violation of the County’s Nepotism Policy.  We were informed by Carroll that she could have written that check for $12,000.00 and not be held accountable.

She came to the County Commissioners meeting demanding an hour by hour report of his time spent on the case.  I was upset and disappointed by her manner and turned away to keep from saying I would later regret.

As for the rest of her attack in the letter please consider the source.”

Commissioner Loiseau made the statement that all the information given in the written statement was correct.

Thomas K. Holle moved, seconded by Charles R. Loiseau to approve the following purchase orders.  Unanimous.

                        Glaxo Smith Kline, Atlanta, GA

                        for private vaccine

                        $4,863.40-Health fund-P.O. # 3782

                        Hewlett Packard

                        for 2 computers

                        $1,650.00-Co. General (Treasurer) fund-P.O. # 3821

                        Diamond Coach Corp., Oswego, KS

                        for auto step for bus

                        $523.97-KDOT fund-P.O. # 3600

Thomas K. Holle moved, seconded by Charles R. Loiseau to approve the Chairman signing a letter of support for a planning grant for a Mutual Self-Housing program in Marshall County. 

Charles R. Loiseau moved, seconded by Michael J. Keating to approve the following 2009 abatement with a value of 1,874 and a total tax of $290.59.  Unanimous. 

Public Works Administrator Mike Craig and Public Works Coordinating Supervisor Larry Polson met with the Board.

Thomas K. Holle moved, seconded by Charles R. Loiseau to approve the following purchase order.  Unanimous. 

                        Marysville Ready Mix, Marysville, KS

                        for concrete

                        $2,624.13-Road & Bridge fund-P.O. # 106328

Thomas K. Holle moved, seconded by Charles R. Loiseau to approve signing the 2011 Kansas Department of Transportation Bureau of Construction and Maintenance County Agreement to Treat Noxious Weed with a 3% increase labor cost from 2010 ($24.10 an hour for labor; $52.50 for spray truck and $36.50 for spot spray).  Unanimous.

Michael J. Keating moved, seconded by Charles R. Loiseau to approve Resolution #10-10-25-1 reducing the speed limit on Limestone Road from 12th Road sunning east a distance of one mile to 13th Road intersection to 30 mph per request of Marysville Township.  Unanimous.

Public Works Coordinating Supervisor Larry Polson presented the following bids for two 20 X 20 bridge material packages:

Mid-West Service and Sales, Schuyler, NE – $43,138.84

Oden Enterprises, Wahoo, NE – $46,711.69

Husker Steel, Columbus, NE – $43,910.44

Michael J. Keating moved, seconded by Thomas K. Holle to accept the low bid from Mid-West Service and Sales, Schuyler, NE in the amount of $43,138.84.  Unanimous. 

Emergency Management Director William Schwindamann met with the Board to discuss hosting a shelter trailer for Northeast Kansas Homeland Security.  Thomas K. Holle moved, seconded by Charles R. Loiseau to approve hosting a shelter trailer for Northeast Kansas Homeland Security.  Unanimous. 

360 Energy representative Joe Hurla and Custodian Lou Wassenberg met with Board to present the following bids for the Investment Grade Audit:

                        Hanover Electric, Inc., Hanover, KS

                        Project #1-$78,422.00

                        Project #1 deduct-$6,820.00

                        Project #2-$69119.00

                        Project #2 deduct-$4,262.00

                        Project #3-$9,568.00 per unit

                        Project #3 deduct-$853.00 per unit

                        B & W Electric, Hanover, KS

                        Project #1-$48,206.00

                        Project #1 deduct-$5,200.00

                        Project #2-$44,068.00

                        Project #2 deduct-$3,250.00

                        Project #3-$3,973.50 per unit

                        Project #3 deduct-$650.00 per unit

Thomas K. Holle moved, seconded by Charles R. Loiseau to approve B & W Electric, Inc., Hanover, KS as the contractor for the project.  Unanimous. 

Charles R. Loiseau moved, seconded by Thomas K. Holle the Notice to Proceed with B & W Electric, Inc., Hanover, KS.  Unanimous.    

Thomas K. Holle moved, seconded by Charles R. Loiseau to have the Chairman sign Engineered Savings Contract with 360 Energy Solutions, LLC.  Unanimous.

Michael J. Keating moved, seconded by Thomas K. Holle to approve signing the Modification of Design Services Agreement with 360 Energy Solutions, LLC (ESCO).  Unanimous.   

Jason Brinegar, Marysville met with the Board to discuss the purchase of five new chairs for the large Courtroom.  He presented a bid for a chair at the cost of $524.99 each.  Diane Schroller from Central Office Service presented a chair at the cost of under $500.00.  The Board asks that she get two chairs for the attorneys to try and give there feedback.    

Michael J. Keating moved, seconded by Thomas K. Holle to approve the following purchase order.  Unanimous. 

                        Midwest Service & Sales, Schuyler, NE

                        for two bridge material pkgs.

                        $43,138.84-Road & Bridge fund-P.O. # 106329

County Attorney Laura Johnson-McNish met with the Board.  Michael J. Keating moved, seconded by Charles R. Loiseau to go into executive session for ten minutes at 11:35 a.m. to discuss matters of attorney client privilege with County Attorney Laura Johnson-McNish present.  Unanimous.

Charles R. Loiseau moved, seconded by Thomas K. Holle to approve the County’s share of payrolls and related vouchers, as presented, processed the motor vehicle payroll and issued manual warrants from the respective funds.  Unanimous.

Michael J. Keating moved, seconded by Charles R. Loiseau to adjourn the meeting at 11:58 a.m.  Unanimous.  The next scheduled meeting will be Monday, November 1, 2010 starting at 9:00 a.m.

The Board went to tour roads at 1:15 p.m.

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