The Board of Marshall County Commissioners met in regular session with Barbara Kickhaefer, chairman, Keith Bramhall member, Tom Holle member and County Clerk Sandra Wilson present. Paul Kessinger with the Advocate joined the meeting at 8:52 a.m.
The Board of Commissioners called the meeting to order at 8:45 a.m.
Tom Holle moved, seconded by Keith Bramhall to approve the agenda and the minutes of the previous meeting. Unanimous.
Emergency Management Director Bill Schwindamann, County Health Nurse Sue Rhodes and County Counselor Jason Brinegar met with the Board.
Mr. Schwindamann informed the Board that Governor Kelly vetoed HB 2054 which removed all COVID-19 related restrictions as of 12:01 a.m. on May 27, 2020. This essentially gives the restrictive authorities back to the County government. County Health Officer John Ryan has recommended that Marshall County continue to follow the Ad Astra plan as amended. Currently we are in Phase 2 of the Ad Astra plan which will continue until June 8, 2020. This plan can be found at https://covid.ks.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Reopen-Kansas-Framework-v7.pdf.
At the recommendation of County Health Official John Ryan, County Health Nurse Sue Rhodes and Emergency Management Director Bill Schwindamann, Tom Holle moved, seconded by Keith Bramhall to approve Resolution 20-05-27-2 which will have Marshall County following the Kansas Ad Astra plan as modified. Unanimous.
Emergency Management Bill Schwindamann reported that the County has received approximately $240,000 worth of safety supplies from the State since the onset of the pandemic. He suggested that the County send a Letter of Support to the Governor and the legislators thanking them for the support.
Public Works Administrator Mike Craig met with the Board.
Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Tom Holle to approve the following purchase orders. Unanimous.
Landoll Company LLC, Marysville, KS
For Air cylinder
$1,633.21-Road & Bridge Fund-P.O. #109076
Midwest Service & Sales, Co, Schuyler, NE
For 60 pc 30 ft sheet piling & 6 30 ft corners
$17,313.84-Road & Bridge Fund-P.O. #109072
MHC Kenworth, Salina, KS
For Differential repairs, repl carriers, yoke, seals, radiator
$11,147.01-Road & Bridge Fund-P.O. #109071
BAT Tire, Co, Frankfort, KS
For 8 Dynatrac DT340 11.22.5 semi tires
$2,602.00-Road & Bridge Fund-P.O. #109075
Hoyt’s Truck Center, Topeka, KS
For Parts, labor & repairs #O605F
$4,949.17-Road & Bridge Fund-P.O. #109074
Nemaha Marshall Electric Coop, Axtell, KS
For lean poles for bridge project
$1,375.01-Road & Bridge Fund-P.O. #109077
Public Works Administrator Mike Craig presented to the Board for approval the 2020 Marshall County Annual Noxious Weed Management Plan.
Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Barbara Kickhaefer to approve the 2020 Marshall County Annual Noxious Weed Management Plan. Unanimous.
Public Works Administrator Mike Craig presented to the Board for approval the 2019 Annual Noxious Weed Eradication Progress Report.
Barbara Kickhaefer moved, seconded by Tom Holle to approve the 2019 Annual Noxious Weed Eradication Progress Report. Unanimous.
Public Works Administrator Mike Craig recommended a step increase for Rob Roever from Operator II at $18.05/hour to Sr. Operator at $19.05/hr effective June 1, 2020. He has been with the County for 10 years.
Tom Holle moved, seconded by Keith Bramhall to approve step increase for Rob Roever from Operator II at $18.05/hr to Sr. Operator at $19.05/hr effective June 1, 2020. Unanimous.
County Counselor Jason Brinegar and Special Counsel James Neeld met with the Board. Mr. Neeld gave a quick update regarding the Irish Creek Windfarm project. They have received initial documents regarding the base road use agreement. Negotiations are ongoing regarding this road use agreement, the payment in lieu of taxes and the general guidelines for turbine distances. Irish Creek Windfarm wishes to sign the road use agreement but decide upon the hall route at a later time. Mr. Neeld feels that by doing this, we will have less control of the hall route. These items are still very much in negotiations.
Tom Holle moved, seconded by Keith Bramhall to go into executive session for 1 hour to engage in attorney-client privileged discussion with the Board, County Counselor Jason Brinegar and special Counsel James Neeld at 9:49 a.m. Unanimous. No action was taken as a result of this executive session.
County Counselor Jason Brinegar reported that he had 2 parcels left from tax sale. One parcel is in Blue Rapids and he has been working with the City of Blue Rapids to find a suitable buyer. The other parcel is regarding mineral rights. Mr. Brinegar is hoping to be able to unite those mineral rights back into the property. He will keep the Board informed.
County Extension Agent Anastasia Johnson met with the Board to discuss livestock shows. The community typically hosts a swine show and Quality Beef Days every Spring. These were not held this year due to the COVID-19. With limited entries and implementing social distancing, the community is wishing to sponsor both of these shows toward the end of June. The Board had no issues with going forward with these livestock shows.
The Board asked County Extension Agent Anastasia Johnson if there was a plan in place for the Marshall County Fair. She reported there is a lot of unknowns at this time. They are hoping to be able to move forward with the fair but understand there will be a lot of adjustments such as reduced class sizes, drop off judging, etc. The carnival and parade status is still not decided at this time.
Tom Holle moved, seconded by Barbara Kickhaefer to approve the following purchase orders. Unanimous.
Guittard Township, Beattie, KS
For Windfarm payment
$10,000.00-General (Commissioner) Fund-P.O. #6233
Rock Township, Frankfort, KS
For Windfarm payment
$5,000.00-General (Commissioner) Fund-P.O. #6234
Keith Holle moved, seconded by Barbara Kickhaefer to amend motion from last week’s meeting listing Lucia Brodrick as being removed from Neighborhood Revitalization plan for non-payment of property taxes, these taxes were paid in a timely manner, therefore, Lucia Brodrick will remain in the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. Unanimous.
Tom Holle moved, seconded by Barbara Kickhaefer to move forward with the recommendation of Network Computer Solutions with the purchase of the HP Proliant ML110 server for the Marshall County Health Department. Unanimous.
Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Tom Holle to approve vouchers as presented and issue manual warrants from respective funds. Unanimous.
Dan Scheffler & Kimberly Dickey with NextEra phoned in to the Board meeting with an update. Previous conference with Mr. Scheffler & Ms. Dickey stated the original start date for the micro siting for the properties already under contract was to begin today. Due to the excessive rain, they have delayed this micro siting to mobilize on June 8 and begin micro siting on June 9.
The Soldier Creek Windfarm tour that was scheduled for today has been postponed to a later date.
In reviewing the payroll, Commissioner Holle asked why Meghan Woodyard with the health department and Grace Grable with Agency of Aging had excessive sick leave reported. Both ladies have had surgery.
Judge Patton phoned into the meeting today to discuss the County procedures currently and in the future. The Board informed Judge Patton that after today, there will no longer be a monitor at the door taking temperatures or asking questions. Judge Patton informed the Board that Judge Weingart would be conducting his docket on June 2 and they will arrange to have a station set up for temperature and questioning prior to entering the Courts. The County will still only have the main doors unlocked for entrance. Judge Hecke joined the meeting. She has been conducting a lot of her hearings via Zoom and will continue to do this as needed.
Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Tom Holle to approve Neighborhood Revitalization application for Lynn & Kim Runnebaum for remodel, addition and construction of an outbuilding at 1150 Indian Rd, Marysville, KS. Unanimous.
Tom Holle moved, seconded by Barbara Kickhaefer to approve payroll as presented. Unanimous.
County Treasurer Jami Ellenbecker met with the Board to discuss possibly moving the driver’s license station to a stand alone room to further control attendance and comply with social distancing. She would conduct the driver’s license as appointment only. There is a vacant room right next to the Commissioners room that would possibly work for this. County Treasurer Jami Ellenbecker is just in the beginning stages of thinking about this prior to opening the driver’s licensing back up to the public. The full service driver’s license stations are currently open for assistance.
The Board had brief general discussions regarding the proposed jail project moving forward and will likely discuss this further in the near future.
Tom Holle moved, seconded by Barbara Kickhaefer to adjourn the meeting at 12:37 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, June 1, 2020 beginning at 8:30 a.m.