County Commissioners

February 25, 2019 9:00 a.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission room of the Sumner County Courthouse. Those present were Chairman Jim Newell and Commissioner Steve Warner. Commissioner John Cooney was absent. Also present was County Clerk Debra A. Norris. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

At 9:30 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 10 minutes with Noxious Weed Director Robin Walcher to discuss non-elected personnel. At 9:40 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session. Chairman Newell advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

 

Director Walcher discussed Courthouse lawn maintenance.

 

County Counselor Jack Potucek provided generalreviews and updates to the Commission.

 

The annual Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification was presented to the Commission for signature. After review of the report, Chairman Newell was unanimously authorized to sign the certificate and agreement.

 

A letter requesting the waiver of rental fee for Raymond Frye Complex on April 21st was reviewed.

Pastor James Byers, representing Wellington Ministerial Alliance, advised the facility would be used for Sun Rise Services on Easter morning. After discussion, the Commission unanimously authorized the rental fee waiver, with the deposit fee required. Clerk Norris will make the necessary notifications.

 

Notification from Falls Township Treasurer, Jean Ward, recommending Mike Smock to serve as Falls Township Clerk after the passing of Rod Lungren was reviewed by the Commission. A letter of willingness to server from Smock was also reviewed. After discussion, the Commission unanimously appointed Mr. Smock.

 

Local farmer Mike Andra discussed a possible wind farm project in the Southwest portion of the County. Sunnyhill Wind Turbine Farm has contacted several property owners for leasing rights. Mr. Andra reported he does not live in the area but felt it was a good location due to limited population. The Commission advised no formal information has been provided to them. Mr. Andra also expressed his appreciation of the Road and Bridge Department for keeping the roads and bridges in good working order as well as being good stewards of county funds.

 

Maintenance Director Joe Struble and Assistant Director Jimmy Thornton met with the Commission discussing building roof maintenance.

 

The Commission reviewed and approved payables in the amount of $1,388.79.

 

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved current year abatement orders in the amount of $4,538.34. Prior year abatements were also approved in the amount of $447.36.

 

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

 

County Commissioners

February 26, 2019 9:00 a.m.

 

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission room of the Sumner County Courthouse. Those present were Chairman Jim Newell, Commissioner Steve Warner. Commissioner John Cooney was absent. Also present was County Clerk Debra A. Norris. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved minutes of February 18 and 19.

 

The Commission reviewed a request for additional funds to cover additional health claims. Insurance Clerk Jen Strickland provided additional information. After discussion, the Commission authorized an additional wire transfer of $100,000.

 

At 9:30 a.m., the Commission opened sealed bids received on seven (7) available County owned properties, acquired from past tax sales.Bids were received on four (4) of the available properties. After review of the bids received, the Commission accepted four (4) of the five (5) bids received.Clerk Norris will have quit claim deeds prepared and notify the winning bidders.

 

At 10:00 a.m., upon unanimous vote the commission entered into executive session for 10 minutes with Economic Development Director Stacy Davis, by phone, to discuss non-elected personnel. At 10:06 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session. Chairman Newell advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

 

County Appraiser Cindy Magill discuss the 2019 valuations with the Commission. Also present was County Treasurer Dannetta Cook. Appraiser Magill advised of an increase in agricultural values across the County, mostly because of the 8 year average used by the State. Discussion also included proposed legislation at the Capital.

 

County Counselor Jack Potucek, Treasurer Cook and Appraiser Magill met with the Commission to discuss various funding reports.

 

Counselor Potucek provided generalreviews and updates to the Commission.

 

The Commission reviewed month end payables in the amount of$128,597.37.

 

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 12:01 p.m.

 

 

County Commissioners

 

March 4, 2019 9:00 a.m.

 

 

 

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission room of the Sumner County Courthouse. Those present were Chairman Jim Newell and Commissioner Steve Warner, and Commissioner John Cooney. Also present was Deputy County Clerk Diana Aufdengarten. Representative Reilly was also present. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

 

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved minutes of February 25 and 26, 2019.

 

 

 

Jan Grace, Campus Operations Officer (COO) for the Cowley College - Sumner County Campus provided some updates on construction. The final walk thru has been completed, furniture is set to be delivered and the book store will have product delivered next week. A final walk thru for the furniture is scheduled for mid-month. A family event is scheduled for April 27th from 10-2. Ms. Grace provided other updates of programs happening. The Tect Building and the Short Building are scheduled to be open this summer.

 

 

 

Russell Day and Kathy Sinclair representing the Wellington Senior Center met with the Commissioners. They described some of the activities and programs that are going on at the senior center. They also explained how the senior center is funded solely by donations. Mr. Day and Ms. Sinclair advised that the building is in need of some repairs that could exceed their current donations. They wanted to meet with the Commissioners to ask for a donation to help with the expense of repairs. The Commissioners recommended they reach out to the Sumner Board of Senior Services.

 

 

 

At 11:13 a.m., upon unanimous vote the Commission entered into executive session for 15 minutes with Counselors Potucek to discuss attorney/client privileged matter. Also present was County Treasurer Dannetta Cook and County Appraiser Cindy Magill. At 11:28 a.m., the executive session was extended for an additional 10 minutes with the same parties present. At 11:38 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session. Chairman Newell advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

 

 

 

County Counselor Jack Potucek provided generalreviews and updates to the Commission.

 

 

 

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 12:00 p.m.

 

 

 

County Commissioners

 

March 5, 2019 9:00 a.m.

 

 

 

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission room of the Sumner County Courthouse. Those present were Chairman Jim Newell, Commissioner Steve Warner, and Commissioner John Cooney. Also present was Deputy County Clerk Diana Aufdengarten. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

 

The Commission reviewed a bid received for a property located at 1022 Myles Dr, Wellington. After discussion, the Commission unanimously accepted the bid from Shawn Becker. The Clerk’s office was authorized to contact Mr. Becker and prepare the Quit Claim Deed.

 

 

 

Health Department Director Laura Rettig provided a grant application for the Commission to review. After review and discussion, Chairman Newell was authorized to sign the application. Director Rettig provided additional departmental updates.

 

 

 

The Commission reviewed a prepared resolution to renew an early retirement program for Sumner County employees. After review, the Commission unanimously approved the renewal of the program, adopting Resolution No. 2019-04.

 

 

 

Director Joe Buresh, Information Technology, gave an update about the security project.

 

 

 

At 11:02 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 25 minutes with County Counselor Jack Potucek for an attorney-client privileged matter. Also present, by phone, were Attorneys David Cooper and Andrew Holder. Deputy Clerk Aufdengarten, Treasurer Dannetta Cook and County Appraiser Cindy Magill were present also. At 11:27 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session. No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

 

 

 

Counselor Potucek provided generalreviews and updates to the Commission.

 

 

 

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 11:41 a.m.