- June 22,
2012 Friday 9:00 am
- The Bourbon County Commission
met in open session with all commissioners and the county clerk present.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
- Randy Handly, reporter with
the Bourbon County Review, was present.
- Gene Cowan was present.
- Shane Walker and Arnold
Schofield presented five historic Bourbon County Fair posters that will be
offered for sale at upcoming fairs.
- Susan Quick reported that her
office has collected $308,372.59 in delinquent taxes and $88,360.85 in
interest and penalties since September 9, 2011.
- Commissioners met with members
of the Amish community at 10:00 am. Among those present were: Larry
Gazaway, Randy Handly, Angelique McNaughton, Loretta George, Tom McNeil,
Keith Jeffers, Gene Cowan, Cathy Pechin, Andrew Pechin, Dennis Meech,
Cecelia Kramer, Jim Kramer, Malinda Bailey, Kiran Bailey, Levi Borntrager,
Roman Shetler, Eli Yoder III, Daniel Troyer, Eli Yoder, Chris Borntrager,
Kevin Murphy, Al Metcalf, Keenan Gregory and Jim Meech.
- When asked, the Amish
representative said the Community hasn’t come to a decision, and doesn’t
feel it’s up to them to decide. Neosho County Amish handle their waste in
a similar way that the Bourbon County Amish does. The Commissioners are
waiting to hear options from KDHE. Harold Coleman read from K.A.R.
28-5-5, which indicates that untreated domestic sewage is prohibited. One
option that was put forward was composting toilets. Commissioners need a
statute or regulation number from the State of Kansas allowing it before
it’s an option. There was some question as to who has final authority on
sanitation codes. The commissioners said that whatever they propose has
to be approved from KDHE, but a letter Cathy Pechin had from KDHE
indicated that final approval rests with the Commissioners. It was asked
again if the current Amish can be “Grandfathered” in. They cannot.
- Bourbon County’s Sanitation
Code allows for either a holding tank or a septic tank. However, the
septic tank requires 400’ of lateral lines and would require running
water. If composting is found to be an option, we could see about
amending our Sanitation Codes to allow it, but it may be
cost-prohibitive. A person can make a home-made holding tank, provided it
is inspected by our Sanitation Office and found to be water-tight and
meets state and county specifications. The Amish indicated that if
composting is allowed and not cost-prohibitive, they would be interested
in that option.
- There was concern that it took
7 ½ years for this to be brought up. Past commissioners and the former
Sanitarian didn’t enforce the codes at the time. Should the County foot
the bill for this? No, ignorance of the law is no excuse. There was
talk that the County is in violation of its own Codes with Elm Creek
Lake. The Commissioners said that it is slightly different, in that the
restrooms at Elm Creek were not constantly used, daily. Also, we have put
up Port-a-Potties there.
- Commissioners suggested
checking back on this in a month or so. The Amish said it’s no use for
them to keep coming back unless and until there’s an actual answer in
place. After discussion, it was decided to meet again in no more than 60
days. We should have an answer from the State by that time.
- There was brief mention of
reflective tape/triangles on buggies for safety. The Amish have been
given the requirements for the traffic laws. It was mentioned that the
reflective tape is more visible than a flashing light.
- Bourbon County Soil
Conservation presented its 2013 budget request to commissioners. Those
present were: Wayne Thorpe, Ronnie Brown, Dean Bailey and Cheryl
Bennett. Malinda Bailey and Kiran Bailey were also present. They are
asking for $40,000, the same amount is 2012.
- Doylene Chapman presented
commissioners with the approved permit for a 10’ vertical expansion for
the Landfill, including a revised site size to 56.99 acres.
- After routine business, the
meeting adjourned at noon.
THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS
(ss) Harold Coleman, Chairman
(ss) Allen Warren, Commissioner
(ss) Jingles Endicott, Commissioner
- (ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk