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These are the minutes for June 2012, as approved by the Bourbon County Commission.
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June 1, 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.
 
Bills and Payroll for the period were reviewed and approved.
 
Sheriff Gray spoke with commissioners about a request he’s received for a 4-way stop at 205th and Valley Rd.  Harold Coleman made a motion to place 4-way stop signs at the intersection.  Allen Warren seconded the motion and all voted in favor.
 
Johnny Walker asked about his balance due to the Landfill.  As of the April 2, 2012, minutes, it was $795.21, but that doesn’t take into account any payments since, and Lois Coyan isn’t here and the Landfill doesn’t answer the phone to verify.
 
Mr. Walker also talked about the limbs and brush left when the County cut trees back along the east side of Lake Fort Scott.  He’s offered to clean that up at his expense.  Commissioners asked him to file a certificate of insurance with the Clerk.
 
Randy Handly, Bourbon County Review, and Angelique McNaughton, Fort Scott Tribune, were present.
 
Joanne Long asked commissioners to amend the most recent non-elected salary resolution to include the position of Bailiff, as it was created since then.  Harold Coleman made a motion to amend Resolution 25-08, to include Bailiff at $772.50/semi-monthly.  Jingles Endicott seconded the motion and all voted in favor.
 
Jingles Endicott made a motion to appoint Marty DeWitt to the SEK Mental Health Board for Bourbon County.  Harold Coleman seconded the motion and all voted in favor. 
 
Gary Judd called Allen Warren and said they’re replacing a light pole in Redfield and would like a contribution from Special Parks and Recreation to help with the costs.  There’s $5,393.69 in the fund, however, repairs to Elm Creek Lake, which commissioners have earmarked a majority of the funds, are likely to be more than that amount.  Commissioners are also contemplating applying for a KDWP&T grant for the project at Elm Creek again.  Also, the commissioners will likely be asked to contribute to the annual fireworks display for Fort Scott.
 
Tom McNeil, Sheriff Gray, County Attorney Terri Johnson, Emergency Manager Keith Jeffers, Harry Shadden, Jim Womeldorff, Daniel Troyer, Eli Yoder, Dan Mullet, Joseph Yoder, Eli Yoder, III, Roman Shelter, Chris Borntrager and Levi Borntrager met with commissioners to discuss concerns brought forward last week about the Amish concerning their buggies and sanitation issues.  They said that sometimes the buggy will stop before it decides whether they will pull over and also there were concerns about lights and reflectors for the buggies so they can be seen at night.  There are state requirements for that.  K.S.A. 8-1718 requires lights and a “slow moving vehicle” emblem on buggies.  That law was distributed to those present for their information. 
 
The other concern was sanitation.  Tom McNeil presented the group with copies from Bourbon County’s Sanitation Codes.  Mr. Yoder believes that in Neosho County they can have a concrete pit on which the privy sits and the family empties it and disposes of the waste as fertilizer in the fields.  Tom said that’s not allowed in Bourbon County.  It’s supposed to be disposed at the wastewater plant.  Our codes were written and had to be accepted by the State before being enforced.  Any changes would also have to be approved by the State before they could be enacted.  It was asked if they could make their own homemade holding tanks.  Mr. McNeil said that there are no laws against that, provided they meet the specifications of the code and don’t leak; however, it’s probably more cost-effective to buy a manufactured one.  The concern is that the waste will get into the water table.  Terri Johnson recommends contacting the State to see what the options are.  Jim Womeldorff asked if they could be grandfathered in.  We’re not sure.  A follow-up meeting was set for three weeks from today, Friday, June 22, 2012, at 10:00 am.
 
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
ATTEST:
(ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk

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June 4, 2012       Monday     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, Bourbon County Review, was present.
 
Susan Quick spoke about progress in the Vehicle Office.  Things are still slow-going and the State has sent all County Treasurers a notice that the State is authorizing waiving the $1.00 penalty on May tags for registration fees.  The notice says that it’s each County’s decision as to waive the penalty on the property tax portion.  Harold Coleman made a motion to waive the penalty on property tax for vehicles due in May, due to the troubles with the new program.  Allen Warren seconded the motion and all voted in favor.
 
Marty Pearson gave a road report.  He said he has a meeting this morning at 10:00 am to receive an update on bridge work at Slick Rock.  Commissioners informed him of a busted culvert on 205th, south of Yale, which is becoming a problem. 
 
Charles Russell met with commissioners.  He lives on 195th Street, the east side of Lake Fort Scott, where the County recently cut back overgrown trees from the roadway.  This happened a few years ago, and after the first big rain, all the cut limbs and brush ended up in his yard.  To eliminate that happening again, he’d like permission from the commissioners to clean up the piles of debris left over and to burn any suitable logs.  Commissioners approved the request and informed him that Johnny Walker has also offered to help clean up, as he has time.
 
Lois Coyan advised commissioners that the balance at the Landfill for the burned out house from 2011 that Johnny Walker has been cleaning up is $769.72.  She also said the last payment was received three months ago.  Commissioners relayed that information to Mr. Walker.
 
Cathy Cooper, 6th Judicial District Community Corrections Director, met with commissioners to give a program update.  She said that there are prior year JJA funds available, in the amount of $19,947.00, which will be used to replace a vehicle and purchase and replace computer and office equipment.  Also, DOC funding in the amount of $1,800.00, has been allotted to provide $25 fuel vouchers for adult offenders in the program.  She said that the program has been very successful.  All of these funds are to be used between July 1 and December 31, 2012.
 
District Court Judge Gerald Hart, retired, stopped in to say hello.
 
Joanne Long informed commissioners that the Governor line-item vetoed the LEPP funding from the budget.
 
Joe Savage met with commissioners to give his input on the Amish situation.  He said that he objected to the sewer codes when they were first proposed.  He feels it’s silly to implement laws to take care of a problem with one person. 
 
David Neville met with commissioners with prices for the 20’ x 20’ x 7” slab of concrete for the area of the west lot in front of the dumpster.
 
Rogers & Son      $2,390
Marbery             $2,750
 
Jingles Endicott made a motion to go with Rogers & Sons for $2,390.  Allen Warren seconded the motion and all voted in favor.
 
After routine business, the meeting adjourned at 11:22 am.
 
                                                                                        THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
                                                                                        OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS
 
                                                                                       (ss) Harold Coleman, Chairman 
                                                                                       (ss) Allen Warren, Commissioner 
                                                                                       (ss) Jingles Endicott, Commissioner
ATTEST:
(ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk

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June 8, 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.
 
Joanne Long informed commissioners that the redistricting maps were approved late last night.  Bourbon County is now in the 12th and 13th Senatorial Districts and the 2nd and 4th State Representative Districts.  Congressional and State Board of Education Districts did not change.  The Primary Election will be August 7th.
 
Commissioners made arrangements to meet with Dan Meara on Monday, June 11, 2012, at 10:30 am, to get an update on the status of the Tax Sale.
 
Angelique McNaughton, reporter with the Fort Scott Tribune, was present.
 
Terri Johnson and Valorie Leblanc met with commissioners.  Terri Johnson asked for an executive session to discuss pending litigation.  Jingles Endicott made a motion to go into executive session, for a period of 15 minutes, under the attorney/client privilege exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act, to discuss pending litigation.  Harold Coleman seconded the motion and all voted in favor.  Those present for the session were the commissioners, Terri Johnson and Valorie Leblanc.  The session began at 11:02 am and ended at 11:17 am with no action.
 
Mrs. Johnson also spoke with commissioners about Cedar Creek Lake.  The lake is owned by Rural Water District #2, but they’ve contracted with Bourbon County to manage and operate any and all recreational purposes.  The water district maintains the fencing.  Bourbon County has entered into an agreement with Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) to waive any fishing fees in order to take part in the Community Fisheries Assistance Program (CFAP) and receive state funds to maintain the lakes for public usage.  There have been requests to restrict swimming and alcohol at Cedar Creek.  Undersheriff Bill Martin was present for some of the discussion.  He said that it’s difficult to patrol the lake when there are no rules in effect to enforce there, so the Sheriff’s Department has no teeth.  They’ve received reports of damage to property, but it’s all after the fact and they have no suspects.  Terri suggests the commissioners meet with KDWP and the Rural Water officials to come to an agreement on possible restrictions and rules at the lake.
 
Arnold Schofield spoke with commissioners about the history of the Bourbon County Fair.
 
After routine business, the meeting adjourned at noon.
 
                                                                                         THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
                                                                                         OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS
 
                                                                                         (ss) Harold Coleman, Chairman 
ATTEST:                                                                             (ss) Allen Warren, Commissioner 
                                                                                         (ss) Jingles Endicott, Commissioner
(ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk

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June 11, 2012           Monday         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.
 
Marty Pearson gave a road report.
 
Lee Davis, Noxious Weed Director, met with commissioners.  Commissioners wanted to speak with Mr. Davis about the possibility of spraying the County rights-of-ways, instead of mowing them.  Mr. Davis said that he has about $4,000 in his budget for spraying of non-noxious plants, and that he’s sprayed some corners this year.  It’s something that can be planned, but he feels that the Road & Bridge Fund should pay for the chemicals needed in those cases.  He feels he could do a little each year, but that he’s busy with noxious weeds the rest of the time.
 
Rhonda Cole, District Court Clerk, and David Neville met with commissioners.  Varnish from the old chairs outside of the courtrooms came off on the clothes of a person last week.  They feel they should be replaced, as they are old and weak.  Commissioners looked at the chairs in question.  Allen Warren suggested buying plastic chairs.  David feels that whatever we get should be secured so that someone cannot use them as a weapon.  They will look into prices for chairs.
 
Dan Meara and Susan Quick met with commissioners for a Tax Sale update.  Mr. Meara presented the following statistics:
 
No. of properties received to start with
286
No. paid before filing Petition for Tax Sale
62
No. redeemed
73
No. sold April 10, 2012
26
No. with no publication before received file
14
No. ready for next sale
99
No. waiting for gov’t answers
2
 
Mr. Meara is working with the City of Fort Scott on a disagreement over whether special assessments go away at a tax sale.  The purpose of the sale is to assure a clean and clear property to the new owner to begin back on the rolls.  Mr. Meara feels that he should be ready to begin the final publications in 30 days.  Commissioners said that they would like to get moving as soon as possible for next year, once 2011 becomes delinquent the first part of September.  Also, they’d like to have the non-homesteads on for as much as is allowed by law.  Homestead properties, the house you live in, cannot be subject to tax sale for three years.  Non-homesteads, agricultural, commercial and other property is eligible for sale after two years.  Commissioners advised Mr. Meara to go ahead on the 99 parcels that are ready now.  The remaining 4 can be sold at a later date.  New owners will be responsible for 2012 taxes, because the judge cannot forgive taxes that have not been levied yet.
 
Susan Quick said that she and Joanne Long met with our account representative from UMB last week.  Though we are not receiving any interest on the County funds, we do not pay about $1,335/month in bank charges that businesses normally pay.  That calculates to $16,020/year.  We do not have to pay for checks, deposits, stop-payments, transfers, etc. 
 
Also, UMB wanted to know why they were not allowed to bid on recent lease purchases the County made.  Commissioners will keep them in consideration for future purchases.
 
In addition, we were encouraged to use the UMB purchasing cards as much as possible, as we receive rebates checks annually for purchases, and the more we spend, the more we get back.
 
After routine business, the meeting adjourned at 11:35 am.
 
                                                                                      THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
                                                                                      OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS
 
                                                                                      (ss) Harold Coleman, Chairman 
                                                                                      (ss) Allen Warren, Commissioner 
                                                                                      (ss) Jingles Endicott, Commissioner
ATTEST:
(ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk

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June 15, 2012           Friday 9:00 am
 
The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with all commissioners and Tony George present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.
 
Don Goins, representative with Murphy Tractor, stopped by to introduce himself.
 
No road report.
 
Fred Campbell stopped by to ask the commissioners to reconsider demolishing the outhouses at Elm Creek Lake, because of the historical aspects of the dwellings built by the WPA back in the thirties.
 
Commissioner Coleman made a motion to accept the Timberhill Twp recommendation to grant the cereal malt beverage license for Timber Hills Lake, LLC to sell cereal malt beverages to be consumed on the premises. Allen Warren seconded the motion and all voted in favor.
 
Commissioner Warren made a motion to let Bourbon County install signs purchased by Timber Hills Lake, LLC, giving directions to their place of business. Jingles Endicott seconded the motion and all voted in favor.
 
Cathy Pechin and son Andrew stopped by to ask the commissioners some questions about Amish and the topic of the outhouses. She feels they are being singled out because of this issue. Commissioner Coleman assured her that this was not the case. The original complaint stemmed from an Amish buggy almost getting hit late at night when a tractor trailer came over a hill and it was in the middle of the road with no lights on it.
She also asked how the Amish were informed about coming to the county commission meeting to talk about this issue. Commissioner Warren inform her that Mr. Madison talk
to the Elder of the community. Commissioner Coleman said the purpose of the meeting was to gather information to find a solution to the issue.
 
John Green, SEKAAA, wanted to thank the commissioners for support of Senior Citizen programs in Bourbon County.
 
Nina Yakel came in to talk to the commissioners about the outhouses at Elm Creek Lake that were being prepared to be demolished. She had fielded questions from people whose relatives helped build Elm Creek Lake and the dwellings and if there would be some way to preserve the structures, mainly the outhouses.  She gave the commissioners a hand out about saving historical structures. The commissioners decided to have Nina board up the structures, paint and then find a way to put roofs on the outhouses.
 
David Neville came in to talk to the commissioners about the project to replace damaged asphalt by the dumpster and to make sure when the new pad is poured to match up with the existing pad. He also informed them that a disgruntled customer in the vehicle tag office had slammed the door and broke the glass. That person is going to pay for the replacement of the glass. No one was injured.
 
The commissioners agreed to receive bids on the 225th Street low water bridge project until Friday July 13th, 2012 10:00 a.m.
 
Commissioner Coleman nominated Commissioner Warren to be the representative at the Bourbon County / City meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday June 21st, 2012. Commissioner Endicott seconded the motion and all voted in favor.
 
After routine business, the meeting adjourned at: 11:55 a.m.
 
                                                                                      THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
                                                                                      OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS
 
                                                                                      (ss) Harold Coleman, Chairman 
                                                                                      (ss) Allen Warren, Commissioner 
                                                                                      (ss) Jingles Endicott, Commissioner
 
ATTEST:
(ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk

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June 18, 2012           Monday         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.
 
Bills and payroll for the period were reviewed and approved.
 
Marty Pearson gave a road report.
 
Richard Perry stopped in to check on the status of the bridge south of Marmaton.  Marty said it’s on the list, but he’s behind schedule.
 
Terri Johnson met with commissioners to check the status of the possible rule changes at Cedar Creek Lake.  Commissioners have taken no action.  They feel it should be discussed with the Rural Water District and Wildlife & Parks officials. 
 
There was discussion of the Landfill expansion request to the State of Kansas.  There is some question as to whether it’s an increase of 10’ vertically from the current working location, or whether it includes a vertical increase to older sections, too.  There was no consensus at this time.
 
Tom McNeil met with commissioners to discuss the sanitation issues.  Allen Warren said that the County needs to be careful with what it appears to be recommending.  We have codes and we can’t differ from those unless they are changed and approved by KDHE.  State Law allows for home-made holding tanks, provided they are water-tight and are built to specifications. 
 
Bill Brittain presented the annual request for a donation to the fireworks display by the Elk’s Lodge.  Jingles Endicott made a motion to donate $500 from Special Parks and Recreation to the annual fireworks display for Fort Scott.  Allen Warren seconded the motion and all voted in favor.
 
Lawrence Davis met with commissioners to verify if a road has been closed in section 18 of Timberhill Township.  Upon research, it appears to have been closed for many years.
 
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
ATTEST:
(ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk

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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
ATTEST:
(ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk

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June 25, 2012           Monday         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.
 
Marty Pearson gave a road report.  Someone broke into the Landfill last night.  Also, he spoke about equipment that is currently broken down.  Allen Warren asked about the location of chips at the quarry.  He said it seems to use a lot of fuel to move them to where they are stored.  Marty said they need to be kept away from dust and Allen agreed. 
 
Undersheriff Bill Martin met with commissioners to ask if the County has placed any restrictions on fireworks, with the hot, dry weather.  The County has no resolution limiting when fireworks may be set off.  Statute allows the sale of fireworks between June 27-July 5, annually.  The commissioners will meet with City and Fire officials on Friday morning at 9:00 am, to determine if a burn ban of any kind should be implemented, which may prohibit fireworks over the 4th of July holiday.
 
Joanne Long presented fireworks stand permits for 2012 for approval.  Three stands have paid their fees and a blank was also signed, if it is needed.  They were:
 
          Jake’s Fireworks                Wall & Goodlander, Fort Scott
          Jake’s Fireworks                Wood’s Parking Lot, Fort Scott
          Hale’s Fireworks                 S 69 Hwy, S of Peerless, Fort Scott
 
Allen Warren made a motion to go into executive session, for a period of 10 minutes, under the non-elected personnel exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act.  Jingles Endicott seconded the motion and all voted in favor.  Those present for the session were the commissioners and Marty Pearson.  The session began at 9:57 am and ended at 10:07 am with no action.
 
Tim Cunningham, Tri-Valley Developmental Services, met with commissioners to present Tri-Valley’s 2013 Budget request.  The request was for $60,000.  He also thanked commissioners for the resolution regarding Kan-Care.  He said they got a year reprieve.  Mr. Cunningham informed commissioners that Ken Anderson’s board position is up this year and he is interested in being re-appointed.  Allen Warren made a motion to re-appoint Ken Anderson to the Tri-Valley Board for a 3-yr period.  Jingles Endicott seconded the motion and all voted in favor.
 
Joanne Long spoke about County vehicles being marked with County’s name on each side, as provided by K.S.A. 8-305.  She said her office received a call that a County vehicle was no longer marked.  The county attorney has also said that we need to be sure that all vehicles are marked.  Commissioners asked which vehicles aren’t marked.  Ms. Long said the two field appraiser trucks, the new minivan in the jail and the sanitarian’s Jeep.  Commissioners said to send a letter out to those departments and to Marty Pearson, to be sure that all vehicles are marked.
 
Keith Jeffers gave commissioners guidelines for proposing a burn ban, should they so choose.
 
Judy Wallis spoke with commissioners about Neighborhood Revitalization.  The City of Fort Scott has developed a new plan which encompasses the entirety of Fort Scott, with the exception of the industrial park.  It has a point system which allows for a longer exemption for larger improvements.
 
Valorie Leblanc met with commissioners.  She asked for an executive session to discuss possible litigation.  Harold Coleman made a motion to go into executive session, for a period of fifteen minutes, under the attorney/client privilege exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act, to discuss possible litigation.  Allen Warren seconded the motion and all voted in favor.  Those present for the session were the commissioners and Valorie Leblanc.  The session began at 11:16 am and ended at 11:31 am, with no action.
 
Allen Warren left the meeting at 11:31 am.
 
Harold Coleman gave an interview to KSN reporter, Katie Love, regarding the Amish situation.
 
After routine business, the meeting adjourned at noon.
 
                                                                             THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
                                                                             OF BOURBON COUNTY, KANSAS
 
                                                __________________________, Chairman 
                                                __________________________, Commissioner 
                                                __________________________, Commissioner
 
ATTEST:
(ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk

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June 29, 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.
 
Bills and Payroll for the period were reviewed and approved.
 
Randy Handly, reporter with the Bourbon County Review, was present.
 
Emergency Manager Keith Jeffers, Delwin Mumbower, Louella Howard, both of Fire District 3, and Paul Ballou, FSFD Chief, met to discuss the possibility of a burn ban or banning of fireworks.  Neither Fire District 3, nor Fort Scott, has reported more fires with the recent drought conditions.  They also said that fireworks have historically not been a cause of fires for their departments.  After discussion, Harold Coleman made a motion to adopt Resolution 15-12, a Burning Ban, which prohibits all open burning until further notice, with the exception of fireworks and barbeque grills through July 5, 2012, only.  Jingles Endicott seconded the motion and all voted in favor.  The ban was signed and copies will be distributed to each of the fire stations, the media and handed out to the firework stands to be given to customers.
 
Allen Warren said he has received a proposal for the removal of hazardous waste at the Wade Aluminum site.  The approximate costs are: Labor $2,317.69 and Supplies $2,726.00, for a total of approximately $5,043.69.  Allen Warren made a motion to proceed with the hazardous waste disposal at Wade Aluminum site by contracting with PSC Environmental of Kansas City, Missouri, for an estimated cost of $5,043.69.  Harold Coleman seconded the motion and all voted in favor.
 
Greg Schick and his attorney, Harry Warren, met with commissioners about his delinquent taxes.  Mr. Schick has several properties set to be sold at tax sale but he said he has some payment under protest hearings in progress.  He wants to be able to have the hearings finalized before moving forward with the sale, so he has opportunity to pay them off.  No action.
 
Robert Chase, Malinda Bailey and Alan Houser, SEK Mental Health, presented the 2013 budget request in the amount of $78,600. 
 
Angelique McNaughton, reporter with the Fort Scott Tribune, was present.
 
Valorie Leblanc met with commissioners to discuss the bond documents for Bourbon County Sewer District #1.  She asked that commissioners review them and speak with her Monday if they have questions, so that the paperwork may be finalized next Friday.
 
Mrs. Leblanc asked commissioners for a 10 minute executive session to discuss pending litigation.  Jingles Endicott made a motion to go into executive session, for a period of 10 minutes, under the attorney/client privilege exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act, to discuss pending litigation.  Harold Coleman seconded and all voted in favor.  Those present for the session were the commissioners and Valorie Leblanc.  The session began at 11:09 am and ended at 11:19 am with no action.
 
Kristi Davis, EagleMed Air Ambulance Service, met with commissioners to ask permission to offer membership to employees so there’s no charge if they need it.  Helicopters are based from Pittsburg and Chanute.  When asked, she said that the average cost of an air ambulance is $15,000-$20,000.  Commissioners will consider it.  She’ll check back in a couple weeks.
 
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
ATTEST:
(ss) Joanne Long, County Clerk

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