Osage County Commission Meeting Minutes
March 28, 2017
The meeting was called to order by Presiding Commissioner Dudenhoeffer at 8:30 AM.
Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
District 1 Commissioner John Glavin present.
District 2 Commissioner Larry Kliethermes was present.
County Clerk Patrick Steele on duty.
Media was represented by Jerri Voss.
Present for all or part of the meeting were: Tim Neuner, Sheriff Bonham, Andi Rice and Brian Brune of Beck Motors.
Approval of the Agenda: Approved.
Minutes: Minutes of Regular Meeting of March 23, 2017 were reviewed and approved.
Bills and Communications:
Checks for approved invoices were presented and signed for disbursement.
Absentee voting is available at the Clerk’s Office for the April Municipal Election.
There will be no Commissioners Meeting on April 4, 2017 because of the election.
Spotlight on Osage County will feature Cindy Brenneke of When Pigs Fly Farm at 5 PM on 4/6/17 in the Function Room at the Osage County Community Center.
CAD Demonstration, 3/28/17 in EOC at 6:30 PM. Commissioners plan to attend.
Extension Council Meeting, 3/28/17 at 7 PM in the Commissioners Room.
MREPC Meeting at Noon, 3/29/17 Lunch at MRPC.
There will be a Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting on April 14, 2017 at 10 AM in EOC.
Road and Bridge Items. A preliminary report from Road and Bridge was provided and a discussion about the planning process occurred. The worst thing to do would be to present a list to the residents of projects that would be thought to be funded if the tax proposal passes. Enough background information needs to be provided to the tax payers to inform them of the pressing needs of many of our assets in buildings and infrastructure. County Clerk Steele asked “How many box culverts do we have?” and no one could answer that question. The long-range plan that the County will adopt needs to identify the extent of the need, not a promised work list. Randy Atkin will begin to ask his crew members to be aware of box culverts on the roads they are working on to provide a general indication of the number. We should have a record of those parts of our infrastructure.
County Clerk Steele will attempt to get help from the SHPO in addressing the needs of the courthouse.
Plan for County Roads: See above discussion.
Website: No problems.
Luebbering Law Suit: Trial has been removed from current schedule in August 2017.
2017 Tax Support Committee: See discussion in Road and Bridge above.
Westphalia Road Issue: No new information.
Agricultural Ready County Program Application: A representative has contacted Presiding Commissioner Dudenhoeffer and they have requested a quote from us on how friendly we are towards agriculture. Clerk Steele will try to contact her for more information about the request.
County Road 402 update: No new information.
A conference call with Darrell Decker about a proposed statewide consortium of counties for health care coverage was taken by the Commission. Mr. Decker, a former Commissioner from Green County gave a
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history of the current consortium that has 8 counties involved. They have had coverage for 12 years and the time seems right to try to offer this to other counties. He stated that the program is handled through Gallagher and that some major providers are interested in bidding. He feels that we need to have numbers of full time employees in the larger group to make it financial workable. He has asked that if the County is interested, that we send an email stating that yes, we are interested in this proposal; we understand that at this point we are not obligated in any way; and provide them with the number of full time employees. The proposal sounds good, may also be self-funded, and would provide 3 options for employees to choose. County Clerk Steele responded that he would send the email that afternoon.
The last of the big election boxes was returned to the polling places yesterday afternoon.
County Clerk Steele reported that they are two interviews scheduled with job applicants for his election position scheduled for this afternoon, and another one scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Public testing of voting equipment will be March 31, 2017 at 1 PM.
Delivery of voting equipment and ballots will be on April 1, 2, and 3, 2017.
Brian Brune provided the extra keys for the new vehicles and title applications for the two Durangos. The Commissioners were able to provide him the proceeds from the bank loan to pay for the two Durangos.
Andi Rice reported that ATT was upping their prices and were offering an incentive which would not benefit her operation. She also reported that she had contracted for 10 US Cellular phones for a 1 cent monthly fee and charge of .05 cents per minute used. These are for use in an emergency if other systems fail.
Jerri Voss reported that there were two errors in the financial report. In attempting to align column numbers, two salary figures lost part of their numbers. The individuals were contacted and did not which to have a correction run to draw attention. This was acceptable to the Commissioners.
Other: At 10:10 AM, Commissioner Glavin made a motion to closed the regular meeting and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Kliethermes and passed with three ayes in the roll call vote. At 10:13, the Commission returned to the regular meeting and reported that no action was taken by the Commission as the situation would be handled by the Department.
Commissioner Kliethermes reported that he had talked with Rehagen staff member who was waiting to be contacted by the County to meet with the Commissioners about the problems in the jail and courthouse. County Clerk Steele was asked to contact them and coordinate with Sheriff Bonham.
County Clerk provided a draft of the requested proclamation for Viet Nam era MIA’s on the 50th anniversary of the service men going missing.
With no further business, Commissioner Glavin made the motion to adjourn and it was seconded by Commissioner Kliethermes. The meeting was adjourned at 10:17 AM.
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