January 12, 2009
Commissioner Thurlow, Commissioner Spicer, and Commissioner Mayo were present at a regular meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. The minutes were approved as printed. The Board approved payroll in the amount of $136,009.78 and bills in the amount of $65,259.87.
Refunds 08R06-08R07 in the amount of $1402.54 and Abatement/Refund 08RA08-08RA11 in the amount of $117.94 were reviewed and approved by the Board.
Jami Williams, Economic Development Director, asked the Board for permission to open the office at 9:00 a.m. on every Wednesday morning so that she could attend the weekly Chamber coffee. All other days of the week the office will open at 8:00 a.m. Permission was granted.
Commissioner Mayo made the motion to increase the County Treasurer’s salary by $57.70 per check through the end of the current term of office which is October 13th. The salary for the County Treasurer at that point will then revert back to Resolution 2009-01. Commissioner Spicer seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
The Swearing In of Elected Officials was held at 9:00 a.m. followed by the signing of Resolution 2009-02 County business reorganization. Commissioner Thurlow made the motion that Commissioner Spicer serve as Chairman of the Board and that Commissioner Mayo serve as Vice-Chairman for the year of 2009. Commissioner Mayo seconded and the motion passed unanimously. The Clay Center Dispatch will be the County Official Paper and the Depositories will be all the banks located in Clay County.
Gailen Tyrell, Landfill/Noxious Weed Director, met with the Board. Mr. Tyrell discussed the need of prescription safety glasses for the employees that work with Household Hazardous Waste. He will study this matter and return with an estimated cost. The Board granted permission to purchase a new PC from Central Office Service & Supply for the Landfill Department. Permission was also granted to place an ad for a part time employee to work with the recycling.
Commissioner Mayo made the motion to go into Executive Session at 9:47 a.m. for 10 minutes with the three Commissioners and Bruce Wingerd, Attorney under the Attorney-client privilege exception. The public session resumed at 9:57 a.m. with no decision being made during the Executive Session.
Chuck Dunn, Sheriff and Arnie Knoettgen, Maintenance, discussed the possibility of providing emergency power from the Law Enforcement generator to part of the Courthouse. The Board asked Mr. Knoettgen to look into this matter and return at a later date with a cost. Sheriff Dunn also gave his weekly report to the Board.
County I.D. badges were discussed. The Board decided to provide each employee with two I.D. cards. One to wear as an I.D. badge and one to carry as a wallet I.D.
Gary May, County Sanitarian, met with the Board to give his monthly report. The Board signed the Annual Cooperative Agreement between Clay County and Rural Lakes Region. Lisa Davies presented the 2009 proposed fees for the Rural Lakes Region program. There will be an increase on most services that they provide. Commissioner Thurlow made the motion to Adopt the proposed 2009 fees. Commissioner Mayo seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
Steve Liby, Highway Administrator, met with the Board. Mr. Liby will be sending out letters and taking bids on tires and corrugated tubes in the near future. He will also return with prices for steel bridge plank decking at a later date. The Board and Mr. Liby agreed on putting 65 miles of County roads in the 2009 sealing program. Mr. Liby informed the Board that his employees will be going after 80 tons of salt this week to prepare for bad weather .
The Board adjourned at 11:20 p.m.
Mike Spicer, Chairman Kayla Wang, County Clerk