December 18, 2018
Reno County Courthouse Hutchinson, Kansas
The Board of Reno County Commissioners met in agenda session with, Chairman Ron Hirst, Commissioner Dan Deming and Commissioner Bob Bush, County Administrator Gary Meagher, County Counselor Joe O’Sullivan, and Minutes Clerk Cindy Martin,
The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance and a short sectarian prayer led by Pastor Bones Nay, First Church of the Nazarene.
Amy Brown, 7406 E. Fountain Green Road, still concerned about industrial wind farms in Reno County and asked for more research.
Kristi Horsch, 22519 S. Kent Road, was concerned about industrial wind farms and the operations in Reno County, also to protect residents and the best outcome for the county.
County Administrator Gary Meagher commented on a schedule change for the next two agenda meetings because of the holidays. The December 25th meeting will be changed to Wednesday December 26th, and the January 1st meeting will be held on Monday December 31st, both at 9:00 a.m. instead of the regular Tuesday agenda meetings.
Commissioner Deming noted the Planning Commissions agenda has not been published on the Reno County website. He stated especially with the wind farm issue it needs to be there as soon as possible. The Planning Board Director had spoken to Mr. Deming stating it had not been done previously but Mr. Deming felt it needed to be done immediately. Mr. Meagher replied that it would be added from now on.
lightly, it is not done yet”. He looked forward to 2019 and the information going to the Planning and Zoning group and stated this Commission would be making the last decision. He appreciated both sides acting respectfully and with a positive nature.
All Board members, by consensus, requested all information either letter, emails, or phone messages be forwarded to all the Planning and Zoning Commission giving copies to the County Administrator Gary Meagher or County Planner Mark Vonachen.
Commissioner Hirst stressed that all the Board should do research on wind energy before the Planning and Zoning Commission returns their recommendation. He also added an executive session for non-elected personnel with no results after the action items on the agenda.
Mr. Bush moved, seconded by Mr. Deming, to approve the
Consent Agenda consisting of the Accounts Payable Ledger for claims payable on December 21, 2018 for $471,748.17 also
consisting of pending Added, Abated and Escaped Taxation Change Orders numbered 2018-1235, 1241, and 1271 as submitted. Appoint nominees to serve on the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for a one-year term beginning 1/1/2019 through
12/31/2019. Next on the consent agenda was four resolutions,
#2018-34; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A TRANSFER OF HEALTH
DEPARTMENT FUNDS TO THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT CAPITAL OUTLAY FUND, #2018-35; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A TRANSFER OF NOXIOUS WEEDS GENERAL FUNDS TO THE NOXIOUS WEEDS CAPITAL OUTLAY FUND, #2018-36; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A TRANSFER OF PUBLIC WORKS ROAD AND BRIDGE FUNDS TO THE SPECIAL HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT FUND, #2018-37; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A TRANSFER OF ALL FIRE DISTRICT GENERAL FUNDS TO THE FIRE DISTRICTS SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FUNDS. Final item
on the consent agenda was to appoint Scott Schoenecker as Arlington Township Clerk. Freeman Yoder was elected to the Arlington Township Clerk position but currently holds, and wishes to continue as, the Arlington Township Treasurer. Mr. Yoder declined the Clerk position and the Township Board
Solid Waste Supervisor Justin Bland met with the Board to recommend approval to purchase two (2) 2019 Crew Cab F250 XL Pickups from Midwest Superstore at a total cost of $29,700 each for the Solid Waste Department. He stated they had two (2) 2008 Chevy ¾ ton pickups to trade in for $1,000 each making the total purchase price $57,400. The Solid Waste Department sent out four bid requests with Midwest Superstore winning the bid. The new trucks would be four-wheel drive and are crew cabs with a full warranty. He noted that these were budgeted in CIP for this year.
Commissioner Deming asked if any other bids came in. Mr. Bland replied that Allen Samuels bid a Dodge truck that was over the specs for $32,682. Mr. Deming asked about end of the year vehicles with low mileage. Mr. Bland replied no because that history proved we can’t get the same deal with the government discount.
Mr. Bush moved, seconded by Mr. Deming, to approve the
purchase as outlined by Mr. Bland for $57,400 for two pickups from Midwest Superstore. The motion was approved by a roll call vote of 3-0.
Aging/Transportation Director Barbara Lilyhorn met with the Board to recommend approval on a license agreement with the City of South Hutchinson for signs, benches and shelter facilities to support Reno County Area Transportation by placing them on City of South Hutchinson property in 2019. She directed the Commission to look at Section 8 of the agreement because the City of South Hutchinson requested the maximum liability under State and Federal law. She asked for clarification on the law. There will be two shelters identified in their city along the main street. Mr. Deming moved, seconded by Mr. Bush, to approve
the license agreement as presented by Mrs. Lilyhorn. The motion was approved by a roll call vote of 3-0.
Mrs. Lilyhorn was also present to give explanation for the next two items on the agenda.
county at large. Mr. Deming moved, seconded by Mr. Bush, to approve the transfer as outlined by Mrs. Lilyhorn. The motion was approved by a roll call vote of 3-0.
Mrs. Lilyhorn was also present to recommend approval for declaring the following RCAT property as surplus to be sold on Purple Wave Auction:(1) 2012 Ford Eldorado Aerotech Bus with 188,783 miles; and (1) 2014 Ford Eldorado Aerotech Bus with 175,172 miles and used tires. She stated these vehicles had been grant and lien released and were no longer part of the RCAT fleet. They had replacement buses that went into effect on December 1, 2018. KDOT allows $5,000 plus 20 percent of funds to come back to Reno County and 80 percent goes back to KDOT.
Mr. Deming moved, seconded by Mr. Bush, to approve the surplus
to be sold on Purple Wave Auction. The motion was approved by a roll call vote of 3-0.
Mrs. Lilyhorn and Maintenance Director Harlen Depew gave their regularly scheduled update to the Board. Both discussed various current issues not requiring action by the Board.
At 10:20 Mr. Hirst moved, seconded by Mr. Bush, to go into executive session for 20 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel issues with no binding action to be taken as a result of this meeting. The motion was approved by a roll call vote of 3-0.
At 10:32 the meeting adjourned until 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 26, 2018.
________________________________________ Chair, Board of Reno County Commissioners
Reno County Clerk Date