Approval of minutes

The Cherokee County Commissioners met August 17, 2009.  Chairman Pat Collins called the meeting to order with Commissioners Garner and Hilderbrand present.  Commissioner Garner made a motion to accept the commission meeting minutes for August 10, 2009 as presented by County Clerk Crystal Gatewood, Commissioner Hilderbrand seconded the motion and all voted in favor.

Leonard Vanatta

Gene Langerot

Cameron Lawrence of Freightliner in Joplin, MO came in to discuss options on

10-wheelers for the county lot.  Leonard Vanatta updated the commission on the recommendations provided by Schwab-Eaton regarding bridge inspections.  Gene Langerot has turned in two bills to FEMA and the county is waiting for payment.  Leonard and Gene discussed with the commission general updates for work going on in the county.

Vouchers, other business

All three commissioners signed off on a voucher to be paid in the amount of $11,854.00 for District Court for Computer Services and Cabling.

Gerald Casey and Richard Maxwell came before the commission to ask for help on an area near Cherry Creek that floods their fields, the commission responded by letting them know they would discuss it with Leonard Vanatta and get back with them.

Brenda Clugston of the Cherokee County Health Department brought in two grant forms, one for the WIC Program and the other for Public Health Preparedness, so the commission could look them over and Chairman Pat Collins signed off on them.

The commissioners and County Clerk Crystal Gatewood attended the KDOT Planning Meeting for Highway 7.  This meeting was held in Columbus, Kansas and public officials were asked to attend and give input.  KDOT gave a presentation of the preliminary project for Highway 7 and then took questions from the audience.

The commissioners received the following letter from KWORC:

Dear Commissioners:

On August 6, 2009, I visited Cherokee County for the purpose of conduction a Loss Prevention Visit.  I met with various county officials to discuss their respective loss prevention efforts.

Your loss ratio has improved from 110 percent as of June 30, 2008 to 81 percent as of June 30, 2009.  This improvement is due to the extra safety efforts put forth by your employees during this past year.  We would like to thank the Commissioners and in particular Leonard Vanatta, Road Supervisor and Gene Langerot, Lot Foreman for encouraging safety meetings/classes.  This demonstrates your concern for the safety and health of Cherokee Highway Department employees.

It was a pleasure to meet with your county personnel during my visit.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Respectfully,

Philip J. Rippee

Loss Prevention Specialist

Executive session

Commissioner Hilderbrand made a motion to go into Executive Session for Attorney/Client Privilege to discuss the landfill with himself, Commissioners Garner and Collins, and County Counselor Kevin Cure, for twenty minutes.  His motion was seconded by Commissioner Garner and all three commission members voted in favor.  They went in at 11:20 AM and returned at 11:44 AM

Resolution #12-2009

Commissioner Collins made a motion to accept Resolution 12-2009 that would require emergency power in adult care homes for heating and cooling of occupants.  Describing the requirements be completed by September 30, 2009 and allowing a power interruption including that in section two that five hours will be changed to ten hours.  Commissioner Hilderbrand seconded the motion and all voted in favor.  All three commissioners and County Clerk Crystal Gatewood signed off on the resolution.

Executive session

Commissioner Hilderbrand made a motion to go into Executive Session for Personnel Reasons for fifteen minutes with himself and Commissioners Garner and Collins.  His motion was seconded by Commissioner Garner and all voted in favor.  They went in at 3:35 PM and returned at 3:55 PM.

Adjournment

Commissioner Collins made a motion to adjourn, his motion was seconded by Commissioner Garner and all voted in favor.  The next Cherokee County Commission meeting will be held at 9AM in the Cherokee County Courthouse in Columbus, Kansas on August 24.