Marshall County Commission Meeting Minutes – 4/17/2023

The Board of Marshall County Commissioners met in regular session with Keith Bramhall, chairman, Fritz Blaske, member, Jon Ungerer, member and Sandra Wilson, County Clerk present. Chris Pannbacker with the Marysville Advocate was also present for the meeting.

Commissioner Bramhall called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m. The meeting was opened with the flag salute.

Jon Ungerer moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske to approve the minutes of the 04/10/2023 regular meeting and the agenda for today’s meeting. Unanimous.

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Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Jon Ungerer to approve the following purchase orders. Unanimous.

Hall Brothers, Inc., Marysville, KS
For 2nd pymt for 1 ½” overlay on BR blacktop
$279,489.15-Special Rd & Bridge Fund-P.O. #109429

Hall Brothers, Inc., Marysville, KS
For 3rd & final pymt for 1 ½” overlay on BR blacktop
$112,607.55-Special Rd & Bridge Fund-P.O. #109430

Hall Brothers, Inc., Marysville, KS
For 1st pymt for 1 1/2” overlay on Herkimer blacktop
$383,201.00-Special Rd & Bridge Fund-P.O. #109431

Public Works Administrator Mike Craig met with the Board. The road crews are working on applying shoulder rock on the black top west of Axtell, bridge crew has completed one bridge and moved on to the next one.

Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske to go into executive session per KSA 75-4319(b)(1) to discuss non-elected personnel – potential hire with the Board and Public Works Administrator Mike Craig to return to open session in the Board meeting room at 9:05 a.m. Unanimous.

Jon Ungerer moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske to hire Allen Ekstrum at the recommendation of Public Works Administrator Mike Craig at probation laborer at the rate of $19.48/hr to begin May 1, 2023. Unanimous.

County Treasurer Angie Price met with the Board. She gave the Board the quarterly investment report.

Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske to approve the following purchase orders. Unanimous.

Waterville Ambulance, Waterville, KS
For 1st quarter appropriation
$9,250.00-Ambulance Fund-P.O. #6626

Frankfort Ambulance, Frankfort, KS
For 1st quarter appropriation
$11,000.00-Ambulance Fund-P.O. #6627

Axtell Ambulance, Axtell, KS
For 1st quarter appropriation
$8,000.00-Ambulance Fund-P.O. #6899

Pony Express Partnership for Children
For PEPC 2023
$10,000.00-County General (PEPC) Fund-P.O. #6909

4-H Fair Bldg, Blue Rapids, KS
For 1st quarter appropriation
$2,625.00-County General (4-H Bldg) Fund-P.O. #6901

Ms Co Historical Society, Marysville, KS
For 1st quarter appropriation
$3,750.00-County General (Historical) Fund-P.O. #6900

Ms Co Fair Association, Blue Rapids, KS
For 1st quarter appropriation
$7,500.00-County General (Fair) Fund-P.O.#6906

Pawnee Mental Health
For 1st quarter appropriation
$30,373.00-County General (PMH) Fund-P.O. #6904

Twin Valley Developmental
For 1st quarter appropriation
$13,750.00-County General (Mental Health) Fund-P.O. #6905

Marshall County Partnership for Growth, Marysville, KS
For 1st quarter appropriation
$13,750.00-County General (Economic Dev) Fund-P.O. #6902

Ms Co Soil Conservation, Marysville, KS
For 1st quarter appropriation
$10,875.00-County General (Soil Conservation) Fund-P.O. #6903

Ks National Guard Armory, Marysville, KS
For 2023 appropriation
$1,934.00-County General Fund-P.O. #6907

Computer Information Concepts
For yearly maintenance & support
$56,330.00-Computers & Maintenance Fund-P.O. #6915

Marshall County Development Corp
For 2023 appropriation
$4,200.00-County General Fund-P.O. #6908

Quadient Finance
For postage
$3,500.00-County General (Courthouse)Fund-P.O. #6914

Elizabeth Olson, Hiawatha, KS
For March/April 2023 contract services
$2,300.00-District Court Fund-P.O. #6870

County Counselor Jason Brinegar met with the Board. No pending action at this time.

Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske to approve payment out of ARPA for server/firewall for Frankfort nutrition site in the amount of $550.00. Unanimous.

Jon Ungerer moved, seconded by Fritz Blaske to approve the contract with Loyd Group, LLC in the amount of $2,500.00 for assistance with the LATCF grant paperwork. Unanimous.

Commissioner Blaske left the meeting at 9:52 a.m.

Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Jon Ungerer to approve abatements as presented with a value of 45,687 and a tax amount of $7,941.30. Motion passed 2-0.

Agency on Aging Director Ashley Lyhane met with the Board. The meals and transportation numbers are up for the year. Ashley received notification last week that the KDOT grant beginning in July of 2024 will not be fully funded as requested and that will result in a short fall in Federal & State operations of $46,600.

Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Jon Ungerer to recess the meeting at 10:17 a.m.. Motion passed 2-0.

Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Jon Ungerer to reconvene the meeting in the basement meeting room at 10:30 a.m. for the Department Head Meeting. Motion passed 2-0.

Sheriff Tim Ackerman – participated in the last town hall meeting regarding the new jail last week.

Jamie Jones – County Attorney Secretary – very busy, a lot of cases being filed. Andy is working more fulltime and Sue has gone to part time every other week.

Health Nurse Cheryl Skalla – 8 of the 9 grant reports have been filed. They are doing their school outreach clinics before school is out for the summer. Erin & Megan will finish their CPR certifications to be able to teach the class and have a class scheduled for next month. Cheryl recently sat on a Health Care Panel for the Leadership Marshall County Class. Hannah & Cheryl attended a billing symposium recently and made a lot of good connections. There was an Electronics Health Records specialist in attendance and will help the department decide on the best type of program for their department. Erin & Megan have also received their car seat tech licenses.

Appraiser Francine Crome – finished valuation hearings. Personal Property notices will be mailed out May 1st. They will be starting their maintenance review soon.

Anastasia Meyer – Extension Agent – Susie is finishing up with taxes. The extension office is looking for a nutrition person to work with the elderly & school children. Anastasia reported they will have 2 interns coming this summer to work with the summer school programs with 4-H type activities. The new PA system is installed at the fair. Growing season and 4-H season are ramping up.

Register of Deeds Ruth Martin – steady flow of documents.

County Treasurer Angie Price – CMV renewals are done. 2nd half of taxes due in May.

Agency on Aging Director Ashley Lyhane – SNAP enrollment next week. She recently applied for and received a grant for new exercise equipment. Meals and transportation numbers are up from last year. She recently found out her KDOT grant will not be fully funded and will result in a $46,600 shortfall.

Emergency Management Director Bill Schwindamann, Jr. – been staying busy with countywide fires, recently sent some crews to Washington County for assistance. Emergency Ops Plan and Mitigation Plan will both be due this year. County Counselor Jason Brinegar inquired about the process for a burn ban. A burn ban would have to be implemented by a Resolution by the Board of County Commissioners. Mr. Schwindamann makes a decision daily as to whether burn permits will be issued on that day.

Public Works Administrator Mike Craig – crews are finishing up putting shoulder rock on the Axtell blacktop, overlay S of Blue Rapids has been completed, road crews are busy blading and hauling rock, bridge work continues throughout the county.

County Clerk Sandy Wilson – special election advance voting is going on now. Advised the department heads to start thinking about budget requests and paperwork will be distributed within the next few weeks. Leadership Marshall County will be visiting the courthouse on Friday, April 21st the offices participating are the Treasurer, Clerk, Appraiser, Commissioners and Register of Deeds. County Government day will be May 3.

Commissioners – finished up 4 town hall meetings for jail project. Finalizing the health dept. plans, hoping to start by June. Commissioner Bramhall encouraged the offices to take time to hold regular staff meetings to encourage and increase communication.

Keith Bramhall moved, seconded by Jon Ungerer to recess the meeting at 11:19 a.m. Motion passed 2-0.

(Video Part 3) Keith Bramhall moved seconded by Jon Ungerer to reconvene the meeting at 11:25 a.m. in the Board meeting room. Motion 2-0.

Jon Ungerer moved, seconded by Keith Bramhall to approve vouchers as presented and issued manual warrants. Motion passed 2-0.

Jon Ungerer moved, seconded by Keith Bramhall to accept the estimate from Network Computer Solutions for electronics upgrades to Commissioner meeting room and Agency on Aging meeting room in the amount of $7,316.37. Motion passed 2-0.
Jon Ungerer moved, seconded by Keith Bramhall to adjourn the meeting at 11:40 a.m. Motion passed 2-0. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on April 24, 2023 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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