The Marshall County Board of Commissioners met in regular session with Barbara Kickhaefer, Chair, Keith Bramhall, Member, Fritz Blaske, Member and Sandra Wilson, County Clerk in attendance. Chris Pannbacker of the Marysville Advocate was present at the meeting. Cheryl Skalla, Mary Weeks, Erin Pralle, Tami Stowell, Ashley Lyhane, Mike Craig, Rob Peschel and Austin St. John were also present at the reunion.
Commissioner Kickhaefer opened the meeting at 8:23 a.m. The meeting was opened with the flag salute.
Moved by Keith Bramhall, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to approve the minutes of the meeting of 06/07/22 and the agenda for today’s meeting. Unanimous.
Director of Emergency Management Bill Schwindamann, Jr. presented the council with a Local Disaster Emergency Proclamation for Marshall County to be approved by the council for the June 7 and June 11 storms.
Health nurse Cheryl Skalla told the council she has a few locations lined up for a temporary home for the health department and will be visiting a few of those buildings this morning. She will keep the Council informed of the locations. Public Works Administrator Mike Craig said road and bridge workers are available to help move any needed items.
The insurance claim has been submitted.
Deputy Clerk Samantha Jackson replaced County Clerk Sandra Wilson.
Moved by Keith Bramhall, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to approve the following purchase orders. Unanimous.
National Sign Co, Ottawa, KS
For signs and letters
$3,9871.44 – Roads and Bridges Fund – PO # 109346
Ketter Construction, House, KS
For machine rental
$5,537.50 – Roads and Bridges Fund – PO # 109345
Public Works Administrator Mike Craig met with council. The cost of waste disposal increases with the fuel surcharge that Hamm’s will begin to charge.
Moved by Keith Bramhall, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to increase the landfill dumping cost to $55/tonne effective August 1, 2022. Unanimous.
Public Works Administrator Mike Craig met with council to submit budget requests for 2023.
The budget request for roads and bridges is $3,891,000, an increase of $105,600.
The budget request for solid waste is $479,430, an increase of $29,900.
The Noxious Weed budget request is $99,200, an increase of $3,000.
The HRH/CR budget request is $72,500, which is unchanged from the previous year.
The budget request for the courthouse janitorial is $47,525, unchanged from the previous year.
General Courthouse – Budget of $220,000 for the courthouse building, same as the previous year.
Susie Latta and Anastasia Meyer with the Extension Office met with the Council to submit their budget request for 2023. The Marshall County Extension Council requested $207,616 for the 2023 budget year, an increase of 11 000 compared to the amount of $196,616 the previous year.
Susie informed Council that Pott County is not supportive or moving forward with expanding the district at this time, but the other 4 counties are still considering the idea.
Anastasia Meyer submitted the $10,500 Fair Building budget request, which is the same as the previous one.
County Councilors Jason Brinegar and Aaron Westbrook met with council. Properties for sale for taxes are now reduced to 13 properties from an initial number of 52. June 20 will be the default day, then the actual sale date will be set for August.
Barbara Kickhaefer moved, seconded by Keith Bramhall, to enter into executive session pursuant to KSA 75-4319(b)(2) for privileged discussions between clients and attorneys regarding contract negotiations with the Board and attorneys of county present to return to a public session in the Council meeting room at 9:45 a.m. Unanimous.
No action taken as a result of this executive session. Commissioner Bramhall said he had tried to contact Roger Marshall’s office regarding the ongoing problems with train jams in Frankfurt and would update the board as he got information.
Register of Deeds Martha Roesch met with council. The Deed Registry budget request is $179,252, an increase of $22,294. Registry of Deeds Martha Roesch requested a budget for an additional part-time employee. She indicated that her new full-time clerk started work today.
County Sanitarian Marlene Stamm convened the meeting with a conference call between the 4 counties (Marshall, Cloud, Clay, Washington) for her budget request. The original request was for $11,672.95 per county, which included a raise for health insurance but did not include any salary increase. After lengthy discussions, the counties agreed to a 5% hourly wage increase to $21.09/hour. Washington County made a motion to raise the salary by 5%. The updated budget request with the salary change is $12,127.95 per county.
Evaluator Francine Crome submitted her budget request for 2023 of $263,975, an increase of $4,825 from the previous year.
Moved by Barbara Kickhaefer, seconded by Keith Bramhall, to approve Proclamation 20-22-06-13-1 Local Disaster Emergency for Marshall County for June 7 and June 11, 2022. Unanimous.
Moved by Barbara Kickhaefer, seconded by Fritz Blaske, to approve the following purchase order. Unanimous.
Elizabeth Olson, Hiawatha, KS
For contract attorney fees (May 13-June 9, 2022)
$2,300.00 – District Court Fund – PO #6692
Jeff Lane and Tathiana along with TreanorHL, Eric Stallbaumer and Sheriff Tim Ackerman met with council. Tathiana presented the floor plan of the proposed prison to the council. Terracon will start the NEPA report which will take approximately 45 days. Final designs are expected to be completed by mid-August and AHRS should have a good idea of cost estimates and be able to launch tenders in September.
Merica Surdez from Frankfort called to discuss their removal from the neighborhood revitalization program. No action was taken as a result of this conversation.
The Council breaks briefly for lunch.
Agency on Aging director Ashley Lyhane met with the board to submit budget requests for 2023.
The Agency on Aging budget request for 2023 is $418,855, an increase of $37,360 from the previous year.
The 2023 Title IIIC budget request is $434,950, an increase of $38,955 from the previous year.
The 2023 KDOT Agency on Aging budget request is $269,650, an increase of $21,700 from the previous year.
Mike Peschel of Twin Valley Developmental Services Inc. submitted his 2023 budget request at $55,000, the same as the previous year.
Leslie Holthaus, Allan Harries, Bob Voet and Dan Faulkner presented Council with the 2023 budget request for the Marshall County Conservation District in the amount of $43,500, the same amount as the previous year.
Sheriff Tim Ackerman submitted his 2023 budget request for $2,130,296, an increase of $278,196 from the previous year, primarily in salaries and fuel prices.
County Treasurer Jami Ellenbecker submitted her 2023 budget request for $269,500, an increase of $44,800 from the previous year.
County Treasurer Jami Ellenbecker asked the board to consider closing the courthouse to the public on the last business day of the year to allow enough time to wrap up the year. No action was taken at this time. The county treasurer also expressed concerns about the future need for internal IT. NCS currently manages our IT needs, however, Treasurer Jami Ellenbecker feels that IT is becoming increasingly complex and complicated and the county could justify having an in-house IT technician on site at all times.
Marshall County Developmental Corp’s Bruce Dierking submitted his 2023 budget request at $4,200, which is the same as before.
County Clerk Sandra Wilson submitted the 2023 budget request on behalf of the Director of Emergency Management for $123,700, which is the same as the previous year.
Commissioner Kickhaefer said Senator Jerry Moran visited the area on Sunday and Lisa Moser and Elaine Bowers contacted her to offer any assistance we may need.
Barbara Kickhaefer moves, seconded by Keith Bramhall, to approve the supporting documents as presented and issues manual warrants. Unanimous.
Fritz Blaske moves, seconded by Keith Bramhall, to close the meeting at 2:28 p.m. Unanimous. The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on Monday, June 20, 2022 starting at 8:30 a.m.