County purchases motor grader

A used 2012 Caterpillar motor grader has been purchased for the county from Foley Equipment of Topeka at a cost of $149,660. The price includes trading in one of the county’s 2007 Volvo motor graders.

During a recent Jackson County Commission meeting, the commissioners approved the purchase of the Caterpillar motor grader from Foley Equipment. The machine has 658 hours and a warranty for four-and-a-half year.

The county has been renting a motor grader from Foley while one of the county’s machines is being repaired. Foley representatives agreed to subtract the rental fee of $5,440, as well as the Volvo trade-in value of $50,000, from the purchase price of $205,100.

The purchase will be taken out of the county’s special equipment fund. The machine has already been delivered to the county and is being used in the Delia area, it was reported. The county owns 11 motor graders.

Other bids included a used 2012 John Deere motor grader offered by Murphy Tractor at a cost of $161,000 with trade-in. That machine had 980 hours on it.

Murphy Tractor also bid a new 2015 John Deere 770 motor grader at a cost of $181,542 with trade-in. That grader included a 72-month/6,000 hour extended service coverage.

Berry Tractor of Topeka bid two new Komatsu GD655-6 Tier 4 Final graders with five year/5,000 hour premium extended warranty.

The price of the two machines, with the county trading in a Volvo and a John Deere machine, totaled $321,500.

Also during the March 9 meeting, the commissioners met with Harold Lamberson of Legacy Fitness in Netawaka. Lamberson discussed the membership packages and amenities available and offered a 20 percent discount rate for county employees if the county wanted to partner with the Hornets Nest Sports Club.

The center offers one-on-one personal training, sports programs for kids and a six-week weight loss program.

If the commissioners partnered with the center, county employees would have to pay for the discounted memberships. No action was taken on the issue.

In other business, the commission:

* Noted a complaint from a resident about a hole in the road at W and 318th Roads.

* Learned from Earl Bahret and Eric Fritz, road and bridge co-supervisors, that they are receiving a portable traffic counter for free to use for 30 days from Timemark Incorporation of Salem, Ore. The counter can detect the speed and direction of traffic and what lane the vehicle is in. The cost to purchase four counters is $4,657. Jefferson County has had success with the same counter, the men noted.

* Met in executive session for 20 minutes with Jackson County Clerk Kathy Mick to discuss a matter of client/attorney privilege.  No action was taken back in open session.

* Met with County Counselor Alex Morrissey who presented a resolution that would  change the rates at the landfill. The proposed rates were given to Dan Robinson, noxious weed director and solid waste manager, for review.

* Met with Robert Kneisler of Mayetta to discuss pasture burning. Kneisler said that he called the Holton Fire Department at 3 p.m. on Saturday and was told they wouldn’t let any more people burn until some of the departments’ fire trucks came back from several out of control fires.

* Met with Robinson who said that a resolution needs to state that items with Freon cannot be collected at the solid waste center. Robinson said a resident has asked him about volunteering in his department. In the past, he has declined their offer due to liability issues.

Commissioner Janet Zwonitzer said she was in favor of allowing volunteers at the landfill.

* Met in executive session with Robinson for five minute to discuss a personnel matter. No action was taken back in open session.

* Approved a liquor license for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation FireKeeper Golf Course and Casino.

* Met in executive session with Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse and Undersheriff Darrel Chapman for 20 minutes to discuss a personnel matter. Bahret joined the meeting and it extended for 15 minutes. Then Mick joined the meeting and it extended for 10 minutes. No action was taken back in open session.

* Heard an update on the Jackson County Tourism Council from Anna Wilhelm. The council’s board approved a grant application for the Circleville Saddle Club for $600.

Members of the tourism council are printing 7,000 brochures with Second Saturday inserts to hand out in surrounding counties. The total cost for the brochures is $2,850.

The council has paid $222 for a booth at the Kansas Sampler Festival in Wamego on May 2 and 3. The council has also paid $175 to Audrey Oliverius to audit the council.

The commissioners approved all the council’s expenditures.

* Met in executive session for five minutes to discuss a personnel matter with Twila White, road and bridge administrative assistant.  No action was taken back in open session.

* Accept the 2015 chip-and-seal project list as presented.

* Met with Brent Teeter and Jay Watkins, owners and operators of Jackson County EMS, to discuss some general updates to the business and noted that Kurt Johnson was recognized as employee of the year.

* Met in executive session for five minutes with Morrissey to discuss a matter of attorney/client privileges. No action was taken back in open session.

* Met with Kelly Long of Long Lighting to discuss lighting options for the Courthouse.

* Took a tour of the Courthouse lawn with Chad Phillips, head custodian.

* Agreed to set up a Facebook page for the county to use for elections and other county information.

* Met with Guy Cameron and Tim O’Bryne of Holton First Baptist Church to discuss the upcoming Impact World Tour. The youth events will be held at Royal Valley and Holton schools April 14 -18.

At the events, an extreme team performs. Any funds collected for the events goes toward food and materials for the performers, who promote a healthy teen lifestyle.

The commissioners agreed to donate $1,000 in county alcohol tax funds to the Impact World Tour event.

* Met in executive session for five minutes to discuss a personnel matter. No action was taken back in open session.

* Approved a motion to appoint Michelle McClintock-Ramage to the NEKS Multi-County Health Board of Directors to fill a recent vacated position. 

* Accepted the resignation of Julie Myers from juvenile intake and assessment. The commissioners also signed a pay increase for Morgan Cashier, which notes her one-year anniversary as a dispatcher.

* Adjourned the meeting at 4:30 p.m.  All commissioners were present. 

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Holton, KS 66436
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