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NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MINUTES

COMMISSIONERS NOTES  2/21/11  DW 

THE AGREEMENT FOR COMPUTER SUPPORT AND AN UPDATE ON THE ROAD AND BRIDGE WERE ITEMS FOR THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING MONDAY.  APPRAISER ALAN HALE AND CLERK ROBERT WYATT ASKED ABOUT COMPLETING A COMPUTER USAGE AGREEMENT WITH KOMTEK SYSTEMS.  NORTON COUNTY IS NEGOTIATING A CONTRACT WITH KOMTEK TO PROVIDE THE AVAILABILITY OF PROGRAMS, MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE OF NORTON COUNTY.  THIS SERVICE WOULD PROVIDE FOR A DATA CONVERSION AND SET UP TO ALL PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OWNED BY NORTON COUNTY.  THE COMMISSION IS IN FAVOR OF MOVING FORWARD AND FEEL THIS IS THE TREND STATEWIDE.  THE CURRENT COUNTY HARDWARE IS RUNNING ON BORROWED TIME AND IS NOT COVERED UNDER A WARRANTY/MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT.  HALE AND WYATT ARE TO COMPLETE THE AGREEMENT WITH KOMTEK.  ALSO MONDAY, THE BOARD SIGNED THE RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT FOR THE CONTINUANCE FOR THE KANSAS LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROGRAM.  SANDY SMITH FROM THE ROAD DEPARTMENT REPORTED THAT ALL LAND LEASE/PARKING AGREEMENTS WERE RETURNED WITH ONE EXCEPTION.  BIDS FOR THE D-5 CAT WERE OPENED.  FOUR BIDS WERE RECEIVED.  THE HIGH BID OF 57 HUNDRED DOLLARS WAS ACCEPTED.  THE COUNTY HAS HAD A REQUEST FOR A STOP SIGN TO BE PLACED AT S AND E-2.  THE COMMISSION APPROVED THE PLACEMENT AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE COUNTY ATTORNEY.  FLOYD RICHARD DISCUSSED A CONCERN ON ROAD X BETWEEN E-7 AND 8.  YEARS AGO THE COUNTY INSTALLED A LARGE TUBE ON THE ROAD.  THE TUBE IS NOT RUNNING ANYWHERE CLOSE TO CAPACITY.  THE PROBLEM IS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY WITH A TREE JAM LOCATED ABOVE THE TUBE.  THE COUNTY WILL SENT A LETTER TO THE LANDOWNER STATED THAT IF THE CREEK JAM IS NOT CLEARED AND THERE CONTINUES TO BE A PROBLEM, THEN THE COUNTY WILL ADDRESS THE ISSUE.  SMITH ASKED ABOUT HIRING MOWER TRACTOR OPERATORS THIS SPRING. THE COMMISSION STATED IT WAS DOUBTFUL.  REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TWIN CREEKS EXTENSION DISTRICT CORRECTED SOME OF THE INACCURATE INFORMATION FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK DEALING WITH THE BUDGET FIGURES.  THEY ALSO ASKED ABOUT BUDGET FIGURES.  THE EXTENSION BOARD STATED THEY ARE LOOKING AT EVERY OPTION TO MOVE THE OFFICE OUT OF THE COURTHOUSE.  THE EXTENSION BOARD ASKED IF THE COMMISSION HAS SOME DOLLAR FIGURE IN MIND FOR CONSTRUCTION OF OFFICES AT THE 4-H BUILDING AND IF THE COUNTY WOULD PAY FOR THE ADDED EXPENSES FOR THE UTILITIES.  SUGGESTIONS WERE MADE TO HAVE CONTRACTORS LOOK AT THE 4-H BUILDING FOR ESTIMATES OF RENOVATION COSTS.  THE COST OF THE UTILITIES WILL STILL COME OUT OF THE 4-H FUND AND WOULD NOT BE INCREASED.  CHAIRMAN APPLEGATE STATED THAT THE COUNTY WILL HELP IF THE EXTENSION OFFICE MOVES INTO A COUNTY OWNED BUILDING, BUT IF NOT THEY ARE ON THEIR OWN.  THE OPTION TO RENOVATE THE 4-H BUILDING WILL REMAIN OPEN NO MATTER WHAT THE EXTENSION BOARD DECIDES TO DO.  WHEN ASKED ABOUT A TIME FRAME FOR MOVING, THE COMMISSION SAID THE MOVE WOULD NOT BE NEEDED FOR A LEAST THREE MONTHS.  THE COMMISSION ALSO HELD AN EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR NON-ELECTED PERSONNEL.  THESE MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL SIGNED AND APPROVED BY THE NORTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR NEXT REGULAR MEETING MONDAY.  ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.