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BOARD OF BARTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Jan. 25, 2023
9 a.m. Until Close
I. OPENING BUSINESS:
A. Call Meeting to Order.
B. Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
C. Consider Approval of the Agenda.
D. Consider the minutes of the January 18, 2023, Regular Meeting.
E. Any citizen wishing to make statements during the discussion of any item must first be recognized by the Commission Chair. After being recognized, that person should state their name and the name of any organization represented. Statements should be limited to five minutes.
F. Please silence all phones and electronic devises. Recording the meeting is allowed and the Commission requests that anyone using special recording equipment be seated in the back row to avoid creating a distraction during the meeting.
II. OLD BUSINESS - Items tabled, or scheduled, from previous Commission Meetings, will be heard at this time.
-There is no Old Business at this time.
III. NEW BUSINESS - All new business to be considered by the Commission will be heard at this time.
A. RESOLUTION 2023-05: A Resolution of the Board of Barton County Commissioners Authorizing Participation in the Rural Opportunity Zone Student Loan Repayment Program Calendar Year 2023:
-Matt Patzner, Director of Operations, will provide details. The Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) Student Loan Repayment Program provides up to a $15,000 benefit as a workforce recruitment tool for eligible persons establishing domicile in Barton County. The Kansas Department of Commerce requires counties to pass a resolution obligating them to participate in this ROZ program for at least five years.
B. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES: 2023 Membership:
-Mr. Patzner will provide details. The National Association of Counties (NACo) has submitted a renewal notice for the 2023 membership. Based on population, the dues are $553.00. NACo advocates for county priorities in federal policymaking, promotes exemplary county policies and practices and nurtures leadership.
C. KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES: 2023 Membership:
-Mr. Patzner provide details. The Kansas Association of Counties (KAC) has submitted a renewal notice for the 2023 membership. Based on a calculation that includes a base fee, population and valuation, the dues are $6,124.34. The Association sponsors the annual KAC Conference, various educational meetings throughout the year and lobbies the State and Federal Legislature on behalf of Kansas Counties.
D. KANSAS LEGISLATIVE POLICY GROUP: 2023 Membership:
-Mr. Patzner will provide details. The Kansas Legislative Policy Group (KLPG) is a bi-partisan coalition of western Kansas counties with the common interest in the preservation of the counties tax base and retention of local control. The KLPG serves as a policy and decision-making body establishing legislative priorities at its annual meeting and providing speakers to address KLPG members about the important topics of the day. At this time, the Commission will consider renewal of the membership, priced at $5,471.34.
E. ANNUAL DEPARTMENT UPDATE: County Attorney’s Office:
-Levi Morris, County Attorney, will provide an annual update on his department.
F. EXECUTIVE SESSION:
-Chairman Shawn Hutchinson will present. Any Commissioner may make a motion for the board to recess to executive session at this time as allowed by K.S.A. 75-4319. Any motion must contain the justification for the executive session, the subject matter to be discussed, any individuals in addition to the board who will attend the executive session and the time at which regular session shall resume.
IV. ENDING BUSINESS – After new items are heard by the Commission, the following items, including announcements, will be heard.
-Following the close of the Agenda Meeting, the Commission will consider the authorization of personnel changes for classified positions, sign any documentation approved during the agenda meeting or sign any other documentation required for regular County business. Similar action may take place throughout the day.
-Although subject to change, the following appointments have been scheduled: 10:00 a.m. or following the close of the Agenda Meeting – Financial Update – Matt Patzner, Director of Operations.
10:15 a.m. – Equipment Update – Dena Popp, 911 Director.
10:30 a.m. – Asphalt Mixture Discussion – Darren Williams, County Works Director.
10:45 a.m. – Program Update – Barry McManaman, County Engineer.
11:00 a.m. – The Commission will open County Counselor Bids in their Chambers.
1:30 p.m. – Solar Farm Project – Acciona Energy and Judy Goreham, Environmental Manager.
2:00 p.m. – Continuing Discussion of the HVAC Bids.
3:00 p.m. – Regular Business Discussion – Matt Patzner, Director of Operations.
THE COUNTY EDITION, KVGB-AM – Thursdays at 11:05 a.m.
Members of the Juvenile Services Department are scheduled for January 26, 2023.
V. OTHER BUSINESS:
A. Discussion Items.
B. Citizens or organizations may present requests or proposals for initial consideration.
C. The Commissioners are available to the Public on Wednesdays during regular business hours.
D. One or more Commissioners may be present in the Commission Chambers conducting county business throughout the day on Wednesdays.
E. The Commissioners may, individually, schedule personal appointments related to County business at their discretion.
F. The next Regular Meeting will be at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2023.