EMS Director Resigns, County Moves Forward With Commissioner Pence In Charge Of Department

Official Meeting Minutes

Submitted By Harper County Clerk's Office

April 24, 2018

The Harper County Board of Commissioners met in regular session, with Chairman Lee Adams calling the meeting to order to Commissioners Carla Pence and Brian Waldschmidt.  Also in attendance was Melinda McCurley, Recording Secretary. 

Commissioner Waldschmidt motioned to lift the countywide burn ban; approved unanimously.

Commissioner Waldschmidt motioned to approve the regular meeting minutes of April 16, 2018; approved unanimously.

Commissioner Waldschmidt read the positive letter to the editor in regards to the Community Development Grant Program from business owner Jenni Carr.

Commissioner Waldschmidt motioned to approve accounts payable in the amount of $113,448.93; approved unanimously.

Commissioner Pence motioned to approve payroll in the amount of $132,730.11; approved unanimously.

At 9:22 a.m. Commissioner Pence motioned to enter into executive session under the non-elected personnel exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss employee confidential matters with Ami DeLacerda and Melinda McCurley to remain present, and to reconvene in this room at 9:52 a.m.; approved unanimously.  At 9:52 a.m. Commissioner Waldschmidt motioned to extend for 10 minutes; approved unanimously.  At 10:02 a.m. Commissioner Pence motioned to extend for 5 minutes; approved unanimously.  The meeting returned to open session at 10:07 a.m. with no binding action taken. 

Ami DeLacerda, HR, presented a travel request for HR.  The Tax Credit agreement was received from the buyer.  Commissioner Waldschmidt motioned to approve the tax credit agreement; approved unanimously. 

Chris Cintron, EM and Dispatch, asked for addition of part-time position.  This position would cover for paid time off of full time staff, sick days, etc. and would stay under 1,000 hours a year so no need to pay KPERS.  Consensus was to approve the new position.   Ami was present for discussion.  There was discussion about providing ID’s for external entities with our printing machine.  It was the consensus of the Board to allow BP/Flat Ridge to use the NIXLE Emergency Notification System for their employees since they donated to the purchase of the program.  No formal agreement needed.

Jeremy Courtney, EMS, gave a department update.  Jeremy has submitted his resignation effective May 4th.  The renewal licensure process must be completed by April 30th with the State Board of EMS.

Anna Porter, Appraiser, provided rough estimates for valuation.  It appears that there will be a significant drop in countywide valuation mainly due to oil/gas valuation.  The informal appeal process has been completed with 50 appeals processed. 

Commissioner Waldschmidt motioned to approve add and abatement orders for a negative $3,511.84; approved unanimously. 

At 11:14 a.m. Commissioner Pence motioned to enter into executive session under the non-elected personnel exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss employer-employee negotiations with Ami DeLacerda and Anna Porter to remain present, and to reconvene in this room at 11:29 a.m.; approved unanimously.  At 11:29 Commissioner Waldschmidt motioned to extend for 5 minutes; approved unanimously.  At 11:34 a.m. Commissioner Pence motioned to extend for 5 minutes; approved unanimously.  The meeting returned to open session at 11:39 a.m. with no binding action taken. 

At 11:40 a.m. Commissioner Pence motioned to enter into executive session under the non-elected personnel exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss classification of employee with Ami DeLacerda and Jan Harding to remain present, and to reconvene in this room at 11:55 a.m.; approved unanimously.  At 11:55 a.m. Commissioner Waldschmidt motioned to extend for 5 minutes; approved unanimously.  The meeting returned to open session at 12:00 p.m. with no binding action taken. 

There was discussion about the way to move forward with EMS and it was determined that Commissioner Pence would be in charge of the department with Jan Harding running as operations captain. 

Commissioner Pence motioned to void check for $25.17; approved unanimously. 
Commissioner Pence motioned to approve benefits withholding in the amount of $23,208.55; approved unanimously.

Commissioner Pence motioned to approve the March transfer listing for $1,059,663.13; approved unanimously.  Commissioner Waldschmidt motioned to approve the April transfer listing for $851,864.08; approved unanimously.

The meeting recessed for lunch at 12:08 p.m. and reconvened at 1:00 p.m.

At 1:00 p.m. Commissioner Pence motioned to enter into executive session under the non-elected personnel exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act to discuss employer-employee negotiations with Matt Booker and Ami DeLacerda to remain present and reconvene in this room at 1:15 p.m.; approved unanimously.  The meeting returned to open session at 1:15 p.m. Commissioner Waldschmidt motioned to approve the employment agreement with Matt Booker; approved unanimously. 

John McClure, Road and Bridge/Noxious Weeds/Solid Waste, discussed ongoing road and bridge projects.  The noxious weed position might be filled.  It was the consensus of the Board to meet with the prospect for employment negotiations.  Commissioner Pence motioned to approve the agreement with Terra Con to soil sample the remaining miles of the Freeport Road and ½ mile of NE 10 Ave near the Anthony ball diamonds; approved unanimously.  The paving might be on hold due to budget constraints.  

Commissioner Pence motioned to approve the permanent right of way acquisition agreement and pay $2,500 for .25 acres to the Seipel Family Trust; approved unanimously.  The other portion of the right of way was owned by the

 

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