The Board of Lyon County Commissioners met in Action Session at 8:00 a.m. in the Commission Chambers with the following people in attendance:
Rollie Martin, Chairman Scott A. Briggs, Vice Chairman
Dan Slater, Commissioner Nadine M Buell, Deputy Co. Clerk
Marc Goodman, County Counselor Dan Williams, County Controller
Michael Halleran, Asst. Co. Counselor
Others attending the meeting:
Linzi Garcia, Gazette reporter Sam Seeley, Planning/Zoning Dir
Jarrod Fell, Emergency Management Dir. Tagan Trahoon, KVOE reporter
Roxanne Van Gundy, 911 Dispatch Dir. Harold Mayes, Agler & Gaeddert
Darrel Carter, Resident Kitty Frank, Landowner
Georganna Cushing, Landowner
Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance
Motion: To Approve the Agenda as presented. Martin/Slater 3-0
Motion: To Approve the Minutes of the 8-15-2019 meeting. Briggs/Slater 3-0
Motion: To Approve Warrants Payable 8-23-2019 in the amount of $115,531.49. Slater/Briggs 3-0
Motion: To Approve Payroll Payable 8-23-2019 in the amount of $270,583.43.
Motion: To Approve Payroll Withholdings Payable 8-23-2019 in the amount of $371,836.15. Martin/Slater 3-0
Appointments: no action taken.
Personnel changes: no action taken.
Permits: no applications received.
• I would like to congratulate Rhonda Gordon on her retirement.
• I visited with a taxpayer regarding a culvert on a road.
• Next Monday, I plan on attending the Department of Council on Aging meeting in the annex building.
• I plan to attend the Flint Hills Beef Fest Saturday night.
• I plan to attend the chairman circle meeting this afternoon to discuss the Economic Development.
• Received several calls about the zoning regulations.
• No Report.
• I attended the IGNITE Emporia meeting yesterday.
• I had a conference call yesterday with the Department of Revenue regarding the RHID District.
• No Report.
Motion: To move to Legal Confidential Data Executive Session with Commissioners, Sam Seeley, Jerrod Fell, Marc Goodman, Michael Halleran, and Dan Williams, to return at 8:45 a.m. Martin/Briggs 3-0
Meeting reconvened at 8:45 a.m. with a request for an extension without Jerrod Fell, to return at 9:00 a.m.
Meeting reconvened at 8:59 a.m.
Harold Mayes presented Commissioners with the Lyon County Audit Report for 2018. He commented that the Lyon County had extra cash at the end of the 2018 year. The County is looking good and debt free.
Motion: To Accept the 2018 Lyon County Audit Report as presented.
Dan Williams presented Commissioners with a request to purchase property at address 2634 W HWY 50, plus pay the closing cost.
Motion: To Approve the purchase of property address 2634 W HWY 50 from Floyd & Terry McCracken, in the amount of $125,000.00, plus pay the closing cost, to be paid from Fund 017-00-9001.
Note: The Lyon County Title Company will be handling the real estate transaction. The correct legal description will be on the deed.
Public comment: Kitty Frank, 3229 Road K, commented on the zoning regulations and her concerns as a landowner and a real estate agent. Darrel Carter, 1002 Luther ST, Emporia, commented on the road maintenance and the ditches not being mowed by his property on Hughes Lane in between Graphic Arts Road and Road 40. Georganna Cushing, 3458 Road H2, commented on her concerns regarding the zoning regulations.
Public Hearing: Commissioner Martin opened the meeting for the public comment on the 2020 Lyon County Budget. No one from the public was present to make comments on the 2020 Budget.
Dan Williams presented Commissioners with the 2020 Budget for Lyon County. Budget Authority for Expenditures in the amount of $31,711,023.00 and the amount of 2019 Ad Valorem Tax amount of $20,013,420.00, which is decrease of .752 mill levy. As the auditor stated in his report that we had extra cash at the end of last year. This helped lower the mill levy for the 2020 Budget. This budget does include the $3.5 million radio system for Emergency Management and eight percent increase for health care benefits. Commissioner Briggs commented it is important to note the $3.5 million radio project is in this budget that the County does not have to get a bond issue. Lyon County is still debt free. Thanks to the reserves, we were able to lower the mill levy. Commissioner Slater commented the valuation went up. He noted that people helped themselves on passing the ten-year sales tax. This allows for a lot of capital expenditures, Sheriffs cars, equipment for Road and Bridge, and our special appropriations to help for targeted needs in our community. Dan Williams mentioned that without the sales tax, there would be approximately an 8-mill levy increase.
Motion: To Approve the 2020 Lyon County Budget as presented.
Commissioner Martin commented that it is a fair budget with three quarters of mill decrease. It a accomplishes a lot of things for a lot of people and the taxpayers. It provides a radio system without borrowing any money. It makes us competitive in our wages to try to keep employees. I want to thank Dan Williams for his hard work.
Motion: To Approve the special district funds for the 2020 Budget.
Note: The budget includes the appropriations for the County Library, Recreation District #1, Lyon County Fire District #2, Lyon County Fire District #2-Debt, Fire District #1, Fire District #3, Fire District #4, Fire District #5, and Fire District #8.
Motion: To move to Legal Confidential Data Executive Session with Commissioners, Marc Goodman, Michael Halleran, and Dan Williams, to return at 10:45 a.m. Martin/Slater 3-0
Meeting reconvened at a.m. with a request for an extension, to return at 11:00 a.m. Martin/Slater 3-0
Meeting reconvened at 11:00 a.m.
Motion: To Adjourn. Martin/Slater 3-0
There being no further business before the Board, the next Action Session will take place on August 29, 2019
Nadine M Buell Rollie Martin, Chairman
Lyon County Deputy Clerk Lyon County Commission