The Board of Lyon County Commissioners met in Action Session at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Chambers with the following people in attendance:
Rollie Martin, Chairman Scott A. Briggs, Vice Chairman
Dan Slater, Commissioner *absent Tammy Vopat, County Clerk
Marc Goodman, County Counselor Dan Williams, County Controller
Michael Halleran, Asst. Co. Counselor
Others attending the meeting:
Robert McClelland, resident Chuck Boyce, I.T. Department
Tobey Kelly, Security Sharon Gaede, Treasurer
Wendy Weiss, Register of Deeds Jarrod Fell, Emergency Manager
Rene Hively, Public Health Officer Steve Willis, Community Corrections
Stephanie Ringgold, CFO FHCHC
Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance
Motion: To Approve the Agenda as amended. Briggs/Martin 2-0
Motion: To Approve the Minutes of the 3-26-2020 meeting. Briggs/Martin 2-0
Motion: To Approve Warrants Payable 4-3-2020 in the amount of $259,367.86. Martin/Briggs 2-0
Motion: To Approve Payroll Payable 4-3-2020 in the amount of $267,865.58.
Motion: To Approve Payroll Withholdings Payable 4-3-2020 in the amount of $194,187.98. Martin/Briggs 2-0
Appointments: Commissioners discussed board appointments.
Commissioners discussed a proclamation submitted for their consideration.
Motion: To Proclaim April 2020 as the Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Counselor Halleran read the Proclamation for the record.
Personnel changes: no action taken.
Permits: no applications received.
• Last Friday I was interviewed on KVOE about the situation of the count in relation to the COVID-10 pandemic. Thank you to Ron Thomas and Chuck Samples for their very important work on keeping the public informed.
• Last Saturday I spent the day with public health and worked together on the state order.
• Coming up there is a JEDAC zoom meeting.
• Receiving calls about the state order. Changes are to come for now and for the future.
• No report other than a few zoom meetings.
• Because of the situation we need to closely monitor expenditures.
• Maintaining business as usual and assisting the Emergency Operations Center with staffing.
• Thank you to Nadine Buell and all the other seamstresses in the county for their donation of homemade masks for the community.
• There will be costs involved with the new situation of the Coronavirus. We will have an entirely new way of adapting.
Tobey Kelly presented Commissioners with a request to consider the purchase of 3 bulletproof vests.
Motion: To Approve the purchase of 3 bulletproof vests from Mallory Safety & Supply, LLC in the amount of $5,103.80 to be paid from Fund 017-00-9013.
Motion: To Amend the Agenda to allow for a Legal Executive Session for Confidential Data with Commissioners, Controller Williams and Counselor Halleran, to return at 9:45 a.m. Martin/Briggs 2-0
Meeting reconvened at 9:45 a.m. with information.
Public comment: Robert McClelland commented thoughts for Dan Slater. Are there steps to allow Dan Slater to join the meeting remotely. Commissioner Martin stated there will allowances if needed. What steps are we taking to educate the small businesses for help with the Coronavirus impact. Commissioner Briggs commented that all entities are working together such as Emporia Mainstream and RDA for assistance with the public. Ignite Emporia and the Chamber of Commerce are also actively assisting with information. Roberts concern is that the county is not offering direct assistance.
Rene Hively, Public Health Officer and Stephanie Ringgold, CFO Flint Hills Community Health Center gave an update of the financial situation due to the Coronavirus. Rene stated there are currently two employees assigned to sanitarians at the health department. Stephane outlined to costs of the finances related to the health department. She defined the costs related directly to county funds and asked Commissioners to consider funding $100.000.00 for future operations. Jarrod Fell discussed FEMA reimbursement that may be available but at this time there is some uncertainty going forward. Commissioner Martin stated that they will consider this funding at next weeks meeting. Jarrod said he very much appreciated the relationship between the health department and the county in keeping the safety of our community in the forefront.
Motion: To move to Legal Executive Session with Commissioners, Counselor Halleran, Rene Hively, Stephanie Ringgold and Counselor Goodman, to return at 10:45 a.m. Martin/Briggs 2-0
Meeting reconvened at 10:45 a.m.
Motion: To move to Non-Elected Personnel Executive Session with Commissioners and Steve Willis for evaluation, to return at 11:00 a.m.
Meeting reconvened at 11:00 a.m.
Motion: To move to Legal Executive Session for Confidential Data with Commissioners and Counselor Goodman, to return at 11:10 a.m.
Meeting reconvened at 11:10 a.m. with information.
Motion: To move to Legal Executive Session for confidential data with Commissioners, Counselor Goodman and Controller Williams, to return at 11:45 a.m. Martin/Briggs 2-0
Meeting reconvened at 11:45 a.m. with information.
Motion: To Adjourn. Martin/Briggs 2-0
There being no further business before the Board, the next Action Session will take place on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Tammy Vopat Rollie Martin, Chairman
Lyon County Master Clerk Lyon County Commission