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 *by phone Tammy Vopat, County Clerk
Marc Goodman, County Counselor Dan Williams, County Controller
Michael Halleran, Asst. Co. Counselor
Others attending the meeting:
Phil Mott, resident Doug Peck, resident
Robert McClelland, resident Jarom Smith, resident
Keith Senn, Solid Waste Manager Nadine Buell, Emporia Senior Center
Anita Wescott, Americus Library Nicci Plankington, N.L.C. Library
Janelle Weiderholdt, Elmendaro Library Tagan Trahoon, KVOE reporter
Ryann Brooks, Gazette reporter Melissa McAlister, resident
Lillian Spellman, resident Julie Govert Walter, NCFHAAA
Sharon Bechtel, NCFHAAA Board Patricia Nelson, NCFHAAA Board
Kelsey Pfannestil, NCFHAA Harley Heskett, resident
Harley Heskett, resident Lynn McAlister, resident
Trudy Hutchison, Hetlinger Developmental Services
Sharon Gaede, Treasurer Linda Forbes, resident
Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance
Motion: To Approve the Agenda as presented. Martin/Briggs 3-0
Motion: To Approve the Minutes of the 6-4-2020 meeting. Briggs/Slater 3-0
Motion: To Approve Warrants Payable 6-12-2020 in the amount of $126,665.15. Briggs/Slater 3-0
Motion: To Approve Payroll Payable 6-12-2020 in the amount of $289,158.50.
Motion: To Approve Payroll Withholdings Payable 6-12-2020 in the amount of $205,981.38. Martin/Slater 3-0
Appointments: Commissioners discussed board appointments.
Presentation of the Award of Excellence in the Comprehensive Plan – Small Jurisdiction category for the Emporia-Lyon County Joint Comprehensive Plan by American Planning Association (APA), County Planning Division (CPD), and its sister organization, the National Association of County Planners (NACP).
Personnel changes: no action taken.
Permits: no applications received.
• Last week we passed the county health order and received feedback on that and social distancing in the commission chambers.
• Considering Judge Wheeler’s request on option 2 for kiosks to screen people going to the District Court Offices.
• I attended the Lyon County Extension zoom meeting.
• Visited with a landowner about a fencing issue.
• Attended the Fair Board meeting on Monday night. The Fair Board voted to not have a carnival during the fair.
• Thank you to Jim Brull, Asst. County Engineer for his help and time on a flooding issue.
• No report. I will not be available next week for the commission meeting.
• Attended the Fair Board meeting. They will present their budget next week.
• I completed the process to compile the budget estimates for the districts and they should have received their report on Wednesday. Lyon County valuation increased 18,206,123 from last year but for budgeting purposes the value is decreased for Neighborhood Revitalization, Tax Increment Financing and pending exemptions.
• We received the PPE from the state to use at the polling locations. We have implemented safeguards for CoVid-19 procedures at the polling locations also.
• RDA meeting is tomorrow.
Keith Senn presented Commissioners with a consideration to extend the Agreement/Contract for solid waste disposal with N.R. Hamm Quarry, Inc.
Motion: To Approve the Chairman sign the Agreement, Third Modification and Addendum between Lyon County, Kansas and N.R. Hamm Quarry, Inc. for solid waste disposal. Briggs/Martin 3-0
Note: This is a contract with the City of Emporia also.
County Libraries representatives Anita Wescott, Nicci Plankington and Janelle Weiderholdt presented Commissioners with the 2021 budget request.
Nadine Buell, Emporia Senior Center Board on behalf of Ian Boyd presented Commissioners with the Senior Center 2021 budget request.
Marc Goodman presented Commissioners with the 2021 budget requests for the County Attorney’s Office.
Julie Govert Walter and Kelsey Pfannestil, North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging presented Commissioners with the 2021 budget request for the agency.
Public comment: Vi Heskett commented on the suspension of the livestreaming of the commission meetings. Vi talked about the advantages of information provided to the public via livestreaming meetings. Lynn McAlister presented data for Commissioners related to the livestreaming of the meetings.
Robert McClelland commented on the confusion being sent to the public related to the protest being allowed and not allowing high school graduations, etc. Melissa McAlister commented on contact tracing and believes the staff could be reduced. Melissa’s recommendation was to not support the purchase of kiosks. Melissa commented on the support of law enforcement. Commissioner Briggs commented on the livestreaming of the meetings and how to proceed. He also stated he would not support defunding law enforcement.
Sharon Gaede, Treasurer presented Commissioners with the Treasurers’ Office 2021 budget request.
Trudy Hutchinson, Hetlinger Developmental Services, Inc. presented Commissioners with the 2020 budget request.
Motion: To move to Legal Executive Session for confidential data with Commissioners, Sam Seeley, Controller Williams and Counselor Goodman, to return at 10:40 a.m.
Motion: To move to Legal Executive Session for confidential data with Commissioners, Sam Seeley, Controller Williams and Counselor Goodman, to return at 11:15 a.m.
Meeting reconvened at 11:15 a.m.
Motion: To move to Legal Attorney/Client Personnel Executive Session with Commissioners, Counselor Goodman and Counselor Halleran, to return at 11:35 a.m. Martin/Briggs 2-0
Meeting reconvened at 11:25 a.m. with a request for an extension, to return at 11:55 a.m. Martin/Briggs 2-0
Meeting reconvened at 11:55 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, June 18, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Tammy Vopat Rollie Martin, Chairman
Lyon County Master Clerk Lyon County Commission