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                                                            Doug Peck, Vice Chairman
Scott A. Briggs, Commissioner                                                 Tammy Vopat, County Clerk
Marc Goodman, County Counselor                                          Dan Williams, County Controller
Michael Halleran, Asst. Co. Counselor

Others attending the meeting:
Chip Woods, County Engineer                                                   Melissa Landis, Empower House Ministries
Gayle Taylor Ford, Empower House Ministries                           Steve Willis, Community Corrections Dir.
Lillian Spellman, resident                                                           Megan Sando, Gazette reporter
Melissa McAllister, resident                                                         Daryn Bontrager, resident
Tagan Trahoon, KVOE reporter                                                 Jeff Cope, Sheriff
Jay Whitney, Jail Supervisor                                                       Joe Foster, City Emporia Zoning Director
Jeff Lynch, City of Emporia Zoning                                             Christina Montgomery, City of Emporia Attorney
Renee Hively, FHCHC                                                                 Melissa Smith, FHCHC
Sharon Gaede, Treasurer                                                           Wendy Weiss, Register of Deeds
Keena Privat, Environmental Health Director

Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance

Motion: To Approve the Agenda as presented. Martin/Peck 3-0

Motion: To Approve the Minutes of the 7-22-2021 meeting. Briggs/Martin 3-0

Motion: To Approve Warrants Payable 7-30-2021 in the amount of $183.724.55. Peck/Briggs 3-0

Appointments: no action taken.

Steve Willis presented Commissioners with a request to consider approving the KDOC Juvenile Budget adjustment in the amount of $5,145.00. This is an adjustment within the existing budget.

Motion: To Approve the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) Juvenile Budget Adjustment in the amount of $5,145.00 for the FY21 end of year. Martin/Briggs 3-0
Personnel changes: no action taken.

Permits: no applications received.

Melissa Landis and Gayle Taylor Ford presented Commissioners on an update of the Empower House Ministries. This organization support women with addictions with stable housing, recovery, and life skills, along with therapy services.

Chip Woods presented Commissioners with a request to consider signing the KDOT Agreement for bridge re-deck project. The agreement on this project will save Lyon County approximately $400,000 in bridge repair costs.

Motion: To Approve signing the Agreement between the Secretary of Transportation, Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), Agreement No. 189-21 / Project No. 56 KA-6247-01 Bridge Re-Deck Project for the KDOT Cost Share Program. (Lyon County Bridge FAS 50). Briggs/Martin 3-0

Public comment: Melissa McAllister wanted to review the reasons why she has been attending the commission meetings. She discussed equality for all. She stated her thoughts were that Lyon County is well entrenched in the President Biden 30/30 land project.

Jeff Cope and Jay Whitney presented Commissioners with a request to consider the purchase of Tek84 body scanner for the Sheriff’s Office.

Motion: To Approve purchase of a Tek84 whole body scanner for the Lyon County Jail, in an amount not to exceed $147,000.00 to be paid from Fund 017-00-9018. Peck/Briggs 3-0

Sam Seeley presented Commissioners with a request to consider signing the 5-year cycle recertification application for participation in the Consumer Rating System program. Sam explained the details on those who reside in the flood plain. Homeowner’s insurance does not cover damage due of a flood. This allows residents a reduced insurance premium cost.

Motion: To Approve the Chairman signing the 5-Year Cycle Recertification Application for continued participation in the Consumer Rating System Program. Briggs/Peck 3-0
Note: This allows landowners a discount on flood insurance premiums.

Joe Foster presented Commissioners with a request to consider a resolution extending the boundaries of the City of Emporia, Kansas to include certain described land located at 600 Road 180.

Motion: To Adopt Resolution 20-21, a Resolution of Lyon County, Kansas deeming it advisable to annex certain land described herein: to find and determine that the annexation by the City of Emporia, Kansas, pursuant to K.S.A. 12-520.c of certain land in Section 12 and 1 of Lyon County, Kansas, shall not hinder or prevent the proper growth and development of the area or that of any other incorporated city located withing Lyon County, Kansas. Martin/Briggs 3-0
Note: Counselor Goodman approved as to form and content. Commissioner Briggs noted he discussed this with other landowners in the area who stated no opposition.

Commissioner Martin:
• I attended the Council on Aging meeting on Monday. I requested a plan of services from the area agency on aging.
• I was invited to the Friends of the 4-H dinner, but I will be unable to attend.
• Next week I am on vacation.

Commissioner Briggs:
• I plan to attend the Friends of the 4-H dinner this evening.

Commissioner Peck:
• I attended the Flint Hills Community Health board meeting.
• I plan to attend the Friends of the 4-H dinner.
• Monday is the Lyon County Emergency Management meeting regarding covid-19 response.

Clerk Vopat:
• On Tuesday led the bid opening for the jail projects.

Counselor Goodman:
• I will attend the JEDAC meeting on Tuesday.

Controller Williams:
• Attended zoom meetings.
• Sales tax numbers are up and consistent with last year.
• I will be on vacation next week.

Motion: To Amend the Agenda to allow for a Legal Executive Session for confidential data exchange with Commissioners, Controller Williams, Counselor Halleran and Counselor Goodman, to return to commission chambers at 11:05 a.m. Martin/Briggs 3-0
Meeting reconvened at 11:05 a.m. in commission chambers.

Public Health Report: Melissa Smith and Keena Privat presented Commissioners with updates on Flint Hills Community Health Center services. Commissioners discussed immunization rates.

Renee Hively updated Commissioners on public health in Lyon County. There is an increase in those requesting covid-19 vaccinations. 77 of the 105 counties in Kansas are seeing the variant. The current covid-19 positive count in Lyon County is 38. Commissioner Briggs asked about a booster vaccine. Administrative fees may be charged outside a mass vaccination clinic. Renee noted a staff member received a threatening phone call if the masks will be required.

Motion: To move to Non-Elected Personnel Executive Session for matters related to a position with Commissioners and Shane Brunner, to return to commission chambers at 11:50 a.m. Martin/Peck 3-0
Meeting reconvened at 11:50 a.m.

Motion: To move to Legal Executive Session for confidential data exchange with Commissioners, Controller Williams, and Counselor Goodman, to return to commission chambers at 12:30 p.m. Martin/Peck 3-0
Meeting reconvened at 12:30 p.m. with a request for an extension, to return at 12:40 p.m.
Martin/Briggs 3-0
Meeting reconvened at 12:40 p.m.

Motion: To Adjourn from commission chambers at 12:30 p.m. Martin/Peck 3-0

There being no further business before the Board, the next Action Session will take place on August 5, 2021, at 9:00 in Commission Chambers.

Attest: Affirm:

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Tammy Vopat                                                                 Rollie Martin, Chairman
Lyon County Master Clerk                                             Lyon Count Commission