Board approves refinancing Law Enforcement Center bonds
Garth Hermann of the national public finance law firm of Gilmore Bell met with the county board during its regular meeting on Monday and answered questions on refinancing the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) Series 2012 bonds.
Bond payments will be approximately the same as currently being paid, with a decrease of interest rates, and $1,000,000 applied to the 2020 refinance. The projected pay-off of the LEC decreases from the year of 2042 to 2035.
Refinancing of the LEC bonds is not related to the ongoing KBI investigation at the LEC and will reduce the overall cost of the facility.
On a motion by Commissioner Gary Caspers, and a second by Commissioner Bill Garrison, by unanimous vote the Board approved Resolution 2020-6 authorizing the County to enter into a supplemental lease with the Cloud County, Kansas, Public Building Commission; and authorized the execution thereof and certain related documents in connection with the issuance by the public building commission of its taxable refunding revenue bonds, Series 2020.
Bond documents were signed by the Board and attested by Cloud County Clerk Shella Thoman.
Cloud County Sheriff Brian Marks discussed the 2018 resolution relating to open burning in Cloud County.
Andy Asch, Highway Administrator, and Jon Halbgewachs of the engineering and construction firm Kirkham Michael, discussed preparing options for replacement of the UP bridge, and the Kansas Department of Transportation cost share program. This first step is estimated to cost $13,500.
Asch reported that the County would be receiving $85,084.69 from the Federal Fund Share program and is still considering the purchase of the skid steer with the tree attachment. He also discussed the cost of a replacement low boy and asked about the county's policy relating to employees and volunteer firefighting.
On a motion by Commissioner Caspers, second by Commissioner Garrison, by unanimous vote the board approved the request and petition for Twin Valley Telephone, Miltonvale, Kansas, with plans to place a fiber optic line for .2 of a mile going north from Bell on 120th, and going east of 120th .8 of a mile on Bell, and from 679 N 65th Rd going south .3 of a mile on 65th Rd.
Kim Reynolds, CloudCorp Director, and Barry Porter, County Appraiser, discussed renewing the Neighborhood Revitalization Program that expires at the end of the year. The current program was renewed for three years. When it was first set up it was a five-year program.
Reynolds asked if there was any objection to renewing the program for 5 years, if that was still an option. She reported that since 2010, 130 applications have been received for the program, 99 applications qualified, 21 were in progress or not yet valued, and 10 did not qualify.
The total increased value for the 99 qualifying projects is $12,282,690. The program has a $200 fee and the value must increase $20,000 to qualify. If accepted, the annual rebates of taxes paid on the incremental value of the new investment are 95%, 70%, 60%, 50%, & 20%, respectively from the participating taxing entities.
On a motion by Commissioner Caspers, second by Commissioner Garrison, by unanimous vote the Board approved moving forward with the renewal of the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan for 3-5 years to best suit the County.
Brandi Bray, Health Department Administrator, discussed the replacement monitors for the Immunization coolers, and the possible new Childcare Licensing position.
The Board discussed upcoming meetings with James Quillen, Emergency Preparedness Director.
On a motion by Commissioner Caspers, second by Commissioner Garrison, by unanimous vote the Board approved hiring Elsie K. Feight as a part-time Corrections Officer at a introductory wage of $13.00 an hour, effective February 29, 2020.
On a motion by Commissioner Caspers, second by Commissioner Garrison, by unanimous vote the board approved Transfer 2020-224-1, debiting County General/ General Expenses-Contract Services, and crediting County General/District Court-Contract Services $250.42 to fix funding on Check 210924.
The board approved the following payroll expenses totaling $154,255.75: General Fund, $80,703.62; Road & Bridge‚ $43,959.75; Appraisal, $5,241.02; County Health, $16,594.86; Noxious Weed, $1,726.46; Election, $1,499.42; and Solid Waste, $4,530.62. Payroll Deductions & Benefits totaled $183,497.71.
The above expense detail is available at the Cloud County Clerk's office.
Commissioner Caspers attended the Juvenile Detention Committee on Wednesday, February 20th, in Junction City, and the KWORCC Board of Trustees meeting in Topeka on Thursday, February 20th.
On a motion by Commissioner Garrison, second by Commissioner Caspers, by unanimous vote the Board approved the February 18, 2020, minutes as presented.
On a motion by Commissioner Garrison, second by Commissioner Czapanskiy, by unanimous vote the Board adjourned at 1:12 p.m., until Monday, March 2, 2020.