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Setting goals; Commissioners' objectives include implementing six-month reviews for employees

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bourbon County Commissioners addressed a full agenda on Monday during their regular meeting at the Bourbon County Courthouse, including revealing their 2013 goals for county department heads.

Commissioners also discussed preparations for the upcoming Southeast District Meeting for county workers, set for March 21 at Fort Scott Community College's Ellis Fine Arts Center.

Among its numerous objectives for 2013, commissioners hope to work toward implementing performance reviews for county employees every six months, in accordance with the employees' handbook. They also plan to review the handbook, which has not been updated since 2002.

"We either need to start doing performance reviews or take it out of the handbook," Commission Chairman Allen Warren said. "I think it would be a mistake to take it out of the handbook."

Also on the commissioners laundry list of items they would like to accomplish this year is to develop education plans for all employees related to their jobs.

"Learning is important to all of us," Warren said. "Otherwise we are locked into a groove."

Commissioners also will evaluate last year's four-day work week for the road and bridge department and possibly go back to that schedule for some departments from mid-May to mid-September and look at a more definitive way of scheduling vacations, so all departments operate at maximum efficiency.

Also on the docket is looking at a countywide revitalization program that would give residents up to a five-year rebate on their taxes for improvements to their properties.

"I think this is something we need to look at as a county," Warren said.

The list of goals also included assigning the county clerk to handle personnel records.

Commissioners also hope to develop a County Calendar, so each department will be up to speed on what the others are doing and develop a 2013 Chip and Seal and Asphalt Plan. The plan would list what the county hopes to accomplish each month during the summer.

Commssioners also hope to develop a way to recognize five-year employees and make sure longtime staffers are recognized at the Kansas Association of Counties annual conference in November.

The March 2013 Southeast District Meeting will include commissioners, clerks, registers of deeds, treasurers, appraisers, emergency managers, public works directors, GIS (geographic information systems), weed departments and sheriffs from 17 counties in Southeast Kansas. Approximately 150 people are expected to attend.

Commissioners spent time Friday doling out duties ranging from table arrangements to invitations. The meeting is held semi-annually, once in the spring and once in the fall, and rotates among the counties in the region.

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