Bourbon County Commissioners decided Friday during their regular meeting to meet Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., instead of Friday, Feb. 22. The move was made so commissioners would be available as a group to view facilities at Elm Creek Lake that are in need of repair and to assess what else might be done to make the recreational site a more attractive option for visitors.
The Wednesday meeting will begin at the Bourbon County Courthouse, but will be suspended after necessary business is conducted, at which time commissioners will leave for Elm Creek. There will be no Monday, Feb. 18 meeting because of President's Day.
Commissioners met with county department heads for a little more than an hour on Friday during a planning period for the March 21 Southeast Kansas District meeting, for which officials from 17 counties have been invited.
Commissioners also met with Fort Scott City Manager Dave Martin and Fort Scott Director of Public Works Eric Bailey to discuss plans for the U.S. Highway 69 corridor project, which will include a through street from 18th to 19th streets off South National Ave. Martin said they had hoped for a lengthier through street to help ease traffic on U.S. 69, but the funds are not there at the present time. He said the plans will be submitted to KDOT for approval. Commissioners and the city representatives thanked each other for their cooperation on upcoming projects.
Southeast Kansas Regional Correctional Center Jail Administrator Dylan Marlow visited with commissioners to discuss ongoing problems with Time Center, the time clock punch system used for employee payroll at the jail.
Marlow had previously asked Bourbon County Commissioners if the SEKRCC could return to a paper system for its payroll, versus the computer punch-in system (Time Center) they are currently using.
Marlow said multiple mistakes had been made with the system, which creates numerous problems with the accuracy of his staff's payroll. Information Technology/Geographic Information Systems Director Shane Walker, said the problem has been pinpointed to a faulty time clock and the clock will be replaced.
Marlow complimented the Bourbon County Clerks office for helping correct payroll mistakes since the unit broke.
Marlow also invited commissioners to schedule a tour of the SEKRCC to see what other issues the jail might have.
Commission Chairman Allen Warren also brought up 203 hours of overtime at the jail for the past two weeks.
"It looks to me like every person had overtime," Warren said. "It looks like last pay period was the same thing."
Marlow said they have been "swamped" at the jail. Warren asked if they needed to hire another person. Marlow said they added a part-time person this week, which should help out.
Marlow said they currently have between 26-30 inmates housed out of county and about 40 at the SEKRCC. He said they have the capacity for 55 inmates at the jail, but that presents problems when disciplinary actions need to be taken to segregate prisoners.
Commissioners, County Clerk Kendell Mason and Public Works Director Marty Pearson met in a 10-minute executive session regarding non-elected personnel. No action was taken.
Pearson said he would like to host a Gravel Road and Street Maintenance Training Day in Mid-April, presented by the University of Kansas Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). He said that many times when his employees receive extra training, extensive travel and overnight lodging is required, so hosting training would be beneficial to the county.
Warren suggested inviting other counties to attend the training.
"I think it would be wonderful to host training like this," Warren said. "That way all of our people could participate.
Pearson said the training day could involve up to 60 people.
In other business:
*Commissioners said they will review applications in executive session for an assistant rock quarry supervisor during their Monday, Feb. 25 meeting.
*Pearson reported that a fuel card system for the county has been estimated to cost about $13,000.