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March 24, 2020 Tuesday 11:00 am – Special Meeting-Coronavirus

The Bourbon County Commission met in open session for a special meeting (via a video meeting), the Commissioners, Justin Meeks, Shane Walker and Kendell Mason were present for the meeting.

Justin Meeks stated that Bourbon County has no authority on decisions regarding what is considered essential or non-essential business. He said the SEK Multi County Health Department is making decisions in regards to those orders. If anyone has questions regarding this they should contact the SEK Multi County Health Department at (620)223-4464.

Nick made a motion to go into a 15 minute executive session for personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel, Jeff seconded and all approved, (the session included the Commissioners, Justin Meeks and Kendell Mason). After the session, Lynne stated that Bourbon County is in the process of working through issues at the Courthouse to help contain the Coronavirus. They are getting necessary work done to the Courthouse so that there will be limited contact with employees once the Courthouse opens back up to the public. They will be changing access points to protect both the employees and the public.

Lynne said in 2013 the Courthouse was closed due to a snow storm, at that time any hourly employee that was required to work during the snow storm was paid double time for worked hours; Lynne said KCAMP said paying double time could be changed by adopting a resolution.

Lynne made a motion to adopt Resolution 12-20 “The Board of County Commissioners of Bourbon County are changing the pay scale from double time to time and one half for worked hours for hourly employees that are designated essential and required to work during an emergency declaration.
Non-essential personnel are instructed to stay home during an emergency declaration.
If an employee would be required to work overtime during a disaster declaration, double time would be paid to an employee for overtime worked.
This Resolution is in effect starting at 12:00am on March 22, 2020”, Jeff seconded the motion, essential law enforcement, public works on an emergency basis, EMS and the Landfill are considered essential personnel. All approved and the motion passed. Lynne made a motion to assign Deb Schoenberger as the proxy for the Commissioners signatures on this Resolution, Jeff seconded and all approved.

Lynne said they were cancelling the meeting scheduled for 3/25/2020.

Lynne suggested that the public continue with social distancing, limit travel and stay safe regarding the Coronavirus.

Jeff discussed the growth rate for the Coronavirus, he said a single case of the Coronavirus in 20 days could grow to 2,131 cases if life goes on like normal and people do not follow the necessary guidelines to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

At 11:29, Lynne made a motion to adjourn, Jeff seconded and all approved.

(ss) Lynne Oharah, Chairman
(ss) Jeff Fischer, Commissioner
(ss) Nick Ruhl, Commissioner
Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk
April 14, 2020, Approved Date