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May 26, 2020 Tuesday 9:00 am

The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with all three Commissioners, the County Counselor and the County Clerk present.

Shane Walker was also present for a portion of the meeting.

Jim Harris with Road & Bridge met with the Commissioners; he said his crew is mowing the grass near the blacktop roads, responding to calls and doing general maintenance, they are patching on 250th (south of the 4 way stop), they did ditching on Hackberry west of 215th, they put in culverts, they are crushing at the Thomas Quarry and they plan to do a blast at the Blake Quarry in approximately 2 weeks. Jim said they are dragging the roads, Jerad has been working with FEMA, the overlay equipment is ready for the season and they are wedging on the Landfill road. Jim said there is water standing on Indian Road near the Lake; they will try to open up some areas for drainage there. They are installing a crossing at the Landfill gate; Jim said they have the floor and the walls poured for the crossing, Jeff said where the wing walls were installed the transition at the ends might need a headwall.

Lynne reported that the bridge on Osage between 75th & 85th was plugged up. He also reported a request for gravel at 115th & Range Road going east for approximately ¾ mile. He also reported a drainage issue (he said culverts may need to be installed) at 167th Terrace and Prairie Road. Lynne reported patching needs done on 125th north of Tomahawk Road.

Nick reported a soft spot in the road on 240th between Poplar and Range Road.

Jeff reported that east of Birch on 145th is impassible for a passenger car due to a drainage issue there, he also reported a drainage issue on Birch going north on 145th.

Lynne made a motion that he sign a release from liability for a beaver issue at 235th & Range Road, Nick seconded and all approved, Lynne signed the document and gave it to Jim Harris for the landowner at that address.

Lynne said he had been on the radio today discussing public works, he said the priority roads right now were Indian and the Landfill Road.

The Commissioners discussed reopening the Courthouse (the Courthouse has been closed to the public since March 17th due to COVID-19; the north side of the Courthouse will be open by appointment only, there will be a buzzer installed at the front northeast door for visitors with an appointment on the north end of the building (the south side of the Courthouse will still be closed to the public, visitors for the south side will need to work with those offices to conduct business). The Treasurer’s office will be conducting business with customers in a glass office; the Clerk’s office will conduct business through a window in the Clerk’s office. There will be 6’ distance markers installed on the floor. Justin Meeks said District Court isn’t planning on doing live court for a while, he said only one person will be allowed on the elevator at a time. Lynne said the department heads will be issued non-contact thermometers (Lynne said they could be used on employees and if an employee had a temperature they should be sent home and the individual should contact the health department and follow the health department’s recommendations). Nick made a motion to re-open the Courthouse on June 1st (by appointment only), Jeff seconded and all approved.

Weather permitting the Commission meeting on June 2nd will be held on the front east steps.

At 9:23, Jeff made a motion to adjourn, Nick seconded and all approved.

(ss) Lynne Oharah, Chairman
(ss) Jeff Fischer, Commissioner
(ss) Nick Ruhl, Commissioner
Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk
June 2, 2020, Approved Date