Shawnee County approves asphalt purchase, hospice request, service contract

The Shawnee County Commission passed all items on its agenda during its meeting Thursday morning at the Shawnee County Courthouse.

 

Commissioners Bob Archer, Kevin Cook and Shelly Buhler attended the meeting.

Shawnee County Public Works director Tom Vlach spoke about a request to award a bid to Hamm Inc., headquartered in Perry, for the purchase of 16,000 tons of hot mix asphalt to be used for several miles of county roads at an estimated cost of $654,000. The asphalt would be paid for by the 2017 Public Works road maintenance fund, special bridge fund, special highway fund and Monmouth and Grove townships’ road funds.

The department received two bids, with Hamm Inc.’s the lowest at $40.90 per ton. The company has been used in the past, Vlach said.

Information technology director Pat Oblander told commissioners that potential candidates for the position of assistant network administrator were interviewed, and one candidate “has relevant experience” and could be “put to work immediately.”

The commission approved the position to be offered to that candidate at a salary including benefits of $67,431.44.

Midland Care Connection requested the purchase of chair beds and mattresses for family members staying at the hospice house, and the hospice sought to keep ownership of the items, according to assistant Shawnee County counselor Jonathan C. Brzon. He said the social service grant contract requires any item purchases made with over $500 in county funds and with an expected life of three years or more be titled in commissioners’ names and returned after funding ceases or the contract is terminated.

In 2016, commissioners allocated $20,000 to Midland Care for certain social services to Shawnee County residents this year. The contract was amended to state that funding from the agreement would be used solely for the purchase of chair beds and mattresses.

Other agenda items approved included a request for contract renewal with service support for TimeKeeping Systems. Eve Kendall, deputy director of the Shawnee County Department of Corrections, told the commission the system has been in use for 12 years. The one-year service support subscription was approved at a cost of $1,310.

Kendall said the funds for the renewal were available in the department’s operational budget.

The TimeKeeping Guard1 Plus System is used in DOC facilities to help record and document cell checks, various offender activities or demeanor when on suicide watch status, and rounds made by security staff.

Lou Allen, treasurer for the Shawnee County Fire District No. 4’s board, said two of the board’s members recently informed the district they would step down after 20 years of service to the county. The commission approved the board’s transition from seven members to five.

In unfinished business, commissioners approved the authorization and execution of a replacement contract with AT&T for an additional two years of T1 circuit service at a cost of $310 per month. They also approved an underground conduit fiber connection from the Shawnee County Courthouse to the Kansas Expocentre and from the Shawnee County North Annex to the Hazardous Waste Facility for $460 per month. The two circuits provide voice and data services between the locations.

The original contract was approved by commissioners Feb. 23 but contained an incorrect billing account number and couldn’t be implemented by AT&T.

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