Adams County Board met May 1
Adams County Board met May 1.
Here is the minutes provided by the board:
PRESENT: Kent Snider, Chairman
Chuck Venvertloh, County Clerk
Mr. Snider asked for a moment of silence for former County Board Member Todd Degitz. Mr. Degitz passed away recently.
Mr. Matt Obert gave the invocation which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
Chairman Snider called the meeting to order.
The County clerk called the roll and the following members were present: Mark Peter, Matt Obert, Robert Reich, John Brady, Seldon Totsch, Les Post, Theresa Bockhold, David Hoskins, Todd Duesterhaus, Bret Austin, Steven DeMoss Rebecca Weed, Ryan Niekamp, Ryan Hinkamer, Dave Bellis, Marvin Kerkhoff, Raquel Piazza, Taylor Rakers and Kent Snider.
Total Present: 19 Absent: 2
Absent were: John Heidbreder and Joe Zanger- Both excused. Chairman Snider declared a quorum present.
Officeholders, department heads, and/or their representatives also present were:
John Simon-EMA & Ambulance Director, Gary Farha- States Attorney, Todd Eyler from the State’s Attorney’s Office, Steve Rowlands – 9-1-1 Director , and Sue Hester- County Board Executive Assistant.
Committee Report (Mr. Austin)
Mr. Austin noted that there has been discussion of a tax anticipation loan for the last couple of months. There was a rate matrix shared with the board so everyone can see the rates and terms offered by the various lenders. There will be no prepayment penalty with this loan. Finance recommends First Mid Bank & Trust. All banks were very accommodating, First Mid had the more favorable best terms. The loan will fund on or before May 3. It is a 90 day term. This is an unexpected issue. It was budgeted for but the timing of payments and tax income require this action.
Mr. Austin made a motion to approve and accept the terms of the loan from First Mid Bank & Trust. (Attachment A-1)
Matt Obert seconded the motion.
Ryan Hinkamper asked if Mercantile did not have a 90 day loan. Mr. Austin stated those were the terms they offered.
Mr. Kerkhoff asked if this once a one-time only loan.
Mr. Auston stated this is all that is needed this year but the board must realize that it is a possibility every year if the payments before taxes are larger than current balances. Based on not getting tax income until June, budgeting and cash flow can be tough.
Mr. Austin stated the County is healthy financially and that this is just a cash flow timing issue.
A roll call vote was taken to approve the tax anticipation loan and terms. Those in favor were: Mark Peter, Matt Obert, Robert Reich, John Brady, Les Post, Theresa Bockhold, David Hoskins, Todd Duesterhaus, Bret Austin, Rebecca Weed, Ryan Niekamp, Ryan Hinkamer, Dave Bellis, Marvin Kerkhoff, Raquel Piazza, Taylor Rakers and Kent Snider. Those opposed were Seldon Totsch, Steven DeMoss
Total in favor was 17. Total against was 2. Total absent was 2. Motion was approved.
Mr. Snider had a resignation from Sheriff Brian Vonderhaar from the 9-1-1 Board. Mr. Snider asked for a motion to accept the resignation. (Attachment B-1)
Mr. Niekamp made a motion to accept the resignation. Ms. Weed seconded the motion.
Resignation was accepted.
Mr. Snider had a few appointments for the board to review. Mr. Snider asked the County Clerk to read the appointments for the 9-1-1- Board.
Mr. Venvertloh read two appointments for the 9-1-1 Board: the reappointment to a three year term ending April 30, 2022 for John Simon & the appointment to a three year term ending April 30, 2022 for John Myers. John Simon will serve as the Adams County Public Safety Official and John Myers will serve as the Public Safety Answering Point.
Mr. Snider asked for board concurrence.
Mr. Obert made a motion to concur. Mr. Austin seconded the motion. The appointments were approved.
Mr. Post made a motion to move into executive session to discuss a personnel issue. Mr. Niekamp seconded the motion.
The board returned to regular session.
Mr. Post made a motion that the board make a “vote of no confidence” against 9-1-1 Director. Steve Rowlands. While the vote is non-binding, Mr. Post further moved that the ETSB Board convene a special meeting at the earliest possible date to consider a “vote of no confidence” against Mr. Rowlands and that they request his resignation effective immediately. (Attachment C-1)
Mr. Hinkamper seconded the motion.
A roll call vote was taken to confirm the “vote of no confidence”. Those in favor were: Mark Peter, Matt Obert, Robert Reich, John Brady, Seldon Totsch, Les Post, Theresa Bockhold, David Hoskins, Todd Duesterhaus, Bret Austin, Steven DeMoss Rebecca Weed, Ryan Niekamp, Ryan Hinkamer, Dave Bellis, Marvin Kerkhoff, Raquel Piazza, Taylor Rakers and Kent Snider.
Total in favor was 19. Total against was 0. Total absent was 2.
The May 1, 2019 meeting was recessed until May 14th, 201 9 at 7:00 PM.