The Bourbon County Commission Minutes of July 19

July 19, 2021                                       Monday 3:00 pm


The Bourbon County Commission met in open session for a special meeting; present were Lynne, Jim and Kendell.  Clifton, Rob Harrington and Justin attended by telephone.


Also present were the following: Jason Silvers with the Fort Scott Tribune, Susan Bancroft, Will Wallis, Shane Walker and Robert Coon.


Susan Bancroft discussed the new budget law regarding exceeding the RNR rate; she said she anticipated that Bourbon County would exceed the RNR rate for the 2022 budget.  She said notice needed to be provided to the Clerk that they anticipate exceeding the RNR rate and said the hearing is scheduled for September 7th, she said the County couldn’t exceed the anticipated mill levy rate (the worst-case scenario for the mill rate is 66.263), but could drop down the rate.  Jim Harris questioned if they didn’t have a RNR hearing did that mean they weren’t going to do it, and said if we don’t have the hearing, we can’t exceed the RNR, Susan said they would have the hearing and said it was possible they wouldn’t exceed the RNR, and said by having a hearing this gave the County more time to work on their budget. Lynne made a motion to adopt the intent to exceed the RNR rate and said the proposed mill rate is 66.263, with a hearing date set for September 7th; Lynne said the 66.263 is based on the additional $450,000 requested during the budget process but not approved, Jim seconded and all approved.


Lynne said that last week the County made a motion to take over the Cress building and said this week they have the opportunity to publicize for bids for the sale of the Cress building; Susan said the notice for the newspaper would need to be in 3 consecutive publications, Justin suggested the sealed bids would include the building with equipment or the building without the equipment, the Commissioners agreed.  Jim made a motion to advertise and publicize the sale of the Cress building by sealed bids and said one bid would be for just the building and the second bid would be for the equipment inside the building, they will open the sealed bids on August 10th, Clifton seconded and all approved.  On 7/19/2021 Susan Bancroft notified the Tribune to place the following notice for 3 consecutive weeks… “Bourbon County will be accepting sealed bids until August 10, 2021, 9:00 AM for the purchase of 17 South Main.  Please send all bid documents to the Bourbon County Clerk, 210 S National, Fort Scott, KS  66701 clearly marking the envelope, 17 South Main Bid.  Interested parties may bid on the property and contents as a package or provide an alternate bid for just the property.”


Lynne said they had a special meeting on July 16th concerning the Eagle Block building and the declaration needed; Lynne made a motion to adopt Resolution 21-21; a flooding and hazardous weather emergency declaration, Jim questioned if the Resolution covered the whole County, Will Wallis said the Resolution covers all of the County, Jim seconded and all approved.


At 3:23, Jim made a motion to adjourn, Clifton seconded and all approved.




___________________, Chairman

(ss) Jim Harris, Commissioner

(ss) Clifton Beth, Commissioner


Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk

July 27, 2021, Approved Date



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