The regular monthly meeting of the Soldier Township Board was called to order on July 5, 2022, at 12:15 p.m. Board members present were Karl McNorton (Trustee), Jerry Glasgow (Treasurer) and Mike Mathes (Clerk). Also present were Bob Oliva (Township Business

Administrator/Road Superintendent), John Tipton (Co-Road Superintendent), Doug Schmitt (Fire Chief), and Laurie Moody (Bookkeeper).

Guests in attendance were — Lee Hendricks (legal counsel), Chad Lady

Member Mathes made a motion to approve the check register and the minutes from June 7, 2022 Board meeting, as presented, with no additions or amendments. Member Glasgow seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Public comment and communication — There were no public comments or communication.


Mr. Oliva presented the preliminary budget. This budget results in the necessity of exceeding the revenue neutral rate and increasing the mill levy rate. The proposed mill levy rate is 18.55. Member Mathes made a motion to approve the Notice of Revenue Neutral Rate Intent to the County Clerk. Motion was seconded by Member Glasgow. Motion carried 3-0.

The revised Procedure Manual was presented for inclusion as an addendum in the Personnel

Handbook. It has been reviewed by Lee Hendricks for legality and clarity. Motion was made by Member Mathes and seconded by Member McNorton to approve the Procedure Manual. Motion carried 3-0.

Chief Schmitt presented a new Pregnancy Policy to also be included as an addendum to the Personnel Handbook. This policy pertains only to the Fire Department since there is no light duty work available to firefighters. It has been reviewed by Lee Hendricks for legality and clarity. Motion was made by Member Mathes and seconded by Member Glasgow to approve the Pregnancy Policy for the Fire Department. Motion carried 3-0.


Chief Schmitt presented the Fire Department Report. The number of calls responded to this year is up slightly from last year. The 4th of July holiday resulted in very few calls. The Department has been approved to receive a UTV, which should be received by the end of the year. Chief Schmitt has applied for numerous grants from several different organizations. The Kansas Forest Service has approved the department for a 50/50 grant which will be used for the purchase of new grass coats. Chief Schmitt is also f0110Ming procedures to enable the Department to provide in house EMT/AEMT classes using a contract coordinator.

Road —

John Tipton presented the Road Report. Paving in the subdivision of Cherry Creek has been completed, resulting in the use of 1,898 tons of asphalt. The dealership (FYDA) will be receiving the new dump truck from the manufacturer in July, and it is estimated to be completed for us in August. Schultz Construction began working on the new replacement storage building on July 5. Entrance Permits are being requested and processed at a steady rate and work order requests are being managed in a timely manner. The Department is again fully staffed with the hiring of another operator on June 27.

Request was made to liquidate the 590 Backhoe, utilizing Purple Wave Auction. Previous attempts to dispose of this equipment using Foley Equipment were unsuccessful. Member McNorton made motion to sell the 590 Backhoe on Purple Wave. Motion was seconded by Member Mathes. Motion carried 3-0.

Executive Session — Not necessary

There being no further business to come before the Board, meeting was adjourned at 12:48 p.m.

The next monthly Board meeting will be held on August 2, 2022, at 12:15 p.m.

                                                             Approved  by    Karl McNorton, Jerry Glasgow, and Mike Mathews