The Atchison County Commission met Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, North District Commissioner Jim Quimby, South District Commissioner Richard Burke, and Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Bills were reviewed and approved.

Adam Meyer, Road and Bridge Supervisor, reported that he had received a request from the City of Rock Port to bid on maintaining the unpaved roads within the city limits of Rock Port. The commission approved the county submitting a bid.

At 9:00 a.m. the commission met with the following: Garry Garst, Troy LaHue, Ryan Ottmann, and Jason Garst, members of the levee district; Dennis Martin, Atchison County Sheriff; Rhonda Wiley, Emergency Management Director; and Road Supervisor Meyer for an update on county conditions and what needs to be done at this point.

Ryan Ottmann reported that the Atchison County Levee District currently has 14 breaks and one breach within their 54 miles of levee. This does not include the two breaks on Mill Creek Levee. The Corps has reported 54 total breaches within the Omaha Office District. With that report, Atchison County has 27% of the breaches within the entire system. Releases from the dam will remain between 27,000 – 33,000 cfs.

Director Wiley reported that KCP&L was assessing lines into Watson at 9:00 a.m. and would be reporting in. Garry Garst reported the need for power in Watson and stated that KCP&L did a work-around by working with Atchison-Holt in 2011. Director Wiley stated she would check into it. RT with KCP&L called to report that they would have to use a helicopter to finish the assessment and it would not be complete until tomorrow. Director Wiley discussed the work-around and RT said he would check on that, which he did, and reported they were going to work on that.

Adam Meyer reported that rural water is back on in Watson, but there is currently no pressure. It is under a boil order and should not be used for drinking. A pallet of drinking water was delivered to the fire station in Watson for workers and residents.

Director Wiley reviewed the damage assessment process.

Discussion was held about the railroad and need for additional drainage to be installed under the rails as repairs are made. Clerk Taylor will forward a copy of a legal ruling from a recent lawsuit in Holt County to Attorney Ivan Schraeder to see if that ruling could help Atchison County put some pressure on the railroad.

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The Commission met Thursday, March 28, 2019. Present were: North District Commissioner Jim Quimby and South District Commissioner Richard Burke. Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission, and Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood were absent.

South District Commissioner Burke called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Bills were reviewed and approved.

The commissioners traveled to Spiegel farm to attend a meeting organized by Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau. Those present met with Bill Northey, Under Secretary of Agriculture, who was able to see the damage and loss to the rural agriculture community due to the extreme flooding.

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The Commission met Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, South District Commissioner Richard Burke, and Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission. North District Commissioner Jim Quimby was absent.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.Bills were reviewed and approved.

Month-end department reports were reviewed and approved.

Rhonda Wiley, Emergency Management/E-9-1-1 Director, was present to review a quote for a camera system at the 9-1-1 office. The quote was quite a bit higher than what had been budgeted so it was decided to look into other options.

Adam Meyer, Road and Bridge Supervisor, was in to discuss submitting a bid to the City of Rock Port for grading. After discussion everyone was in agreement not to submit a bid.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood brought up the new bridge replacement on Route J and inquired with Supervisor Meyer what the alternate route plans were with the current road conditions. Supervisor Meyer stated that he would be moving a crew into the area next week to improve the roads that would be used as a detour in and out of Fairfax. Delaying the project would push it back into harvest or possibly farther. The commission felt it was in the best interest of the county to move forward with the replacement.

Collector Diane Livengood was present for the opening of three sealed bids on Diane C. Worl property, located at 404 South Street in Fairfax. The property has been delinquent since 2012 and has been offered at the tax sale with no bidders. Delinquent taxes with penalties and fees on the property total $2,263.65. The first bid was from Richard and Rachelle Boyd for $1,000. The second bid was from Kevin Lewis in the amount of $625.01. The final bid was from Connie Lewis in the amount of $1,001.76. The commissioners voted to accept the high bid of $1,001.76 from Connie Lewis.

Collector Livengood then presented three abatements to the tax books for approval. All three are on completed sealed bid properties for the remaining balance of the taxes.

The first abatement was: Map #000-08-001025, Merkley to Boyd, totaling $2,839.24. The commissioners voted to approve the abatement.

The second abatement was: Map #5103-16-000430, Stout & Stout to Davis, totaling $480.04. The commissioners voted to approve the abatement.

The final abatement was: Map #5103-16-000370, Hampshire to Davis, totaling $513.33. The commissioners voted to approve the abatement.