The Atchison County Commission met July 23, 2019. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, South District Commissioner Richard Burke, and North District Commissioner Jim Quimby. Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission, was absent.

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

The commissioners went out to assess current flooding conditions.

JULY 25–

The Commission met July 25, 2019. Present were: South District Commissioner Richard Burke, North District Commissioner Jim Quimby, and Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission. Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood was absent but called in for reports via phone.

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

Road and Bridge Supervisor Adam Meyer, was in to report on the county rock truck and the condition of a county employee that was involved in an accident on Wednesday, July 24. He reported the rock truck was totaled and the driver was in stable condition. The report showed that the drive tire was blown out, but did not determine if it was the cause or the result of the accident. Clerk Taylor reported that all necessary documents have been filed as required. The commission will be notified if anything changes.

A notice from ACDC Director Monica Bailey was presented to appoint Becky Jones to a renewed five year term as a member of the EEZ Board. The commissioners approved the request.

A second notice from ACDC Director Monica Bailey was presented to appoint Karma Coleman to a renewed five year term as a member of the EEZ Board. The commissioners approved the request.

North District Commissioner Quimby reported that he had a meeting scheduled with Don Moody from Ameren on August 1 to look at some potential sites for an office location.

The commission received a call from Ajay Arora with Ameren to notify Atchison County that the EDF Project (known as Brickyard Hill Project) was no longer going to be a viable project for Ameren and therefore would not be constructed in Atchison County. He stated that the cost of expanding the substation and transmission to it came in so high that it was not a viable project they could undertake. Mr. Arora stated that a press release would go out immediately to notify the landowners and the public. Clerk Taylor asked if the school districts could be notified and Mr. Arora said yes he felt the county could notify them. Due to confidentiality the commission requested that Clerk Taylor contact them on Friday to give Ameren time to complete the press release.

Brenda Gustafson, External Affairs with FEMA, and Rhonda Wiley, Emergency/E9-1-1 Director were in to update the commission with the current fact sheet.

Daily Fact Sheet as of June 24, 2019

FEMA has provided $12.8 million in funding to help people in northwest Missouri recover from flooding and severe storms. This is for Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt and Platte counties.

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has paid $12.1 million to flood insurance policyholders in those five counties. About 400 claims have been submitted. This includes flood insurance claims for March flooding. A disaster declaration is not required for flood insurance to pay.

For damage and serious needs not covered by insurance, FEMA Individual Assistance has provided $700,000 in grants to more than 200 households for temporary rental assistance, basic home repairs and other needs. (Atchison County – $363,000, DRC now closed, 18 visits; FEMA flood insurance: $322,000 paid; 21 claims; FEMA grants: $41,000; 18 households approved.)

The Atchison County disaster recovery center closed July 21. If anyone still needs assistance they can go to the Holt County Center, at Mound City High School, Multi-Purpose Room, 708 Nebraska Street in Mound City.

Since the disaster was declared July 9, FEMA has issued 1,311 home inspections for homeowners and renters who registered with FEMA and reported damage or unmet needs. FEMA has completed 1,242 (94 percent) of those home inspections.

Additional funding will be approved as more households register for disaster assistance and additional home inspections are conducted. FEMA also asks survivors to submit their insurance information. For those with questions, call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362).

Everyone who registers with FEMA will receive a letter by mail, text, email or in their DisasterAssistance.gov online account. The letter explains the status of their application and FEMA’s decision. Sometimes, FEMA asks for additional documentation such as proof of occupancy and insurance information. Please read the letter carefully. The letter explains your eligibility, any required documents that need to be provided and how to appeal FEMA’s decision for any survivor who disagrees with the determination.

Register for Assistance

FEMA and the state of Missouri are encouraging Missourians to register for federal disaster assistance for damage, losses and needs related to recent flooding, severe storms and tornadoes.

Survivors with damage may be able to get grant money for temporary rental assistance, basic home repairs and other needs not covered by insurance. If you have a homeowner’s or flood insurance policy, file a claim as quickly as possible.

Homeowners and renters may apply. FEMA works with every household on a case-by-case basis.

Register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA directly at 800-621-FEMA (3362).

How to Register

Registering for disaster assistance is free and takes about 20 minutes. There are three ways to register:

• Online at DisasterAssistance.gov

• By phone at the disaster assistance helpline: 800-621-FEMA (3362). Lines are open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

• At a disaster recovery center. To find one, go to FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers.

Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information on hand:

• Current address

• Address of the damaged property

• Description of the damage

• Information about insurance coverage

• A current contact telephone number

• Social Security number

• An address where they can receive mail

• Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

Flood Insurance Pays in Missouri

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than $18 million to Missouri policyholders for flood claims filed since March.

FEMA and the state of Missouri continue to encourage residents to file insurance claims.

If you have a homeowner’s or flood insurance policy, file your insurance claim as quickly as possible. Document your damage with photos or video. Make a list of damaged items. Register with FEMA. Although FEMA funding cannot return your dwelling to pre-disaster condition, it may help your recovery by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, accessible and secure. FEMA funding may also provide grants for a temporary place for you and your family to stay while you build your recovery plan.

FEMA also coordinates with the U.S. Small Business Administration, which can provide low-interest disaster loans, as well as voluntary, charitable and faith-based groups to help people recover.

Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams

FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are visiting neighborhoods, going door-to-door, in coordination with the state and local emergency management. These teams are meeting with residents, helping them register for assistance and making referrals to other organizations.

The teams are also working to quickly identify and address any immediate and emerging needs. Ninety-eight team members visited 504 homes in the designated counties on July 17.

Building Permits,

Repairs and Rebuilding

FEMA does not issue building permits, condemn structures or decide whether people may rebuild their homes or make repairs.

Local governments issue building permits based on their own local ordinances.

Local flood zone ordinances can vary by jurisdiction because communities make zoning decisions about local development and permitting requirements.

Before making repairs, property owners should check with their local governments, permitting offices or floodplain managers.

U.S. Small Business

Administration

Business owners, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other sources. For more information, businesses and residents can visit SBA.gov/disaster, call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877- 8339. Apply online using SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Individuals have until September 9 to register for federal disaster assistance and return SBA loan applications for physical property damage. The filing deadline for businesses to submit loan applications for economic injury is April 9, 2020.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Workers who live in or work in the 20 counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance and whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to the flooding may be eligible for up to 26 weeks of assistance. Information about disaster unemployment assistance can be found at https://labor.mo.gov/news/press-releases/disaster-unemployment-benefits-available-flood- and-tornado-victims. The application deadline is August 9.

If you were temporarily out of work in Atchison County due to the closing of businesses affected by the closing of Highway 136 and I-29, you are eligible to apply for this assistance. You are not required to seek other job applications. Please see the link above to assist with some of your lost wages.

Free Disaster Legal

Assistance Available

A toll-free Disaster Recovery Legal Assistance Hotline is open at 800-829-4128 and available to connect individuals affected by the disasters with volunteer lawyers who can help with:

• Assistance with life, medical, and property insurance claims

• Help with home repair contracts and contractors

• Replacement of wills and other important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster

• Consumer protection issues such as price-gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process

• Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems

• Counseling on landlord-tenant problems

Assistance for

Landowners, Farmers, Ranchers and Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers many programs that provide assistance to landowners, farmers, ranchers and producers following disasters. For information, contact your local USDA Farm Services Agency.

Tax Relief for Missouri Survivors

Individuals who reside or have a business in counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance may qualify for federal tax relief. This may include additional time to file annual individual tax returns or quarterly payments. Affected taxpayers have until August 30 to file most tax returns.

FEMA Public Assistance Program

Public Assistance is FEMA’s largest grant program, providing funds to assist communities responding to and recovering from major disasters or emergencies declared by the president.

The Public Assistance program provides grants to state and local governments and certain non-profit entities to assist them with the response to and recovery from disasters.

Teams staffed with FEMA, state and local officials have conducted preliminary damage assessments in 75 counties, including Atchison, Holt, and Nodaway.

Disaster Specifics

A Major Disaster Declaration was issued July 9. The incident period was April 29-July 5.

Counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Atchison and Holt. Additional counties may be added as more damage assessments are received.

The registration deadline is September 9.

For disaster updates: fema.gov/disaster/4451

JULY 30–

The Commission met July 30, 2019. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, South District Commissioner Richard Burke, North District Commissioner Jim Quimby, and Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission.

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

At 9:00 a.m. Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood opened the public hearing to set the 2019 levy rates for Atchison County General Revenue, Atchison County Road and Bridge, Special Road and Bridge, SB-40, Senior Citizens Services, and the landfill.

There were no citizens present for the hearing.

The commissioners approved the following 2019 levy rates:

• Atchison County General Revenue Fund – state approved rate of .4957.

• Atchison County Road & Bridge Fund – state approved rate of .4957.

• Atchison County Solid Waste Landfill – .0000, due to prior voluntary rollbacks. That rate must be held at .0000 for 2019 as no additional funds are needed at this time for landfill operation.

• Atchison County Senate Bill 40 – state approved rate of .0992.

• Atchison County Senior Services – state approved rate of .0495.

• Atchison County Special Road and Bridge – state approved rate of .3613.

There being no further rates to be presented at the public hearing, the public hearing was closed and the regular session reopened.

Clerk Taylor presented information on a Medical Marijuana Impact on Counties and Public Entities Seminar that will be held in Chillicothe on August 6, presented by Ivan L. Schraeder, Schraeder Law Firm. Presiding Commission Livengood, North District Commissioner Quimby, Clerk Taylor and Sheriff Martin plan to attend.

Clerk Taylor presented information from Emergency Management Director Rhonda Wiley and Ernie Miller from Midwest Mobile related to a new console for the 911 center. Several questions about installation costs and additional maintenance charges will need to be addressed before moving forward.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Adam Meyer, was present as the commission reviewed the settlement offer for the 2003 Freightliner dump truck (County unit #50). Ameritrust with Meadowbrook Claims Service for Star Insurance Company offered $27,000 minus the deductible of $2,500 for a payout of $24,500. The commissioners voted to accept the claim offer.

Clerk Taylor presented a request for ACDC Director Monica Bailey which noted that USDA-Rural Development has asked for a list of community needs from the county and political subdivisions within the county so if grant funding does become available our USDA representative, Amber Barnes, will have information ready to present. The county will submit a list of potential needs.

The commission discussed future upgrades needed at the courthouse such as drainage repairs, curbing, parking lot resurface and upgrades to the entrance on both sides of the building. Bid specifications have been received for everything except the entrances to the building. Clerk Taylor will seek information on having blueprints drawn for the entrances.