The Atchison County Commission met Thursday, August 22, 2019. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, South District Commissioner Richard Burke, North District Commissioner Jim Quimby, 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.

The commission discussed the 2019 Ag Rock Levy. The current amount of .50 covers the cost of 90 ton per mile. All were in agreement to focus on getting the roads in shape after all the heavy rains before adding additional tonnage. The commissioners voted to  approve the Ag Levy at .50 cents for the 2019 tax billing. This rate will be applied to every ag acre in Atchison County and be used solely for rock.

Rick and Linda Deflon appeared before the commission at 10:00 a.m. to dispute the substantial damage to their property. Emergency Management Director Rhonda Wiley was present for the discussion.

Director Wiley reviewed the process for obtaining the substantial damage report. FEMA provides the template for the figures and information that must be entered. Using that template, damage estimates are applied against the fair market value set by the assessor. If the property is over 50% damaged FEMA requires it to be elevated or torn down.

The Deflons stated that they disagreed with the fair market value placed on the house by the assessor, and disagreed with the amount of damage assessment. The commission told Mr. Deflon that if he would have an appraisal performed on the house that showed the value was different than what is listed in the assessor’s office, then those numbers could be inserted into the program provided by FEMA for the report.

Director Wiley stated that the commission had contacted FEMA at Tuesday’s session to see if there was any way they could issue a variance for this property. FEMA told them no, as it would put the county in jeopardy of non-compliance.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood stated that he totally understood their frustration, but the county is forced to comply so that those who do want flood insurance can get it.

The commission reviewed Flood Plain Permit Application No. 2019-001 from Oswald Family Trust, 26338 State Hwy J. The permit is to raise the levee along the Tarkio River from 250th Street north along an agricultural field to a level of one foot below the beam holding the concrete floor of the Kirby Bridge. The principal use of the levee will be flood control.

The commissioners voted to approve the following proclamation in remembrance of former County Clerk Dale Faulkner, who passed away August 20, 2019.

PROCLAMATION

Whereas, Atchison County has lost an outstanding citizen in the death of Dale Faulkner; and

Whereas, on behalf of our County, we wish to record our deep sorrow over the passing of Dale Faulkner on August 20, 2019; and

Whereas, Dale Faulkner was appointed to the office of Atchison County Clerk on March 28th of 1986 and served until his election in November of 1986. Dale subsequently received the trust and confidence of his constituents by his re-election for three additional four-year terms, for a total of 16 years and nine months of service to the citizens of Atchison County; and

Whereas, our county is grateful for his many contributions;

Now therefore . . . in recognition of Dale Faulkner’s contributions to our county and its citizens, we hereby express our deep appreciation for his service to our county and extend to his family our sincere sympathy upon his passing.

There being no further business, the commission adjourned.

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The Commission met Tuesday, August 27, 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 attending the 130th annual training of the Missouri Association of County Clerks.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Bills were reviewed and approved.

Scott Jones addressed the commission about an incident at Gavilon on Monday.

All of the commissioners left to attend the Annual University of Extension Field Day at Graves-Chapple Farm.

There being no further business, the commission adjourned.

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The Commission met Thursday, August 29, 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 attending the 130th annual training of the Missouri Association of County Clerks.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Bills were reviewed and approved.

ACDC Director Monica Bailey presented their financial statement and updated the commission on upcoming economic activities. She reported that the annual meeting will be held September 25 at the Fairfax School.

Mr. Don Woody, Renewable Energy Practice Lead with Patrick Engineering, introduced himself to the commission as the contact person for the Outlaw Wind Project. The commissioners encouraged him to make contact with the other departments throughout the county and discussed the importance of those working on the project to use our local businesses to the best of their ability.

Emergency Management Director Wiley was in to update the commission on conditions since the water is finally beginning to recede with the Watson breach closed.

There being no further business, the commission adjourned.

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The Commission met Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, South District Commissioner Richard Burke, North District Commissioner Jim Quimby, 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.

Clerk Taylor reported that there were no bids received for renting the pasture ground at the landfill site. The commissioners made some contacts and extended the bid opening until Thursday, September 12. Bid sheets can still be picked up in the clerk’s office.

The commission went out to inspect roads in the flood zone.

There being no further business, the commission adjourned.