The Atchison County Commission met Tuesday, September 24, 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.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood and North District Commissioner Quimby traveled to Jefferson City on Friday to attend the Governor’s Flood Recovery Working Group meeting.

Fuel bids were opened and read at 9:00 a.m. Adam Meyer, Road and Bridge Supervisor, was present for the opening.

• Younger Oil’s fuel bid was for the Westboro shop only – cost on date of delivery plus .044 for dyed #2 diesel, dyed #1 diesel and 87 octane gas with 10% ethanol.

• MFA Oil bid cost on date of delivery plus .085 for Premium #1 diesel and gasoline.

Supervisor Meyer reviewed the bids and recommended that both bids be accepted. The commissioners voted to accept both bids, awarding Younger Oil the Westboro shop and MFA the Fairfax and Rock Port barns.

Propane bids were opened and read at 9:15 a.m. There was only one bid from MFA Oil to supply propane to all road and bridge locations at a rate of $.92 fixed price for 7,000 gallons. The commissioners voted to accept the bid from MFA Fairfax for propane.

Emergency Management Director Rhonda Wiley was present to review a floodplain permit request from HDR, Inc. and BNSF Railway to replace Bridge MP 124.21 Napier Subdivision. The railroad bridge crosses the Nishnabotna Drainage Ditch located in Atchison County. The commission did not vote to approve the permit because BNSF Railway has refused to comply with the permitting process with all other changes they have done in Atchison County. The commission requested Director Wiley to inform BNSF that since they applied for a permit for this structure change it acknowledges the fact that they are aware they are to comply with permitting requirements for all structure changes within a floodplain, which they have not done.

Sue Jackson with the Census Bureau met with the commission and presented the following information about three media campaigns that will be starting in January 2020:

1) Awareness/Education – January through March 2020: The objective of this phase is to build immediate awareness and provide educational information.

2) Motivation/Participation – March through April 2020: The objective of this phase is to inspire and motivate residents to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire.

3) Reminder/NRFU (Nonresponse Follow Up) –  May 2020: The objective of this phase will be to continue to remind people to respond to the 2020 Census.

The commission contacted Blake Hurst, Farm Bureau President and one of the governor’s appointments to the Flood Recovery Working Group, to meet with them and the Atchison County Levee board members to discuss concerns that need to be addressed within the group. He agreed to meet and it will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks.