The Atchison County Commission met Tuesday, March 10, 2020. 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.

Monthly department reports were reviewed and approved.

February additions and abatements for February 2020 were approved as follows: Personal Property – Additions to the Tax Books: 2019, $6,574.22; 2018, $1,418.32; 2016, $42.51. Abatements from Tax Books: 2019, $474.24. Real Property – Additions to the Tax Books: 2019, $0.00. Abatements from Tax Books – 2019, $156.69.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Adam Meyer met with the commission at 9:00 a.m. to discuss the purchase of a 2020 John Deere motor grader and a 2020 389 Tractor Peterbilt truck. The Peterbilt was priced through Sourcewell Contract #018-716-PMC (list price, $207,552; Sourcewell discount of $84,577 for a cab and chassis price, $122,975; additional price for source goods and services, $7,122, for a total cost of $130,097). After review and discussion, the commissioners voted to accept the bid using Sourcewell for the purchase of the 2020 Peterbilt truck.

Discussion then moved to the 2020 John Deere motor grader. Prices presented were from the State Bid Specification through Murphy Tractor and include a trade-in allowance of $25,000 for a 2004 Volvo motor grader with approximately 10,000 hours: unit with dual joysticks, $261,248.93, and without dual joysticks, $243,667.20. Following review of the specifications, the commissioners voted to purchase the grader without the dual controls using state bid specifications.

The commissioners then met with representatives of the Outlaw Project for a monthly update. Present for the overview were: Ethan Piveral, David Meiners, and Don Woody, Ameren; Louis Feldman, Invenergy; and Nate Salmond, Fagen, Inc.

Mr. Feldman gave a construction update, discussed road issues and concerns with turbine deliveries. He reported that Ameren is going to sponsor the upgrade of 150th Street and that Dan Athen will be doing some of the dirt work needed. Road and Bridge Supervisor Adam Meyer will assist with right of way agreements for the project.

He also reported that the substation on R Avenue is underway, an 8,000 square foot building is under construction, the transmission line is complete, and they continue to work to tie into a new substation that is not yet complete.

Mr. Salmond reported that they currently have approximately 180 working onsite but will be ramping up to 250-plus over the course of the project.

Corey Lesher, Atchison County Farm Service Agency, requested a signature from the commission for Farm #1441 on the Agricultural Risk Coverage – County Option (ARC-CO) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) election and contract form. Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood signed the document as requested and it was returned to the FSA office.

The commission reviewed a CDBG application on the L536 proposed project for property acquisition (site, easements, appraisals, etc.) The grant is being prepared for the Atchison County Levee District #1 by the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments. Atchison County is required to be the applicant. After review of the Long-Term Recovery Project Proposal form, the commissioners voted to approve the CDBG application for signing.

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The Commission met Thursday, March 12, 2020. 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.

The commission met with the county’s health insurance broker, Randy Arnold. He provided information about holding an employee fair where each employee would be given a health risk assessment and provided member guides for each employee. With the current concerns about COVID-19 the commission took no action to set a date for an event. He also notified the commission that Linda Shelby would be listed as the county’s agent of record with Blue Cross effective immediately. The commission signed a form provided by Mr. Arnold acknowledging the change.

There being no further business, the commission adjourned.

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The Commission met Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 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.

Deb Bennett, University Extension, stopped in to visit with the commission and update them on what the University was doing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The commission met with Rhonda Wiley, Atchison County Emergency Management Director; Dr. Aron Burke, Director of the Atchison County Health Department; and Julie Livengood, administrator of the Atchison County Health Department, to discuss concerns about Atchison County citizens related to COVID-19.

Emergency Management Director Wiley and the commissioners felt that it was important to go ahead and implement a declaration of State of Emergency for Atchison County in response to COVID-19. This declaration will make sure Atchison County has access to all resources needed in the event a case of COVID-19 is diagnosed in Atchison County. The declaration was drafted and signed by the commission.

The commission also implemented guidelines restricting access to the courthouse to protect all elected officials and their staff.

The following persons shall not enter the Atchison County Courthouse:

• Persons who have traveled to any foreign county within the last 14 days

• Persons who reside or have had close contact with someone who has travelled to any foreign country within the last 14 days

• Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency

• Persons who have been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and

• Persons with unexplained fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Anyone attempting to enter the courthouse in violation of these protocols will be denied entry by a court security officer. Individuals not authorized to enter the premises because of the restrictions listed above may contact each office. A directory of contact information for each office is posted on both entries to the courthouse and can be found on the Atchison County Development Corporation’s website: https://atchisoncounty.org/localgovernment