The Atchison County Commission met Thursday, March 19, 2020. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, North District Commissioner Jim Quimby, and Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission. South District Commissioner Richard Burke was absent.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood called the meeting to order.

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

Road and Bridge Supervisor Adam Meyer was in to address complaints and concerns on R Avenue south of Route C related to the construction of the Outlaw Project. The commission told Supervisor Meyer to draft a letter and contact Louis Feldman, Project Liaison, to address the issues. Mr. Feldman later contacted the commission and said he was addressing the issues.

The commission reviewed a liquor license application from 1887 Bar & Grill. The license was approved.

The commissioners then met with elected officials about their concerns and discussed protocol if the building was locked down. Everyone felt that was what needed to take place so everyone could feel comfortable reporting to work.

The commission ordered that the building be locked at noon on Thursday, March 19, and instructed each office to verbally go over a provided questionnaire with anyone who called their office and wanted access to the building.

The questionnaire will include which office you wish to visit, and the following:

• I have not traveled to any foreign country within the last 14 days,

• I have not had close contact with someone who has travelled to any foreign country within the last 14 days

• I have not been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency

• I have not been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and

• I have not had an unexplained fever, cough or shortness of breath.

If you can answer no to all the questions, you will be allowed to enter the building with the office holder or staff and required to sign the questionnaire.

Almost all requests can be handled online or over the phone, so if you are sick or have recently traveled, courthouse officials ask that you refrain from coming into the building at all.

Anyone attempting to enter 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 website.

As long as the building is locked down, the agenda for the commission meetings will be posted on the door on each end of the courthouse. The same protocol will be used for anyone who would like to attend a commission meeting. They should call the clerk’s office at 660-744-6214 for guidance on attending a meeting in person.

Assessor Lori Jones visited with the commission about Gavilon and their EEZ abatement. Due to some conflicting dates in the resolution and the agreement, the commission felt it should be reviewed by legal counsel.

Emergency Management Director Rhonda Wiley reported that she was working with the Atchison County Health Department Administrator Julie Livengood to encourage businesses to honor the health warning and keep gatherings to 10 people or less.