The Atchison County Commission met Thursday, April 30, 2020. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, North District Commissioner Jim Quimby, South District Commissioner Richard Burke, and Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission.

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

Clerk Taylor presented the federal funding certification form for the CARES ACT from the Missouri State Treasurer’s office.

The form was reviewed and there was discussion with Clerk Taylor about placing the money in a special fund so that it is kept separate until all guidelines regulating the CARES funding are reviewed and determined. The commissioners voted to accept the terms of the funding and authorize signing of the needed documents.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood signed the Federal Funding Certification for the CARES Act Funding for Atchison County. It was forwarded to the Missouri State Treasurer.

The Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments (NWMRCOG) presented a long-term recovery project proposal for CDBG funding for the Phelps City Special Road District. The commission reviewed the documents and voted to accept the terms of the funding and authorize signing of the needed documents. The proposal was signed by Presiding Commissioner Livengood and returned to the NWMRCOG for processing.

A resolution honoring Diana Dickkut for her years of service to the county was signed by the commission and presented to her in the courtroom during a small celebration of county employees and elected officials.

Resolution

WHEREAS, the members of the Atchison County Commission make it a practice to recognize and commend individuals who have excelled in a career as a public servant; and

WHEREAS, Diana K. Dickkut began her service to Atchison County on May 26, 1998, in the Atchison County Circuit Clerk and Recorder’s Office. During her service she has served directly under Associate Judge Honorable Corey K. Herron, as well as Presiding Judge Honorable Roger M. Prokes and Honorable John C. Andrews; lending her knowledge and excellence for 22 years; and

WHEREAS, Diana has devoted countless hours of effort, demonstrating personal excellence and diligence to her duties in the Atchison County Circuit Clerk and Recorder’s Office and the Atchison County Consolidated Circuit Court, State of Missouri; and

WHEREAS, Diana has achieved respect from her colleagues, the citizens of Atchison County and the citizens of the State of Missouri as a caring, and distinguished employee who cares about the needs of others; and

NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved, that the Atchison County Commission and fellow co-workers and friends commend Diana for her long and honorable dedication to the citizens of Atchison County and the State of Missouri and wish the best to a devoted and honorable individual; and

Be it further resolved that the Atchison County Commission, send a duly inscribed copy of this resolution to Diana K. Dickkut, 405 South Water Street, Rock Port, MO 64482. Offered by Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood.

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The commission met Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, North District Commissioner Jim Quimby, South District Commissioner Richard Burke, 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.

The commission took a conference call from Robert Gibson, Director of Tiffany Care Center. He reported that as of today (May 5) there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Pleasant View Care Center located in Atchison County. The building continues to be locked down with no visitors being allowed. Employees and residents are screened daily as they continue to follow CDC Nursing Home Guidelines. Within those guidelines, visitors are restricted until Phase 3. The commission inquired about the residents and how they are coping with the pandemic. Mr. Gibson stated that it is certainly hard on them, but the staff has been excellent in keeping them engaged the best they can.

Mr. Gibson also discussed some rooms that they currently use for storage in the 9-1-1 wing of the facility. Until recently, access to that area has been open and they had the ability to come and go as needed. With all precautionary measures put into place to protect the Emergency 9-1-1 dispatchers and residents of Pleasant View, Director Wiley felt that it was best for the door to be locked down and access only allowed by appointment. This method does not seem to be working since one of the rooms holds supplies for daily activities. The commissioners agreed that for safety precautions the door should be locked. They requested that the items used for daily activity be moved into a vacant room on the other wing. The long term storage boxes that they do not need access to could remain where they are at this time. Mr. Gibson felt this was a workable solution and would get back to the commission if needed.

The NWMRCOG presented a long-term recovery project proposal for the Mill Creek Drainage District. The commission reviewed the documents and voted to accept the terms of the funding and authorize signing of the needed documents. The documents were signed by Presiding Commissioner Livengood and forwarded to the NWMRCOG.

An intergovernmental agreement was drafted by the NWMRCOG in relationship to the Mill Creek Drainage Project. It was signed by Holt County Presiding Commissioner Tom Bullerk on May 4. Following the review,  the commissioners voted to accept the terms and authorize signing of the needed documents. The agreement was signed by Presiding Commissioner Livengood and forwarded to the NWMRCOGs.

Assessor Lori Jones met with the commission to continue discussion about the discrepancy in dates between the EEZ ordinance and an agreement with Gavilon for tax abatement. The ordinance reads the number of years of abatement begins when the EEZ is approved and signed, the EEZ agreement states that the number of years of abatement begins on the date of assessment. The EEZ approval was signed one year prior to the company being assessed so legal counsel is reviewing the documents.

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund and appropriated $150 billion to the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Under the CARES Act, the funds are to be used to make payments for specified uses to states and certain local governments. The U.S. Department of Treasury issued guidance on April 22, 2020, regarding the use of the funds for state, territorial, local, and tribal governments.

On April 28, 2020, Atchison County, Missouri, received information and guidance from the office of the Missouri State Treasurer regarding the distribution of certain CARES Act funds from the State of Missouri. The Treasurer’s office has requested Atchison County to review, approve, sign and return a certification for payment by Friday, May 1, 2020, based on the guidance issued by the State Treasurer. This was done at the April 30, 2020, meeting of the Commission. The county anticipates receipt of the CARES Act funds on or about Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Atchison County will utilize the guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the State of Missouri in making determinations about the use, including allocation and award of the funds received under the CARES Act. Atchison County is in the process of reviewing the CARES Act requirements and guidelines issued by Treasury and will develop policies addressing issues related to the next steps in this process, including who can apply to receive these funds and the process and requirements for doing so. Further information regarding Atchison County’s allocation and distribution of CARES Act funds will be made available to the public as more information is gathered.

Travis A. Elliott of Ellis, Ellis, Hammons & Johnson, P.C., legal counsel for the Missouri Association of Counties, has prepared a draft memorandum for counties to review outlining the legal guidelines related to the CARES Act Funds and a draft memorandum of questions and answers that counties have expressed to date. Both documents will be helpful in the administration of the funds.

The NWMRCOG also contacted the commission and offered their services if needed to assist in the administrative duties.

The commission will move slowing to make sure clear guidelines and administrative rules are followed related to any distribution of the funds.