The Atchison County Commission met Thursday, August 6, 2020. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, South District Commissioner Richard Burke, and Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission. North District Commissioner Jim Quimby was absent.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Bills were reviewed and approved.

Monthly department reports were reviewed and approved.

Sheriff Dennis Martin was in to discuss a call from the Missouri Department of Transportation regarding the closing of the access off Highway 275 at the weigh scales. The county has encouraged MoDOT to keep it open to use for emergency needs. Presiding Commissioner Livengood placed a call to Representative Andrews about the concerns. He will also reach out to MoDOT. Following the conversation with Sheriff Martin, Presiding Commissioner Livengood was contacted by MoDOT to discuss the matter. The closing has temporarily been stopped, but all indications are that it will be closed and removed.

There being no further business, the commission adjourned.

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The Commission met Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  Present were: South District Commissioner Richard Burke, North District Commissioner Jim Quimby, and Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission. Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood was absent.

South District Commissioner Burke called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Bills were reviewed and approved.

Additions and abatements to the tax books were approved as follows:

Personal Property

July 2020

Additions to the tax books:

• 2015, $10,666.44

• 2016, $8,287.77

• 2017, $8,508.48

• 2018, $5,317.16

• 2019, $11,198.20.

Abatements from Tax Books:

• 2019, $2,960.21.

Real Property

July 2020

There were no additions or abatements to the real books.

At 9:00 a.m., in the absence of Presiding Commissioner Livengood, South District Commissioner Burke opened the public hearing to set the 2020 levy rates for Atchison County General Revenue, Atchison County Road and Bridge, Special Road and Bridge, SB-40, Senior Citizens Services, and the Landfill.

There were no citizens present for the hearing.

Atchison County Clerk Susette Taylor presented the rates for approval. The first 2020 levy rate was for the Atchison County General Revenue Fund. The commissioners voted to approve the state approved rate of .4957.

The next 2020 levy rate presented at the hearing was for the Atchison County Road & Bridge Fund. The commissioners voted to approve the state approved rate of .4957.

The 2020 levy rate for the Atchison County Solid Waste Landfill was presented next at the hearing. The state approved levy for the Solid Waste Landfill was .0000, due to prior voluntary rollbacks. That rate must be held at .0000 for 2020 as no additional funds are needed at this time for landfill operation. The commissioners voted to approve the continuation of the proposed rollback.

The next 2020 levy rate presented at the hearing was for the Atchison County Senate Bill 40. The commissioners voted to approve the state approved rate of .0992.

The 2020 Atchison County Senior Services levy rate was presented next at the hearing. The commissioners voted to approve the state approved rate of .0495.

The final 2020 levy rate presented at the hearing was for the Atchison County Special Road and Bridge. The commissioners voted to approve the state approved rate of .3613.

Rates approved for 2020 tax year were: County General, .4957; Atchison County Road & Bridge, .4957; Solid Waste Landfill, roll back to .0000; Senate Bill 40, .0992; Senior Citizens, .0495; and Atchison County Special Road, .3613.

There being no further rates to be presented, the public hearing was closed and the regular session reopened.

Atchison County school superintendents, Karma Coleman, Ethan Sickels, and Jeremy Burright met with the commission to discuss the CARES Act funding and the unbudgeted expenses they have incurred related to COVID-19. All three districts will submit an agreement and application to the county for review.

Mr. Louis Feldmen was in to update the commission on the Outlaw Project. He reported all access roads are complete and the first turbine will be erected today. He confirmed that the turbines will go online in phases.

Collector Diane Livengood met with the commission for an opening of a sealed bid. The bid was for a property in Watson, located at 203 East Street. The property has been on the delinquent tax rolls since 2011 with no bids being received by the county. The sealed bid presented and opened was from the City of Watson in the amount of $250.00. The commissioners voted to accept the bid. Collector Livengood will complete the necessary documents for the property.

There being no further business, the commission adjourned.