The Atchison County Commission met Tuesday, July 5, 2022. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, North District Commissioner Jim Quimby, and South District Commissioner Richard Burke. Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission, was absent.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Bills were reviewed and approved for payment.

Month end department reports were reviewed and approved.

Emergency Management Director Rhonda Wiley was in to report that the HVAC system at the 911 office was not working and she had called for service.

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The Atchison County Commission met Thursday, July 7, 2022. 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 for payment.

Month end department reports were reviewed and approved.

At 9:00 a.m. the commission met with Mandy and Trevor Whipple with Connections Counseling & Wellness; Julie Livengood, Atchison County Health Department; and Sam O’Riley, Atchison County Community Services Outreach Director. They presented an update on the services they are offering along with a list of July support groups and courses which includes the following: Celebrate Recovery, Grief Support, Anxiety/Depression Support, Parenting Course, Anger Management and Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World. Courses and support groups are held at Connections Counseling and Wellness in Tarkio. For information about services, you can visit them at www.ccw-mo.com or call 660-623-6055.

Sam O’Riley presented an overview of services offered through the Atchison County Community Services which include programs for hunger, health, education, house and energy and economic and family security. For more information on their Community Action Partnership citizens can visit www.communityservicesinc.org or call 660-736-4646. In addition, she reported that there is an overwhelming need for transportation, not only in Atchison County, but in the five county region.

The commission inquired about the grant that they were currently awarded. They reported that it has allowed them to hire some new part-time employees that will be able to go out into the field to give assistance. They reported that Connections Counseling and Wellness is pleased with the results they are seeing and look forward to how the participants grow each week.

Director Julie Livengood presented a calendar of July services being offered at the Atchison County Health Department.

It was agreed that they would update the commission monthly about the progress and services offered in the county, so the commission is aware of where needs are being met.

Richard Sperber and Rhonda Gilbert were in to visit with the commission about minutes from a prior commission meeting that stated as landowners they would be receiving a letter requesting an easement to push a road and requesting the use of dirt from their property. The commission has since decided not to send the letter, as Road and Bridge Supervisor Kamron Woodring had visited with the landowners and reported that they were not willing to allow the use of dirt from their property. Mr. Sperber stated that he was not opposed to Midwest Data Center or the telephone company bringing in dirt to build up the road, but he would not allow for soil to be taken from his property as it is currently in the CRP Program and that it is all Loess Hills soil, which is only found in three parts of the world. The commission thanked them for their time and appreciated their input. Supervisor Woodring, who was present for the discussion, stated that he would contact Jeremy Davis with Midwest Data Center and see how they want to move forward and report back to the commission.

Clerk Taylor updated the commission on the 2022 assessed values prior to the Board of Equalization and reported there are no hearings scheduled at this time.

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The Atchison County Commission met Tuesday, July 12, 2022. 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 for payment.

Month end department reports were reviewed and approved.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood opened the 2022 Board of Equalization at 9:30 a.m. There were no citizen appointments, so citizen members Craig Corken and Sam O’Riley did not report. Assessor Lori Jones appeared before the commission with informal additions and abatements since the books were turned over to Clerk Taylor. The commission approved all the changes and if there are no further changes, the books will be closed on Friday, July 15, and turned over to Clerk Taylor.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood and Clerk Taylor worked on audit information.

Clerk Taylor reviewed the Supplemental Actuarial Valuation of Alternate LAGERS Benefits and what the cost of moving to the next level would add to the budget. No decisions were made at this time.

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The Atchison County Commission met Thursday, July 14, 2022. 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 for payment.

Additions and abatements to real and personal property were approved as follows:

Personal Property – June 2022

Additions to the tax books: 2019, $2,896.72; 2020, $923.10; 2021, $4,923.27

Abatements from the personal tax books: 2021, $10.00

Real Property – June 2022

There were no additions to the real tax books in June 2022.

Abatements: 2016, $154.96; 2017, $156.43; 2018, $171.39; 2019, $171.96; 2020, $171.99; 2021, $190.19

Ag Rock – June 2022

There were no additions to or abatements from the tax books.

Karen Miller with the Atchison County Sheriff’s Office presented the Award Agreement and Articles of Agreement pertaining to the award of Grant #2023-DSSSF-03 received by the Atchison County Sheriff’s Department. The project title of the grant is 2023 DSSSF and is funded by MoSMART Board through the Missouri Department of Public Safety, DPS Grants. The grant will supplement each law enforcement deputy $1,200 per year, plus cover the benefits associated with the grant. The articles were reviewed by the commission and Clerk Taylor and signed by Presiding Commissioner Livengood.