The Atchison County Commission met Thursday, August 17, 2023. Present were: South District Commissioner Richard Burke and North District Commissioner Jim Quimby. Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission, was attending the Missouri Association of Counties summer board meeting and Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood was attending Senator Josh Hawley’s luncheon at the Missouri State Fair.

South District Commissioner Burke called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Bills were reviewed and approved for payment.

The following proclamation was signed by the commission and is recorded in the record in remembrance of former Commissioner Larry Hicks, who served 18 years as the North District Commissioner.

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS Atchison County has lost an outstanding co-worker and citizen in the death of Larry Hicks, former North District Commissioner; and

WHEREAS on behalf of Atchison County, we wish to record our deep sorrow over the passing of Larry Hicks on August 10th, 2023; and

WHEREAS Larry Hicks was elected to the position of North District Commissioner in November of 1990, serving three two-year terms from 1991 through 1996. Gaining the support and trust of the citizens, he went on to serve three more four-year terms, before retiring in December of 2008. He received the trust and confidence of his colleagues and dedicated a total of 18 years of service to the citizens of Atchison County; and

WHEREAS our county is grateful for his many contributions and work ethic; and

NOW THEREFORE, in recognition of Larry Hicks’ contributions to our county and its citizens, we hereby express our deep appreciation for his service to our county and extend to his family our sincere sympathy upon his passing.

Atchison County Commission

There being no further business, the commission adjourned.

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The Atchison County Commission met Thursday, August 24, 2023. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, South District Commissioner Richard Burke, and North District Commissioner Jim Quimby. Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission, was absent.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Bills were reviewed and approved for payment.

Clerk Taylor had information ready with a summary of the revenue needed to cover the costs of applying 90 tons of rock per mile to CART roads in Atchison County for the commission to review. After reviewing the information and funds remaining in the rock fund that can be utilized for 2023 with Road and Bridge Supervisor Kamron Woodring, the commissioners voted to set the 2023 ag rock levy at 50 cents. This rate will be applied to every ag acre in Atchison County and be used solely for rock. The approved rate for Atchison County by voter approval was $1.00 per acre, but with good fiscal oversight the commission has been able to keep the amount needed to only 50 cents for each year it has been in place.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Kamron Woodring discussed the financing to purchase a new 2023/2024 John Deere 672GP motor grader with 6WD. The bid includes a service agreement for five-year/10,000-hour DPF Assurance John Deere preventative maintenance – plus for a total price of $449,673.00. The commission approved the first payment being made from the Road and Bridge Fund, an amount to be determined by the budget, and remaining payments will be through an agreement with the county using funds in the mitigation fund and applying an interest rate of 1% above the current CD rate. Supervisor Woodring felt a majority of the new road grader could be paid off by selling the unused equipment that is being placed on the Purple Wave Auction. The equipment is being placed at the old highway barn site if anyone is interested in looking at the equipment to place a bid.

The following resolution was approved and recorded by the commission in honor of Assessor Lori Jones retirement and 40 years of service to Atchison County.

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 Lori Jones began working in the Atchison County Assessor’s office on June 1, 1983, at the young age of 17. She was chosen for the position by her beloved teacher Bill Fox, who managed the COE Program for Tarkio High School. Six years later, Lori ran for the position and took office September 1, 1989. Lori subsequently received the trust and confidence of her constituents by her re-election for eight additional four-year terms, giving her a total of 40 years and three months of service to the citizens of Atchison County; and

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

NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved, that the Atchison County Commission, fellow elected officials, fellow co-workers, and friends commend Lori 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 presented a duly inscribed copy of this resolution to Lori Jones, offered by Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood upon her retirement September 2, 2023.

Atchison County Commission

There being no further business to come before the commission, the commission adjourned.

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The Atchison County Commission met Thursday, August 31, 2023. Present were: Presiding Commissioner Curtis Livengood, South District Commissioner Richard Burke, North District Commissioner Jim Quimby, and Susette Taylor, Clerk of the Commission.

Presiding Commissioner Livengood called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Bills were reviewed and approved for payment.

The commission reviewed a request from Monica Bailey, ACDC Director, to appoint and update members of the EEZ Board. Nick Kemerling has agreed to fill the unexpired term of Jeremy Burright for the Fairfax School District and Rex Bollinger has agreed to fill the unexpired term of Ethan Sickels for the Rock Port School District. After review, the commissioners voted to appoint both superintendents as requested.

The commission met with Sheriff Dennis Martin about moving to a .gov domain for their email account for added security and discussed department matters.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Kamron Woodring requested the commission’s approval on an agreement between the Atchison County Road and Bridge Department and Northwest Electric for road repairs related to work being done on 207th Street. After review, the commissioners voted to approve and sign the agreement.

Northwest Electric will pay for nine loads of road rock on 207th Street running ¾ of a mile, starting at Highway 275. Three loads will be hauled at the time of signed agreement, and six loads at the end of the project for a total of 207 tons at a cost of $12.65 per ton, totaling $2,618.55 for road rock. Atchison County agrees to haul and place rock at a cost of $5 per ton, for a total of $1,035.00 for hauling. Total project cost to Northwest Electric is $3,653.55. A fully executed copy will be on file in the Road and Bridge Office.

A retirement celebration was held at 11:00 a.m., honoring Assessor Lori Jones for her 40 plus years of service to Atchison County.

The commission then went out to inspect county roads.

There being no further business, the commission adjourned.