Osage County Commission Meeting Minutes
March 21, 2017
The meeting was called to order by Presiding Commissioner Dudenhoeffer at 8:30 AM.
Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
District 1 Commissioner John Glavin present.
District 2 Commissioner Larry Kliethermes was present.
County Clerk Patrick Steele on duty.
Media was represented by Jerri Voss.
Present for all or part of the meeting were: Randy Atkin, Andi Rice, John Kennedy, and Tim Neuner.
Approval of the Agenda: Approved.
Minutes: Minutes of Regular Meeting of March 14, 2017 were reviewed and approved.
Bills and Communications:
Time sheets were submitted for review and approval.
There will be a Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting on April 4, 2017 at 10 AM in EOC.
Workers Comp rebate from MAC Trust for $1706.00 will be sent on 4/30/2017.
Absentee voting is available at the Clerk’s Office for the April Municipal Election.
There will be no Commissioners Meeting on April 4, 2017 because of the election.
Meetings: The Commissioners reported that it was a good meeting with the West Central District in Callaway County. Most counties reported sales tax figures were up. There was good food and good tours. They reported that Hendersons were contemplating expansion.
Road and Bridge Items. Randy Atkin provided a hand-written report of the week’s activities at R&B.
Randy left after reporting that there was a problem with a road grader.
Plan for County Roads: No discussion
Website: No problems.
Luebbering Law Suit: No new information.
2017 Tax Support Committee: See notes under New Business.
Westphalia Road Issue: No new information.
Agricultural Ready County Program Application: No new information
County Road 402 update: No new information.
County Clerk Steele presented a plan for a Capital Improvement Tax to go on the August 2017 ballot to pass a replacement ¼ cent sales tax for the AXO8 tax which will expire. He proposed creating a 20% dedication to Building and Grounds and an 80% dedication of funds to Infrastructure. There is no roll back of property taxes if a capital improvement tax is passed. It stated that this is a unique opportunity for Osage County to address long range needs. He stressed that it would require the adoption of a long-range plane to address upcoming needs for Building and Grounds and Infrastructure. This would help sell the idea to tax payers in the county and would show that the county was seriously considering long term needs of the County. It would have to be placed on the ballot by May 23, 2017 for the August election. Presiding Commissioner Dudenhoeffer indicated his support of the proposal as did Associate Commissioner Kliethermes. Commissioner Glavin flatly refused to back anything other than 100% for Road and Bridge but could not provide adequate reasoning to support this action. A copy of this proposal is attached to the minutes.
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County Clerk Steele responded that the percentages had been increased for Road and Bridge from the original idea of 70% up to 80% which would mean that $229,600.00 per year would earmarked for Infrastructure and only $57,200 would be earmarked for Buildings and Grounds. Commissioner Glavin said again that he would only support 100% for Road and Bridge. County Clerk Steele responded that would require a roll back of property taxes. The discussion soon deteriorated into personal animosity between Commissioner Glavin and Clerk Steele.
Jerri Voss, as media representative pushed Gavin asking what would you support. Commissioner Glavin finally stated that he would accept 10% for Building and Grounds and 90% for Road and Bridge. He remarked that the Commission could use the use tax for the buildings. County Clerk Steele responded that he would not be willing to work for such a one-sided measure. It was correctly stated that this situation boiled down to a personal grudge between Commission Glavin and County Clerk Steele. Steele commented that this was an old grudge going as far back as former Commissioner Elmer Senevey and continued by Commissioner Glavin. Steele stated that he could not support this as a matter of principle. An impasse has been reached. Steele did say he would think about it.
County Clerk Steele reported to the Commissioners that he had told Andi Rice that it was not appropriate for her to call Nicci Bouse prior to the start of the work day. The only response from the Commissioners was a comment from Presiding Commissioner that maybe Nicci Bouse as a deputy, should stay in the office until work was done. Steele commented that it was Andi Rice who was on vacation.
Poll worker training is set for Friday March 24, 2017 at 1 PM.
Public testing of voting equipment will be March 31, 2017 at 1 PM.
Delivery of voting equipment and ballots will be on April 1, 2, and 3, 2017.
Treasurer Tim Neuner notified the Commissioners that he had not seen any paperwork for the loans on the new sheriff vehicles. He said that he lacks the proper paper trail for the loan proceeds and for any payments. He said that he was aware that the new payment books had been received in the Clerk’s Office.
Andi Rice asked for and was given the timesheets for her department which she took down to her office and reworked. She advised the Commissioners that they were invited to the MERPC Meeting on March 29, 2017. Lunch will be served at 12 Noon and the meeting will start at 12:30 PM.
She talked about the two pass-through grants that were received from Ameren Missouri for the Sheriff’s Department $2000.00 and $2000.00 for R1 Schools.
Other: John Kennedy reported that there were problems with the Annex Building Generator not working. He said it had to do with low water and the sensor and that it was now working but may need to be flushed out again.
Commissioner Kliethermes asked if the Ingested Pathway meetings for April 25 and 26, 2017 had been cancelled.
With no further business, Commissioner Glavin made the motion to adjourn and it was seconded by Commissioner Kliethermes. The meeting was adjourned at 10:19 AM.
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