Osage County Commission Meeting Minutes
May 4, 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 present.
County Clerk Patrick Steele on duty.
Media was represented by Jerri Voss.
Present for all or part of the meeting were: Jerry Bryan, Randy Atkin, Andi Rice, Sheriff Bonham, Jake Dorge.
Approval of the Agenda: Agenda was approved.
Minutes: Minutes of Meeting of May 2, 2017 were submitted and approved.
Bills and Communications:
Checks for approved invoices were presented for signatures and disbursement.
MAC Trust will switch to Corporate Claims Management, CCMI for administrative services as of 7/1/2017.
Partner Readiness Evaluation Program (PREP) at 9 AM on 5/11/2017 may be postponed because of the flooding issues in the region.
Road and Bridge Items.
No additional information available.
Plan for County Roads: Not discussed.
Website: No problems.
Luebbering Law Suit: There was discussion on the status of this law suit. Last word was that the trial date in August, 2017 was dropped by the court and no other date has been provided. Some Commissioners said that they understood that there was to be a Mediation Meeting on May 17, 2017.
2017 Tax Support Committee: County Clerk is working on setting up the election. The article including information about county infrastructure should be placed in the paper soon.
Westphalia Road Issue: No new information.
Agricultural Ready County Program Application: No new information.
Health Care Consortium Statewide: No new information.
Senior Citizen Award Nomination: A proclamation will be presented here to Lucy Brenner on 5/9/2017.
New BRO Project, CR 531: Have not heard from Kelly Wilson of MoDOT yet.
Rehagen Heating and Cooling: No action was taken on the water softener quote, but the Commission wants bids from companies that are located here in Osage County. Three of the ventilating fans are now working. The Commission would like to get bids from county businesses for the proposed water softener system for the Courthouse.
Prescription Monitoring Ordinance: To be acted upon at the May 9, 2017 meeting.
County Compensation Packages Committee: No date set for extended committee. Presiding Commissioner Dudenhoeffer reported that he had told Andi Rice to proceed with her plans. County Clerk Steele raised the question that County Compensation Package Committee was to include all elected officials and department heads and that was the group to work on all salary and compensation package proposals to the Commission. Commissioner Kliethermes stated that was his understanding, including current salary addendum to the Employee Manual. Presiding Commissioner Dave Dudenhoeffer stated that he had told Andi Rice to proceed and that Andi Rice and Amanda Grellner were selecting a date and that all others would be included.
Andi Rice and Susan Long reported on activity relating to the current flooding event. Andi reported that there are 15 primary residences affected by the flood and many others that are secondary homes. They have been
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successful in rounding up donations of clean up supplies. Dollar General has been generous in providing clean up supplies. Havilland Corporation is donating squeegees. A grant for $2500 has been requested from Walmart that will be used to provide gift cards for supplies. The Red Cross has provided 20 cleaning kits. The two departments have sent out post cards with information on required shots, clean up instructions, safe drinking water, safe return information about electrical systems and removal of contaminated material and debris.
Volunteers from Christian Church have been active. Some displaced families are in the motel, including one couple and their three dogs that had to be rescued by boat. The Food Pantry has helped and Ron Hoffman of Linn Fire has been extremely active in running errands, including getting sand bags to Chamois.
They reminded residents to be aware that wild life is moving away from flood waters and will be seeking higher ground—snakes, animals, ticks etc. will be closer to residences. Mosquitoes will also be a problem as the flood waters recede.
Susan also reported that she has been informed by the Foundation of Health that her department will receive a $20,000 grant—not for use on staff expenses. Susan told the Commissioners that the PREP meeting scheduled for May 11, 2017 may have to be rescheduled by FEMA/SEMA because of the extensive flooding being experienced in the state.
Andi Rice suggested using the figure of $120,000 from the 2013 flood event as the estimate for the cost of this 2017 event. Andi Rice presented the estimate from Allelco for checking the grounding in the Courthouse. Commissioner Kliethermes made the motion to accept the quote and have the company check out the grounding in the Courthouse to see if problems do exist there. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Glavin and passed with three ayes in the roll call vote. Andi should let Johnnie Fowler know that we are actively trying to reduce lightning strike damages.
The Jail Count will be added to the Sheriff’s Report for April.
County Clerk Steele submitted his report for April and it was accepted by the Commission
Jerri Voss asked if Commissioner Glavin knew if the Kielholz Family are proceeding with the road closure and he said yes. It will be coming up after the first of July 2017.
She also wanted to know if the County Offices would close on May 8, 2017. It is listed as a state holiday and the County will close that day for Truman’s Birthday.
Commissioner Kliethermes reported that there was a sunken soft spot in CR 602 south of HWY 50.
With no further business, Commissioner Glavin made the motion to adjourn and it was seconded by Commissioner Kliethermes. The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 A.M.
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