COUNTY COMMISSION

The Nodaway County Commission met in regular session Thursday, July 11.

In attendance were Presiding Commissioner Bill Walker, North District Commissioner Chris Burns, South District Commissioner Robert Stiens and County Clerk Melinda Patton.

Business included:

• Approvals and requisitions: Tuck Point Bar & Grill liquor license; payment requisitions for Consumers Oil for diesel fuel, Metal Culverts for supplies and stock supplies, Oasis Hotel for Sheriff’s personnel lodging and MEI Elevator Solutions for service call and button upgrades.

• Correspondence: sales tax, use tax and gravel tax reports.

• Building Maintenance: 

— Review of quotes from MEI Elevator Solutions and ThyssenKrupp for the replacement of an elevator button panel and acceptance of the offer from low-bidder MEI.

— A phone meeting with a Maryville Glass & Lock representative with regard to re-locking the west doors of the courthouse and the northwest doors of the Administration Center. Other work considered included the completion of window repairs in the assessor’s office.

— A meeting with Jerri Dearmont and Kim Mildward of the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments to discuss potential grant opportunities for courthouse renovations. Associate Circuit Judge Doug Thomson presented bid requirements for updating locks to a fob-key system. Bid information is to be advertised in local papers and on the county website. Sealed bids will be accepted until 9 a.m. Aug. 20 in the office of the county clerk and opened by the commission at that time. In other maintenance/improvement chores, dog wash stations were installed on the east and south sides of the courthouse. 

• Facility maintenance technician/personnel: The commissioners, County Clerk Melinda Patton, Assessor Rex Wallace, Collector-Treasurer Marilyn Jenkins and Human Resources Director Tammy Carter met to discuss the newly created facility maintenance technician position. Other issues raised included a proposed salary schedule study and upcoming health insurance bids.

• Jackson and Monroe townships: General obligation bonds and closing memorandums for each township were submitted and approved by the commission.  

• Review and approval of State Emergency Management Agency flood project reports.

An opening interview with representatives from the McBride, Lock & Associates auditing firm. Auditors began work July 8 and expected to complete their task within two weeks. An exit interview was to be conducted July 16. However some remaining work will be completed at the firm’s office prior to the release of a final report.

• A meeting with Sheriff Randy Strong who discussed various activities conducted by his office.

The Nodaway County Commission met in regular session Tuesday, July 16.

In attendance were Presiding Commissioner Bill Walker, South District Commissioner Robert Stiens, North District Commissioner Chris Burns and County Clerk Melinda Patton.

Business included:

• Approvals and requisitions: invoices from Snyder & Associates; inventory transfer/disposal forms; liquor licenses for the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Goff Grocery; payment requisitions for Huag Communications for radio equipment, Axon Enterprize Inc. for a Taser, Cellebrite Inc. for a maintenance contract, MTE Office Center for equipment service, Northwest Chiropractic for a Department of Transportation physical, deputy sheriff salary supplement.

• Correspondence: County Courier News (Missouri Association of Counties), FEMA training information, Department of Agriculture remonumentation letter, June 2019 additions and abatements.

• Review of an email from Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice regarding a state-mandated pay raise. Full time prosecutors received a salary increase to $141,640 as of July 1.

• A update from County Clerk Melinda Patton regarding the status of road 795/800 in Hughes Township.

• A phone conference to Casey McGill of the Tenaska Clear Creek wind farm project regarding traffic on a road not included on the project’s road-use map.

• A meeting with Jerri Dearmont and Kim Mildward of the Northwest Regional Council of Governments to discuss potential historical preservation grant opportunities involving the courthouse. 

The process would include a feasibility study, and the grant, if awarded, would require a 40 percent local match.

Dearmont and Mildward were given permission to move forward with a pre-construction grant application.

• Consideration by the commissioners, sitting as the county Board of Equalization, of a request by an attorney representing the Walmart corporation for a 50 percent reduction in the local Supercenter’s real property tax assessment. A second request embraced the Walmart-affiliated filling station, which is organized as a separate company.

Assessor Rex Wallace recommended that the assessment for the filling station remain unchanged but argued that the Supercenter assessment should be raised from $7.79 million to just over $8.1 million due to under-reported square footage.

• A meeting with Jeremy Price of the White Cloud wind farm project regarding a road use agreement.

• Confirmation that Norris Quarries will match the 67 tons-per-mile of gravel applied to roads 937 and 938 in White Cloud Township due to increased traffic from wind farm development.

• A discussion with regard to assigning 911 addresses to wind turbines.

• Review of Federal Emergency Management Agency documentation pertaining to an approved project application for 2015 flood damage. 

The Nodaway County Commission met in regular session Thursday, July 18.

In attendance were Presiding Commissioner Bill Walker, South District Commissioner Robert Stiens, North District Commissioner Chris Burns and County Clerk Melinda Patton.

Business included:

• Approvals and requisitions: assessor’s quarterly reimbursement report; payment requisitions for Graves Food, Falls City Mercantile and Hy-Vee for prisoner food and supplies and MTE Office Center for office supplies.

• Correspondence: email from Missouri Department of Transportation engineer Randy Mendenhall regarding soft-match bridge construction credits; an invitation to an Agricultural Advisory Council meeting; Public Service Commission/Kansas City Power & Light Co.

• A meeting with Ryan Haywood and Darren Farnan of United Services regarding a quote for a cloud-based telephone system.

• A telephone meeting with Hillary Edwards of Willdan Group Inc. regarding a proposed energy efficiency evaluation of the courthouse.

• A meeting with Human Resources Director Tammy Carter regarding a Road and Bridge Department job vacancy. Other business included a revised facility maintenance technician job description. The newly created and unfilled position is being re-advertised.

• A meeting with engineer Andy Macias of Snyder & Associates regarding the status of bridge projects.

• Submission by Collector-Treasurer Marilyn Jenkins of a copy of a signed irrevocable standby letter of credit related to the White Cloud wind farm project.

• Inspections: road 606 in Polk Township; a culvert on road 626 in Polk Township; newly completed bridge 407 in Jackson Township.