Gasconade County Commission Minutes

10-17-19

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Oct. 17, 2019

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Gasconade County Commission Minutes

10-17-19

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Oct. 17, 2019

The Gasconade County Commission met with Southern District Commissioner Jerry Lairmore and Northern District Commissioner Jim Holland at the Courthouse beginning with Pledge of Allegiance. Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel was not in attendance.

PRIOR MINUTES

Commissioner Jim Holland made a motion to approve prior commission minutes dated Oct. 10, 2019. Commissioner Jerry Lairmore seconded the motion. The motion passed by vote:

Jerry Lairmore (Yes),

Jim Holland (Yes),

Larry Miskel (Absent).

WARRANTS FOR PAYMENT

Commissioner Jim Holland made a motion to approve the following items: warrants for payment 114621 through 114644. Jerry Lairmore seconded the motion. The motion passed by vote:

Jerry Lairmore (Yes),

Jim Holland (Yes),

Larry Miskel (Absent).

ROAD CONCERNS AND COMPLAINTS

In the absence of Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel, Commissioner Lairmore agreed to serve as presiding for the day; he had stopped by the road department this morning and said they are working on pouring concrete walls on the River road project today. He also mentioned that Missouri Conservation Department agreed to add county road #523, (also known as Tea Road), to the list of roads they will reimburse the county for maintaining since it leads to their access point. Clerk Lietzow had been notified accordingly and said they are preparing a whole new set of documents for signature.

Commissioner Holland said Horstmann road needs culvert pipe and Epple road need couple culverts; Frene Creek road needs brush-cutting and signs put up.

Commission received for file consent form from Dean Klossner on Old Ferry road. They also were notified by Archer‑Elgin that their surveyors have been working on shooting the topography and floodplain limits to analyze the hydrologic conditions at the site of the BRO project.

Commissioner Lairmore said he had started work on the LPA training session, but has not yet finished it; MoDOT sent another reminder.

Clerk Lietzow had notified all offices and department’s inhouse of the job opening of truck driver coming up in February 2020 in the road department with an Oct. 21 deadline for applying.

Commissioner Lairmore has been contacted by several people in his area of the county that are very interested in hard‑surfacing of county gravel roads, even to the point of helping fund the projects. While he is not a proponent of that method, he still thinks hard‑surfacing is something they as Commissioners’ should consider; he also knows it would take a plan as to which roads would be considered, as not all of them would be. There was more discussion about additional funding needed and he wondered if it was possible for the county to put a sales tax on fuel purchases and neither Clerk Lietzow or Treasurer Mike Feagan believe that is an option.

GENERAL DISCUSSION

Commission wanted to comment on what a great day yesterday was for hosting approximately 125 Hermann and Owensville High School students for Government Day; they grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and University Extension Council purchased the rest of the meal with donated funds from the following banks in the county: First Bank of Hermann, Owensville and Gerald, First State Community Bank of Owensville, Legends Bank of Owensville, Peoples Savings Bank of Hermann, Regions Bank of Owensville, The Maries County Bank in Owensville. Students sat in on court proceedings in Judge Ada Brehe‑Krueger’s court and visited the offices of the other county officials, all whom enjoy sharing with the students what their office does, which is not taught in the classroom, as that focuses on the Missouri and United States Constitutions. Students were present for presentation of plaques awarding years of service to county employees’ and officials ranging from five to 35 years of service. Commission acknowledged that speaks volumes for these public service jobs, where high pay is not a reality. Thanks to everyone for making the day a success

Steven Campbell, Scenic Regional Library director presented his annual report of the Library District’s happenings; the new buildings promised are all complete, with the remodel of the new Hermann branch to be done as soon as possible. They purchased the former ALCO building and as soon as they sell the old Union location, will use those funds to begin the remodel. Overall usage of the library facilities, in every aspect, is up considerably which is good news.

Commissioner Holland was asked if he talked to Callabyte about coming to session to meet with elected officials and he said he talked with them this week and they are working on the proposal; Clerk Lietzow said we already have a proposal from them and are hoping they can come to answer questions.

When all Commissioners’ are present next week, the Internal Control Document can be adopted as no comments were raised.

ADJOURN

Commissioner Jim Holland made a motion to adjourn commission until Oct. 24, 2019. Commissioner Jerry Lairmore seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned.

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