Committee minutes

November, 1st

• The Commission traveled the following roads for inspection and review: Goodin Hollow Road, Mill Creek Road, Pendergraft Road, Brush Creek Road, Cyclone Road and Hickory Road.

November 8

• Stewards discussed a dangerous section of Beamon Hollow Road. A new box culvert is needed in the area as soon as possible. Due to the immediate focus on this area of ​​the road, West Commissioner Rick Lett has offered to waive the bidding process due to the emerging situation. Motion passed unanimously.

• Commissioner Lett moved to issue a court order to Treasurer Sheila Fuller, to pay K Tre Holdings, LLP $1,138.79 from Excess Tax Sale Certificate #20-634. Motion passed unanimously.

• East Commissioner Jamey Cope requested to issue a court order to Treasurer Sheila Fuller, to pay K Tre Holdings, LLP $1,120.47 from Excess Tax Sale Certificate #20-635 . Motion passed unanimously.

November 10

• The Commission signed and approved accounts payable in the amount of $132,095.79.

November 13

• Teresa Carlin, District Clerk for McDonald County Public Water Supply District #2, met with the Commission to discuss repair projects the water district needs to complete. Cost estimates were provided for a better perspective of the financial burden of these projects and the possibility of acquiring funds from ARPA to help cover the costs was discussed. Commissioner Lett advised Carlin that the county remains cautious about spending ARPA funds until the final rule is released.

• The Commission discussed the 2022 health insurance options received from Connell Insurance. The county’s current health insurance provider, Anthem, has decided to keep the same rates from 2021. Commissioner Lett has offered to stay with Anthem. Motion passed unanimously.

November 17

• The Salaries Commission met to discuss the salaries of McDonald County public servants. A cost of living adjustment for all employees and office holders in 2022 was discussed. Social Security was declared to receive a 5.9% cost of living adjustment for 2022. Sales tax revenue in 2020 was 10.72% higher than the previous year and 2021 is currently sit at 4.77% above 2022. After discussion, the Wage Commission voted and adopted a 6% COLA for all office holders effective January 1, 2022, with the understanding that all county employees of McDonald’s will also receive a COLA of 6% or more beginning January 1, 2022.

• Gary Wasson met with the Commission to discuss open government and covid-19 protocol concerns. In attendance were all of the commissioners, County Clerk Bell, District Attorney Cheney, Deputy District Attorney Johnson and McDonald County Health Department Director Behm.

• The Commission signed and approved accounts payable in the amount of $23,740.12.

November 24

• The Commission signed and approved accounts payable in the amount of $410,779.04.

November 29

• The Commission traveled the following roads for inspection and review: Raccoon Road, East McDonald Road, Baker Road and Duffield Road.

1st December

• Commissioners received a request from Sheriff Robert Evenson to transfer funds from the Extradition and Transportation Fund to bring the LET-POST Fund to a zero balance. Presiding Commissioner Bill Lant has moved to issue a court order to Treasurer Sheila Fuller to transfer $2,022.23 from the Extradition and Transportation Fund to the LET-POST Fund. Motion passed unanimously.

• Aaron Gent of McDonald County Internet stopped by to remind the Commission of a Dec. 2 broadband meeting in Neosho.

• Brian Hall met with the Commission to express concerns he had heard about an abandoned trailer at the junction of Temperance Valley and Beamon Hollow Road. Commissioners told Hall they worked with the McDonald County Attorney’s Office to contact the owner of the trailer and seek a reasonable method to move the trailer off county property.

• Stewards traveled to the junction of Temperance Valley and Beamon Hollow Road to examine the trailer in question. The metal of the trailer had been removed and the structure was almost in pieces. The owners could not be contacted after several attempts by the prosecutor. The Commission will have the trailer removed from the junction and seek reimbursement from the owner.

December 6

• Commissioner Cope moved to issue a court order to Treasurer Sheila Fuller, to transfer $41,445 from the County Revenue Fund to the Assessment Fund. Motion passed unanimously.

Aurora J. William