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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Commission holds outreach meeting in Edgar Springs

  • EDGAR SPRINGS — Approximately 30 people, including Phelps County officials and Edgar Springs area residents, turned out April 22 at Edgar Springs City Hall for the third of five meetings being held by the county commission for County Government Month this April.
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  • EDGAR SPRINGS — Approximately 30 people, including Phelps County officials and Edgar Springs area residents, turned out April 22 at Edgar Springs City Hall for the third of five meetings being held by the county commission for County Government Month this April.
    County commissioners as well as county officeholders and department heads are meeting “on the road” four times in April and once in May as way to reach out to county residents who may not normally be able to attend commission meetings.
    The commission normally meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings, but during April and May of this year, commissioners have scheduled five special outreach meetings during the evening in the county’s five incorporated cities.
    The first meeting was held April 1 in Newburg and the second was held at Rolla City Hall April 17.
    The next two meetings will be Tuesday, April 29, at St. James City Hall and Tuesday, May 6, at the Doolittle Community Center. Both meetings start at 6 p.m.
    Among the county business conducted in Edgar Springs was notice that the county will solicit for bids for liquefied petroleum (LP) gas used by the county highway and sheriff’s departments. Bids are due May 6. County Clerk Carol Bennett said the county is currently paying about $1.13 per gallon for LP gas.
    Commissioners also approved changing the value threshold of items to $500 included on the county’s inventory used in fiscal audits. State statute requires that all items valued at $1,000 or more be included, but Phelps County had been placing every item on the list, regardless of its value.
    Bennett said she received feedback about setting the new threshold from some county officeholders and also spoke with the state auditor’s office. This would not relieve county officeholders from keeping track of all items in their offices or departments, Bennett noted.
    In other business, the commissioners approved appointing David Duncan, a local attorney, to the Phelps County SB-40 Board for the Developmentally Disabled. Duncan will fill a vacancy on the board, which now has nine members.
    The commission tabled a decision on which fund to pay less than $3,000 for bench modifications in the courthouse to accommodate the computers needed for the E-bench paperless system. There was mention that drug seizure funds could be used.
    Also at the meeting, commissioners approved accepting three grants for the sheriff’s department. The first is a $27,280.20 grant for a salary supplement to deputies that also covers fringe benefits. Cpl. Mike Kirn, of the sheriff’s department, said it would amount to an additional $1,200 per deputy. “It would be like a bonus if the funds are not available next year,” Kirn said.
    The second is moving hazardous violations enforcement grant to cover overtime pay to deputies in the amount of $5,000. The third is for DWI enforcement grant for $9,000.
    Page 2 of 2 - County officials who attended the Edgar Springs meeting included all three Commissioners Randy Verkamp, Larry Stratman and Gary Hicks, Bennett, Kirn, Associate Circuit Judges Ken Clayton and Ron White, Circuit Clerk Sue Brown, Prosecuting Attorney John Beger, Assessor Bill Wiggins, Treasurer Carol Green, Chantae Alfred, of the Phelps County MU Extension office.
    Collector Davis Haas, Recorder of Deeds Robin Kordes and Public Administrator Kathy Oliver could not attend because they were in training.
    National County Government Month’s theme for this year is “Ready and Resilient Counties: Prepare. Respond. Thrive.” The commission held similar outreach meetings in April and May of 2013.

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