Commission meeting delayed by lack of quorum

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

The Saline County Commission met about 15 minutes later than usual Tuesday due to lacking a quorum. Southern District Commissioner Mike Dillon was the first to arrive at 9:05 a.m. and Northern District Commissioner Richard Pemberton arrived about 10 minutes later.

Since Jan. 2, the commission has met 51 times. For those sessions, Dillon was present 49 times, Pemberton was present 41 times and Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner was present 37 times, according to official minutes kept by County Clerk Ken Bryant. Their attendance records are 96, 80 and 73 percent, respectively.

During Tuesday's session, the commission approved a payment schedule and payroll, including a transfer order from the contingency fund to the Saline County Health Office.

The commission delayed approving an annual on-site sewage system construction review contract between the health office and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The $455 contract is $195 less than last year's contract for inspections performed by Sanitarian Gene Walther.

Also Tuesday, County Treasurer Sam Jones reported County Aid Road Trust funds received this month were $59,756, a significant drop from the $65,380 check given to the county last March. Last month, the county was ahead of the previous year's check by about the same amount, and is now roughly $3,000 ahead compared to the first three months of CART funds in 2003.

"I don't think there's that much realistic difference," said Jones, adding that the time frame covered by the March check this year may have included one less weekend than last month. "We'll know next month whether that's what it was. If you have two more days, then it makes quite a difference."

The state distributes CART funding to counties based on miles of county roads and number of registered vehicles.

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