Public invited to meeting regarding Marshall Junction project

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Northern Commissioner Richard Clemens announced an upcoming meeting during the county commission’s regular meeting Tuesday morning, July 18.

The commission will meet with Public Water District No. 3 tonight, July 18, at 7 p.m. in the Wood & Huston Community Room to discuss getting water to Marshall Junction. The meeting is open to the public, and all three commissioners will be in attendance.

Though Board of Equalization meetings are scheduled for this week, County Clerk Debbie Russell announced no appointments had been made.

“This year, our first meeting would have been held today at 9:30, but we don’t have any appointments because their issues have been discussed with the reassessment team and they have been able to resolve them,” she said.

Per statutes, Russell asked the commission to close the Board of Equalization meetings and adjourn for 2017.

In other news, Russell said two representatives from the secretary of state’s office visited with her office this morning to discuss photo ID.

“They did a training session for us,” she said. “We do have an election in August coming up, and it will give us a good chance to put this education to use.”

The representatives brought several posters and helpful pieces of information, she added, to address any questions voters may have.

“I would like to reemphasize that anyone that is registered to vote, and is qualified in the Missouri state statutes, will be allowed to vote regardless, so that’s a fear I want to be completely vanished from the minds of our voters and tax payers,” she said.

To-date, three absentee votes have been cast in Orearville’s special election, with 299 residents able to vote in that precinct. The Aug. 8 ballot will consist of a levy question to maintain Orearville’s current levy, which failed in the April election.

Also during the meeting, Phil Hare, owner of Elmer Hare Ford, addressed the commission regarding a recent purchase of two Ford Explorers for the Saline County Sheriff’s Department from an out-of-county dealership.

“My question to the Saline County Commission is how can I, as a Ford dealer in Marshall, Missouri, become part of the bidding and purchasing process, and why would the commission go out of the county to purchase new cars,” he asked. “... I would like to have the opportunity to bid on your vehicles. My business is in Saline County; my business pays Saline County taxes ...”

Clemens said he believed the purchase was through a contract bid with the state of Missouri, and thanked Hare for sharing his concerns with the commission. Due to the absence of both Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey and Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner, Hare asked to come back and visit with them once they return.

In other business, the commission approved a transfer of $5,000 for postage; letters of destruction for a lamp in the county clerk’s office and a paper/card shredder, mattress, monitor base for a computer, and a desk lamp at the Saline County Sheriff’s Department; and Clemens announced the commission went back in session later last Thursday, July 13, to approve a commission order for a transfer of third-quarter funds in the amount of $241,250 to the jail and justice center from county revenue to assist in expenses.

Associate Circuit Judge Hugh Harvey was present during the meeting in place of Guthrey.

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