Lewis County Missouri Commissioners Meeting Minutes Nov 6th, 2023

November 27th, 2023 Lewis County Commission Minutes

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November 27, 2023 

Commission met pursuant to order of adjournment on November 20, 2023, with Presiding Commissioner Wayne Murphy Jr., Associate Commissioners Travis Fleer, and Deanne Whiston present. When and where the following proceedings were had to wit: Commissioner Murphy called the meeting to order: 

Minutes: Commissioner Whiston made a motion to approve minutes for November 20, 2023. Commissioner Fleer agreed. Approved 2-0. 

Bills: Commissioner Whiston motioned to approve the payments of warrants #31613-31620 from General Revenue, warrants # 22022-22025 from Road & Bridge, warrants #5713-5714 from the Assessment, warrants #20792 from L.E.O.F, and warrants #from Co Farm. Commissioner Fleer seconded; Commissioner Murphy agreed. Approved 3-0. 

Road & Bridge: Road and Bridge Supervisor Larry Janes and Secretary Colclough were present. Supervisor Janes called Knapheide about getting new sanders- they will need to be bid out 

1997 Ford will be put on purple wave 

The old fire department tank is just setting down there and not being used- will put on purple wave 

New batteries put in the loader- will be put on purple wave 

Replaced the barings and bushings on the tractor- supervisor Janes will remind Roy to grease it regularly 

Checked the grader tire chains and ready to put on 

Trucks are ready 

Finished building the sander frame for the new truck 

Billy Joe painted the 2010 Mac trailer side boards 

Billy Joe replaced a tube on #402- Andy hauled rock to cover it 

Roy mowed #502 

Received the title for the new truck 

Robert Dodd’s retirement date is December 1st 

Robert Dodd is having a retirement lunch at the shop December 29th at 12:00 pm 

MoDot reimbursed $5,325.21 back for the engineering cost on Bartz bridge 

Other Business: Dan Musholt sat in on the meeting 

Joshua Slater is returned to the jail November 24, 2023 as a part-time jailer with a starting pay of $15.00 

Sheriff Parrish submitted a reply to the State Auditors findings on compensation for sheriff’s 

Northeast power is asking the commission for a letter of support for a SEMA grant titled “Building Resilient Infrastructure & Communities (BRIC)- the commission asked Clerk Sapp to email and ask if the same right- of- ways will be used- the project is in the Mississippi River bottoms 

Clerk Sapp looked into Lagers and CERF upping the amount of part-time hours that can be worked- the county is at the top tier at 1500 for Lagers- CERF is only at 1000 hours- if the employee reaches this they have to enroll 4% CERF & 0.7% CERF savings- Cerf & Lager retirement benefits will be put on hold while contributions are being paid in 

Tom Neiman put up a new exit sign at the south entrance and has yet to fix the speak hole in the circuit clerk’s office and drilled a hole the Circuit Clerk’s office for public computer access 

Received the Clerk bulletin from CERF about the Roth contributions- CIC is working with CERF to get the programing up and running by the beginning of the year for the Roth contributions 

Jamie Opsal with the Missouri Association of Senior Levy Boards was in to talk about Missouri Statutes # 67.990-67.995 stating since 1989 counties can decide if they want a senior levy fund- it would be a new increase in property tax of 5% on every $100.00 valuation- the tax has to be put on the ballot- the Senior levy fund would be overseen by a board of 7 members appointed by the commission- these funds can be used to help seniors stay at home, towards meals on wheels, transportation such as Oats or a caretaker, home improvements, fall prevention classes, immunizations that Medicare doesn’t cover, hearing aids and oral heath just to name a few- the funds would go out as grants to those who provide a service- has to be a non- profit- to make sure the money is being used properly you could pay 1⁄2 then ask for a report and the invoices then pay the other 1⁄2 and repeat the process- its cheaper than being sent to the nursing home- the commissions concern was that with the economy the voters may not want to vote for another property tax increase- the county would have to pay for the issue to be put on the ballot- Mark, Linda Lukeckenhoff, and Carol Ragar were there to voice their willingness to be involved and explain how much of a need there is in Lewis County- Linda and Carol agreed to head the educational campaign- Jamie said she would volunteer her knowledge and how she was able to educate the public in her county for it to pass- the commission also asked about a sales tax instead of a property tax to help with the burden that will be placed solely on the land owner 

Adjourn: Motion to adjourn to Monday, December 4, 2023, by Commissioner Fleer, Commissioner Murphy seconded; Commissioner Whiston agreed, passed 3-0. 

Adjourn: Motion to adjourn to Monday, December 4, 2023, by Commissioner Fleer, Commissioner Murphy seconded; Commissioner Whiston agreed, passed 3-0. 

Respectfully submitted: 
Shannon Sapp, County Clerk 

Approved: 
Wayne Murphy Jr., Presiding Commissioner 
Travis Fleer, Southern Commissioner 
Whiton Deanne Whiston, Northern Commissioner

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