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Johnson County Commissioners handle routine business at August meeting

By Rebecca Herman

Johnson County Commissioners met on Thursday, August 18 for their regular monthly meeting with14 of the 15 commissioners present. The meeting began with public comments and David Lawrence was the first and only citizen to address the board. Lawrence was concerned over “checks that were taken from my account.” It was recommended by the commission and the county attorney, Perry Stout, for Lawrence to gather all documents pertaining to his case and present the information to the Grand Jury.
Two new notaries were approved for the county; Amanda Fletcher and Kerry Jean Stout and three county official’s bonds were also approved; Kathy Lynn Beam, Deputy Clerk and Master, $10,000; Willie DeBord, County Coroner, $2,500; and Matthew J Lewis, Property Assessor, $50,000.
Mayor Larry Potter addressed the home grant resolution the county is eligible to receive, which is a federally funded program. He explained that the grant, in the amount of $500,000, “won’t go a long way, but will help a few people in the community.” The commissioners voted to approve the resolution.
Sherriff Mike Reece addressed a surplus of scrap metal and confiscated weapons that the sheriff’s department is responsible for. He asked the commissioners to approve the surplus of metal to be used or sold and for the weapons to be sold at auction; the commission approved. Sherriff Reece also spoke regarding the county personnel handbook that is currently being used. He felt that the handbook is outdated and worried about the legality of the document. Chairman Mike Taylor suggested that the personnel and travel committee meet with County Attorney Stout as well as some other county office leaders to update this handbook.
Tommy Poore, scheduled to address the commissioners, asked to table the discussion on dissolving the Dry Run Utility District until he could get all of the necessary information.
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