Commission suspends weekly meetings

By Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted: Mar. 26, 2020 10:19 am

PALMYRA, Mo. | In response to the coronavirus, the Marion County Commission voted Monday to temporarily cease having regular weekly meetings. The action was taken during the commissioners' meeting at the courthouse in Palmyra.

“This (decision) will be reevaluated at a later date as more information becomes available on the COVID-19,” wrote County Clerk Valerie Dornberger in a release issued Monday afternoon.

The commission, which typically meets on Monday mornings, will meet as scheduled on April 6 at the Palmyra courthouse since a public hearing is already scheduled on that date, according to Dornberger. To comply with open meeting laws the April 6 meeting will be shown live on Facebook.

“Teya Stice, who is our county coordinator, is in charge of setting it up,” Dornberger said. “It is my understanding that it can all be done from a cell phone, so no special equipment will be needed.”

The county courthouses in Palmyra and Hannibal have been closed to the public since March 18 when the commissioners signed a proclamation declaring a disaster as result of COVID-19.

During Monday's meeting in Palmyra the commissioners ordered county offices to start a weekly work schedule rotation.

“They did that in the hopes that if the workforce rotates their schedules they can keep essential services going for the county in case of workers who may be exposed (to the virus),” Dornberger said.

Also on Monday, the commission ordered travel restrictions for Marion County employees. County personnel have been instructed to stay in Missouri and not travel past 50 miles unless it is essential travel such as for a doctor's appointment.

In other business Monday:

• During closed session the commissioners met via telephone with representatives of the state auditor's office. The commissioners were advised that the state intends to conduct county audits for the two years ending on Dec. 31, 2019.

• The commission approved a financing bid from Clayton Holdings for three new Sheriff's Department vehicles.




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