Like in households across Marion County, the County Commission annually wrestles with the question of when to turn on the air conditioning in the courthouses. That conversation took place on Monday during the Commission's meeting at the courthouse in Palmyra.
"That's always the big conversation, when to switch from heat to air conditioning. Sometimes we get it right," Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode told Western District Commissioner Steve Begley, who is in his first spring as a commissioner.
"Once the air is on it stays on until November," chuckled Begley, who reported he has already had the AC on at his house this spring.
Lobbying for the air conditioning to be turned on at least in the Palmyra courthouse was Teya Stice, county coordinator, who reported she was ready to invest in a fan for her office.
Noting that this week's high tempeatures will be on a rollercoaster, before cooling down next week, Bode expressed reservations.
"I think you need to wait because all next week it will be in the 60s and low 70s," he said. "We don't want to turn the air on and then a week later everybody wanting the heat back on. It's not that easy of a (changeover) process."
Larry Welch, Eastern District commissioner, offered a different view.
"We probably need to turn them (AC units) on at both courthouses," he said. "I know the Hannibal courthouse gets really hot."
"I second the motion," added Begley. "You can always put on more clothes if you're cold."
In other business:
• The Commission scheduled 9:30 a.m. May 1 as the time and date when it will reveal its Dust Control Program.
"We're starting to get questions on it so it's time to get it out there," said Bode.
• Stice reported that the latest aerial photos of the county can now be viewed at the county's Geographical Information System website.
"It's great," she said.
• Stice told the commissioners that $192,683 in "soft match" funds have been received for the Triplett Bridge.
When a county pays for all or part of the cost of a replacement bridge that expense is considered "soft match" money which can then be applied as the 20 percent local match required by the Bridge Replacement Off-System program, provided the "soft match" bridge is built to state specifications.
The commissioners were advised that a tree will be planted on the west side of the Palmyra courthouse this week.
• Approval was given the transfer of $425,000 in funds from the Capital Improvements Fund to General Revenue.
• The independent audit proposal of Lisa C. Wright CPA of Columbia was approved. Her fee - $12,500 – was the lowest of three proposals received. She will be auditing 2015 and 2016.
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