Payments to come from expected surplus in county Emergency Fund

The Ralls County Commission signed off on a loan of $131,153.85 from Hannibal National Bank Tuesday, Nov. 2. The sizable amount borrowed will be used to purchase and insure three new vehicles for the Ralls County Sheriff's Department, according to presiding commissioner Wiley Hibbard. Chief Deputy Ron Haught told the Courier-Post that these new vehicles, all of them Dodge Durangos (two 2017 models and one 2018), will replace three of the department's 11 cruisers. The Sheriff's Department recently had several of its vehicles repaired.

The money needed to pay this debt will come from Ralls County's General Fund coffers.

The 2017 trial balance for the Ralls County Treasury added up to $2,876,223.21. This is $127,838.26 more than the previous year's trial balance.

Hibbard was clear in stating why the commission chose to purchase new vehicles instead of having them repaired again.

“The amount that we paid on repair on the cars that these are replacing, last year, exceeded the amount that these payments will be,” Hibbard said in reference to the payments on the new loan. “It's kind of a no-brainer.”

In other business:

• The commission debated setting a bid date for purchasing a new road grader. No date was set.

• Hibbard announced his and commissioner John Lake's plans to attend the upcoming Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments in Madison, Mo.

• Matt Walker of Poepping, Stone, Bach & Assoc. gave the commission estimates and statuses of a bridge project on Sydney Road along with other projects.