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New audio system install delayed due to COVID

by Patty Cheffey

With no quorum present very little was done during Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting.

Only Presiding Commissioner David Lomax was present as both Western District Commissioner Steve Begley and Eastern District Commissioner Larry Welch are in quarantine.

With no quorum, Lomax heard a report from Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, who reported the new audio system will not be installed this week at the Palmyra Courthouse as planned because one of the workers is ill with COVID.

While she said Valerie Munzlinger was not sure when there might be another open date this month, County Clerk Valerie Dornberger reminded her since the system was paid for out of CARES Act funds, the system has to be paid for in 2020.

Stice also reported that while the plat books are in, they are not yet for sale as a price has not been discussed.

That discussion needs to occur between the University Extension office and the commissioners, she said.

In other business, Dornberger reported the county will have a 26 percent decrease in worker’s compensation, which the county has through the Missouri Association of County’s Workers compensation Trust.