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by Patty Cheffey
Marion County will be using the state auditor’s office to contract for a company to do the 2022 audit.
The 2022 audit was discussed during Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting, at which the commissioners also approved a mailbox for University Extension, discussed courthouse work and heard a proposal for stocking and restocking first aid kits.
According to County Clerk Valerie Dornberger, the county has the option to either seek their own auditor or to go through the state auditor’s office, which will get bids and procure an auditing firm.
Since the state can probably get bids to come in less than what the county could, the commissioners approved having Dornberger go through the state auditor’s office.
“It’s a simpler process and usually costs less,” said Dornberger.
While the process would also be available for the 2021 audit, Marion County has already completed that audit.
In other business, upon the request from Nick Wesslak, specialist in agronomy for University Extension, the commissioners approved allowing Extension to mount a locked mailbox near their office door.
After some discussion, it was decided the safest place would be to mount it left of the door of the Extension office.
Wesslak noted a locked box is needed for the mail and cash which are often dropped off when no one is in the Extension office.
The commissioners also discussed a variety of work at the two courthouses, including replacing worn and torn vinyl in the Palmyra Courthouse with ceramic tiles to match the other ceramic tiles.
There are three places where vinyl still remains in the Palmyra Courthouse, at the top of both sets of staircases and on the landing of the south staircase.
Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, will get bids for that.
In addition, Dornberger noted the outside steps need to be tuckpointed. Presiding Commissioner David Lomax said he would look into that.
While Stice said she had contacted the only two window washing firms she was aware of with no success, Eastern District Commissioner Larry Welch said he would continue to check into it.
Stice said she was unable to even get a bid because the firms believed the windows were too old and could be dangerous for those working on them.
Since nothing has been done about painting the clock faces at the top of the Palmyra Courthouse, Stice said she would do a follow up call on that as well.
The commissioners also heard a proposal from John Whisenand with United First Aid & Safety concerning restocking the county’s first aid kits.
Currently the county works with Diamond to restock those kits, but were willing to do some price comparisons.
The county also heard another update from Chariton Valley on the fiber optic laying throughout the western part of the county.
Lomax also signed a withdraw request for public assistance for FEMA from a 2019 project.