August 11, 2022 Camden County Commission meeting at 10:00 a.m.

I attended the August 11, 2022 Camden County Commission meeting at 10:00 a.m.

Commissioner Gohagan and Williams were present.

This was the first meeting of the Commission since July 21, 2022. It was also the first meeting since the August 2, 2022 primary elections. Presiding Commissioner Hasty did not attend that meeting or this one. It may have had something to do with the election results.

There were approximately ten people in the audience besides the Camden County employees who normally attend. Ike Skelton, who was for all practical purposes elected to be Camden County’s next Presiding Commissioner, was also present. A lot of people at the meeting wanted to talk to Ike. It’s amazing what a difference one election can make.

The meeting started off with a briefing by Veregy (pronuonced “Verejy”) on the progress of the repairs and renovations of the Camden County Courthouse and the Annex Building. They are currently working on the Annex Building’s basement. The electrical and plumbing rough-ins should be ready for inspection next week. The county departments who still remain in the courthouse building should also be moved out next week.

Brian Willey has been brought on as Camden County’s project manager for this project. He has a lot of past experience with these types of construction projects and he was eager to help out Camden County on a big undertaking like this one. Based on what they’re paying him for this gig, believe me when I say we’re getting a great deal on this hire. Willey mentioned that they’ve been keeping Camdenton’s inspectors involved in the project to ensure that all of the work is done to their standards and will pass inspection.

The first agenda item was the CTS Contract for the Assessor’s Office. It’s an annual license for $38,500 and this price was the same as last year’s price. This software is what allows Camden County employees to draw all of the lines on the satellite images Camden County uses for its GIS systems. It lets them adjust property lines, merge lots, document road vacations, shorten county roads…

The Tax Assessor did mention that Missouri might start providing satellite imagery for all of the counties. This would save the counties a lot of money because updating the satellite images can be very costly.

The Commission signed this contract.

The final agenda item was the July 2020 tax abatements. The abatements were approved unanimously.

And that was that.

I also attended the Village of Four Seasons Board of Trustees Meeting on August 10, 2022. The Chairman of the Board, Jim Holcomb, was a real nice fellow. He came up and said hello to me before the meeting. It turns out that he’s an avid reader of the blog! He even gave a shout-out to my Four Seasons Yard Sale story.

The Board ran an efficient meeting and each Trustee has an area of governmental responsibility that they discuss during the meeting. It was very informative and it’s a shame that most people don’t seem to attend these meetings unless they have a problem.

If you’re a resident of Village of the Four Seasons, I recommend attending to find out what’s going on in your community and the 5:30 p.m. meeting time makes it much more convenient than the Camden County Commission meeting times. The next meeting is scheduled for September 14, 2022 at 5:30 p.m..

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