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Fire Chiefs Fill County Commission Board Meeting


August 6, 2020

Suzie Campbell

Fire chiefs from across the county address the County Commissioners at the meeting Monday regarding inventory requests. Seated, left, is Rural Fire Coordinator Paul Simpson. Seated, middle, is Shawnee Fire Chief Rodney Foster and standing, right, is Maud Fire Chief Matt Peters.

The Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center shows a net income of $77,241.16 for the month of June. Good news to the Pottawatomie County Board of County Commissioners.

PCPSC Director Breonna Thompson presented the information with her weekly report, Monday. She said there was an item on the Public Safety Center Trust Board agenda for consideration and possible action to begin the process for the construction of additional housing. "I know that's kind of a shocker when you see it," said Thompson. "But we need to look at the future."

Thompson said, "The goal is 20 years out the trust will not need to come to the county. "We are self-sufficient."

Several Fire Chiefs from across the county attended the meeting to discuss and get clear guidance on a recent request for an inventory of items purchased with sales tax money. Many of the fire departments are entirely volunteer, and County Fire Coordinator Paul Simpson said each department has its own way of handling inventories. The discussion took some time, but a solution that all felt would work was reached.

Simpson presented the board with an inventory he had pulled together, and the Fire Chiefs agreed going forward they felt they could keep the list updated for the county.

In the weekly update, Environmental Crimes Investigator Dustin Richardson reported 760 pounds of 'stuff' had been picked up, and he was looking at three new dumpsites. Deputy Jimmy Brewer said, "We just got word the (DEQ) grant was approved. We don't know how much funding we're going to get, but we did get something." The DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) grant helps fund the Environmental Crimes Investigator position.

The commissioners approved three OMMA Certificates of Compliance. Autumn's Harvest Farms, Jeff BC Properties, LLC, and Kind Green Bud, LLC, are all located in Dist. 1.

Fire Chiefs Foster and Rhett Banks (Tecumseh) asked the board of commissioners to send lists of the county approved certificates so inspections could be performed.

The board also approved:

- Portions of a safe room project for Pleasant Grove School to be paid with educational sales tax monies.

- A new housing addition plat located east of Brangus Road on 45th Street. No roads were approved, plat only.

- Creation of a Safety & Review Board Committee for Pottawatomie County

- Resolution between ODOT and the board for bridge and approach plans for BR30 over Rock Creek

- Tort claim for Larry Elmore

- Surplus and subsequent disposal resolution for a 2016 Dodge Ram, 1500

The board will meet again at 10 am, Monday, Aug. 10.


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