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April 4, 2016 the Madison County Commission met with the following members present: Presiding Commissioner Bob Mooney, First District Commissioner Tom Stephens, and Second District Commissioner Jim Thompson. County Clerk Don Firebaugh recorded the proceedings.


Road and Bridge Supervisor Gregg Pruett reported the department is patching blacktop on county roads.


The three Commissioners along with several other county officials attended the public forum at Black River Electric building last Tuesday night concerning the proposed new courthouse. Approximately 120 residents attended the meeting. Questions from the attendees were answered by L.J. Hart & Co. and McCaul Architect Co. The issue is on the ballot for the General Municipal election April 5, 2016.

Commissioner Stephens and Commissioner Thompson checked a location on CR 417 last week after a resident reported an invasive species of the Bradford pear has quickly spread to his property, the county right of way and a portion of state highway property next to his residence. Commissioner Thompson called to the U.S. Forest Service for advice and was told the only way the invasive species could be eliminated was to cut the trees and paint the stump with a tree killing solution. He said he will talk to the Department of Conservation and Missouri Department of Transportation for assistance and further advice before taking any action.

Commissioner Thompson also attended the East Missouri Action Agency meeting last week and visited the E-911 department.

Commissioner Mooney met with Tru-Test Environmental Solutions, LLC at the Madison County Courthouse last week where a limited mold screening was completed. Mold screening was limited to visual observations of water damaged areas caused by condensation of the HVAC Chiller lines. Ambient air sampling for airborne mold spores was conducted during the screening to assess the condition for occupancy of the area.

Air sampling was conducted in select rooms based on worst case observations of visual evidence of water drainage/mold noted in select rooms.

Sampling was conducted in the basement lobby, Recorder of Deeds office, Circuit Clerk’s office and Juvenile Office upstairs. Total spore count ranged from 240 spores/m3 to 400 spores m/3 on the inside of the building to 1,760 spores/m3 on the outside around the courthouse building. The sampling criteria was met with the airborne mold results showing the mold spore levels in the select rooms are at normal fungal ecology and are not considered unsafe.

Aramark Uniform Company was present to discuss an upcoming contract that is due for Road and Bridge uniforms and mat service for the courthouse and the Sheriff’s department. Another company wants to bid and a decision will be made at a later date.


Accounts payable were presented to the Commission for approval and payment.

Additions and abatements of personal property was presented for approval by the Commission.

A total increase of $598,250. in assessed value of personal property was added to the county since January 1, 2016.

Commissioner Stephens made a motion to approve paying the accounts and approving the additions. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thompson. The motion carried.


No further business was transacted April 4, 2016, and Mooney adjourned the open meeting at 11:15 a.m.

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