Rent was raised on the property at 4 E. Walnut from $300 to $600 during the regular Monday morning meeting of the Adair County Commissioners, Aug. 30 at 8:30 a.m.

The utilities on the building run about $299 a month. Schwan’s uses the facility for drug testing.

Dianna Yell, emergency manager, was at another meeting so Tracy Sims said, regarding COVID, she looked on the state website and there’s still no mandate for masks or any other action.

County Commissioner Mike Wininger said one of his guys tested positive after being exposed to a family member who had COVID.

“As soon as we heard he’d been exposed we sent him home, now he’s quarantining. He’ll need something that says he can work,” said Wininger.

A contract was approved between Jeff Andrews and the board of County Commissioners for architectural and engineering consultant services for the Adair County Health Department for a new roof.

“We’re following your recommendation for the slant roof. The $4,500 engineering fee includes taking bids for the work and monitoring it,” said Martha Laughlin, business manager for the health department.

During new business, Steve Garrett addressed the board regarding American Rescue Plan funds. 

“In the next 30 days you should be getting the rule book about how to spend your money correctly,” said Garrett, whose contract ended in July with the commissioners.

It’s doable, but time consuming, a lot of reporting, he said.

“I want to give you time to consider. You’ve been sitting on this money in the bank. You’re going to have a lot of people coming out of the woodwork asking for money. We need to talk about that before they do. You can give it all to another entity to spend that you trust to use it correctly, but you still have to do all the reports,” said Garrett.

He’s doing this for others, so he is looking at the commissioners' needs as well.

“I’m one step away from the governor with this. There’s a lot of need going to be out there over the next 30 months. I’m looking at a contract not to exceed $20,000 over the next two and a half years. If you’ll put this on next week's agenda that will give you time to consider,” said Garrett.

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