All business was approved during the regular meeting of the Adair County Commissioners on Monday at 8:30 a.m., except for the 22 bids for road materials and a resolution regarding work incentives.
COVID numbers continue to rise, according to Dianne Yell, director of Adair County Emergency Management. As of Friday, Nov. 13, the numbers were still going up.
“Friday we were at 1,024, with 230 active positive and still at 13 deaths. Most schools are virtual until Thanksgiving, and hopefully that will help hold the numbers and they’ll start to go down,” said Yell.
The bid for supplying county materials was tabled to allow commissioners time to review them, and the resolution was amended and will be rewritten for the next meeting.
“Each department head has the right to adjust the incentives,” said County Commissioner Mike Wininger.
Commissioner Sam Chandler said the resolution was written to reward those who have done a good job and stayed, for their years of service and no accidents.
Commissioner Larry Wood wanted to know about an employee who had been with the county just two years.
“Mike and I have been here two years and so have some of our guys. We should be able to adjust for doing a good job,” said Wood.
The measure passed, with Chandler voting no.
At the next meeting, the previous resolution will have to be rescinded and a new one written to replace it. This will give department heads discretion to adjust as needed.
The County Assessor's Office will be closed about 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, for all staff to attend a medical marijuana symposium. County commissioners approved the closure so the staff can better understand the new state law and rules.
“We’ve got about 70 legal growers, and the way it looks, it will generate a lot of taxes. All staff needs to be well-informed and know what they’re doing,” said Sims.
It was brought to the commissioners' attention that some people employed in the courthouse are not following the request to have their temperatures taken when entering the building, and some visitors have refused. Some employees are using the back entrance to avoid getting temperatures taken.
“I can only be responsible for my people, but I can tell you they are,” said Sims, the only department head attending the meeting.
Sheriff Jason Ritchie claimed employees and guests have a "constitutional right" to refuse temperature checks.
“We’re asking people; we can’t force them unless you mandate," he said.
“I think we should wear a mask to do everything we can to protect people,” Ritchie said, and Wininger added, "Why not take care of friends and family?"