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Sumner County meeting minutes: June 29, June 30, and July 2, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The following are the Sumner County meeting minutes for June 29, June 30, and July 2, 2020:

June 29, 2020 – 9 a.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission Room of the Sumner County Courthouse.  Those present were Chairman John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner, and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present was Deputy County Clerk Diana Aufdengarten and 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes of June 22 and 23.

Dannetta Cook, County Treasurer, provided the monthly report of sales tax received in the amount of $133,615.74.

Jeremy Jones, City of Wellington Director of Public Works met with the Commissioners to discuss a new transfer station building at the landfill.   Without formal zoning, the state returned the certificate for County approval.  Director Jones advised the Commission the City will be looking into updating the zoning of the property.  The Commission unanimously authorized Chairman Cooney to sign the certification.

The Commission approved waiving the Raymond Frye rental fee for the Sumner County Farm Bureau annual meeting.  The deposit will still be required.  Deputy Clerk Aufdengarten is to notify the extension office.

County Counselor Jack Potucek provided general reviews and updates.

Discussion regarding an environmental and structural study on the Courthouse grounds was held.  Prepared contracts were presented for review.  The Commission unanimously approved moving forward with the study and authorizing Chairman Cooney to sign the two contracts with GSI Engineering, LLC.

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 11:01 a.m.

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June 30, 2020 – 9 a.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission Room of the Sumner County Courthouse.  Those present were Chairman John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present was Deputy County Clerk Diana Aufdengarten, 8oth House Representative Bill Rhiley and Wellington City Councilman Kevin Dodds.

At 9:59 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 15 minutes with County Appraiser Cindy Magill to discuss non-elected personnel.  At 10:14 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  Chairman Cooney advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

Health Department Director Laura Rettig and Emergency Management Director James Fair provided the Commission with updates on COVID-19 pandemic issues. Also present was Sheriff Captain Mike Westmoreland, Tracy McCue and Councilman Dodds. Director Rettig advised that the County received notification of its twelfth positive case.

An impending executive order from the Governor regarding mandating the wearing of facemasks in public areas effective 12:01 a.m., July 3, 2020, was discussed. Director Rettig does not feel comfortable making recommendations regarding the order until officially released and reviewed.  Director Rettig continues to advise she recommends wearing masks.  Director Rettig and Director Fair will provide an update on Monday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Director Rettig advised the local emergency order, which will expire soon, would cause free lab testing to cease.  Other funding options were researched and reviewed.

Director Rettig and Director Fair advised they attended a conference call concerning SPARKS funding.  Details of the funding included what would qualify, special auditing and management of the funds.  The Commission, reviewing the information provided, determined to be beneficiary to move forward in the application process.   The Commission designated County Clerk Debra Norris as the primary contact and Director Fair as a secondary contact.

At 11:34 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 15 minutes with Counselor Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter.  Director Rettig, Director Fair and Deputy County Clerk Aufdengarten were asked to remain in the meeting.  At 11.46 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

At 11: 48 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 5 minutes with Counselor Potucek for an attorney-client privileged matter.  Deputy County Clerk Aufdengarten was asked to remain in the meeting.   At 11:53 a.m., it was extended for an additional 5 minutes.  At 11:56 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 12:04 p.m.

July 2, 2020 – 5:30 p.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in special session in the Commission Room of the Sumner County Courthouse.  Those present were Chairman John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present was County Clerk Debra A. Norris.

At 5:30 p.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 10 minutes with County Counselor Jack Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter.  Clerk Norris was asked to remain in the meeting.  At 5:40 p.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

Health Department Director Laura Rettig made a recommendation to the Commission on the wearing of masks when in public spaces and while outdoors when unable to maintain a 6-foot distance with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity.  She also advised wearing a mask is the best and least restrictive measure in combating the threat of COVID-19, hoping that people will wear masks voluntarily.

Cheryl Helmer, 79th House of Representative told the Commission of positive correspondence she has received asking that the citizens not be forced to wear facemasks.

Ray LaBeouf also spoke in favor of opting out of the order.

After review of the information provided, the Board of County Commissioners sitting as the Board of County Commission as the Board of Health of the county unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2020-20, the use of face masks in public is not required in Sumner County.

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 5:51 p.m.

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