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PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 10, 2008) — In other business at Monday’s meeting:

• Newly elected County Surveyor John Mackey, who was the county surveyor for many years before he was defeated in 2004 by Don Mayhew but was re-elected last week, came to the commission and asked several questions on procedures.

“I’m just curious on the bond for the office. Back in the last century, the county paid for that, but I don’t know what the process is now,” Mackey said.

County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer explained that the county would reimburse Mackey for the cost of a bond, which is a form of insurance that would pay the bills if the county surveyor failed to correctly perform his duties.

Commissioner Dennis Thornsberry said it’s important that the county surveyor continue to handle flood plain management issues, which was a change implemented this year by the county commission, county clerk, and Mayhew.

“I think that’s very important on the floodplain. The county clerk has been doing that for years and I think it’s gotten to the point that someone with training needs to do it,” Thornsberry said.

• Commissioners agreed to a request by Circuit Court Clerk Rachelle Beasley to change the postage meter company used by her office. The cost for the postal meter comes from the county’s general revenue fund since the circuit court clerk’s postal meter is used by other county offices as well.

Beasley said the county now pays $224 per month to Pitney-Bowes for a lease agreement that includes a maintenance contract and recommended ending that contract.

“I’ve been pretty disappointed in them; I’ve been doing most of their maintenance. They ship me parts and I put them on and I don’t consider that to be maintenance,” Beasley said. “I’ve actually spent quite a bit of time working on that postage machine this year, and that’s OK, but if we’re paying for maintenance we should be getting maintenance, not just parts shipped.”

Commissioners accepted a recommendation by Beasley to purchase a postal meter from Hasler Image Technologies of Columbia, which has a state bid contract already. The county would purchase one of two machines and pay for it within one year, either a machine handling 110 letters a minute for $3,100 or a machine handling 95 letters per minute for $2,425.

• Commissioners completed a survey sent to them by the Caterpillar company regarding satisfaction with the county’s road graders. Commissioners said they haven’t been entirely happy with maintenance since the company’s former mechanic retired.

• Gary Porter of Porter Enterprises and Stan Barba of Barba Construction came to county with a series of inquiries about making a joint proposal on a concrete slab that will be needed to install a 12,000-pound emergency electrical generator for the courthouse. Commissioners answered their questions and said the bids will be due on Thursday morning.

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