in lively debate
Cox wanted additional money for microfilming
A lengthy discussion between Platte County Commissioners
and the Platte County Recorder of Deeds escalated Thursday,
resulting in a colorful county commission meeting.
Ida Cox, recorder of deeds, resubmitted payment requests
for supplies to the commissioners and questioned why her
requests had been denied when she was not over budget.
Cox said her office needed more money for supplies.
Michael Short, first district commissioner, explained
to Cox why the requests were denied.
"Your requisitions are for microfilming. We don't
consider microfilming as an office supply," Short
Short added that Cox receives funding from legislation
for microfilm preservation.
"Ida, you have got resources for microfilming. I
don' t know what this is all about." Short said.
Cox added that she also uses the funds provided from
legislation for her employees' salaries. Through the budgeting
process, commissioners set amounts elected officials have
available for employees' salaries, however, Cox is using
her microfilming funding to add to her employees' salaries.
"You made the choice to pay your employees out of
that funding," Presiding Commissioner Betty Knight
According to Knight, Cox angrily left a meeting she had
with commissioners to discuss funding issues for her office
prior to the final approval of the county's budget. Knight
added that since Cox exited the meeting, commissioners
adopted the auditor's recommended budget amount, which
was $16,000 more than last year's.
Short questioned Cox why she didn't show up at any of
the public meetings prior to the budget being approved.
"I don't know why you didn't mention this at the
budget hearings," Short said.
"I wish I had, too. I have just been so busy. It
has just been nonstop. I don't know where the money is
going to come from," Cox said.
The lengthy debate between commissioners and Cox ended
when Cox withdrew her requests.
"Fine, I will pay for it (microfilming), but I just
don't want to. Why can't we get some senior citizens to
help out with this? This county is so poor. It just makes
me sad," Cox said. "I won't run out of your
(commissioners') office anymore."
In other business, commissioners voted to refer bids
to Shiloh Springs Golf Course and the commissioners office
for turf maintenance equipment.
Three bids were opened. Bids were received from U.S.
Turf in Grandview, Turf Professionals in Lenexa, Kan.,
and Great American Turf, Kansas City.
Bids were also received from All Pro Ford and Dave Littleton
Ford for a current model year Ford truck for the sheriff's
department. The bids were referred to the sheriff's office
Request for bids was made for radio dispatch consoles
for the sheriff's department. Deadline for bids is March
Commissioners also approved a routine agreement for medical
examiner services for the county. The agreement had no
changes from last year.
Michel Defenbau was appointed to a one year term of secretary/treasurer
of the economic development council.
Tim Dougherty, Jim Bowers and Zim Hull were appointed
to the economic development council. Their terms will
expire Jan. 31, 2006.
Russ Widmar was reappointed to the economic development
council. His term will expire Jan. 31, 2006.