Barry County Commission meetings can easily go three or four hours if something controversial is brought up. Tuesday was not one of those meetings, with the county's business taken care of in about 10 minutes. Commissioners paid the bills, then took up items recommended by the committee of the whole last week, and approved:
*a Bissell Foundation grant for $11,250 for the Barry County Animal Shelter to continue the trap, neuter and release (TNR) program that has already spayed or neutered 2,000 cats in the county over the last several years.
*re-appointment of Democrat Anne Richards and Republican Patricia Walton to the Barry County Canvassing Board for four year terms.
*an agreement between Automated Merchant Systems and the Register of Deeds office to allow credit and debit card payments for transactions over the internet, simplifying the process and saving staff time.
Also, Commissioner Howard Gibson announced bidding begins at 10 a.m. at an auction Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Yankee Springs Fire Station on Payne Lake Road with proceeds to go toward the Veteran’s Memorial.