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The Barry County Board of Commissioner's committee of the whole addressed routine business Aapril 19, recommending approval of several items in a short meeting, including:
* a request to keep Van Buren County as the fiduciary agent for any 2015 Homeland Security grants that Barry County Emergency Management receives.

Barry County will receive a baseline grant of $6,394.50 for conferences, exercises, drills and training; the 5th District Rescue Team has been approved to receive $60,000 for equipment.
Emergency Management Director Jim Yarger said it is a large task, "but Van Buren County has the staff to do the work and they were willing to step up."

The commission also recommended approval of:
* a contract with CBIZ Retirement Plan Services for $11,000 to complete the December 31, 2014 actuarial valuation of Other Post Employment Benefits (health and life insurance) for Barry County.

"The requested report as of Dec. 31 2014, will give us the information that is needed for completion of the 2016 and 2017 Barry County audited financial statements, Administrator Michael Brown said. "...we believe their relationship with MERS and experience completing our previous OPEB report will provide the most cost effective and efficient means of completing the required report," he said.

The funding will come from the contingency fund and is the same amount paid for the Dec. 31, 2012 valuation. The valuations are required every two years; this is the fifth report by the county.

* the Barry County 2016 equalization value as presented by Equalization Director Timothy Vandermark.
Total equalized values for all classes of real and personal property in Barry County is $2,654,855,670, up 3.18 percent over all from last year, Vandermark said.

* a request from David Shinavier to transfer vehicles to the IT and planning departments and sell the replaced vehicles, a trailer and another car that has been replaced, by sealed bids.

 

 


A 2008 Dodge Charger with 99,746 miles on the odometer is set to go to Planning Commission and a 2007 Dodge Charger with 105,836 miles, to the IT department. To be sold are a 2004 Ford Taurus (146,249 miles), a 2001 Ford F-150 (53,000 miles), a 2002 Ford Taurus, (91,550 miles) and a trailer with a 5 foot by 10 foot bed with rear hinged loading ramp, single axle, fenders and side rails.

 

The vehicles for sale will be advertised for two weeks and can be seen at the Barry County Sheriff's Office.


 

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