Commission approves bank agreement

bbashioum@demo-mo.comAugust 30, 2013 

Cass County Commissioners gave final approval to an agreement to select Commerce Bank as the county’s financial institution during a brief regular meeting Aug. 22.

County leaders, specifically Treasurer Steve Cheslick and Collector Pam Shipley, recommended staying with Commerce after receiving only two bids earlier this summer, and commissioners respected the recommendation unanimously.

The agreement is in place through June 30, 2017.

In other meeting business, the commission took the following actions:

Made a unanimous decision to waive the fees associated with the rental of the courthouse second-floor courtroom for a play production during the Harrisonville Burnt District Festival, Oct. 4-5.

Approved a bid for a new inmate phone system from ICSolutions at the Cass County Jail presented by Maj. Jeff Weber.

Approved the purchase for a truck in the amount of $36,094 from Midway Ford, and $14,675.99 for the truck bed from Knapheide Co., for the Road and Bridge department.

Presiding Commissioner Jeff Cox also addressed the recent suspension of Cass County Circuit Judge Clerk Amy Bell from her elected office pending investigation from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.

Bell, who has been in office since 2010, was relieved of her duties and placed on administrative leave with pay on Aug. 20.

“Based on the reports of the Office of State Courts Administration that were provided to me, there is an indication that there needs to be some investigation,” Presiding Judge Bill Collins said on Aug. 21. “The Attorney General has been asked to conduct an investigation.”

The Cass County Democrat Missourian submitted a Missouri Sunshine Law request in an attempt to review the OSCA reports this week.

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