Among other business at its regular monthly meeting last night the Marion County Quorum Court voted to add 15 dollars to all fines collected from violators convicted of misdemeanor offenses in district court. Money raised through the additional fine will be used to help operate the Marion County Jail.
A proposed ordinance establishing the additional fine had previously come before the court but due to errors in the way it was worded it had to be rewritten. That rewritten version was unanimously approved by the court, as was an emergency clause, meaning the new law goes into effect immediately.
State law allows a city or county to place up to 20 dollars in additional misdemeanor fines for each conviction for the purpose of helping to cover jail-related expenses. Marion County already had a 5-dollar additional fine in place, so the new ordinance takes the county to the maximum allowed by law.
In other business, the court appropriated a 400-thousand dollar reimbursement from FEMA to help cover the costs of cleanup from the January ice storm; and an 11-thousand dollar reimbursement to the county collector's office from the Pitney Bowes Corporation. County Collector Cathy Brightwell recently discontinued a postage machine lease with Pitney Bowes and the money refunded was some being held by the company in a reserve account.
On another matter, County Judge Pete Giles was authorized to apply for a 4-thousand-dollar Rural Development matching grant to help the Marion County Fair Association with plans to repair and renovate the small animal barn at the fairgrounds.
The court also heard a presentation from Missouri State University student Gail Moffet concerning her recent upgrading of the Marion County Personnel Policy Manual. Court members were presented with copies of the new bound edition of the manual, which Judge Giles said was a much-improved version over previous manuals. He said the new edition not only looks better, but is much easier to read and understand.
Moffet is working toward a professional writing degree at the university at Springfield, Missouri, and completed the manual upgrade as part of her internship. She is the daughter of Mike and Dawn Moffet of Yellville