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It was routine business during a regular work session of the Stone County Commission on June 24th.

Presiding commissioner Dennis Wood said $20,000 that the county has held in reserves after it called a bond when the developer of Rusty Ridge Subdivision went bankrupt and some infrastructure in the subdivision wasn't completed will be released to Hutchens Construction for completion of a road in the subdivision.

"It is not a county maintained road nor will it ever be," said Wood.

An agreement between the county and the Stone County Intensive Supervision Program ( Drug Court) to store property in county owned buildings was reached.

Commissioners will use $40,000 out of the Road and Bridge fund to build two bridges in the northern part of the county.  Northern Commissioner Mark Maples says the bridges will be built on Dodge Hollow and Beaver Dam.  "That $40,000 will buy us about $80,000 in materials," said Wood.  "It's a really good deal for us."

The county receives about $32,000 annually in federal funds that is funnelled through MoDOT for bridge maintenance and construction.  There is currently over $171,000 in that account that must be used within five years, according to Wood.

Another bridge project on Roudhouse Road will be funded mostly by a 1/8th percent state sales tax that is collected by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The county's portion of that project is about $15,000, according to Wood.

Changes to employee health plans were also discussed during the work session.

Dee Ann Blankenship told commissioners that they had to have access to a foreign language interpreter to stay compliant with grants.  Blankenship said the county has one Spanish speaking employee and access to interpreters through the court system.

When asked about the over 500 spelling and duplicate errors in the 2013 financial report Wood said, "There were no financial errors in the report to my knowledge."

Wood said the County Clerk is responsible for keeping the official record for the commission.  He said the commission's administrative assistant, Denise Dickens, assists commissioners "in other matters."