The Morgan County Commission Tuesday, July 3, listened to the concerns of Morgan County Collector Kathy Francis regarding her collecting nuisance ordinance fines for the city of Stover in addition city taxes.

Francis requested the cities she collects for (Versailles and Stover) put a cap on the dollar amounts they charge for city nuisance abatements.

Stover mayor Brenda Steffens would not agree to this, saying the City of Versailles does not place a dollar amount cap on their ordinance.

Currently, Stover has a property within the city limits that the city council would like to place a $17,000 fine on due to the dilapidated condition and a large amount of debris. The fine is designed to help recover the cost of clean up.
Francis stated she did not know if she could legally collect that large a fine, since the amount exceeds what the property is worth

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Steffens said she had been in contact with the Missouri Municipal League and they were not aware of any law that would prohibit the collection of a large amount of fines on a city property.

Since the amendment to the contract that allows Francis to collect taxes for the cities did not specify a dollar amount for the nuisance fines, her suggestion was to revoke the amendment as of Dec. 1, 2018, which would allow her to collect only taxes and not fines from 2019 forward.

Steffens stated she would report back to the Stover City Council with this information.

In another commission meeting Friday, July 6, the commission appointed Mary Jo Jackson to serve a four-year term on the Morgan County Library District Board of Trustees.

The commission also appointed Gerald R. “Jerry” Vernon to serve on the Barnett Special Road District No.3 Board of Directors to fill the remainder of Dennis Kidwell’s term, which expires in 2020.

The next meeting of the Morgan County Commission is scheduled Thursday, July 19 at the courthouse in Versailles.