The number of meetings has increased for the Adair County Board of Supervisors lately as they've reorganized for the new year and are in the process of deciding upon a feasible budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins in July.
The supervisors held their organizational meeting last Tuesday. Jodie Hoadley was voted as chairperson, taking over for Steve Shelley, and Matt Wedemeyer will be vice-chairperson.
"It's an honor to be trusted with that position," Hoadley said. "I believe there's only been one other woman supervisor in Adair County. People told me 'you'll never do it' when I ran before. It's something I always wanted to do. With a lot of work and a lot of help from my friends, I've gotten here and I feel I've still got more to accomplish."
Other Supervisors not listed above are David Homan and John Twombly. Meetings are typically at 9 a.m. each Wednesday.
Proceedings like the ones the Supervisors are going through now are simply annual budget-keeping items. Several groups the Supervisors support are meeting with the group in hopes of receiving at least the same aid or support from them next year — groups like the Library Board, the Adair County Fair Board, and departments within the county, like the Sheriff's Office or Secondary Roads.
At their meeting last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved 2 percent wage hikes for elected officials and hourly full and part-time employees. They also passed the yearly travel policy for, which says meal reimbursements aren't to exceed $40 per day and the county won't reimburse for tips or alcoholic beverages. The 2018 mileage reimbursement agreed upon is 44.5 cents per mile, based on a dime under the IRS rate.
"[Auditor] Mindy [Schaefer] is really good at making sure everything [on the budget] is where it needs to be and we get our budget done a lot sooner than a lot of counties do," Hoadley said. "We don't mess around with it, we get it cut down, look at it and see what we we need to adjust here or there so that we can have it done and move on to making Adair County the best it can be."