Monday, February 28, 2011
Another issue that came up was the number of shingles. The county says that they need three surplus bundles of slate shingles of 110 pieces each in the event of future repairs; however, they say that the shingles present are not adequate for that purpose. Debbie of S&V also spoke over the speaker phone with commissioners and requested documentation regarding the shingles; however, commissioners said that previous attorney John Young had already documented the number of shingles and sent it to them. The contract for the project states that the roof must be watertight; however, commissioners say that the roof is still leaking.
Ron Roach requested ditch work on Road 254 on the county line with Harrison east of Allendale; he said that the road was getting narrow due to erosion.
Clerk Roberta Owens reported that she would be attending upcoming training for HPRP, elections training, and the Missouri Association of Counties training.
Commissioner Dennis Gabbert reported that he had gotten a quote from Steve Combs regarding cabling for the generator. A permanent cable would cost an estimated $945 while a portable cable would cost around $2,397. Commissioners are still trying to decide which solution to go with.
Mowing of the Courtyard was discussed. The Courtyard may be torn up for various construction projects during the year. In addition, they might cut some of the stumps on the trees shorter. Part of the problem is deciding whether to get bids for mowing or whether to get a new mower, which commissioners said would cost money. Either way would cost money due to the high gas prices; a job which cost $70 per mow last summer could cost as much as $100 per mow this year. The county has a history of mowers and vacuum sweepers that have not lasted very long.
Emergency Management Director Pat Kobbe will value the trailer and equipment inside it for insurance purposes.
Economic Developer Charity Austin reported that with the approval of all the towns of the proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone, the next step would be forming a board representing as many of the entities within the county as possible consisting of seven members. Part of the task would be finalizing the area to be excluded from the EEZ.
Austin said that they were in the process of doing drawings for the Gazebo and that construction could begin as early as this month.
Road and Bridge Foreman Jim Fletchall reported on price quotes that he had gotten. One bucket for the loader would cost $2,800 while he found another one for $1,000. He said that crews would need to redo the gate which he says is dragging the ground. Fletchall reported that quotes for a 1,000 container of gas would be around $2,500 while a 500 gallon tank would run around $1,149. The alternative would be to ditch gas containers altogether and go with a Petro Card. Any decision regarding the county's fuel needs was tabled until commissioners could talk with Sheriff Terry Sheddrick regarding the fuel needs for the Sheriff's Department.
A decision regarding getting a credit card for the county was also tabled; it was getting more and more difficult to purchase needed items without one online; however, the danger was having cards that were floating around without documentation. The downside of the present policy of not having one is that road crews would have to wait to do needed shop work on equipment. Commissioner Gabbert said that if the county was to have a credit card, they would have to have a policy about access to it.
The commissioners talked with Richard Supinger regarding the restoration of the old Courtroom. Commissioner Rob Ruckman said that he thought that if enough money was pooled together, they might finally have the money to work on the project. Roberta Owens reported that State Representative Casey Guernsey had expressed interest in the project and would be willing to meet with commissioners regarding possible funding sources for the project.
David Walmath and Annette Weeks of the Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation requested and got a $1,200 contribution from the county. The NWMEF helps both new and existing businesses in the area, including Worth County, to grow free of charge. They are a non-profit organization. They have helped six businesses start in the county. They have a 75-member board including people in the county who meet and help each other solve problems; they are always looking for more members.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
FARM SAFETY IS A TWO-WAY STREET
By Denny Banister
Accidental injuries and deaths make farming one of the most hazardous jobs, usually ranking in the top five of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. To remedy the situation requires the cooperation of not only farmers and ranchers, but the non-farm public as well.
How can the non-farm public have anything to do with farm safety? The answer is simple – slow down on county roads where farmers are often moving tractors and heavy equipment from one field to another. Many county roads are narrow with hills and curves, giving drivers of fast-moving cars very little time to react when topping a hill and suddenly finding a slow-moving tractor in their path.
The argument could be made the farmers are driving too slowly, but assessing blame is not the point – the goal is to prevent the accidents in the first place. Farmers need to take all safety precautions, such as ensuring slow-moving vehicle warning reflectors are mounted to the rear of their tractors, wagons and implements, and making sure emergency lights are flashing.
Drivers need to slow down and not assume the road will be clear around the next bend. Getting off the highway and using county roads is attractive to many drivers during spring months, however, farmers will use these roads, too – spring planting is underway.
National Farm Safety and Health Week is observed during harvest time, and yet the most dangerous time of the year for farmers is spring planting season. To raise awareness of this fact, with the goal of reducing the accidental injuries and deaths so prevalent at this time of the year, Farm Bureau sponsors Agricultural Safety Awareness Week the first full week of March.
Accidents between fast-moving vehicles and slow-moving farm equipment can cause serious injuries to both drivers. It is not about fault; it is about prevention of accidental injury and death. When using county roads and highways, farm safety is a two-way street.
(Denny Banister, of Jefferson City, Mo., is the assistant director of public affairs for the Missouri Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farm organization.)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Veterans can visit http://mccaskill.senate.gov/vcsp to participate.
Last September, McCaskill toured John Cochran Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center amidst reports of problems at the facility. Following the tour, McCaskill met with hospital administrators about the incident, and discussed, among other things, ways the VA needed to make improvements. After that meeting she announced that her office would begin development of a proactive program to help veterans participate in the process of identifying areas in need of improvement and in making the VA healthcare facilities more user-friendly.
The program will allow veterans the opportunity to complete a confidential survey about their experiences at St. Louis VA medical centers. The data from the surveys will help McCaskill and local veterans organizations compile reports with recommendations on improving veterans' experiences.
The VA has agreed to respond to and address all concerns within 30 days of receiving a report. Veterans can visit http://mccaskill.senate.gov/vcsp to complete the survey.
Since arriving in the Senate, McCaskill has made improving services for veterans a top priority. She has toured the state twice (in 2007 and again in 2010) holding a series of forums designed to listen specifically to the concerns of veterans.
Because of these visits and the daily input she receives from Missouri veterans and their families, she has successfully worked to improve benefits and services for the men and women who sacrificed for our country. Read more about her record on veterans issues here.
I finally decided to specialize in farms and I came up with the idea to obtain my listings and to make my sales through the mail. In 1975 I bought a word processor made by Olivetti, from Italy. It was the first to have unlimited storage capacity and allowed me to type a personalized letter to both the farmers to obtain listings and to my investors to make sales. I paid $6,000 for the machine. You have to realize at that time, gasoline was around fifty cents a gallon. I then added to my office equipment an $8,000 copy machine, and a $400 fax. I made copies of an aerial photo of farms for sale, and mailed them to my buyers. It was a highly successful operation. I even sold one farm I never saw. For several years I sold more farms than any broker in the State of Missouri. The Carter embargo on the sale of grain to Russia caused grain to fall 1/3 in price and the value of farms plummeted, thus ending my farm sales.
Today it wouldn’t work. No one writes or reads letters anymore. It takes too much time. All they have to do is turn on the computer and communicate with Facebook or e-mail, or by texting on their cell phone. Today you can buy a fax, copy machine, printer for less than a hundred dollars, and the program to put the mailer out is in most computers. Now only politicians and restaurants put out mailers using an oversized postcard with a picture that you have to look at while you are tossing it in the trash. Ten years from now, there won’t be Post Offices, which is alright with me. The only thing I get in the mail anyhow is bills.
Jack can be reached at PO Box 40, Oak Grove, MO 64075 or email@example.com
She grew up in Worth and Nodaway Counties and attended schools there. At the age of sixteen she was baptized and became a member of the Oxford
Community Church. On February 5, 1938, she was united in marriage to Thomas C. (Bill) Mercer. They were parents of two sons, Lowell Marion
and Freddie Gail. They were farmers and enjoyed the farm life until 1991 when they moved to Parnell. She became a member of the Parnell United Methodist
Church, and served as organist for over thirty years.
Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mabel Burns, brother, Robin Burns, sisters, Bonnie Hammond, Clarice Berg and Leska Black,
Aunt Ivy Gray, husband, Thomas (Bill) Mercer, sons Lowell Marion and Freddie Gail Mercer.
Thelma is survived by four Grandchildren: Billie Mercer and wife Tonia, Olathe, Kansas; Rodney Mercer, Bolckow, MO; Verlene Snow
And husband Stephen, Maryville, MO; Felicia Hendrix and husband Matt, Savannah, MO; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two sisters, Melba Wright, Springfield, Oregon; Jeanne Casteel, Essex, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, MO, with Interment in the Rose Hill
Cemetery, Parnell, MO. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be given to the American Cancer Society or to St. Francis Hospice Group.
The next regular meeting will be March 1, 2011, at 6 PM at the Economic Developer’s office in the basement of the Grant City Hall. The meetings are open to all interested people in the county.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Youth who are not currently members of 4-H, but wish to join may also attend. We will have sign up forms and information on 4-H in our Region and Livingston County.
Admission is $7 by Wednesday, February 23 ($12 after the February 23 or at the door). All youth must have a signed 4-H health form to attend. If you have any questions, contact the MU Extension office at 660/646-0811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a last minute rescheduling due to the blizzard of 2011, Sen. Brad Lager entertained the Great Northwest Delegation for the fifth time as the 12th District State Senator. Delegates from throughout Northwest Missouri and the counties that comprise the 12th Senate District visited with Sen. Lager throughout the day on Monday and later in the evening at the Great Northwest Days Reception held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in
“The Annual Great Northwest Days has certainly become one of the most unique and highly anticipated events in
Sunday, February 20, 2011
A Regular Board of Aldermen meeting was held Wednesday February 16th, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.
Present: Mayor Debbie Roach, Aldermen: Dennis Downing, Bruce Downing, Catherine Runde and Cathy James, Clerk Ayvonne Morin, PWD: Carl Staton, Bridget Gibson, Holly Baxley
Mayor called the meeting to order.
Minutes: Dennis Downing made motion to approve the minutes as written for January 19th, 2011 and February 8th, 2011, Catherine Runde, seconded, motion carried.
List of Bills/Supplies: Catherine Runde made motion to approve the list of bills/supplies, Cathy James, seconded, motion carried.
WO. Co. Economic Developer: Charity was absent. Mayor gave update about the Enhanced Enterprise Zone, county in the process of appointing a seven member board.
Downtown Project: J.D. Bishop and Co. will be bringing in equipment February 17th, 2011. They will begin some preliminary work.
Sign: Community Betterment will be doing some fund raising to help incorporate a lighted sign with the new welcome to Grant City sign. Aldermen Dennis Downing to contact Francis Goff about design.
Election Ordinance: After Catherine Runde read twice, Dennis Downing made motion to approve Ordinance # 3650 Bill# 21611, “An Ordinance Authorizing an Election”, Bruce Downing, seconded, motion carried. All voted aye.
City Code: Building Commissioners have scheduled a Public Hearing March 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., City Hall, concerning the property located at 315 S Front Street.
Streets/Snow Ordinance/Street Seminar: Carl Staton will be attending a street repair seminar, March 16th, 2011. Cost is $35.00 per person. Alderman James suggested enforcing snow ordinance, if necessary issuing citations, during winter weather warnings. Citizens complain about snow removal, but then, they don’t think about moving their cars off the streets in order to properly remove the snow. Clerk instructed to contact City Attorney about code enforcement.
PWD: Carl Staton gave progress report for the month. Repairs on the snow plow, two water leaks, and snow removal, preparing for the downtown project. FEMA has scheduled a meeting at 8:30 tomorrow morning, PWD and Clerk will attend, to see about federal monies that may be available.
Web-Site: Holly Baxley was present to go over the web-site. She will forward report to clerk.
Bathhouse: Mayor signed construction contracts.
City Hall Maintenance: Alderman Downing will check on costs on installing new doors.
Waterline Project: Clerk reported USDA approved draft water contract. Clerk will mail to Parnell and PWSD for review.
Dennis Downing made motion to adjourn meeting, Catherine Runde, seconded, motion carried.
Meeting adjourned 8:30 p.m.
12th District State Sen. Brad Lager visited with the Missouri State FFA officers during legislative session this week in recognition of National FFA Week. State FFA President Jon Black of Chillicothe and State Vice President Colton Lee of East Buchanan traveled to the Capitol and visited with Sen. Lager to discuss issues facing the agriculture industry and their experience as leaders of the Missouri State FFA.
“Agriculture is the most important industry in our state and I am proud that young people like Jon and Colton are making a commitment to continuing their agriculture education and joining Missouri’s most important industry,” said Sen. Lager. “I am also proud that Jon and Colton have chosen to take upon such important leadership roles to lead the young people who are the future of our agriculture industry.”
Jon Black is a 2010 graduate of Chillicothe High School and was a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. Jon’s Supervised Agriculture Experience Program (SAEP) consisted of a herd of registered Hereford cattle from which he raised seed stock and commercial calves. Jon is attending North Central Missouri College and plans to transfer to the University of Missouri-Columbia and major in Agriculture Business. After graduation he plans to enter a career in the agriculture industry.
Colton Lee is a class of 2010 graduate from the East Buchanan High School in Gower, Missouri and was an active member of the East Buchanan FFA Chapter. His SAEP consisted of raising two acres of pumpkins along with two hundred mums. Colton is a current student at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Agriculture Systems Management.
For any questions, please contact Rich Germinder at 573-751-1415.
The work that we do at the Capitol runs in cycles and as we quickly approach that mid-point of this session, the majority of time is spent in the committee process. There is some floor action that has already seen passage of some priority items, however, as one that sits on four House committees and one joint committee, most of my time is filled with hearings that prepare legislation to come to the House floor or give us direction as we begin the process of developing a budget that needs to be completed in the next few weeks.
One bill passed out of committee this week would require all driving tests in Missouri to be given only in English. Presently, our state offers driver’s license tests in 11 languages besides English and allows people taking the test to have a translator. The bill approved by the House Transportation Committee would require anyone seeking a driver’s license to take the test in English, either in written form or by having someone read it aloud. While we welcome people from all parts of the world and from varying cultures, it is important to establish that the language we use here in Missouri is English. Our road and highway signs are written in English and highway patrolmen and police officers who make traffic stops are going to communicate in English as well. The bottom line is that if you are going to safely operate a motor vehicle in Missouri, you need to understand English.
Two other bills given committee approval this week would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls and allow them to cast ballots before Election Day. The House Elections Committee approved a constitutional amendment to implement both changes. The committee also passed a bill that would enact the early voting period and photo ID requirement. If passed by both chambers, the constitutional amendment would go before a vote of the people.
We need to make the voting process more accessible and a “no excuse” early voting period would provide an opportunity to vote to many Missourians who may otherwise not cast a ballot. At the same time, we must protect the integrity of the electoral process. We are required to show a photo ID for many things that we do on a regular basis. Why shouldn’t we also provide photographic proof of our identity before we vote? While some have argued that not every Missourian has a photo ID, the bill addresses that issue by requiring the state to provide a form of personal identification at no cost. Requiring photo identification is the simplest way to prevent voter fraud without making the voting process inconvenient for Missouri voters.
Also this week, the House Health Care Policy Committee approved a piece of pro-life legislation that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. The bill provides for exceptions that are medically necessary.
Along with many other bills, these will make their way to the House floor for discussion in the next few weeks. As bills work their way through committee we will soon find that the majority of our time will be spent debating the many issues on the House floor and committee time will be less and less.
If you have questions, you may reach me at my Capitol number 573-751-9465, at the local district number, 660-582-4014, by email at email@example.com or by mail at Room 401B State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101