Monday, April 10, 2017

Commissioners Discuss Emergency Services Needs, Campground

Worth County commissioners discussed emergency services’ needs at the regular county commission meeting Monday morning. Economic Developer and Emergency Services Director Gene Auten said that he would like to get some state Homeland Security money for Sheridan’s fire department. Auten and commissioners also discussed radio needs for the various emergency services personnel.

Also discussed was the need for a possible campground and RV park. Commissioner Tyler Paxson noted that there were a lot more people with RV’s and campers than there were 10 years ago. Right now, people who come to Worth County to hunt, fish, or attend a funeral have to go all the way to Albany or Mozingo or Maryville to camp or stay overnight. People working on the current construction projects for the bridge by Isadora have to stay in Albany or Maryville and drive a long ways to work.

The computer system is running slowly for the county, and the county is seeking ways to boost the connection.

Road & Bridge Supervisor Jim Fletchall reported that there was an 8 foot by 80 foot tube that needed replacing near David Seat’s on the east end of the county. The estimated price tag is $10,117, and the county may have to haul dirt for the project. It had been there 30-40 years, and the bottom has rusted out.

Kevin Hiatt’s road on #245 has a plastic tube burned out. Chris Spainhower has two tubes washing out on his road.

Brush enforcement was discussed, and bids are currently being lined up for people who have not complied with brush enforcement and who have gotten multiple letters from the county. For landowners interested in brush ordinance compliance and/or cost share work along county roads, the county has a list of contractors willing to do such work.

Two tax rock roads have been added. One is near Allendale, while another is on Road #51. Roads are added to the tax rock list when they have sufficient gravel base to do so. Roads without sufficient gravel base do not get tax rock.

The commissioners authorized replacement of two doors on the courthouse, the north and west, along with redoing the concrete around the doors, which have holes in them. One morning brought earthworms into the building, while another time, a snake got int through the east door.

The commissioners, who sit on the board for the Northwest Missouri Regional Council, said they would fight a proposed elimination of the Workforce Development Program for Maryville. Persons interested in getting skills for employment would have to go to St. Joseph or Chillicothe. That program is worth $200,000 for the area.

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