Sept 16, 2010
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MRPC Board Developing List of State Priorities
ST. JAMES— Each year, the MRPC board develops a state priorities report that is delivered to the region’s legislative delegation at the start of the new session.
At its September meeting, the Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s committees began developing its list of state issues affecting the Meramec Region. The MRPC board met in regular session on Sept. 9 at its office in St. James.
Once the issues are defined, board members will prioritize them and make the most important issues a part of their discussions with legislators. The board plans to meet with state legislators as a part of its December meeting and will then hand-carry the report to the Capitol in January.
The board also made its final appointment to the Meramec Regional Community Foundation Board. At the recommendation of the External Relations Commission, Jim Grebing, community and economic development director for the city of Hermann, will serve as one of MRPC’s board appointments to the foundation board. The newly formed foundation board will meet in early October.
In other business, the board:
The MRB Corp. board met after the MRPC meeting and approved a contract with J. Rogers Architecture of St. James for design work to expand the MRPC building. The group wishes to add a new conference room/storm shelter and reconfigure the existing conference room into offices. The MRB Corp., a non-profit made up of the cities and counties in the Meramec Region, owns the assets used by MRPC.
Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. A professional staff of 30, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.
The MRPC board will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 at its office at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James. All meetings are open to the public.