July 8, 2011
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19 local leaders attend elected officials workshop at MRPC
ST. JAMES—When the election is over and the successful candidates take office, some realize that local government is more complex than realized or anticipated—especially when it comes to responsibilities. To help newly elected officials begin to understand some of those responsibilities—and to help refresh veteran officials—the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), in cooperation with the Missouri Municipal League (MML), hosted its Annual Elected Officials Workshop on June 29 at MRPC's St. James office.
Stuart Haynes and Patrick Bonnot of the MML were the guest presenters for the workshop. MML is a statewide association developed to form an agency for the cooperation of Missouri cities, towns and villages and to promote the interest, welfare and closer relations among them in order to improve municipal government and administration in the state. Haynes and Bonnot covered such important issues as conflict of interest, nepotism, the open meetings law, the powers of the mayor and governing body, classification of cities and council procedures. Some 19 local leaders participated in the workshop. Among those attending were:
From Belle: Steven Vogt, alderman;
From Bourbon: Michael Delashmit, alderman, and Leonard Armstrong, mayor;
From Doolittle: Brenda Parry, clerk;
From Edgar Springs: Paula James, city administrator, and Kathleen LeDonne, alderwoman;
From Linn: K.P. Nilges, alderman;
From Newburg: Mark Fox, alderman;
From Pulaski County: Gene Newkirk, presiding commissioner of Pulaski County;
From St. James: Wendy Chitwood, councilwoman, Bryan Lambeth, councilman, Margaret Roberts, councilwoman; David Watkins, councilman; Dennis Wilson, mayor, and Marilyn Woolsey, clerk;
From St. Robert: Larry Jackson, alderman, and Sylvia “Butchie” Newkirk, alderwoman;
From Sullivan: Tony Wessler, alderman;
From Vienna: Christine Robertson, alderwoman; and
From MRPC: Connie Willman and Tammy Snodgrass.
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. Officers are Chairman Russell Scheulen of Loose Creek, Vice Chairman Gary Brown of Salem, Secretary T.R. Dudley of Potosi and Treasurer Mary Heywood of Bourbon. A professional staff of 28, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental and homeland security planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities upon request.