June 25, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Bonnie Prigge or Connie Willman, 573-265-2993
MRPC board adopts FY 2012-13 budget
Dodd, Antolak, Whitaker honored for service
ST. JAMES – The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) recently approved its FY 2012-13 budget, with projected revenues at $2.3 million and expenses at $2.2 million, anticipating a profit of $17,934. The fiscal year runs July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.
Fiscal Officer Linda Loughridge presented the budget and explained federal funds were down 22 percent from the previous fiscal year. The funds consist of 51 percent of MRPC’s total revenue funding. Decreases were also seen in state and local-contractual revenue funds. However, overall expenses are down $281,298 from the previous fiscal year.
Loughridge reviewed programs and projects completed within the year such as the region-wide electric cooperative hazard mitigation planning program. New projects were added such as updating the region-wide transit study for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).
Following the MRPC meeting, the MRB Corporation approved its final budget for FY 2012-13. The board also approved the Meramec Regional Development Corporation’s Intermediary Relending Program and Revolving Loan Fund program budgets for FY 2012-13.
In other business, the board:
• Honored Donald Dodd for serving the region as a MRPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) member since September 1999; served as an at-large MRPC board member representing transportation since April 2007; and served as TAC chairman since April 2007.
• Honored Laura Antolak for serving as the MRPC at-large board member representing small business since October 2000.
• Honored MRPC Secretary Ruth Whitaker who will be retiring June 30, after serving MRPC for 33 years.
• Learned that MRPC’s annual dinner is slated Nov. 8, 2012 and the external relations committee is scouting site proposals, requesting proposals from cities and counties interested in hosting the 2013 dinner. Proposals are due by July 13. Any city or county in the Meramec Region may submit a proposal to host MRPC’s annual dinner. The committee requested volunteer nominations, due by Aug. 31.
The board also approved an update to MRPC’s hour allocation policy, which was recommended by the external relations committee.
• Heard a report from the planning committee that included an overview of the Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee programs and updates on the Joint Land Use Study for Fort Leonard Wood and the Meramec Regional Community Foundation.
• Heard a report from the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) that noted a nomination committee has been established for the August officer elections. The committee also approved its regional transportation plan for submission to MoDOT and is in the process of updating the regional transit plan.
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 29, 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. Aug. 9 at its office at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James. All meetings are open to the public.
MRPC Chairman Gary Brown, right, presented Donald Dodd a plaque for his 13 years of service to MRPC. Dodd served as a MRPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) member since September 1999; served as an at-large MRPC board member representing transportation since April 2007; and served as TAC chairman since April 2007.
MRPC Chairman Gary Brown presented Laura Antolak a plaque for her 12 years of service as the MRPC at-large board member representing small business.
MRPC Secretary Ruth Whitaker, left, was honored during the meeting for her 33 years of service to MRPC. Whitaker will be retiring June 30. MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge presented Whitaker with a cake and flowers on behalf of the board and staff.