Michael Short (back right) and son Matthew Short (right) hauled in 16 tires and 10 televisions and computer monitors to the special collection held in Salem on Sept. 30. A total of 6.62 tons of recyclable material was diverted from the landfill at the collection.

Salem collection nets 6.62 tons of recyclable material

SALEM(20Nov17)— Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), with funding from the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD), gathered 6.62 tons of electronics and tires at a special collection held in Salem on Sept. 30. Approximately 90 vehicles from within the Ozark Rivers seven-county region – Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington – dropped off items at the collection, which is an increase from the 2014 collection held in Salem that collected 2.92 tons of recyclable material...(more)


Caledonia Chairperson John M. Robinson III (left) nominated Neil Richards to posthumously receive an outstanding volunteer award. The award was accepted by his son Kris Richards and wife Kathleen Richards. Don Thompson (right) accepted the award for First State Community Bank as Lender of the Year.

Richards posthumously honored as outstanding volunteer at MRPC annual dinner in Salem

ST. JAMES(31Oct17)—Neil Richards was posthumously presented an outstanding volunteer award at MRPC’s 2017 Annual Dinner Oct. 26 at the Salem Community Center @ the Armory in Salem, MO. Richard’s wife, Kathleen, and son, Kris, accepted the award on his behalf...(more)


Front Row: Maxwell Butler, with the Ya Ya's of Belle flanking the family of Neil Richards, wife Kathleen Richards and son Kris Richards Back Row: Harold Selby, Sean Wilson, Baylee Bilyeu, Mary and Henry Wansing, Bill Reynolds, Tyler Roberds, and Don Thompson. Standing in front of Thompson is Sarah Swindell, the daughter of Dr. Ted Ziske

Rolla Recycling Center stops Household Hazardous Waste collection Nov. 1

ROLLA(27Oct17) — Rolla’s Recycling Center will stop collection of household hazardous waste Nov. 1 for the season. Those wishing to clear out last minute items including automotive products, adhesives, CFL Light Bulbs, oil based paint, stain, thinners, varnish, or most cleaning products, should make an appointment prior to Nov. 1 to drop these items off at the Rolla Recycling Center. Business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and the number to contact is 573-364-6693.

Household hazardous wastes are accepted at the St. Robert Recycle Center year-round. Business hours for them are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact 573-336-5155 to schedule an appointment with St. Robert Recycling Center....(more)

“Your Money, Your Goals” workshop planned for Oct. 11 in St. James

ST. JAMES(2Oct17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) will host a free workshop Oct. 11 on “Your Money, Your Goals” in St. James.

This program provides tools to make positive spending decisions, order and fix credit reports, avoid tricks and traps in choosing financial products, make decisions about repaying debts, keep track of income and bills and decide if a checking account is needed...(more)

MRPC Annual Dinner planned Oct. 26 in Salem
10 volunteer awards to be presented to individuals from eight-county region

ST. JAMES(22Sep17)—Each year Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) honors residents of the Meramec Region who give to their communities by volunteering their time, talents and support. This year, 10 awards will be presented at MRPC’s 2017 Annual Dinner Oct. 26 at the Salem Community Center @ the Armory at 1200 W. Rolla Road, Salem, MO. 

The public is invited to attend the event in Salem. Tickets for the event will cost $30. For reservations, contact MRPC at 573-265-2993. The deadline for reservations is Oct. 16. A reception, featuring Red Moose Vineyards and music by Alter-K-Shon, will be held prior to the dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Bank of Salem, Progressive Ozarks Bank and Riverways Federal Credit Union are sponsoring the reception. Dinner, catered by Country Seasons Catering, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a program and awards presentation following....(more)

Coordinated Public Transit/Human Services Plan

A transit user's survey is being conducted by Meramec Regional Planning Commission, as part of the development of a coordinated public transit-human services plan for Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties.

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) has been contracted by MoDOT to update the plan. To this end, MRPC has developed three surveys to assess our eight county region's service inventory and develop a needs list: two of the surveys are aimed at transit and human services providers, the other at transit users. The goal is to identify areas of overlapping service and areas of under-served populations and then to identify strategies and alternatives for improving coordination between public, private and non-profit transit and human service providers.

The surveys can be printed as PDF's to the right, or, you may complete a survey on line thru the following link:
Transit survey https://goo.gl/forms/HP7adBaEucyxvNwZ2
Transit provider survey https://goo.gl/forms/ZqnGteD4UZCS83pg1
Non-transit (Human Services) Provider survey https://goo.gl/forms/wun9sY12qI9r0tL72

Thank you for your assistance in providing this information. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Freand, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, at 573-265-2993 or by email at: afreand@meramecregion.org. This survey is also available to download at www.meramecregion.org. Please complete the survey by no later than Friday, September 29, 2017

Dunlap, Nelson recognized for service on MRCF board

ST. JAMES(18Sep17)—Doug Dunlap of Gasconade County and Vicki Nelson of Maries County were recognized for their service as founding members of the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF)...(more)

St. Robert special waste collection nets 4.6 tons of recyclable materials

ST. ROBERT(14Sep17)—Meramec Regional Planning Commission, with funding from the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD), gathered 4.6 tons of electronics and appliances at a special collection held at the St. Robert Community Center.

Approximately 90 vehicles from within the Ozark Rivers seven-county region – Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington – dropped off items at the collection on Aug. 26. Seventy-six of the participating households were in Pulaski County. ...(more)


A resident unloads large tv’s at the St. Robert Special Collection Aug. 26 at the St. Robert Community Center. Approximately 90 vehicles from the Ozark Rivers seven-county region dropped off items totaling 4.6 tons of recyclable material.

Electronics, tire collection Sept. 30 in Salem
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties

SALEM(14Sep17)—A special waste collection for electronics and tires will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 30 in the parking lot of Salem S/W Construction at the corner of Third and Grand in Salem.

The collection is for household items only – no materials from businesses will be accepted.

Free electronics include computer components, keyboards, hair dryers, VCR/DVD players, audio equipment, power tools, cell phones or anything that runs on a cord or battery. Oil and gas must be removed from tanks of any items such as push mowers, weed eaters,..(more)

TAC updated on Rolla Transportation Development District

ST. JAMES(14Sep17)—The city of Rolla will be investing nearly $35 million in transportation improvements over the next couple of decades. Rolla City Administrator John Butz updated the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) on the MoveRolla Transportation Plan, which lead to the formation of Transportation Development District, during its meeting Aug. 10 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). 

MoveRolla Transportation plan is a 20-year transportation plan to develop a transportation system that meets the needs of all people and modes of transportation while promoting a safe, healthy community and economic opportunities for the next 20 years...(more)


TAC officers – Secretary Larry Stratman (Left), Chair John Casey and Vice Chair Dave Dudenhoeffer


Rehabilitation through Innovation helps Crawford County achieve certified work ready community designation
Offers opportunity to grow workforce

CRAWFORD COUNTY(11Sep17)—All four Delta Regional Authority counties in the Meramec Region – Crawford, Dent, Phelps and Washington – are now Missouri Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC), thanks to a workforce development grant from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).

About two years ago, Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC) and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) approached DRA with a proposal to assist all four of the DRA counties within the Meramec Region become certified as Work Ready Communities. By utilizing the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), certified communities are able to demonstrate a workforce with the education and foundational skills to succeed in the 21st Century. In order to do this, each county needed to target three types of workforce: emerging, current and transitioning, and garner business support...(more)

Third public meeting planned Sept. 18 for Dent County Hazard Mitigation Plan

SALEM(7Sep17) – City and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18 to continue development of the Dent County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The meeting will be held in the Salem City Hall Council Chambers, located at 202 N. Washington St., Salem, MO 65560.

The focus of this meeting will be to review completed chapters of the plan. An overview of each completed chapter will be discussed. Those in attendance will be able to suggest edits and ask questions during the meeting....(more)

Lange appointed as new MRCF chairman

ST. JAMES(28Aug17)—Vicki Lange of Linn was elected as chairman for the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF). Lange works for Three Rivers Electric Cooperative as a staff assistant to the department managers and the Board of Directors as well as coordinator for the Three Rivers’ Helping Hands Community Foundation...(more)

MO RIDES helps riders find routes to their destinations

ST. JAMES(23Aug17)—Mo Rides – Meramec makes connections – whether its getting an elderly lady to St. Louis for a medical procedure, getting a veteran to Columbia for an appointment at the VA hospital or getting a mom and her children across town to the health department. Mo Rides is a transportation referral service offered to residents of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and is administered by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). Created as part of a mobility management strategy, Mo Rides attempts to fill gaps in service, coordination issues and a lack of knowledge by the general public of available transportation options....(more)

MRPC to host Meramec Morning in Doolittle Aug. 23

DOOLITTLE(16Aug17)—Staff from Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) will be holding a Meramec Morning gathering at 9 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Doolittle Community Center, 380 Eisenhower St. These gatherings are designed to get local community leaders, non-profits, businesses and interested citizens together to discuss needs and projects in the community and learn more about MRPC.

“Our purpose for these meetings is two-fold,” MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge said. “We often get the questions, ‘What is MRPC?’ and ‘What do you do?’ We want to visit our counties and share information on MRPC...(more)

Free Rail Car Hazmat Training offered by MREPC Sept. 16

ST. JAMES(15Aug17)—Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee (MREPC) is offering a free Rail Car Hazmat Incident Response Training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) #4 Industrial Drive, St. James. The class will focus on incidents involving crude, ethanol, and other flammable liquids. Firefighters, first responders, community emergency management personnel and other community stakeholders (including railroad representatives) are encouraged to attend this training course...(more)

MRPC begins work to update Public Transit Plan

ST. JAMES(14Aug17)—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is beginning work on updating the Public Transit-Human Service Transportation Coordination Plan for the Meramec Region. The first community meeting to begin identifying needs in the Meramec Region will be at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 29 at MRPC #4 Industrial Drive, St. James.
 
   The plan, originally drafted in 2008 and updated in 2013, identifies public transit needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults and people with low incomes in the Meramec Region and outlines strategies to fill those needs. MRPC was contracted through the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to update the plan, which is updated every five years...(more)

Electronics, appliance collection Aug. 26 in St. Robert
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties

ST. ROBERT(10Aug17)—A special waste collection for electronics and appliances will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26 at the St. Robert Community Center,114 J.H. Williamson Drive, St. Robert.

The collection is for household items only – no materials from businesses will be accepted.

Stoves, washers, dryers, hot water heaters, and other appliances will be collected free of charge. Free electronics also include computer components, keyboards, hair dryers, VCR/DVD players, cell phones or anything that runs on a cord or battery. Oil and gas must be removed from tanks of any items such as push mowers, weed eaters, etc...(more)

from Missouri Department of Economic Development:

State awards $500,000 in CDBG Funds to the City of St. Robert for interconnecting city drinking water infrastructure with Fort Leonard Wood

ST. ROBERT, Mo. (9Aug17)—Today the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced that the City of St. Robert, Mo. was awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to interconnect drinking water systems between the U.S. Army installation at Fort Leonard Wood and the City of St. Robert.

During the weekend of April 29, 2017, a strong storm system brought multiple rounds of thunderstorms and heavy rains to the southern two-thirds of Missouri, resulting in flash flooding and a federal disaster declaration for the state, including Pulaski County where Fort Leonard Wood and St. Robert are located...(more)

 

MRPC, HSOC sponsoring Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Aug. 26-27

ST. JAMES(31Jul17)—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) are sponsoring a free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training Aug. 26-27 at #4 Industrial Drive, St. James MO, 65559. Seating is limited for the class and priority will be given to individuals or groups within Region I – Crawford, Dent, Laclede, Maries, Phelps and Pulaski counties...(more)

MRPC conducts case study of vulnerable, at-risk populations within city of St. James

ST. JAMES(28Jul17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), in partnership with the City of St. James, is conducting a case study on tracking of vulnerable or at-risk populations – those folks who need special assistance during an emergency because of health related issues or special needs – within the city of St. James for the purpose of emergency planning and response. The study includes promotion of a voluntary registry with the Phelps County Emergency Alert System – Everbridge – for individuals with special needs...(more)

Class on energy savings planned for Aug. 9 in St. James

St. James(27Jul17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency program will host a free Energy Savers Class Aug. 9.

Participants actively look at their energy choices, energy use, and how to make the right choices when it comes to saving energy. The class will look at energy use for the kitchen, bathroom, laundry, cooling, heating and lighting as well as energy safety and kids and energy.

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Phelps County PHA, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, with Christy Saylor, Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA) county projects coordinator, presenting...(more)

Market Yourself: Landing the Job You Want workshop planned for Aug. 15 in Potosi

ST. JAMES(26Jul17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) will host a free workshop Aug. 15 on “Market Yourself: Landing the Job You Want” in Potosi.

The workshop will cover building a resume, how to dress for an interview and other interview skills.

The workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the basement of the Washington County Library, 235 E. High St, Potosi. Savannah Vandegriffe, Family Self-Sufficiency/Homeownership coordinator, with Phelps County PHA, will give the presentation...(more)

MRPC to present 10 volunteer awards at Annual Dinner
Event is planned Oct. 26 in Salem

ST. JAMES(18Jul17)—Each year Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) honors residents of the Meramec Region who give to their communities by volunteering their time, talents and support. This year, 10 awards will be presented at MRPC’s 2017 Annual Dinner Oct. 26 at the Salem Community Center @ the Armory at 1200 W. Rolla Road, Salem, MO...(more)


Lisa Hilliker stands outside her home in Steelville, MO. Hilliker was able to close on her home through the Phelps County Public Housing Agency Section 8 Homeownership Program in April of 2017.

Steelville resident purchases home with help of Phelps County Public Housing Agency

STEELVILLE(13Jul17)—With the help of Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) and the HUD Section 8 homeownership program, Lisa Hilliker was able to close on a home in Steelville, MO. Hilliker said it was one of the hardest things she’s had to do, but she was just trying to make a home for her children and survive.

“I sat in the parking lot for half an hour and cried to build up the courage to swallow my pride and go in and admit that I couldn’t not care for my own family without help,” Hilliker said. “But you have two choices in life. You can either curl up in a ball and say, ‘I’m done,’ or you can just keep going. We’ve chosen to just keep going.”...(more)

Ozark Rivers announces 2018 grant round for solid waste education, recycling projects

ST. JAMES(10Jul17)—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) is accepting grant applications for the 2018 grant round. Grant applications are due by noon on Friday, Aug. 18.

A workshop to fully explain the grant application requirements and what an award of an Ozark Rivers grant will entail is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on July 26...(more)

No MRPC meeting in July

ST. JAMES(6Jul17)—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Board of Directors will not meet in July. The board meets monthly, August through June, the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be held Thursday Aug. 10...(more)

MRPC board learns about Rehabilitation through Innovation program in Crawford County

ST. JAMES(29Jun17)—Dr. Sean Siebert attended the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board of directors meeting June 8 to discuss Rehabilitation through Innovation, a pilot program conducted in the Crawford County Jail. The Rehabilitation through Innovation program was a joint effort between MRPC, Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC), using a Delta Regional Authority workforce development grant, and Dr. Siebert to get Crawford County certified as a Work Ready community and addresses a larger problem of workforce availability....(more)

TAC reviews proposed Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

ST. JAMES(28Jun17)—The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) reviewed a draft of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) plan at its meeting on June 8 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), specifically looking at projects in the eight-county Meramec Region. The STIP outlines the highway and bridge construction projects to be completed by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) scheduled from 2018 to 2022...(more)


Employees from Midwest Recycling Center unload a stove from Phelps County Associate Commissioner Gary Hick’s truck to be recycled. Items are refurbished or recycled based on their condition.

Brewer Science special waste collection nets 14 tons of recyclable material

ROLLA(21Jun17)—Meramec Regional Planning Commission, with funding from the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD), gathered 11.01 tons of residential scrap electronics and appliances and 3.45 tons of tires at a special collection...(more)


Brewer Science employee Cameron Stover stands next to the pile of tires collected at the Rolla Special Collection May 20. Stover helped with coordinating the collection including doing a radio promotion.

Middleton awarded Cole-Mahan scholarship

PULASKI COUNTY(16Jun17)— Dixon R-1 senior Brennen Middleton was awarded a $500 Cole-Mahan Scholarship.  Middleton has been extremely involved in his community, participating in Science Club, National Honor Society, Drama Club, Future Business Leaders of America and obtained level of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. As a volunteer, Middleton worked with guest relations at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC).

Middleton has been accepted to the University of Missouri – Kansas City and plans on completing the six-year Bachelors of Arts and Doctor of Medicine program. In his application essay, Middleton wrote:

“One day, a girl in my neighborhood broke her arm. I told my mom, who is a nurse practitioner, and her entire attitude changed. She became focused and calm in an instant, immediately going into action. She stabilized the girls arm and got her to the hospital. This inspired me to become a doctor.”...(more)

Marilyn Odle (left), Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) Pulaski County board member, presents the Cole-Mahan scholarship to Brennen Middleton at the Dixon R-1 High School senior award ceremony.


Makayla Cahill (left) receives the Cavender Scholarship for Public Service from Richard Cavender at Salem High School’s senior award night.

Cahill awarded Cavender Scholarship for Public Service


DENT COUNTY(16Jun17)— Salem High School senior Makayla Cahill was one of two recipients of a $500 scholarship from the Richard and Jeanne Cavender Scholarship for Public Service. As an active member of the Salem community, Cahill was involved in several clubs and athletic pursuits at school, as well as, the Salem Area Community Betterment Association, the Missouri Community Betterment Association and SERVE (a community cleanup program) through Salem United Methodist Church.

Fatima High School awarded Project Graduation grant

WESTPHALIA(2Jun17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) awarded Fatima High School a Project Graduation grant to assist with expenses for the drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration.

Schools that participated in the ‘It Only Takes One’ seatbelt competition were eligible to apply ...(more)


Back (L-R):
Lisa Neuner, Makenzie Thoenen, Austin Eisterhold, Ben Luebbering, Chad Angerer, Kole McKinney, Sheriff Mike Bonham, Principal Jeff Buthod, MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge;
Middle (L-R): Anna Massman, Madelyn Kloeppel, Grace Brune, Megan Wiggins, Hannah Plassmeyer, Emily Schulte, Grace Cummins, Amber Bax, Sara Schmidt;
Front Kneeling (L-R): Sydney Kramer, Madison Pfahl, Grace Vehige, Anna Starke and Raegan Streeter

Pictured: Paige Hellmann (senior), Cara Stiers (Hermann Families in Action), Bonnie Prigge (MRPC) and Jillian Kolbe (senior)

Hermann Families in Action awarded Project Graduation grant

HERMANN(2Jun17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) awarded Hermann Families in Action a Project Graduation grant to assist with expenses for the drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration...(more)

Linn High School awarded Project Graduation grant

LINN(2Jun17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) awarded Linn High School a Project Graduation grant to assist with expenses for the drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration...(more)


Pictured (L-R): Ryan Deeken, Principal Dr. Melinda Aholt, Shelby Voss, Ethan Oidtman, Jessica Riegel, Project Graduation Parent Volunteer Sherry Cleveland and MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge

Pictured (L-R): SRO Officer Betty Post, Wynter Parker (senior), Pegge Martin (Kiwanis), Bonnie Prigge (MRPC Executive Director), Andi Harley (Kiwanis), Malachi Burrow (senior), Geoff Neill (Principal) and Tim Webster (Assistant Principal

Kiwanis Club of Cuba awarded Project Graduation grant

CUBA(2Jun17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) awarded the Kiwanis Club of Cuba a Project Graduation grant to assist with expenses for the drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration for Cuba High School seniors...(more)

Owensville special waste collection nets 4 tons of recyclable material

OWENSVILLE(2Jun17)—Meramec Regional Planning Commission, with funding from the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD), gathered four tons of residential scrap electronics and appliances at a special collection held at LSC Communications in Owensville. Approximately 44 vehicles from within the Ozark Rivers seven-county region – Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington – dropped off items at the collection on April 29....(more)


John Hawley (left) and Andy Brannigan load items on the Midwest Recycling Center truck to be taken for recycling. Items are either repaired, remanufactured or refurbished based on their condition.

Bourbon High School awarded Project Graduation grant

BOURBON—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) awarded Bourbon High School a Project Graduation grant to assist with expenses for the drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration...(more)

St. James High School awarded Project Graduation grant

ST. JAMES(1Jun17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) awarded St. James High School a Project Graduation grant to assist with expenses for the drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration...(more)

Belle High School awarded Project Graduation grant

BELLE(1Jun17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) awarded Belle High School a Project Graduation grant to assist with expenses for the drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration...(more)

St. James High School awarded grant to help pay for Docudrama

ST. JAMES(1jun17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) awarded St. James High School a $700 grant to assist with expenses of a docudrama..(more)


Back (L-R) Hunter Day and Zach Rhodes; Front (L-R) Natalie Baker, Sarah Bowen, and Savannah Beam; Not Pictured: Felisha Hazard, Destinie Bonebrake, Doug DeNise, Kelsie Bethune and Ariel Cliburn

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
Ten Rolla Technical Institute students place in Earth Day contest

ST. JAMES(31May17)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced ten Rolla Technical Institute (RTI) students were among the 34 first and second place winners and 41 honorable mentions earning prizes in the 25th Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Graphic Art contest. This year’s contest theme was “Be Earth Wise.”..(more)

Second public meeting planned June 12 for Dent County Hazard Mitigation Plan

SALEM(30May17) – City and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 2 pm on June 12 to discuss development of the Dent County Hazard Mitigation Plan....(more)


Elayna White  Not Pictured: Collen Taylor

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
Five Maries County R-2 students place in Earth Day contest

ST. JAMES(26May17)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced five Maries County R-2 students were among the 34 first and second place winners and 41 honorable mentions...(more)


Emma White (left), Elissa Shanks, Lauren Prigge 

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
Three Steelville R-3 elementary students place in Earth Day contest

ST. JAMES(26May17)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced three Steelville R-3 elementary students were among the 34 first and second place winners and 41 honorable mentions earning prizes in the 25th Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Graphic Art contest. This year’s contest them was “Be Earth Wise.”..(more)


Molly Bailey (left), Braid Hicks, Bree Mitchell

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
37 Phelps County students place in Earth Day contest

ST. JAMES(26May17)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced 37 Phelps County students were among the 34 first and second place winners and 41 honorable mentions earning prizes in the 25th Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Graphic Art contest.....(more)


Students in the 7th and 8th grade divisions, under the direction of Allison Brookshire-Patterson, from Edgar Springs Middle School hold their certificates and prizes won from participating in the 25th Annual Earth Day contest hosted by Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District. Pictured (L-R): Maryn Claire Jansen, Aubree Thomas and Wesley Blake. 

Three first grade students from Lucy W. James Elementary placed in the 25th Annual Ozark Rivers Earth Day contest “Be Earth Wise”. Students were under the direction of Erin Frisbee. Pictured: (L-R): Veroniqua Gunter, Jaylee Hanrahan, Daviv Lo and Erin Frisbee (back). 

Students in the 6th grade division, under the direction of Allison Brookshire-Patterson, from Edgar Springs Middle School hold their certificates and prizes won from participating in the 25th Annual Earth Day contest hosted by Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District. Pictured (L-R): Winter Dayton, Kenzie Duvel, Jerzie Mace and Hailey Lucas. Not pictured: Kaylee Marrs.

Four 1st grade students from Lucy W. James Elementary placed in the 25th Annual Ozark Rivers Earth Day contest “Be Earth Wise”. Students were under the direction of Teresa Conway. Pictured (L-R): Kirrah Drennan, Caitlynn Maloy, Ryder Byfield and McKenzie Fitch.

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
Three Gasconade County R-2 students place in Earth Day contest

ST. JAMES(26May17)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced three Gasconade County R-2 students were among the 34 first and second place winners and 41 honorable mentions earning prizes in the 25th Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Graphic Art contest. This year’s contest theme was “Be Earth Wise.”...(more)

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
Two Salem R-80 students place in Earth Day contest

ST. JAMES(26May17)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced two Salem R-80 students were among the 34 first and second place winners and 41 honorable mentions earning prizes in the 25th Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Graphic Art contest....(more)

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
Fourteen students from St. George place in Earth Day contest

ST. JAMES(26May17)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced 14 St. George School students in Gasconade County were among the 34 first and second place winners and 41 honorable mentions earning prizes in the 25th Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Graphic Art contest. This year’s contest theme was “Be Earth Wise.”

“The primary purpose of the Ozark Rivers Earth Day Art Contest is giving youth a voice through art,”...(more)

“Tackling the Tough Skills” workshop planned for June 15 in St. James

St. James(22May17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency program will host a free workshop June 15 in St. James on “Tackling the Tough Skills.”..(more)

Registration deadline fast approaching for MRPC, HSOC Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
June 3-4

ST. JAMES(18May17)—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) are sponsoring a free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training June 3-4 at #4 Industrial Drive, St. James MO, 65559. Registration deadline is May 19....(more)

Give Meramec Day of Giving nets $31,000 in donations for local nonprofits

ST. JAMES(18May17—Twelve nonprofits in the Meramec Region participated in Give Meramec, a 24-hour online day of giving, May 9th netting $31,209.15 in donations among them.

Give Meramec was a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO). Using the power of Cause Momentum crowd-funding website, nonprofits..(more)

“Budgeting Basics” workshop planned June 15 in Bourbon

ST. JAMES(18May17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency will host a free workshop June 15 on “Budgeting Basics” in Bourbon.

The workshop will cover budgeting essentials, how to create a monthly budget and tips on growing savings....(more)

Second public meeting planned June 9 for Osage County Hazard Mitigation Plan update

LINN(18May17) – City and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested residents are invited to attend a public meeting June 9 to discuss updates to the Osage County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Emergency Operations Center, in the basement of county administration building, located at 205 E Main Street, Linn, MO 65051...(more)

Second public meeting planned June 6 for Crawford County Hazard Mitigation Plan update

CUBA(18May17)– City and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested residents are invited to attend a public meeting June 6 to discuss updates to the Crawford County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in the Crawford County R-II School’s Central Office in Cuba, MO...(more)

"Budgeting Basics” workshop planned June 15 in Leasburg

ST. JAMES(18May17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency will host a free workshop June 15 on “Budgeting Basics” in Leasburg.

The workshop will cover budgeting essentials, how to create a monthly budget and tips on growing savings....(more)

“Tackling the Tough Skills” workshop planned for May 25 in St. James

St. James(10May17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency program will host a free workshop May 25 in St. James on “Tackling the Tough Skills.”...(more)

Electronics, appliance, tire collection May 20 in Rolla
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties

ROLLA(9May17)—A special waste collection for electronics, appliances and tires will be held from 8 a.m. to noon May 20 in the parking lot of Brewer Science, 2401 Brewer Drive, Rolla.

The collection is for household items only – no materials from businesses will be accepted....(more)

Donations being accepted for flood recovery in the Meramec Region

ST. JAMES(5May2017)–Once the water recedes, there will be damage not covered by insurance or other resources.  Meramec Regional Community Foundation stands ready to help its Meramec counties during this devastating flood disaster....(more) 

Planning meeting scheduled for developing Dent County Hazard Mitigation Plan

SALEM(5May17)– City and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested residents are invited to attend a planning meeting May 15 to discuss development of the Dent County Hazard Mitigation Plan....(more)

Damage assessments under way in Phelps County
Permit required for major repairs to damaged structures

PHELPS COUNTY(4May17)—Recent flooding has resulted in widespread damage to properties along waterways in Phelps County. If you live in Phelps County and have flood damage, you need to know the proper procedure for moving forward with cleanup and repairs to your home or business. Floodplain development permits (FPDP) are required for most activities in the floodplain. Meramec Regional Planning Commission serves as the flood plain administrator for the county....(more)


MRCF representatives, from left, Vicki Lange, Maria Bancroft, Vicki Nelson and Bonnie Prigge accept the award from CFO staff member Carol Silvey.

CFO honors the Meramec Regional Community Foundation

Springfield(27Apr17)—The Meramec Regional Community Foundation received 2nd-place honors for Affiliate of the Year at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ annual Affiliate Appreciation Conference.

 The MRCF was one of eight of the 49 affiliate foundations to receive first- or second-place honors at the April 19 conference....(more)

The Washington County Community Partnership to raise funds during Give Meramec for new art studio

ST. JAMES(24Apr17)—The Washington County Community Partnership will be participating in Give Meramec, a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the Cause Momentum crowd-funding website ...(more)

Missouri Rock Island Trail hopes to benefit from Give Meramec online donations

ST. JAMES(24Apr17)—On May 9, Missouri Rock Island Trail will be participating in Give Meramec, a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the Cause Momentum crowd-funding website...(more)

Riverways Pregnancy, Family Resource Center hopes to raise $2,000 from Give Meramec

ST. JAMES(24Apr17)— On May 9, a Dent County non-profit – Riverways Pregnancy and Family Resource Center – will be participating in Give Meramec, a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the Cause Momentum crowd-funding website, nonprofits from Meramec Region will have the chance to raise funds, compete for matches and prizes..(more)

ABLE Commission seeks donations during Give Meramec online day of giving

ST. JAMES(24Apr17)— On May 9, seven non-profits in Phelps County will be participating in Give Meramec, a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks....(more)

The Kaleidoscope Discovery Center hopes to raise $4,000 during Give Meramec day of giving

ST. JAMES(24Apr17)— On May 9, seven non-profits in Phelps County will be participating in Give Meramec, a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the Cause Momentum crowd-funding website, nonprofits from Meramec Region will have the chance to raise funds, compete for matches and prizes and be a part of a one-day, 24-hour period of giving across the state. Give Meramec is from midnight to midnight on May 9....(more)

The Community Partnership in Rolla combines $20 for 20 years campaign with Give Meramec day of giving

ST. JAMES(24Apr17)— On May 9, seven non-profits in Phelps County will be participating in Give Meramec, a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the Cause Momentum crowd-funding website, nonprofits from Meramec Region will have the chance to raise funds, compete for matches and prizes and be a part of a one-day, 24-hour period of giving across the state..(more)

Ozark Actors Theatre hopes to raise money for playhouse restoration during Give Meramec

ST. JAMES— On May 9, seven non-profits in Phelps County will be participating in Give Meramec, a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks...(more)

CASA hopes to raise $5,000 during Give Meramec day of giving

ST. JAMES(24Apr17)— On May 9, seven non-profits in Phelps County will be participating in Give Meramec, a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the Cause Momentum crowd-funding website1,000. CASA is seeking $5,000 to increase the number of children they can help...(more)

Rolla Nutrition Site hopes to benefit from Give Meramec

ST. JAMES(24, Par17)—On May 9, seven non-profits in Phelps County will be participating in Give Meramec, a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the Cause Momentum crowd-funding website, nonprofits from Meramec Region will have the chance to raise funds, compete for matches and prizes and be a part of a one-day...(more)

S.A.V.E.  hopes to raise funds during Give Meramec for new animal shelter

ST. JAMES(24Apr17)— On May 9, seven non-profits in Phelps County will be participating in Give Meramec, a one-day, online fundraising eventmec is from midnight to midnight on May 9....(more)

12 nonprofits to participate in Give Meramec Day
24-hour online day of giving is May 9

ST. JAMES(24Apr17)—Twelve nonprofits in the Meramec Region are participating in Give Meramec, a 24-hour online day of giving, set for May 9.

Give Meramec is a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO). Using the power of Cause Momentum crowd funding website, nonprofits from across southern Missouri will have the chance to raise funds, compete for matches and prizes, and be a part of a one-day surge in generosity across southern Missouri....(more)

Spring, summer rains can mean flooding in Missouri; flood insurance can cushion the blow

META(24Apr17)—Settled in the fork of Sugar Creek and a wet weather tributary off of Sugar Creek, Meta has an increased risk of flash flooding when the spring and summer rains begin. In the past, severe flash flooding along the tributary and Sugar Creek caused damage to several homes and property. However, major flooding can occur at any time of the year and cause millions of dollars of damage over a wide spread area. Home and landowners should get ready for the rainy season by making sure their flood insurance is up-to-date and in force...(more)

MRPC discusses growth and future of small businesses in region

ST. JAMES(20Apr17)—Small businesses in south-central Missouri are “healthy, growing and really diverse,” based on a recent study by the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) in Rolla. Keith Strassner, Karen Leatherman and Travin Shelton from the local SBTDC at Missouri S&T shared this and other information with the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board at its April 13 meeting...(more)

MRPC, HSOC sponsoring Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training June 3-4

ST. JAMES(20Aprpublish—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) are sponsoring a free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training June 3-4 at #4 Industrial Drive, St. James MO, 65559. Seating is limited for the class and priority will be given to individuals or groups within Region I – Crawford, Dent, Laclede, Maries, Phelps and Pulaski counties...(more)


Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) posed for a photo next to the work zone safety sign in support of April being work zone safety month at its meeting April 13. 

TAC discusses return of MoDOT Cost-Share program

ST. JAMES(20Apr17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) received an update on the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Cost-Share program from Preston Kramer, Meramec area engineer with MoDOT, at its April 13 meeting at #4 Industrial Drive...(more)

TAC discusses return of MoDOT Cost-Share program

ST. JAMES(20Apr17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) received an update on the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Cost-Share program from Preston Kramer, Meramec area engineer with MoDOT, at its April 13 meeting...(more)

Protect your home now from future flood damages
Third in a series

PHELPS COUNTY(18Apr17)—Anyone who has experienced flooding may have also cleaned out basements filled with sewage and water, torn out wet drywall and carpeting, or replaced water heaters and furnaces. The following inexpensive mitigation measures may make these damages a thing of the past.....(more)

Thinking about a construction or renovation project in Phelps County? You may need a floodplain development permit
Second of a three-part series

PHELPS COUNTY(18Apr17)—Phelps County does not have a building codes program that requires a permit. However, you may need a floodplain development permit if you are planning construction or substantial improvements to a structure located in a floodplain within Phelps County. This includes rehab work to homes that have been flooded....(more)

“Personal Finance 101” workshop planned May 18 for Cuba, Steelville

ST. JAMES(18Apr17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency will host a free workshop May 18 on “Personal Finance 101” in Cuba. Residents of Steelville are invited to attend....(more)

“Budgeting Basics” workshop planned May 18 in Owensville

ST. JAMES(18Apr17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency will host a free workshop May 18 on “Budgeting Basics” in Owensville.

The workshop will cover budgeting essentials, how to create a monthly budget and tips on growing savings....(more)

Planning meeting scheduled for developing Dent County Hazard Mitigation Plan

SALEM(14Apr17)– City and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested residents are invited to attend a planning meeting May 15 to discuss development of the Dent County Hazard Mitigation Plan....(more)

State Homeland Security grant period open until May 12

ST. JAMES(14Apr17)—The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced the opening of the 2017 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grant application period. The application period is open until 5:00 p.m. May 12.

Funding is made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Missouri Office of Homeland Security makes all funding opportunities available through WebGrants,..(more)


Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s Ryan Dunwoody (left) and Chuck Cantrell position the Speed Awareness Monitor (SAM) trailer as Owensville City Administrator Nathan Schauf (right) watches. The trailer, which Schauf requested, displays current and violation speeds of vehicles passing by, while capturing data on number of vehicles, times of travel and other information. 

MRPC offers speed awareness monitor trailer to communities in the Meramec Region

ST. JAMES(14Apr17)—With the assistance of MoDOT grant funds, Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) recently acquired a Speed Awareness Monitor (SAM) Trailer. Using K-Band Doppler Radar, the trailer displays current and violation speeds of vehicles as they pass by and stores the data...(more)

MRPC delivers federal legislative priorities to D.C.
Discusses importance of EDA, CDBG, DRA, USDA to rural areas

ST. JAMES(13Apr17)— Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass and MRPC Chairman Ray Schwartze, Maries County presiding commissioner, met with congressional leaders and staff during a recent trip to Washington D.C. where they delivered MRPC’s federal legislative priorities for the year...(more)


A delegation from the Meramec Regional Planning Commission met with Rep. Jason Smith during a recent trip to Washington D.C. to present MRPC’s federal legislative priorities, discuss the importance of EDA, CDBG, DRA and USDA to rural areas, as well as attend the National Association of Developmental Organizations (NADO) Washington Policy conference. Pictured: MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (left), MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass, MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge and Rep. Jason Smith.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Executive Director Bonnie Prigge (left), MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze, and MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass (right) met with Sen. Roy Blunt twice on a recent trip to Washington D.C. to present MRPC’s federal legislative priorities and to attend the National Association of Developmental Organizations (NADO) conference.

Representatives from the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission met with legislative correspondents with Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office. Pictured: MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass (left), Allyson LeBlanc and Mark Dennin with Sen. McCaskill’s office, MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze, MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge and Boonslick Regional Planning Commission in Warrenton Executive Director Chad Eggen. 

MRPC delivers federal legislative priorities to D.C.
Discusses importance of EDA, CDBG, DRA, USDA to rural areas

ST. JAMES(13Apr17)— Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass and MRPC Chairman Ray Schwartze, Maries County presiding commissioner, met with congressional leaders and staff during a recent trip to Washington D.C. where they delivered MRPC’s federal legislative priorities for the year....(more)


Representatives from the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission met with legislative correspondents with Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office. Pictured: MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass (left), Allyson LeBlanc and Mark Dennin with Sen. McCaskill’s office, MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze, MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge and Boonslick Regional Planning Commission in Warrenton Executive Director Chad Eggen.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Executive Director Bonnie Prigge (left), MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze, and MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass (right) met with Sen. Roy Blunt twice on a recent trip to Washington D.C. to present MRPC’s federal legislative priorities and to attend the National Association of Developmental Organizations (NADO) conference.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Executive Director Bonnie Prigge (left), MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze, and MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass (right) met with Sen. Roy Blunt twice on a recent trip to Washington D.C. to present MRPC’s federal legislative priorities and to attend the National Association of Developmental Organizations (NADO) conference.

MRPC delivers federal legislative priorities to D.C.
Discusses importance of EDA, CDBG, DRA, USDA to rural areas

ST. JAMES(13Apr17)— Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass and MRPC Chairman Ray Schwartze, Maries County presiding commissioner, met with congressional leaders and staff during a recent trip to Washington D.C. where they delivered MRPC’s federal legislative priorities for the year...(more)


A delegation from the Meramec Regional Planning Commission met with Rep. Jason Smith during a recent trip to Washington D.C. to present MRPC’s federal legislative priorities, discuss the importance of EDA, CDBG, DRA and USDA to rural areas, as well as attend the National Association of Developmental Organizations (NADO) Washington Policy conference. Pictured: MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (left), MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass, MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge and Rep. Jason Smith.

MDNR, MRPC partnering to offer grant/loan financing to repair, replace private septic systems

Meramec Region(12Apr17)—The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the Missouri Association of Councils of Government (MACOG) have partnered to create a grant-loan fund to address failed or failing on-site wastewater treatment systems throughout Missouri, with the objective of improving the state’s water quality....(more)


Richard Baptiste, co-chairman of the Pulaski County Salvation Army, accepts the ‘big’ check and the real check for the $250 grant they received from the Meramec Regional Community Foundation. 

MRCF awards six community grants
Pulaski County Salvation Army receives $250 for food, shelter program

ST. JAMES(5Apr17)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded the Salvation Army of Pulaski County $250 for its food and shelter program at the MRCF invite-a-friend luncheon March 7 at #4 Industrial Drive, St. James. This year the MRCF board reviewed a total of 17 grant applications requesting a total of $4,250 and representing projects in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties.

Each year the Salvation Army of Pulaski County works to raise money to be distributed throughout the year to provide food and shelter and help solve quality of life issues for the citizens of Pulaski County. In 2016, they raised more than $80,000....(more)

Spring, summer rains can mean flooding in Missouri; flood insurance can cushion the blow
First in a three-part series

PHELPS COUNTY(4Apr17)—Major flooding in Missouri can occur at any time of the year and cause millions of dollars of damage over a wide area. Missouri home and landowners should get ready for the rainy season by making sure their flood insurance is up-to-date and checking in with their Phelps County Flood administrator if they have any questions....(more)

“Tackling the Tough Skills” workshop planned for April 26 in St. James

St. James(31Mar17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency program will host a free workshop April 26 in St. James on “Tackling the Tough Skills.” This workshop is a reschedule from March, due to illness.

This workshop is the third in a series of five and will cover communication...(more)


Christy Saylor (left), with the Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA), teaches individuals, including several students from Great Circle in St. James, about responsibility during the Jan. 18 “Tackling the Tough Skills” workshop, hosted by the Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA). 

“Budgeting Basics” workshop planned April 12 in Dixon, Vienna

ST. JAMES(31Mar17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency will host a free workshop April 12 on “Budgeting Basics” in Dixon and Vienna.

The workshop will cover budgeting essentials, how to create a monthly budget and tips on growing savings.....(more)


Individuals unload items at the 2013 Owensville Special Collection located at LSC Communications. A total of 7.71 tons of recyclable materials was collected at the event.

Electronics, appliance collection April 29 in Owensville
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties

OWENSVILLE(30Mar17)—A special waste collection for electronics and appliances will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29 in the parking lot of LSC Communications, 1005 Commercial Drive, Owensville, MO.

The collection is for household items only – no materials from businesses will be accepted....(more)

MO RIDES helps riders find routes to their destinations

ST. JAMES(28Mar17)—Mo Rides – Meramec is a transportation referral service offered to residents of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and is administered by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). Created as part of a mobility management strategy, Mo Rides...(more)

Producers, potential buyers to be matched at Naturally Meramec “Speed-Date” event

ST. JAMES(20Mar17)—Naturally Meramec Consortium (NMC), a group of local agriculture, tourism and culinary businesses working to grow by finding ways to collectively market and use each other’s products and services, will be hosting a “speed-date” night April 25, where buyers and sellers can meet, talk and connect locally produced products and services....(more)

MRCF awards six community grants
Esther’s House of Redemption receives $250 for Freedom Outreach

ST. JAMES(20Mar17)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded Esther’s House of Redemption of Belle in Maries County $250 for their Freedom Outreach project at the MRCF invite-a-friend luncheo....(more)


Sundi Jo Graham of Esther’s House accepts the ‘big’ check and the real check from MRCF Chair Vicki Nelson. 

John Dix and Linda Marshall with the Newburg Community Revitalization Program accepted the ‘big’ check and the real check from MRCF Chair Vicki Nelson.

MRCF awards six community grants
Newburg Community Revitalization Program receives $250 for community park

ST. JAMES(20Mar17)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded the Newburg Community Revitalization Program Group (NCRPG) of Newburg in Phelps County $250 for playground improvements in the community park at the MRCF invite-a-friend luncheon....(more)

MRCF awards six community grants
Owensville Chamber of Commerce receives $250 for downtown benches

ST. JAMES(20Mar17)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded the Owensville Chamber of Commerce of Owensville in Gasconade County $250 for downtown benches at the MRCF invite-a-friend luncheon March 7 at #4 Industrial Drive, St. James. This year the MRCF board reviewed a total of 17 grant applications....(more)


Robert Niebruegge (left), Doug Dunlap, Sal Parker, Amy Baumhoegger and Gerri Kellmann with the Owensville Chamber of Commerce accepted the ‘big’ check and the real check from MRCF Chair Vicki Nelson (right). 

Libby Sanders of the Bonebrake Center accepted the ‘big’ check and the real check from MRCF chair Vicki Nelson.

MRCF awards six community grants
Bonebrake Center of Nature and History receives $250 for bathroom renovation

ST. JAMES(20Mar17)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded the Bonebrake Center of Nature and History of Salem in Dent County $250 for bathroom renovations at the MRCF invite-a-friend luncheon March 7 at #4 Industrial Drive, St. James. This year the MRCF board reviewed a total of 17 grant applications...(more)

MRCF awards six community grants
Washington County Community Partnership receives $250 for bathroom renovation

ST. JAMES(20Mar17)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded the Washington County Community Partnership of Potosi $250 for bathroom renovations at the MRCF invite-a-friend luncheon March 7 at #4 Industrial Drive, St. James. This year the MRCF board reviewed a total of 17 grant applications...(more)


Debby Bust and Kim Massie of Washington County Community Partnership accepted the ‘big’ check and the real check from MRCF Chair Vicki Nelson.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Chairman Ray Schwartze (left) presents Mayor of Crocker James Morgan with a plaque commemorating his years of service to MRPC.  Morgan is retiring and returning to his hometown of Jamestown, New York. 

MRPC honors Mayor James Morgan for years of service

ST. JAMES(20Mar17)—Mayor of Crocker James Morgan attended his final meeting as secretary to the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Board of Directors Thursday March 9 at #4 Industrial Drive, St. James. Morgan is retiring and moving back to his hometown of Jamestown, New York, where his brother currently lives...(more)

MRCF awards six community grants

ST. JAMES(20Mar17)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded six community grants, totaling $1,500, in the Meramec Region. This year the MRCF board reviewed a total of 17 grant applications requesting a total of $4,250 and representing projects in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties...(more)

Hermann students receive National Career Readiness Certificates

ST. JAMES(17Mar17)—Twelve students from the Hermann High School received their National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) for successfully completing the WorkKeys testing.  WorkKeys testing NCRC is just one part of a rigorous process that communities go through to become a Certified Work Ready Community. ...(more)


Hermann students received their National Career Readiness Certificates for successfully completing WorkKeys testing. Those pictured include (back row, left) Makena Mayberry, Courtney Anderson, Gregory Jacquin, Leighton Wright, Joseph Hanger, Travis Minks; (front row, left) Alexandria Coghlan, Kaitlin Rolfing, Cassidy Brautigam, Heather Hofmeister and Hunter Scheidegger. Not pictured is Claire Schneider.

TAC learns about transportation funding

ST. JAMES(15Mar17)—Most drivers in Missouri spend more on their cell phone each month than they do on transportation funding, Preston Kramer, Meramec area engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), told members of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) at its Feb. 16 meeting.  The average Missouri driver pays about $30 per month in state...(more)

Public meeting scheduled for Crawford County Hazard Mitigation Plan update

STEELVILLE(15Mar17) – City and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested residents are invited to attend a public meeting April 11 to discuss updates to the Crawford County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in the Steelville Community Center...(more)

Thriftway passes to new owners

LINN(14Mar17)—Thriftway Supermarket has been operating in Linn, MO, for 50-plus years under various owners and names. Now the baton is being passed to a trio of dedicated workers – Bruce Bax, Michael Rackers, and Kevin Ousley. Between the three of them, they have over 70 years of combined experience working as managers with Thriftway....(more)

Public meeting scheduled for Osage County Hazard Mitigation Plan update

LINN(10Mar17) – City and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested residents are invited to attend a public meeting April 14 to discuss updates to the Osage County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Emergency Operations Center...(more)

Public meeting scheduled for Washington County Hazard Mitigation Plan update

POTOSI(10Mar17)– City and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested residents are invited to attend a public meeting April 17 to discuss updates to the Washington County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Washington County Ambulance District...(more)

Contractors needed for senior housing repairs in New Haven

ST. JAMES(7Mar17)—Contractors are needed for home repair work in New Haven as Haven Manor has been awarded a grant for a senior housing renovation project by the Federal Home Loan Bank-Des Moines (FHLB).

Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is administering the grant. The grant will allow the senior housing board to hire contractors to renovate 36 one-bedroom housing units...(more)


Christy Saylor (left), with the Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA), teaches individuals, including several students from Great Circle in St. James, about responsibility during the Jan. 18 “Tackling the Tough Skills” workshop hosted by the Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA).


“Tackling the Tough Skills” workshop planned for March 23 in St. James

St. James(6Mar17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency program will host a free workshop March 23 in St. James on “Tackling the Tough Skills.”

This workshop is the third in a series of five and will cover communication. It will be held from 10 to noon at Phelps County PHA, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, with Christy Saylor, Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA) county projects coordinator, presenting...(more)

MO RIDES starts voucher program for qualified individuals

ST. JAMES(27Feb17)— MO RIDES – Meramec, a transportation referral service administered by Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), is kicking off its Mobility Voucher Program (MVP) beginning March 1. The program provides a $10 voucher to assist individuals, who meet eligibility criteria...(more)

MRPC board learns about Camp Brim Shire

ST. JAMES(27Feb17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board learned of a “unique resource” in Phelps County, Camp Brim Shire, as described by MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge at the Feb. 16 meeting.

Richard and Sherry Hashagen run Camp Brim Shire, which is an accessible campus focused on providing developmental and social programs for disadvantaged or disabled youth.. ..(more)

Mobility Management Advisory Group elects new vice chairman

ST. JAMES(22Feb)—The Mobility Management Advisory Group (MMAG) unanimously elected Trudy Matlock as their new vice chairman at its monthly meeting Feb. 14 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), #4 Industrial Drive, St. James. Chairman Amy Heyer resigned moving Harold Selby, St. James city administrator, into that position causing the vice-chairman vacancy.

“The MMAG plays an integral role in the development of new mobility/transportation programs, such as MORIDES,” Kelly Sink-Blair, MRPC planning and development manager said. “Representatives from transit, social services and local government come together...(more)


Newly elected vice chairman Trudy Matlock runs the Mobility Management Advisory Group meeting in the absence of the chairman at her first meeting as vice chairman Feb. 14.  Pictured above: Jack Heusted (left) with OATS, Inc., Trudy Matlock with the Department of Mental Health and Division of Developmental Disabilities, Susan Steinbeck with Gasconade County Special Services and Darin Pryor, an engineer with the city of Rolla.

Area businesses sponsor Ozark Rivers Earth Day contest prizes

ST. JAMES(16Feb17)—Eight regional businesses are sponsoring the prizes for the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District’s (ORSWMD) 26th Annual Earth Day Poster and Trash Art Contest, themed “Be Earth Wise.”

Sponsors of the ORSWMD event include the Belgrade State Bank, Kaleidoscope Discovery Center, Legends Bank, the Maries County Bank, Mid America Bank, Peoples Bank, Phelps County Bank and Unico Bank.....(more)

Phelps County Public Housing Agency hosts public hearing March 1

ST. JAMES(2Feb17)—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA), which provides HUD section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance to people living in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps (outside the city of Rolla) and Washington counties, will host a public hearing to accept comments on the PHA’s Annual Plan at 3:00 p.m. March 1 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James. The plan, which is available for review at MRPC/Phelps County PHA, provides a progress report on the PHA’s mission and goals described in its five-year plan...(more) 

MRPC shares legislative priorities during ‘MRPC Day at the Capitol’

JEFFERSON CITY(1Feb17)—The board and staff of Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) traveled to the state Capitol on Jan. 24 for “MRPC Day at the Capitol.”

During the event, MRPC board and staff shared MRPC’s 2017 state legislative priorities with the 13 state legislators representing residents of the region....(more)


MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge (left), District 119 Rep. Nate Tate, Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze, MRPC transportation representative John Casey, MRPC higher education representative Dr. Don Claycomb, and District 16 Sen. Dan Brown gather to discuss a variety of issues outside Sen. Brown’s office where MRPC invited state legislatures and staff to join them for a luncheon.

District 119 Rep. Nate Tate (right) discusses RPCs with MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge. Rep. Tate is a newly elected official from Franklin and Washington counties and was eager to learn about his constituents in Washington County, one of the eight counties in the Meramec Region.

State Representative of the 142nd District Robert Ross (center) discusses regional issues with MRPC board members and staff.

Morgan recognized for years of service on Homeland Security Oversight Committee

ST. JAMES(1Feb17)—Crocker Mayor James Morgan was honored for his years of service to the Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) at his final meeting Jan. 26. Morgan served on the HSOC board as the representative for mayors and city officials.    He did not seek re-election as mayor and will retire for a second time. When the new Crocker mayor takes office in April. Morgan is a retired educator.

“James Morgan is a strong supporter of regional homeland security efforts,” said Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Assistant Executive Director Tammy SnodgrassOzark Rivers Solid Waste Management District Executive Board...(more)


Crocker Mayor James Morgan (left) received a certificate of appreciation for his years of service as the representative for mayors and city officials to the Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) at his final meeting Jan. 26. Presenting the certificate is HSOC Chairwoman Tabitha Stanfast.

O’Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s Gary O’Day (left) attended the 2017 Local Development District Training Academy held in Memphis, Tenn. After completing the training, he received his DRA project coordinator certification from Chris Masingill, DRA’s federal co-chairman.

O'Day attends DRA training in Memphis, receives certification

 ST. JAMES(1Feb17)—Gary O’Day, a community development specialist with Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) recently attended the 2017 Local Development District Training Academy held in Memphis, Tenn. Jan. 18-19 by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). After completion of the Professional Development Academy training and passing the required test, O’Day is now a DRA Certified Project Coordinator.

  The training included descriptions of the different programs offered through the DRA, reporting and compliance requirements, federal policy updates and predictions and communications between the DRA...(more)

Our Story Coffee House and Home Store continues serving Sullivan area

SULLIVAN(1Feb17)—Our Story Coffee House and Home Store is a cafe and gift shop that opened in October 2015. Owner Crystal Ray began the business with the vision to bring offerings that are unique to the Sullivan area and surrounding communities.

The cafe provides a variety of products including frappes, smoothies, homemade desserts, bistro sandwiches, salads and soups...(more)


Our Story Coffee House and Home Store opened in October 2015 to bring offerings that are unique to the Sullivan area and surrounding communities. The cafe and home store is located at 454 N. Church St., Sullivan.

Wayne Parry holds a gift basket he received at the annual Affiliate Conference in April 2015. Parry was honored with a Board Member of Excellence award at the event.

Parry steps down from MRCF board after six years of service

ST. JAMES(31Jan17)—After six years of service on the Meramec Regional Community Foundation, Wayne Parry has stepped down as the Phelps County representative. Parry was a founding member and also served as board chairman.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my service on the board during my tenure there,” Parry said. “The board members were a great group of folks to work with. The foundation continues to make strides....(more)

Ozark Rivers awards over $200,000 in local grants
The Dixon Caring Center, Dixon High School Key Club receive funding

ST. JAMES(31Jan17)—The Dixon Caring Center and the Dixon High School Key Club received grant funding totaling $33,587.20 for the continuation of their environmental efforts.  Overall, 11 environmental programs throughout the Meramec Region were awarded $200,729 in grant funding, through the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD), with funding provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)....(more)


Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District board members Marvin Wright (left), Secretary Darrell Skiles, Treasurer Steve Vogt, Vice Chairperson Gary Gillam and Craig French review local grant applications at their meeting in September 2016. The grants, which the Missouri Department of Natural Resources provides funding for, support projects to reduce the amount of waste being landfilled. Eligible projects include waste reduction, recycling and composting or education projects.

Ozark Rivers awards over $200,000 in local grants

ST. JAMES(31Jan17)—Eleven local environmental programs have been awarded grant funding, totaling $200,729.78 through the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD), with funding provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)...(more)


Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District board members Marvin Wright (left), Secretary Darrell Skiles, Treasurer Steve Vogt, Vice Chairperson Gary Gillam and Craig French review local grant applications at their meeting in September 2016. The grants, which the Missouri Department of Natural Resources provides funding for, support projects to reduce the amount of waste being landfilled. Eligible projects include waste reduction, recycling and composting or education projects.

Ozark Rivers awards over $200,000 in local grants
Bourbon High School receives $9,500 for vermicomposting

ST. JAMES(31Jan17)—Bourbon High School was one of 11 local environmental programs awarded grant funding, totaling $200,729.78 through the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD). The high school was awarded $9,536.56 to start a food waste reduction and vermicomposting program. Grant funding is provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).

“We are very excited to receive this grant...(more)

MRPC, MOCA team up to host poverty simulation

ST. JAMES(31Jan17)—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA) are teaming up to host a poverty simulation from 2-4:30 p.m., Feb. 15, at the Eugene Northern Community Hall in Rolla. MRPC is looking for 15 volunteers, who would be interested in helping run the simulation...(more)


Federal legislative liaisons met with the Meramec Regional Planning Commission board to discuss priorities at its Jan. 12 meeting. In attendance were Sarah Graff (left), representing Sen. Roy Blunt; Justin Klocke and Kristen Wright, representing Sen. Claire McCaskill; Bennie Cook, representing 8th Congressional District Rep. Jason Smith; and Jim McNichols, representing 3rd Congressional District Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer.


MRPC discusses priorities with federal legislative liaisons

ST. JAMES(26Jan17)—Staff from four federal congressional leaders met with the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board to discuss priorities at its Jan. 12 meeting. In attendance were Kristen Wright and Justin Klocke, representing Sen. Claire McCaskill; Sarah Graff, representing Sen. Roy Blunt; Bennie Cook, representing 8th Congressional District Rep. Jason Smith; and Jim McNichols, representing 3rd Congressional District Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer....(more)

Ozark Rivers kicks off “Be Earth Wise” theme for annual Earth Day poster, trash art contest

ST. JAMES(18Jan17)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) anticipates record-breaking participation this year for its 26th Annual Earth Day Art Contest, themed “Be Earth Wise.” Entries will be accepted immediately through March 17th....(more)

Naturally Meramec hosts Retail Farm Market School Feb. 7 

ST. JAMES(18Jan17)—Are you planning to sell produce at a farmers’ market this summer? Naturally Meramec will be hosting a Retail Farm Market School Feb. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to help prepare you for just this. The workshop, taught by the University of Missouri Extension, will provide market vendors with valuable knowledge about produce marketing. 

Workshop content includes: produce handling, produce quality, produce merchandising, customer service, sanitation and Tax and Liability Issues...(more) 

Work on Phelps County Road 2000/I-44 North Outer Road progresses

ROLLA(11Jan17) – The Phelps County Commission and city of Rolla are constructing a more direct, continuous road connection between the Hy-Point Industrial Park and U.S. 63 that will reduce traffic through the Northwye community and increase economic development along Interstate 44. With the grading and rock base complete on the new road section, the county is waiting for better weather to finish the asphalt, fencing, signage and guardrail.....(more)


Grading and rock base have been completed on the new extension of the Phelps County Road 2000, which connects to I-44 North Outer Road. County crews wait for better weather to complete the asphalting.

Roller skates line the shelves waiting to be checked out at the Retroplex Entertainment Complex in St. Robert. The Retroplex offers a variety of activities for family fun aside from the roller skating rink.

Retroplex Entertainment Complex provides options for family fun

ST. ROBERT(10Jan17)—Brian Hazelwood served in the United States Army for over 25 years. When it came time for retirement, his family settled in the Fort Leonard Wood area. Upon seeing a need for activities that local youth could enjoy with friends and family, he decided to open The Retroplex Entertainment Complex in St. Robert....(more)

 

Transportation Alternatives Program funds three sidewalk projects in Meramec Region

ST. JAMES(6Jan17)—The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced funding for projects in Belle, Salem and Rolla through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). All three projects focus on sidewalks leading to or near school campuses.

TAP is a federally funded program with the goal of expanding transportation choices and enhancing the transportation experience through categories of activities related to the surface transportation system...(more)


A family walks down Johnson Street to avoid standing water on the sidewalk, while a young boy plays in the puddles. Johnson Street sidewalk leading to the school was approved for a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant, which will resolve issues with standing water and inadequate drainage. 

Students traveling to the Community Center in Salem have worn a path along the curb of the City Park parking lot. The city of Salem was approved for a Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant to construct ADA compliant sidewalk connections between the school, community center and city park.

Transportation Alternatives Program funds three sidewalk projects in Meramec Region

ST. JAMES(6Jan17)—The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced funding for projects in Belle, Salem and Rolla through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). All three projects focus on sidewalks leading to or near school campuses.

TAP is a federally funded program with the goal of expanding transportation choices and enhancing the transportation experience through categories of activities related to the surface transportation system. Funded through the FAST Act, TAP focuses on non-motorized transportation projects with an emphasis on bike and pedestrian facilities.  MoDOT received 91 applications for a total request of almost $22 million; 36 projects were funded, totaling approximately $7.6 million. TAP grants will fund up to 80 percent of a project with the remaining 20 percent coming from the applicant....(more)

Transportation Alternatives Program funds three sidewalk projects in Meramec Region

ST. JAMES(6Jan17)—The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced funding for projects in Belle, Salem and Rolla through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). All three projects focus on sidewalks leading to or near school campuses....(more)


Maps from the presentation given to the MRPC Transportation Advisory Committee by the city of Rolla show the proposed work area of its Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant application. The city of Rolla was funded $68,896 to remove and replace curb ramps, thus addressing increasing safety concerns.

“Tackling the Tough Skills” planned for Jan. 18 in St. James


St. James(3Jan17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency program will host a free workshop Jan. 18 in St. James on “Tackling the Tough Skills.”

This workshop is the second in a series of five and will cover communication. It will be held from 10 to noon at Phelps County PHA, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, presented by Christy Saylor, Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA) county projects coordinator...(more)


Earth’s Classroom Awardee Cutline: ORSWMD Chairman Brady Wilson (left) presents the award to Earth’s Classroom founders Jody Miles (center) and Bill Miles (right) at the Nov. 29 Annual Dinner in recognition of their environmental efforts.

ORSWMD recognizes environmental efforts
Earth’s Classroom receives award for non-profit organization

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) recently honored Earth’s Classroom with an award for environmental excellence at its annual meeting Nov. 29. Each year, Ozark Rivers recognizes individuals and organizations that help the district meet its goal of reducing solid waste by 40 percent through a commitment to recycling and waste reduction...(more)


ORSWMD Chairman Brady Wilson (center) presents the award to Onondaga Cave State Park represented by Connie Stephens (left) and Lori Moore (right) at the Nov. 29 Annual Dinner in recognition of the park’s environmental excellence.

ORSWMD recognizes environmental efforts
Bourbon teacher, state park receive environmental awards

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) recently honored Bourbon educator Valerie McEuen and the Onondaga Cave State Park at its annual meeting Nov. 29. Each year, Ozark Rivers recognizes...(more)


ORSWMD Chairman Brady Wilson (left) presents an award to Valerie McEuen (right), a teacher at Bourbon High School, at the Nov. 29 Annual Dinner in recognition of her environmental education excellence.

ORSWMD recognizes environmental efforts
Dixon High School Key Club receives award for school

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) recently honored the Dixon High School Key Club at its annual meeting Nov. 29. Each year, Ozark Rivers recognizes individuals and organizations that help the district meet its goal of reducing solid waste by 40 percent through a commitment to recycling and waste reduction....(more)


Trisha McCray accepts the award for the Dixon High School Key Club from ORSWMD Chairman Brady Wilson in recognition of the club’s environmental efforts.

ORSWMD Chairman Brady Wilson (3rd from the right) presented awards to Earth’s Classroom Founders Bill Miles (left) and Jody Miles, Onondaga Cave State park represented by Lori Moore and Connie Stephens, Dixon High School Key Club represented by Trisha McCray, Valerie McEuen and the Eco-Miners represented by Jillian Hunt and Joshua Breedlove in recognition of their environmental efforts within the Ozark Rivers region.

ORSWMD recognizes environmental efforts

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) recently honored a non-profit organization, a volunteer group of students, an environmental educator, a state park and a High School Key Club at its annual meeting Nov. 29. Each year, Ozark Rivers recognizes individuals and organizations that help the district meet its goal of reducing solid waste by 40 percent through a commitment to recycling and waste reduction.

“As chairman of the ORSWMD, it’s my honor to help recognize the recipients of the awards for Outstanding Achievements..(more)


Joshua Breedlove and Jillian Hunt hold the award they accepted for the Eco-Miners student volunteer group at the Nov. 29 Annual Dinner in recognition of the group’s environmental efforts.

ORSWMD recognizes environmental efforts
Eco-Miners receives award for student/volunteer involvement

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) recently honored the Eco-Miners, a student volunteer group from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, at its annual meeting Nov. 29....(more)


ORSWMD Chairman Brady Wilson (3rd from the right) presented awards to Earth’s Classroom Founders Bill Miles (left) and Jody Miles, Onondaga Cave State park represented by Lori Moore and Connie Stephens, Dixon High School Key Club represented by Trisha McCray, Valerie McEuen and the Eco-Miners represented by Jillian Hunt and Joshua Breedlove in recognition of their environmental efforts within the Ozark Rivers region.

Rep. Tom Hurst, Sen. Dan Brown and Rep. Steve Lynch spoke with the MRPC board about upcoming legislative issues during the Dec. 8 meeting at Meramec Regional Planning Commission.

MRPC meets with legislatures to discuss state priorities

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)— The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board was joined by three state legislators serving constituents within the region for its December 8 meeting. Sen. Dan Brown, Rep. Tom Hurst and Rep. Steve Lynch each spoke to the board about their views on the upcoming legislative issues, and the board shared its 2016 legislative priorities....(more)

TAC decides regional transportation priorities
Highways 63 and 50 remain at top of list

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)—The Meramec Region’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) decided the expansions of Highways 63 and 50 to four-lane corridors remain the number one and two regional transportation priorities, respectively, at its December meeting. The proposed projects on Highway 63 and Highway 50 have topped the regional priority list for several years.

Once it was decided these two projects should continue to be top priorities for the region, TAC members from each county shared...(more)


MRPC Board Chairman Ray Schwartze speaks on transportation issues on Hwy 63 during the Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee meeting Dec. 8.

Kim Shelton presents on the Dent County Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) application, which would improve sidewalks and accessibility connections between the school, community center and park in Salem.

TAC decides regional transportation priorities
Highways 63 and 50 remain at top of list

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)—The Meramec Region’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) decided the expansions of Highways 63 and 50 to four-lane corridors remain the number one and two regional transportation priorities, respectively, at its December meeting. The proposed projects on Highway 63 and Highway 50 have topped the regional priority list for several years.

Once it was decided these two projects should continue to be top priorities for the region, TAC members from each county shared the top three additional transportation needs from their counties. The TAC then voted to prioritize these additional needs on a regional level. The prioritized list was approved later in evening by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board and will now be shared with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT.(more)

TAC decides regional transportation priorities
Highways 63 and 50 remain at top of list

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)—The Meramec Region’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) decided the expansions of Highways 63 and 50 to four-lane corridors remain the number one and two regional transportation priorities, respectively, at its December meeting. The proposed projects on Highway 63 and Highway 50 have topped the regional priority list for several years.

Once it was decided these two projects should continue to be top priorities for the region, TAC members from each county shared the top three additional transportation needs from their counties...(more)


Public Works Director Lyle Thomas (left) and City Administrator Harold Selby present on their Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) application for the city of St. James on Dec. 8 at the Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting. The project would improve sidewalk safety and accessibility and remove several problem trees that are the cause of the sidewalk problems.

Mayor Luge Hardman presents on the Waynesville Transportation Alternatives Program application that would allow the city to improve accessibility and connectivity to the sidewalks along Historic Route 66 at the Dec. 8 meeting of the Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee.

TAC decides regional transportation priorities
Highways 63 and 50 remain at top of list

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)—The Meramec Region’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) decided the expansions of Highways 63 and 50 to four-lane corridors remain the number one and two regional transportation priorities, respectively, at its December meeting. The proposed projects on Highway 63 and Highway 50 have topped the regional priority list for several years....(more)

TAC decides regional transportation priorities
Highways 63 and 50 remain at top of list

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)—The Meramec Region’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) decided the expansions of Highways 63 and 50 to four-lane corridors remain the number one and two regional transportation priorities, respectively, at its December meeting. The proposed projects on Highway 63 and Highway 50 have topped the regional priority list for several years....(more)


Larry Kliethemes (left), Dave Dudenhoeffer and Deb Mehmert represent Osage County at the Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee meeting Dec. 8 at MRPC in St. James.

TAC decides regional transportation priorities
Highways 63 and 50 remain at top of list

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)—The Meramec Region’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) decided the expansions of Highways 63 and 50 to four-lane corridors remain the number one and two regional transportation priorities, respectively, at its December meeting. The proposed projects on Highway 63 and Highway 50 have topped the regional priority list for several years....(more)

TAC decides regional transportation priorities
Highways 63 and 50 remain at top of list

ST. JAMES(14Dec16)—The Meramec Region’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) decided the expansions of Highways 63 and 50 to four-lane corridors remain the number one and two regional transportation priorities, respectively, at its December meeting. The proposed projects on Highway 63 and Highway 50 have topped the regional priority list for several years....(more)

Members from Gasconade County and Osage County await the start of the MRPC Board Meeting Dec. 8 where they will present their Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) applications for consideration.

TAC decides regional transportation priorities
Highways 63 and 50 remain at top of list

ST. JAMES(12Dec16)—The Meramec Region’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) decided the expansions of Highways 63 and 50 to four-lane corridors remain the number one and two regional transportation priorities, respectively, at its December meeting. The proposed projects on Highway 63 and Highway 50 have topped the regional priority list for several years...(more)

Naturally Meramec meeting to be held on Dec. 20

ST. JAMES(12Dec16)— Nelly Roach of Caledon Virtual, the Columbia-based marketing firm that has been developing the Naturally Meramec website, will present information on how local businesses can use Trip Advisor as part of their marketing efforts during the group’s upcoming meeting. The Naturally Meramec Consortium will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Industrial Drive, St. James....(more)

MRCF community grants available
Applications accepted through Jan. 31

ST. JAMES, Mo(7Dec16)—Schools, churches or charitable organizations contemplating a community project that needs funding should apply for a grant from the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF).

For the last five years, MRCF has awarded grants to further local projects through its community grant program. Maria Bancroft, MRCF staff person,, said the foundation has funded many diverse grants....(more)

MRPC appoints Schenefield as at-large health care member to the board
Approves annual audit

ST. JAMES(23Nov16)— The board of Meramec Regional Planning Commission, meeting Nov. 10, 2016, appointed Jason Schenefield of Phelps County to be the at-large health care representative on the board.

Shenefield is senior vice president and chief operating officer at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) and has over 20 years of experience in healthcare....(more)

Gasconade County Hazard Mitigation Plan available for review

GASCONADE COUNTY(23Nov16)—Public comment is now being accepted, until Dec. 20, 2016, on the updated Gasconade County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan is available for review on Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s website, www.meramecregion.org. The plan is located on the far right side of the web page under the Hazard Mitigation heading.

The purpose of the plan is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards. It is required that the county have this plan in place in order to be eligible for several Federal Emergency Management Agency grant programs...(more)


MRPC award recipients include (front row, left) Carol Hofstetter of Bourbon, Betty Layman of Crocker, Barb Schaller of Belle, Betty Hartbauer of Hermann, and Carma Labbee of Potosi; (middle row) Mark McClane of Belle, Evan Thierry of Belle, Leander Corbette of Waynesville, representing Pulaski Young Marines of Waynesville, Taylor Ahring of Owensville with Make Owensville Better (M.O.B.), Bernie Sirois of Salem (accepting on behalf of his son, Josh Sirois), Megan Dunlap with M.O.B., Brandon Licklider with Maries County Bank (accepting the Lender of the Year Award), and Ronald Hoffman of Linn; and in back, M.O.B members Michael Lahmeyer, Brannon Bracato, Tyler Ahring and Ronny Young.

MRPC honors volunteers at the 2016 annual dinner,
awards ceremony

Hermann resident awarded Eugene E. Northern award

PHELPS COUNTY (7Nov16) — Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) honored 12 volunteers at its 2016 Annual Dinner on Oct. 20 at the Belle-Bland Community Center in Belle. MRPC’s highest honor––the Eugene E. Northern award––was presented to Hermann resident Betty Hartbauer for her volunteer efforts in her community.

Each year, MRPC honors residents of the eight-county Meramec Region who volunteer their time, talents and support to their communities and charitable causes....(more)

Maries County Bank is MRDC’s 2016 Lender of the Year

ST. JAMES (7Nov16) – Maries County Bank was honored as Meramec Regional Development Corporation’s (MRDC) Lender of the Year, during the Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) Annual Dinner on Oct. 20 at the Belle-Bland Community Center in Belle.
 
Brandon Licklider of St. James accepted the award on behalf of the bank from MRPC Chairman Ray Schwartze.

Maries County Bank was founded in August 1900 and opened its first bank in Vienna, Mo., on Sept. 1, 1900. The bank has nine other locations in Argyle, Dixon, Belle, St. James, Vichy, Owensville, St. Robert, Richland and Iberia...(more)


Brandon Licklider of the St. James branch of Maries County Bank accepted the Lender of the Year award on behalf of the bank. Meramec Regional Planning Commission Chairman Ray Schwartze and Darlene Weber, president of MRDC, made the award presentation.

Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee reorganizes board
Tabitha Stanfast of Salem continues to serve as Chair

ST. JAMES(1Nov16) – The Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) reorganized its board at its October meeting at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).

Tabitha Stanfast, of Salem Memorial District Hospital, continued in the role of HSOC chair for 2016-17, as chairs serve two-year terms. Ron Smith, Chief of Rolla Fire and Rescue, continues as vice chair....(more)

More than 11 tons of electronic waste, appliances collected, recycled in fall special collections

ST JAMES(1Nov16)–Through two special waste collections held in Cuba and St. Robert this fall, some 23,000 pounds of electronic waste and appliances were collected, recycled and diverted from the landfill.

The collection efforts were a partnership between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD), and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) along with local sponsors in each community....(more)

MRPC honors Hofstetter for volunteer work

CRAWFORD COUNTY(31Oct16)—Crawford County resident Carol Hofstetter of Bourbon was honored for her volunteer services during Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) 2016 Annual Dinner on Oct. 20 at the Belle-Bland Community Center in Belle. The organization also honored 11 additional volunteers and service organizations for their contributions to communities during the event.

Each year, MRPC honors residents of the eight-county Meramec Region who volunteer their time, talents and support to their communities and charitable causes....(more)


MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (right) honored Crawford County resident Carol Hofstetter (middle) of Bourbon with an MRPC volunteer award at the commission’s annual dinner and awards ceremony Oct. 20.

Josh Sirois was honored for contributions to his community at the MRPC annual dinner and awards ceremony Oct. 20. MRPC’s chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (left), presented a plaque to his parents, Bernie and Michelle Sirois, as Josh is attending school in Washington D.C. and was unable to attend. Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles (far right) nominated Josh for the award.

Sirois receives MRPC Outstanding Youth Volunteer award

DENT COUNTY(31Oct16)—Josh Sirois of Salem was among those honored for their volunteer efforts during Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) 2016 Annual Dinner on Oct. 20 at the Belle-Bland Community Center in Belle. The organization also honored 11 additional volunteers and service organizations for their contributions to communities during the event.

Each year, MRPC honors residents of the eight-county Meramec Region who volunteer their time, talents and support to their communities and charitable causes....(more)


MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (left) presents MRPC’s highest award to Betty Hartbauer of Hermann (center) at the MRPC awards dinner on Oct. 20. Hermann Mayor Larry Miskel (right) nominated Betty for the award.

Gasconade County residents honored with
MRPC volunteer awards

Betty Hartbauer awarded MRPC’s highest honor


GASCONADE COUNTY(31Oct16)—Hermann resident Betty Hartbauer was awarded Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s highest award, the Eugene E. Northern award, and the Owensville M.O.B. (Making Owensville Better) was among those honored for their volunteer efforts....(more)


MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (left) presents members of Make Owensville Better (MOB) with an MRPC volunteer award during MRPC’s awards dinner on Oct. 20. Owensville Mayor John Kamler (right) nominated the group for the award.

Maries County residents honored with MRPC volunteer awards
Schaller, Thierry, McClane recognized

MARIES COUNTY (31Oct16)—Three Maries County residents—Barb Schaller of Belle, Evan Thierry of Belle and Mark McClane of Belle-Osage County— were honored for their volunteer efforts during Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) 2016 Annual Dinner on Oct. 20 at the Belle-Bland Community Center in Belle. The organization also honored nine additional volunteers and service organizations for their contributions to communities during the event.

Each year, MRPC honors residents of the eight-county Meramec Region who volunteer their time, talents and support to their communities and charitable causes...(more)


MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (left) presented an award plaque to Barb Schaller of Belle for her services to her community. Belle Mayor Steve Vogt nominated Barb for the award.

 


Evan Thierry (second right) of Belle was honored with an award from MRPC Chairman Ray Schwartze (second left) at MRPC’s annual dinner ceremony Oct. 20. Schwartze and Belle Mayor Steve Vogt (right) nominated Evan for the event. Bonnie Prigge, MRPC executive director (left) coordinated the ceremony.


MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (left) presented a volunteer award to Mark McClane of Belle (second), executive director of the Osage Arts Community Council. Belle Mayor Steve Vogt (third left) and Osage County Presiding Commissioner Dave Dudenhoeffer(right) nominated Mark for the award.

MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (left) presents an award to Betty Layman (center) of Crocker at the MRPC awards ceremony. Crocker Mayor James Morgan (right) nominated Betty for the award.

MRPC honors two in Pulaski County with volunteer awards

PULASKI COUNTY(31Oct16)—Pulaski Young Marines of Waynesville and Betty Layman of Crocker was among those honored for their volunteer services during Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) 2016 Annual Dinner on Oct. 20 at the Belle-Bland Community Center in Belle..(more)


MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (left) presents an award to Lance Corporal Leander Corbett, representing the Pulaski Young Marines at the annual awards ceremony Oct. 20. Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman nominated the group.

MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (left) presented a volunteer award to Mark McClane of Belle (second), executive director of the Osage Arts Community. Belle Mayor Steve Vogt (third left) and Osage County Presiding Commissioner Dave Dudenhoeffer (right) nominated Mark for the award.

Osage County residents honored with MRPC volunteer awards

 OSAGE COUNTY(31Oct16)—Osage County residents Ronald Hoffman of Linn and Mark McClane of Belle among those honored for their volunteer services during Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) 2016 Annual Dinner on Oct. 20 at the Belle-Bland Community Center in Belle....(more)


MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (left) honored Ronald Hoffman at MRPC’s annual dinner and awards ceremony. Hoffman is flanked by Osage County Commissioner Presiding Dave Dudenhoeffer (third from left) and Associate Commissioner Larry Kliethermes. The Osage County Commission nominated Ronald for the award.

MRPC Chairman and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze (left) presented Carma Labbee (middle) of Potosi with an at MRPC’s annual dinner and awards ceremony Oct. 20. MRPC Board Member Debby Bust (right) nominated Carma for the award.

Two Washington County volunteers honored with MRPC awards

WASHINGTON COUNTY(31Oct16)—Leo Dickey of Belgrade and Carma Labbee of Potosi was among those honored for their volunteer services during Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) 2016 Annual Dinner on Oct. 20 at the Belle-Bland Community Center in Belle. The organization also honored 10 additional volunteers and service organizations...(more)


Leo Dickey of Potosi was not able to attend the annual dinner. MRPC Chairman Ray Schwartze (left) presented the award to Caledonia Mayor John M. Robinson III, who nominated Leo.

ORSWMD to recognize individuals for environmental efforts

ST. JAMES(24Oct16)–Each year, Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) bestows awards on individuals and organizations that help the district meet its goal of reducing solid waste by 40 percent through a commitment to recycling and waste management....(more)

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