Local businesses, organizations can help spread safety message
‘Buckle Up’ parking lot stencils available

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety works to remind motorists in the area that by buckling their seatbelts they could be saving their lives, and the group is asking for help from local businesses, organizations and schools.

The regional coalition, through the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, has parking lot stencils available that, when applied, help remind motorists to use their seatbelts. The stencils feature the coalition tagline, “Arrive Alive” along with the words “Buckle Up.” . . . (more)

MRPC delivers federal legislative priorities to D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C.—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Chairman Gary Brown, mayor of Salem, and Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass recently returned from a trip to the nation’s capital where they presented area legislators with the organization’s legislative priorities for the year.

Each year, MRPC board members develop a list of priority issues impacting the Meramec Region. Those priorities are divided into seven categories—transportation, economic development, health care and social services, energy, homeland security and emergency preparedness, education and local government issues.

MRPC board members are given the opportunity each year to suggest items to be included on the report, and the board then participates in a survey to determine which issues are priorities for the organization.

Once the board approves the priorities, a report is generated, and Brown and Snodgrass hand-deliver the report to legislators representing all or portions of the region at their Washington D.C. offices. This year, the pair visited with Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Claire McCaskill’s staff, Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s staff, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s staff and Rep. Jason Smith. . . . (more)

Left: MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass, left, and MRPC Chairman and Salem Mayor Gary Brown, right, visited with Rep. Jason Smith at his Washington D.C. office in late March.

Devil’s Elbow Bridge facelift progressing

PULASKI COUNTY—Efforts to rehabilitate the aging, historic Devil’s Elbow Bridge in rural Pulaski County began several years ago, and those efforts will soon be rewarded as the construction phase of the project is progressing.

“This is a project that began 10 or 11 years ago, and we are finally seeing the construction phase, so its very exciting,” Pulaski County Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk said. “It’s moving right along, and, so far, it’s been very smooth.”

The Pulaski County Commission took note of the bridge’s deteriorating condition—including severe rusting, cracked substructure and considerable soil loss near the south abutment—several years ago and began working to secure funding for a $1.3 million restoration project.

The funding for the project was found last year when the county commission was able to combine Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Bridge Replacement Off-System (BRO) and MoDOT’s Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds with a mixture of grant monies awarded. MoDOT BRO and STP funds are covering 80 percent of the project, and the Missouri Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) along with a small grant from the National Parks Service and a local match from Pulaski County make up the remaining project funding. . . . (more)

Dispose of household hazardous waste free in Rolla, St. Robert
Make every day Earth Day

Spring cleaning? Wondering what to do with that old motor oil, busted car battery or half-used containers of brake fluid, turpentine, muratic acid or other hazardous waste? There is an answer.

Residents of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties who have household hazardous waste materials, like car batteries, CFL light bulbs, used oil or antifreeze or other toxic, poisonous or flammable products, can dispose of them free of charge, year round, at satellite Household Hazardous Waste facilities in Rolla and St. Robert. . . . (more)

Crocker R-II FEMA shelter to open in time for spring storms

CROCKER— Students at Crocker R-II Schools will have a much safer place to go when severe weather strikes this spring as a new storm shelter nears completion.

“We have an engineer on our board, and we discussed it, and it would be safer—even without doors—than the places we have been going during tornados,” Crocker R-II Superintendent Gary Doerhoff said.

Currently, the students are going to a nearby church when threatening weather moves into the area, but that could change as soon as next week. According to Doerhoff, the new shelter will transform the way the district is able to respond to hazardous weather, and the school board has appointed a safety committee to rewrite the district’s safety plan as a result. . . . (more)

 

 

Left: Crews with Ozark Ready Mix Co. out of Waynesville pour concrete that will reinforce the new storm shelter at Crocker R-II Elementary School against high winds during dangerous storms.

MRPC, MCB team up for regional workshop April 9

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Missouri Community Betterment (MCB) are teaming up to host a regional workshop aimed at educating individuals and organizations about various programs available to enhance the communities within the Meramec Region. . . . (more)

Small Business Today radio program to focus on USDA small business financing programs
Airing April 7 on KTTR

ROLLA—Area business owners and entrepreneurs have an opportunity to learn and ask questions about small business financing opportunities through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) during the April 7 airing of the radio program, Small Business Today. . . . (more)

Spring rains can mean flooding in Missouri; Flood insurance can cushion the blow

First in a series

PHELPS COUNTY–Major flooding in Missouri can occur at any time of the year and cause millions of dollars of damage over a wide area. “Flood insurance helps businesses and private citizens recover after a flood,” said Phelps County Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp.. . . (more)

Savings, Homeownership Workshops Planned in Vienna, Dixon

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission and the Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program will host two free homeownership and personal finance workshops on April 18. . . . (more)

MRPC board reviews 2014 grant opportunities

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board members received information about a wide variety of grants available to assist their communities this year during the board’s March 13 meeting. . . . (more)

MRCRSS aims to increase child safety seat inspection stations throughout the Meramec Region

ST. JAMES—According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed.

Between 2009 and 2013, 25 children under the age of eight were either seriously injured or died during car crashes in the Meramec Region, and five of those children were unrestrained. . . . (more)

MRPC partners with Missouri DPS to plan possible public safety broadband network
Meramec Region emergency response agencies encouraged to attend
April 1 meeting

ST. JAMES—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) along with other regional planning commissions throughout Missouri are working with the Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS) to explore potential benefits of a proposed dedicated public safety broadband network. . . . (more)

Emergency training available for community volunteers
Three-day class planned April 11-13 in St. James

ST. JAMES—Residents in Crawford, Dent, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Laclede counties interested in volunteering during emergency situations are encouraged to take advantage of a three-day course offered April 11-13 in St. James. The 21-hour training is offered free of charge. The classes are from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 11, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), 4 Industrial Drive in St. James. . . . . (more)

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Sen. Blunt visits local officials at MRPC

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission was honored with a guest Friday afternoon as Sen. Roy Blunt made a stop in St. James to meet with local elected officials throughout the region. Blunt gave the group an update on happenings in Washington and also asked them to share any concerns they have. Transportation, energy and affordable healthcare were the main topics of the one-hour visit. Pictured from front to back are Phelps County Commissioner Larry Stratman, Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles, Phelps County Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp and Salem Mayor and MRPC Chairman Gary Brown speaking to Sen. Blunt, left. Also in attendance were MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, MRPC At-Large Representative for Tourism Marcus Maggard and MRPC Secretary and At-Large Representative for the Unemployed Mary Heywood.

Solid waste district approves additional grant funds

ST. JAMES—With the news that some grant projects came in under budget and will be returning funds to the district, The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) board approved an additional $11,226 to go to the Maries County Recycling for Environmental Excellence Program at the March 4 meeting of the ORSWMD Executive Board. . . . (more)

Regional HSOC closing out grant, preparing for 2014 grant round

ST. JAMES—The Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) learned that congress has finalized the 2014 Homeland Security spending plan that provides grant funds to the state’s nine HSOCs during its Jan. 23 meeting.. . . (more)

Dear Transportation Partner and Resident of the Meramec Region,

As you may know, the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is partnering with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to develop a multi-modal needs list for the Central District and that work will start at the regional level. MRPC will be working with its Transportation Advisory Committee to carry-out a needs identification and prioritization process to assist in the allocation of future transportation dollars across all transportation modes including road and bridge, rail, bike and pedestrian, port, freight and public transit. We want that process to be inclusive, transparent and accountable. . . .(more)

 

Contractors needed for home repairs

ST. JAMES–Contractors are needed for home repair work in Washington County.

The Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC), a 501©3 that works in partnership with Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), has been awarded a grant for housing renovation projects in the region by the Missouri Housing Trust Fund (MHTF) and Federal Home Loan Bank-Des Moines (FHLB). . . . (more)

Regional roadway safety group to meet March 14

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee will meet March 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), located at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James. . . . (more)

Public input sought for multi-modal transportation planning
Public forum planned March 11 in Rolla

ST. JAMES—Do you use public transit? Have you ever considered biking to work? Do you fly an airplane or ship goods via freight train? Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is seeking input from area residents interested in multi-modal transportation—that is any form of transportation in addition to roads and bridges—at a public forum scheduled for March 11. . . . (more)

MRCF awards $7,806 to Pulaski County COAD

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) recently selected the Pulaski County Community Organization Active in Disasters (COAD) to receive $7,806.08 from the Pulaski County Flood Relief Fund.

The fund was established Aug. 7 in response to catastrophic flooding that deeply impacted communities and residents of Pulaski County–especially in the Waynesville area. Creation of the fund was aided by a $2,500 seed grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO).

The funds awarded to the Pulaski County COAD will assist with long-term recovery efforts for those affected. The COAD will be able to help families, businesses and organizations recover from direct impacts of the floods.

MRCF is an outgrowth of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and is an affiliate of CFO in Springfield. The regional affiliate was formed in 2010. Its 12-member board includes representation from each of the eight Meramec counties and from MRPC. Wayne Parry, a Rolla banker, serves as MRCF’s chairman. . . .(more)

Members of the Pulaski County COAD accept a grant award from the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) to assist flood victims in Pulaski County. Pictured are, from right to left, COAD Chairman Bill O’Neal, COAD Treasurer Rick Anderegg, COAD Donations Manager Duane Moudy, COAD Construction Manager Mike Guiles and COAD Volunteer Manager Michelle Home.

Maries County Hazard Mitigation Plan available online

ST. JAMES—The recently completed Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan for Maries County is available to residents online.. . . . (more)

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Meramec TAC begins multi-modal planning effort

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Board (TAC) took the first steps of a multi-modal transportation planning effort during its Feb. 13 meeting.

The planning project aims to identify and prioritize a list of multi-modal transportation projects—rail, airport, waterways, public transit and bicycle and pedestrian projects—throughout the region.

For many years, the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) TAC has prioritized state road and bridge projects. That prioritization is shared with the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and included in MRPC’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The multi-modal prioritization will also be included in the RTP. . . . (more)

 

 

Right: Washington County TAC member John Casey places pennies in a jar during an exercise designed to prioritize transportation values as the TAC takes on a new planning project that includes all modes of transportation.

MS&T Chancellor updates MRPC on university growth, outreach

ST. JAMES—Missouri University of Science and Technology Chancellor Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader attended the Feb. 13 board meeting of Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) in St. James, updating board members on the institution’s continued growth, outreach programs and research.. . . (more)

Earth Day Poster, Trash Art and Electronic Art Contest underway
2014 theme: Do the Right Thing—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

ST. JAMES– Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District is excited to begin accepting entries for its 22nd annual Earth Day Poster, Trash Art and Electronic Art Contest. This year’s theme is “Do the Right Thing—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

The notion that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure has been around for decades. Students entering the trash art portion of the contest will have the opportunity to experience this first-hand as they re-purpose garbage into three-dimensional pieces of art.

Poster and electronic art entries should echo the theme of the contest while also focusing on what individuals, schools and communities can do to protect and enhance the environment.
The contest is open to students in kindergarten through the 12th grade in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski or Washington counties. Homeschool students meeting these criteria are eligible and encouraged to participate. The electronic art portion of the contest is also open to post-secondary students. . . . (more)

MRCF awards $1,500 in grants to local projects


ST. JAMES–The Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded grants totaling $1,500 to six local projects throughout the Meramec Region during its meeting Feb. 13.

The grants aim to enhance and build stronger communities in the Meramec Region, and MRCF board members chose the recipients.

A total of 14 requests totaling $3,500 from six of the eight MRCF counties were received, making difficult decisions for the board.

“All of these are worthy purposes,” MRCF Chairman Wayne Parry said. “We just have to ask ourselves if it fits the scope of what we are trying to do.”

One thing board members agreed they wanted to do when awarding the grants was to select at least one recipient from as many counties in its service area as possible.

“I think it really speaks to our mission,” MRCF Board Member Laura Antolak said of spreading the grants among the counties. . . . (more)

 

MRCF board members Wayne Parry, chairman, left; Laura Antolak, second from left; Vicki Nelson, secretary and treasurer, second from right; and Steve Vogt, right, discuss applications received for the foundation’s 2014 community grant program.

MS&T chancellor to speak at MRPC

ST. JAMES—Missouri University of Science and Technology Chancellor Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader is scheduled as a guest speaker at the Feb. 13 Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board meeting. . . . (more)

Federal legislative staff visits MRPC

ST. JAMES—Meramec Regional Planning Commission board members began 2014 by welcoming federal legislative staff representing all or portions of the region to the first board meeting of the new year. . . . (more)

Sarah Graff, who represented Sen. Roy Blunt at the January MRPC meeting in St. James, talks to the MRPC board about the Affordable Care Act.


Matt Williams represented Sen. Claire McCaskill during a federal legislative forum with the MRPC board on Jan. 16.


Dan Engmann, left, representing Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Cole Karr, right, representing Rep. Vivkie Hartzler, take notes as they listen to MRPC board members during a legislative forum held at MRPC on Jan. 16.

$15.68 million in charitable donation in Dent County?
New study says it’s possible over 10 years

SPRINGFIELD—Over the next 10 years, members of the “greatest generation” and the first wave of the baby boomers that followed will transfer an estimated $310 million of accumulated wealth to their heirs and others in Dent County alone. For the eight-county Meramec Region as a whole, that transfer of wealth will reach $3.39 billion.. . . (more)

Grants available for home repairs

ST. JAMES–Residents throughout the Meramec Region may be eligible for up to $10,000 in grant funding for home repairs through the Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC). . . . (more)

Salem resident appointed to regional foundation board

ST. JAMES—Salem resident Mike Condray was recently appointed to the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) board to represent Dent County.. . . (more)

State legislators visit MRPC

ST. JAMES—Four state legislators representing portions of the Meramec Region met with Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board members during their December meeting.

Attendees included District 16 State Sen. Dan Brown, District 62 State Rep. Tom Hurst, District 122 State Rep. Steve Lynch and District 144 Rep. Paul Fitzwater.

Each legislator addressed the MRPC board about the current legislative session and board members had an opportunity to engage them with questions. . . . (more)

Sixteenth District Sen. Dan Brown addressed the MRPC board about a variety of issues during the organization’s December board meeting.
District 144 Rep. Paul Fitzwater talks to the MRPC board about his expectations for the 2014 legislative session during the organization’s December meeting.

District 62 Rep. Tom Hurst visits Meramec Regional Planning Commission in December prior to the start of the 2014 legislative session.


District 122 Rep. Steve Lynch tells the MRPC board that his priority in 2014 will be protecting Fort Leonard Wood.

Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee applies for hazmat training grant

The Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee (MREPC) approved a grant funding request to the Missouri Emergency Response Commission (MERC), which the committee hopes will provide hazardous materials trainings to emergency responders throughout the region. . . . (more)

Ozark Rivers awards $196,500 in local grants

ST. JAMES—Ten local environmental programs have been awarded grant funding totaling $196,580.46 by Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) after being approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) in December. . . . (more)

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

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. . . . (more)

MRPC board meeting rescheduled

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board meeting scheduled for Jan. 9 has been rescheduled because of inclement weather and the possibility of additional winter precipitation Wednesday into Thursday. . . . (more)

MRDC to Host Small Business Lending Workshop Jan. 9 in Rolla

ROLLA—What are your business goals for 2014? Whether looking for ways to finance the expansion of an existing business or to open the doors of a new one, the Meramec Regional Development Corporation (MRDC) is hosting a free workshop for area entrepreneurs and lenders wanting to know more about financing options and other business resources. . . . (more)

Maries County Bank is MRDC’s 2013 Lender of the Year

Tim Seams, left, the branch president for Maries County Bank’s St. James location, Community Bank of St. James, accepted an award on behalf of the bank from Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Chairman Gary Brown, right, during the organization’s 2013 annual dinner. MCB was awarded as Lender of the Year by Meramec Regional Development Corporation (MRDC), the board that operates loan programs offered through MRPC. Each year, MRDC honors a bank that actively partners with it to create jobs and encourage private investment in the region. During FY2012-2013, Maries County Bank partnered with MRDC to fund three loans totaling $949,500. Those loans created or maintained 17 jobs and generated $557,000 in private investment.

ORSWMD gives regional awards for environmental efforts

ST. JAMES–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.

“They are the ones out there in the real world, making things happen and making a difference, so we like to take a little time out each year and recognize and thank those folks,” ORSWMD Chairman Brady Wilson said.

“We don’t have a lot of award recipients, and that is because we are focused on quality and not quantity,” Wilson added. . . . (more)

Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District recognized six individuals, including Rolla Environmental Services Mascot Poly Plastic, during its 2013 awards banquet. Pictured from left to right are Sue Dearth, Lyndon Bartle and Jenni Rabenau, of The Teachers’ Corner; Poly Plastic; ORSWMD Chairman Brady Wilson; Ann Renner of The Teachers’ Corner, and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze.

MREPC conducts first full-scale training exercise

CHAMOIS—The Meramec Region Emergency Planning Committee (MREPC) recently held its first full scale training exercise, which immersed an entire community in a mock hazardous materials spill. . . . (more)

S&T Students help clean illegal dumpsite

Sixteen Missouri S&T students gave up their Saturday morning to help clean an illegal dumpsite in Mark Twain National Forest recently. Led by United States forestry Service Wildlife Biologist Klaus Leidenfrost, the students were members of Sigma Tau Gamma-Alpha, Omega Chapter; Eco Miners and the Water Environment Federation. The site is near Newburg Cemetery Road, and much progress toward cleaning the dump was made. Cleaning supplies and disposal costs were covered by Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District, and the cleanup was coordinated by Meramec Regional Planning Commission.

Richard Huse receives MRPC’s top honor
Seventeen more volunteers honored at 2013 Annual Dinner

POTOSI—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) announced the recipient of the 2013 Eugene E. Northern Award is Richard Huse of Belle during its 2013 Annual Dinner on Nov. 14 at YMCA of the Ozarks Trout Lodge near Potosi. The organization also honored 17 additional volunteers, youth and service organizations for their contributions to their communities during the event. (more) . . .

MRPC accepting public comments on CEDS

ST. JAMES—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is accepting public comments on its update to the Meramec Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

MRPC is required by the US Economic Development Administration—which partially funds the CEDS program—to update the plan and adopt an Annual Action Plan, based on the needs of the region. Comments from residents of the region give valuable insight into those needs, and MRPC encourages public participation in this process. . . . (more)

MRPC to honor 18 volunteers, community organization at Annual Dinner in Potosi

ST. JAMES–Winston Churchill once wrote, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”

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, 16 volunteers, including four youths and one community organization will be honored at the 2013 MRPC Annual Dinner celebration on Nov. 14 at the YMCA Trout Lodge in Potosi. . . . (more)

Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee learns from August flooding in Pulaski, Phelps counties

ST. JAMES—More than half of Pulaski County roads were damaged by flooding just two months ago, and while damage estimates continue to climb and long-term recovery efforts are just beginning, county officials attended the Oct. 10 Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) to share the experience so far. . . . (more)

Hazardous materials training exercise to be held in Chamois

CHAMOIS—The area near Osage County R-I High School may look like a major emergency event Oct. 30, but all activities will be part of a planned drill, allowing a number of entities in Osage County to practice responding to a chemical spill. . . . (more)

MRCF to host ‘Fundraising Institute’

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) plans to host a Fundraising Institute to help area non-profits, religious organizations and schools improve their fundraising capabilities.

The three-hour workshop will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 29 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) in St. James. MRPC is located at 4 Industrial Drive. . . . (more)

Washington County Courthouse Elevator Now Open

POTOSI–Built in the early 1900s and still functioning today, the Washington County Courthouse is a living piece of the community’s history, yet operation of today’s county government does not come without obstacles. Thanks to a pair of grants and a contribution from the county, one of those obstacles has been overcome. With the installation of a new elevator, all floors of the courthouse are now accessible to disabled residents and those with mobility issues. . . . (more)

Electronics, tire collection Oct. 19 in Salem
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington Counties

SALEM—A special waste collection for electronics and tires will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 in Salem at the parking lot of S/W Construction at the corner of Third Street and Grand Street. . . . (more)

Fort Leonard Wood Joint Land Use Study public presentation scheduled Oct. 3

ST. JAMES—The Fort Leonard Wood Joint Land Use Study that began one year ago is now complete and will be presented to the public Oct. 3.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the St. Robert Municipal Center municipal courtroom located at 194 Eastlawn Ave., Ste. A, St. Robert and is open to the public. No reservations are required to attend the event. . . . (more)

MRPC board learns about programs aimed at sustaining Fort Leonard Wood

ST. JAMES—A common goal of sustaining Fort Leonard Wood in the face of Department of Defense budget cuts took center stage at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board meeting held Sept. 12 as board members learned about two programs aimed at strengthening the military installation and surrounding communities. . . . (more)

Solid Waste Advisory Committee meets, suggests focus on food scrap composting

ST. JAMES—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District Advisory Committee recognized the district’s successful programs while offering guidance for future programs during its annual meeting held Aug. 13. . . . (more)

Applications for Phelps County flood relief assistance available
Non-profits, schools, churches, local governments eligible to apply

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Community Foundation  (MRCF) is now accepting applications for flood relief assistance funds in Phelps County. . . . (more)

Electronics, appliance collection Sept. 14 in St. Robert
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington Counties

ST. ROBERT–A special waste collection for electronics and appliances will be held from 9a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 14 in St. Robert at the St. Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson Dr. . . . (more)

MRPC prepares for Big River Summit
Community input needed to improve water quality

ST. JAMES—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), which serves Washington County within the Big River Watershed, is preparing the upcoming Big River Watershed Summit, which includes a tour and workshop. . . . (more)

Electronics, appliance, tire collection Sept. 21 in Rolla
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington Counties

ROLLA—A special waste collection for electronics, appliances and tires will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 in Rolla at the parking lot of Brewer Science, Inc., located in HyPoint Industrial Park near the interchange of Route V and Interstate 44. . . . (more)

Participants needed for Health Care, Agri-Tourism Broadband Focus Groups
MRPC Continues to Assist MoBroadbandNow Initiative

ST. JAMES–Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) has worked with the MoBroadbandNow initiative, which aims to increase broadband Internet availability throughout Missouri, since 2011, and the organization is embarking on a new phase of planning for MoBroadbandNow within the region. . . . (more)

Flood-damaged homes may require permits before repairs

ST. JAMES—Homeowners who’s property lies within a flood plain in unincorporated areas of Phelps County will need to obtain a permit before they begin rebuilding or repairing damages caused by recent flood waters. . . . (more)

Region I Homeland Security allocates $54,132 in grants

ST. JAMES—Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee recently selected the recipients of $54,132 in grant funds allocated to Region I for FY2013 during its July meeting, and recipients include two area fire departments, an area hospital and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). . . . (more)

Applications for Pulaski County flood relief assistance available
Non-profits, schools, churches, local governments eligible to apply

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Community Foundation  (MRCF) is now accepting applications to receive flood relief assistance funds in Pulaski County.

MRCF created the Pulaski County Flood Relief Fund on Aug. 7 in response to catastrophic flooding that had deeply impacted communities and residents of Pulaski County–especially in the Waynesville area. Creation of the fund was aided by a $2,500 seed grant from the from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO), and fundraising efforts have continued since. . . . (more)

Pulaski Co. Flood Relief Application 2013

Family self-sufficiency workshop planned Sept. 12 in St. James

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), in cooperation with the Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program, will host a free workshop on stress management.

The workshop is planned from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 12, at MRPC, 4 Industrial Dr., St. James. . . . (more)

Ten area students receive MRCF scholarships
Students in Belle, Vienna, Waynesville and Rolla benefit

ST. JAMES—Paying for college will be easier this fall for 10 Meramec Region students receiving scholarships through Meramec Region Community Foundation (MRCF) funds.

MRCF coordinates four scholarship funds that provide tuition assistance to high school seniors in the eight-county Meramec Region including Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties. . . . (more)

Regional foundation celebrates three years
Nearly $1 million in contributions made

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) celebrated its third anniversary in July with the news that nearly $1 million has been contributed in that time.

“I will tell you, you are probably the most successful start-up we’ve ever had as far as growth and what you have done are concerned,” Community Foundation of the Ozarks (MRCF) President and CEO Brian Fogle said during the July 10 MRCF meeting and anniversary celebration. . . . (more)

Regional foundation initiates
Phelps County flood relief fundraising efforts
MRPC, St. James Ambulance District kick off fund with donations

ST. JAMES—In the wake of catastrophic flooding along the Big Piney and Gasconade rivers in Phelps County, the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) established the Phelps County Flood Relief Fund. . . .(more)

St. James Ambulance District Administrator Bryan Lambeth (left) and Paramedic Dan Hood (second from right) present $1,206 collected by district staff for Phelps County flood relief efforts to MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge (second from left) and Meramec Regional Community Foundation Administrator Maria Bancroft (right). The ambulance district collected donations from customers at Mobil on the Run in St. James this weekend and donated the funds to the Phelps County Flood Relief Fund, established by MRCF. Prigge serves on the MRCF board, and Bancroft provides staff support to the local foundation.

Phelps Co. Flood Relief Application 2013

Regional foundation initiates
Pulaski County flood relief fund-raising efforts
Community Foundation of the Ozarks provides initial $2,500 donation


ST. JAMES—In the wake of unprecedented and catastrophic flooding along the Rubidoux Creek and the Big Piney and Gasconade rivers in Pulaski County, the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) established the Pulaski County Flood Relief Fund during its Aug. 7 meeting.

All donations made to the fund are dedicated to flood relief efforts in Pulaski County. The area hardest hit by flooding is Waynesville, MO., the county seat of Pulaski County. Waynesville, with a population of roughly 5,000 people, sits along Route 66 and Interstate 44, and the Rubidoux, a small, quiet creek runs through the heart of the city. Proceeds will address individual and community needs created by this flood event in Pulaski County through established, local non-profit groups, religious organizations, schools and county and local governments of Pulaski County.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is making a seed grant of $2,500 to the Pulaski fund in support of MRCF as one of its 44-affiliate foundations. The CFO believes community foundations, like MRCF, play an important role in disaster recovery by understanding local needs and supporting non-profit organizations that provide services to those affected, particularly in mid-to-long-term recovery efforts.

All donations are tax deductible, and can be made online or by check. . . . (more)

Pulaski Co. Flood Relief Application 2013

Intersection Improvements Underway at I-44 and Route V

ROLLA—Over the next six to eight weeks motorists travelling through the intersection of Route V and Interstate 44 in Rolla will notice construction as crews work to provide several improvements to better traffic flow in the well-traveled area. . . . (more)

‘Huge step forward’ for downtown Rolla
Project to remedy parking problems for merchants, shoppers, residents, students underway

ROLLA—Land in downtown Rolla is being unearthed at two locations to make way for more parking–and, hopefully, a more accessible, more vibrant downtown. The improvements are made possible through a $296,760 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awarded to the city by the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED).

Rolla Mayor William Jenks, III calls the project a “huge step forward” for downtown revitalization efforts.

“Parking has always been an issue in downtown Rolla,” Jenks said. “Through the assistance of MRPC (Meramec Regional Planning Commission) and the CDBG grant, we’ve been able to lessen the problem and hopefully improve commerce in that area.” . . . (more)

 

Construction crews began dirt work for the second of two new parking lots in downtown Rolla in late July. The parking lots are the result of a Missouri DED grant to the City of Rolla and are expected to be complete in August.

Cuba improves industrial park with grant funding
Makes 15,000 sq. ft. expansion possible for Ozark Mountain Technologies

CUBA—When City of Cuba officials received news of one of the 14 businesses in the city’s industrial park, Ozark Mountain Technologies, wished to expand its facilities, they knew they had an obstacle ahead. . . . (more)

Small Business Today to focus on employee issues
Radio program to air Aug. 5 on KTTR

ROLLA—Area business owners and entrepreneurs have an opportunity to learn and ask questions about issues relating to human resources and workforce development during the August 5 airing of the radio program, Small Buisiness Today. . . . (more)

In Loving Memory
Bland man fulfills wife’s last wish with help from MRDC loan fund

BLAND—When Leon LaBoube’s wife, Barbara, passed away in November, 2011, he was stricken with grief, but there was one thing he knew he had to do–open the restaurant the couple had planned together.

“This was one of the last things she asked for when she passed away,” LaBoube said. “I wasn’t real hip on the idea of doing it without her, but I thought it would keep me busy, and it has.” . . . (more)

Leon LaBoube, left, runs Christina’s Kitchen in Bland in memory of his late wife, Barbara, along with her brother, Robert Bridgeman, right.

The menu and signage at Christina’s Kitchen in Bland note a special tribute to the owner’s late wife, Barbara LaBoube, who encouraged him to open the business.

Draft of Fort Leonard Wood study to be presented at public meeting

ST. JAMES—A study aimed at identifying ways for communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood to work together with the military to insure continued success in both the economies of those communities and the military installation’s missions is nearly complete after 10 months of work, and a draft of the study is ready for public presentation. . . . (more)

Skiles fills TAC leadership role
Petersen, Sanders to serve additional term as officers

ST. JAMES—Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles was elected by the Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) to serve as the group’s secretary in FY13-14 at its most recent meeting. . . . (more)

Vogt fills leadership position on solid waste board
Wilson, Gilliam and Skiles to serve additional terms as officers

ST. JAMES—Belle Mayor Steve Vogt is stepping into a leadership role within the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) after the group selected him as its treasurer for the upcoming fiscal year during its June 25 meeting. . . . (more)

Solid Waste Board Accepting Grant Applications
Pre-application workshop planned Aug. 6 at MRPC

ST. JAMES—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) is now accepting applications for its 2014 grant program. The district has an estimated $160,000 available for district grants this year, announced District Chairman Brady Wilson. . . . (more)

MREPC approves budget, officers for new fiscal year
FY13-14 budget includes one full-scale, several tabletop training exercises

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Emergency Response Committee (MREPC) readied for a new fiscal year at its June 26 meeting by electing officers and approving a budget to include several emergency response training exercises throughout the year. . . . (more)

Washington County Hazard Mitigation Plan available online

ST. JAMES—The recently completed Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan for Washington County is available to residents online.. . . (more)

Offices of MRPC, Phelps County PHA closed July 4              

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, including the Phelps County PHA, located at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James, will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. . . . (more)

No MRPC meeting in July

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board will not meet in July. The board meets monthly, August through June, the second Thursday of each month.

The next meeting of the MRPC board will be Thursday, Aug. 8. . . . (more)

Propane Gas Emergency Training Planned
Class planned August 12-14

POTOSI— Emergency responders are encouraged to attend a three-day training beginning Aug. 12 for safely responding to propane gas emergency incidents. . . . (more)

Affordable Care Act Workshop Hosted by MRPC

T. JAMES—Some 15 individuals representing 11 local governments gathered at Meramec Regional Planning Commission in St. James Wednesday, June 5 for a workshop designed to make local governments aware of new requirements in the Affordable Care Act that will be phased in over the next few years. The workshop aimed to present unbiased information about the new law and featured Thomas McAuliffe from Missouri Foundation for Health and Shawn Nass from BPJ Insurance of Springfield. Participants included Cathy Bremer, Bourbon; James Morgan and Yvonne Mercer, Crocker; Katrina McMinn, Gerald; Phyllis Harris, Newburg; Sarah Wheeler, St. James; Chris Pigg, St. Robert; Shannon Thompson and Sherry James, Vienna; Traci Smith, Waynesville; Lesa Lietzow, Gasconade County; Lucy Brenner, Patrick Steele and John Glavin, Osage County and Ken Bassett, Pulaski County.

Dispose of household hazardous waste for free in Rolla, St. Robert
Make every day Earth Day

Did you do any spring cleaning? Wondering what to do with that old motor oil, busted car battery or half-used containers of brake fluid, turpentine, muratic acid or other hazardous waste? There is an answer. . . . (more)

Steelville High School Receives Grant for Docudrama

Steelville High School Librarian Dee Dee Everett accepts grant funds on behalf of the school from Crawford County Presiding Commissioner Leo Sanders. Sanders is a member of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and represented the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety, a subcommittee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. MRPC organizes the subcommittee and its activities. Steelville High School was one of two schools in the eight-county Meramec Region to receive a coalition grant to support a docudrama. Coordinated by Everett, the docudrama was a mock accident designed to teach the realities of serious car crashes. The docudrama took place during the last week of school at Steelville High School. The grant was more than $600, and helped cover the costs of supplies needed for the event. Also participating in the docudrama were Steelville Fire Protection District, Steelville Ambulance District, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Crawford County 911 and Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

Propane Gas Emergency Training Planned
Class planned June 3 through June 5 in Steelville

Emergency responders are encouraged to attend a three-day training beginning June 3 for safely responding to propane gas emergency incidents.

The class will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 3, 4 and 5 at Steelville Fire Department, 421 Pine St., Steelville, Mo. . . . (more)

Brown to Serve Second Term as MRPC Chairman
Dudley, Heywood, Schwartze also continue as MRPC officers

ST. JAMES–Salem Mayor Gary Brown was re-elected by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board to serve as the group’s chairman for a second consecutive year at its May 9 meeting. Also appointed to second terms were fellow MRPC officers–Potosi Mayor T.R. Dudley, vice chairman; MRPC at-large representative for the unemployed Mary Heywood, secretary; and Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze, treasurer.

“Folks, I thank you very much because this is fantastic,” Brown said to the board following the vote. “I thank all of you for blessing me with this position. I appreciate that very, very much.”

As chair, Brown leads the board meetings and represents the board at events such as the annual conference of the National Association of Development Organizations in Washington D.C. . . (more)

 

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission recently re-elected its current slate of officers to lead the group another year including Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze as treasurer, Salem Mayor Gary Brown as chairman, Potosi Mayor T.R. Dudley as vice chair and MRPC representative for the unemployed Mary Heywood as secretary.

More than 12 tons electronic waste, appliances collected, recycled in April
Additional 3.88 tons of tires also collected, recycled

ST JAMES–Through two special waste collections held in Owensville and Maries County in April, some 24,471 pounds of electronic waste and appliances and an additional 7,760 pounds of tires were collected and recycled. . . . (more)

St. James Ambulance District to Host Child Safety Seat Check

ST. JAMES–St. James Ambulance District in partnership with the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is hosting a child safety seat check May 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the ambulance district building located at 203 N. Louise Street in St. James. . . (more)

MRPC Continues to Assist MoBroadbandNow Initiative
Stakeholder Meetings for Health Care, Agri-Tourism Planned

ST. JAMES–Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) has worked with the MoBroadbandNow initiative, which aims to increase broadband Internet availability throughout Missouri, since 2011, and MRPC board members learned at the May 9 board meeting that the organization will embark on a new phase of planning for MoBroadbandNow within the region. . . . (more)

Missouri S&T Students Volunteer to Clean Illegal Dumpsite

PULASKI COUNTY–Some 25 Missouri University of Science and Technology students donated their time to help clean an illegal dumpsite near Devils Elbow in Pulaski County on April 20. The cleanup was coordinated by Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and the U.S. Forestry Service, and cleanup supplies were funded through an Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) grant. ORSWMD funds are generated through landfill tipping fees and administered by Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Students participating in the cleanup effort were members of the Alpha Omega chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma and the Eco Miners student group.

Broadband Survey Deadline Approaching

ST. JAMES–If you are one of some 52,000 Missourians receiving a survey from MoBroadbandNow, please fill it out. The Meramec Regional Planning Commission is partnering with the MoBroadbandNow initiative to identify ways to expand the availability and accessibility of high speed Internet in the eight-county Meramec Region. . . . (more)

Valley High School Awarded $500 for Battle of the Belt
Potosi High School awarded $200 for third place PSA

WASHINGTON COUNTY–Students at Valley High School in Caledonia as well as the National Honors Society and Video Club at Potosi High School were recognized April 15 for their efforts in the statewide Battle of the Belt competition. . . . (more)

Meramec Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Bonnie Prigge and American Family Insurance Agent Marty Simpson present Valley High School Student Council Sponsors Trina Pritchett and Mallory Lawson and Student Council Member Dakota McClain with $500 for the school’s efforts in the Battle of the Belt Competition. The school was recognized for having 100 percent seatbelt usage and most improved seatbelt usage during the competition.

 

Local American Family Insurance Agent Marty Simpson presents a $200 check to Potosi High School National Honors Society Sponsor Deanna Mercille. The money is a third place prize for the public service announcement produced by the school’s video club for the Battle of the Belt competition sponsored by American Family Insurance. Also pictured are Washington County Sheriff Andy Skiles, Washington County Health Department Public Health Nurse Cara Sims, Think First Speaker Russ Burris, Potosi High School Principal Nathan Hostetler, NHS Sponsor Angela Schlosser, NHS members Abbigail Beach, Morgan Knott and Taylor Nash, Video Club member Josie DeClue and Video Club Sponsor Joshua Fulton.

Renovations underway at Osage County Senior Housing Complexes

OSAGE COUNTY–Renovations to housing complexes in Linn, Rich Fountain and Hermann that will improve some 94 units for area seniors are underway and expected to be complete by the end of May.

The project is funded through a Missouri Department of Economic Development Community Block Development Grant (CBDG) totaling $955,392 and an additional $88,000 contributed from the boards of Linn Senior Citizens, Inc. and Hermann Senior Housing Corp. for their respective complexes. . . . (more)

Contractors build new decks at Linn Senior Citizens, Inc., one of three senior housing complexes in Osage and Gasconade counties undergoing renovations funded by a Missouri Department of Economic Development grant.

Contractors needed for home repairs

ST. JAMES–Contractors throughout the Meramec Region are needed for home repair work.

The Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC), a 501©3 that works in partnership with Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), has been awarded a grant for housing renovation projects in the region by the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC). . . . (more)

PHA satellite office hours temporarily suspended
Appointments Available by Mail

POTOSI–Effective June 1, Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) will suspend operation of its Potosi satellite office at the Washington County Library, and appointments for current clients may be made by mail. . . . (more)

Grant Project Aims to Prevent Flooding in Salem Neighborhood

SALEM–The city drainage project aimed at preventing flooding during heavy rains in one Salem neighborhood has been completed just in time for spring rains. . . . (more)

‘Roadway Work Zone Safety: We’re All In This Together’

Spring signals the beginning of the construction season for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), and that means many construction sites will spring up throughout the Meramec Region and the rest of the state. . . . (more)

Steelville Fire Protection District Has New Home

STEELVILLE–Some 40 active firefighters of Steelville Fire Protection District (SFPD) are now reporting to the department’s newly constructed fire station that allows the department to run more effectively, better maintain its vehicles and equipment, and shave potentially life-saving seconds from response times. . . . (more)

MRPC Chairman, Assistant Director visit federal legislators

WASHINGTON D.C.–Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Chairman and Salem Mayor Gary Brown, far right, and Steve Etcher, far left, director of Boonslick Regional Planning Commission in Warrenton, sits with 3rd Congressional District Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, second from right, and a staffer as the group reviews MRPC’s federal legislative priorities for 2013 during a trip to Washington D.C. in March. MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass also attended the organization’s annual trip to the nation’s capitol. While there, Brown and Snodgrass met with several Meramec Region legislators and their staff and also attended the annual National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) conference.

 

Savings, Homeownership Workshops Planned in Vienna, Dixon

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission and the Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program will host two free homeownership and personal finance workshops on April 11. . . . (more)

Savings, Homeownership Workshops Planned in Leasburg, Bourbon

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission and the Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program will host two free homeownership and personal finance workshops on April 16. . . . (more)

Renovations underway at Osage County Senior Housing Complexes

OSAGE COUNTY–Renovations to housing complexes in Linn, Rich Fountain and Hermann that will improve some 94 units for area seniors are underway and expected to be complete by the end of May.

The project is funded through a Missouri Department of Economic Development Community Block Development Grant (CBDG) totaling $955,392 and an additional $88,000 contributed from the boards of Linn Senior Citizens, Inc. and Hermann Senior Housing Corp. for their respective complexes.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) assisted with the grant application and serves as grant administrator while the Osage County Commission serves as the lead grant sponsor. . . . (more)

Contractors build new decks at Linn Senior Citizens, Inc., one of three senior housing complexes in Osage and Gasconade counties undergoing renovations funded by a Missouri Department of Economic Development grant.

Contractors needed for home repairs

ST. JAMES–Contractors throughout the Meramec Region are needed for home repair work.

The Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC), a 501©3 that works in partnership with Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), has been awarded a grant for housing renovation projects in the region by the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC). . . . (more)

PHA satellite office hours temporarily suspended
Appointments Available by Mail

POTOSI–Effective June 1, Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) will suspend operation of its Potosi satellite office at the Washington County Library, and appointments for current clients may be made by mail. . . . (more)

MRPC Makes Small Business Funding Accessible

ST. JAMES–Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) has helped area small business owners access the funding their businesses need to establish and grow through a variety of loan programs over the last 30 years.

The MRPC board was briefed on current loan programs, including two that may be in danger of ending in the near future, during its most recent meeting April 11. . . . (more)

Grant Project Aims to Prevent Flooding in Salem Neighborhood

SALEM–The city drainage project aimed at preventing flooding during heavy rains in one Salem neighborhood has been completed just in time for spring rains.

In years past, the residents of the 36-unit Salem Public Housing Authority (PHA) feared damage to their homes and belongings during storms and heavy rainfall because the storm drainage infrastructure surrounding the complex was insufficient. In addition, the continual floods damaged city infrastructure in the area. . . . (more)

‘Roadway Work Zone Safety: We’re All In This Together’

Spring signals the beginning of the construction season for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), and that means many construction sites will spring up throughout the Meramec Region and the rest of the state. . . . (more)

Steelville Fire Protection District Has New Home

STEELVILLE–Some 40 active firefighters of Steelville Fire Protection District (SFPD) are now reporting to the department’s newly constructed fire station that allows the department to run more effectively, better maintain its vehicles and equipment, and shave potentially life-saving seconds from response times.

“Its decreasing our response times, and we can get to calls quicker than we could before because if we had to get to a certain truck–before we would have had to shuffle them around,” SFPD Board President Allen Isgrig said of the new building that, unlike the former fire station, has a full bay available for each of the department’s five trucks. . . . (more)

The Steelville Fire Protection District is now operating out of its new fire station, which features a bay for each fire truck the department owns as well as enhanced protective gear storage and meeting facilities.

MRPC Chairman, Assistant Director visit federal legislators

WASHINGTON D.C.–Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Chairman and Salem Mayor Gary Brown, far right, and Steve Etcher, far left, director of Boonslick Regional Planning Commission in Warrenton, sits with 3rd Congressional District Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, second from right, and a staffer as the group reviews MRPC’s federal legislative priorities for 2013 during a trip to Washington D.C. in March. MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass also attended the organization’s annual trip to the nation’s capitol. While there, Brown and Snodgrass met with several Meramec Region legislators and their staff and also attended the annual National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) conference.

Savings, Homeownership Workshops Planned in Leasburg, Bourbon

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission and the Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program will host two free homeownership and personal finance workshops on April 16. . . . (more)

Wood Elementary Students Visit Rolla Recycling Center

A class of second grade students from Wood Elementary School at Fort Leonard Wood visited Rolla Recycling Center on March 21 during an educational trip funded by a district grant from the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD). The students in Sara Rose’s class were led by Rolla Recycling Specialist Marcia Mayo as they toured the facility and participated in a presentation highlighting the importance of recycling. Funding for ORSWMD grants is generated through the Missouri State Solid Waste Management Fund, which is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

MRPC learns about Tech 44 marketing inititative

ST. JAMES–The board of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission learned about a new marketing initiative, known as Tech 44 that is focused on the Interstate 44 corridor, which runs through the Meramec Region. . . . (more)

Updated Public Transit Plan Completed, Approved

ST. JAMES–The update to the Public Transit-Human Service Transportation Coordination Plan for the Meramec Region was recently completed and approved by both the region’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and the board of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). . . . (more)

To view the plan click here

Draft of Washington County Hazard Migitation Plan Available for Public Review

The draft update of the Washington County Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available on the web for public review. Meramec Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with Washington County, has been updating the plan. Public meetings were held with city and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested individuals. . . . (more)

To view the plan click here

Electronics, appliance and tire collection April 20 in Maries County
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington Counties

MARIES COUNTY–A special waste collection will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 in Maries County for electronics, appliances and tires. . . . (more) 

Phelps County Public Housing Agency closes housing waiting list March 15, 2013

ST. JAMES—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) closed its housing waiting list, effective at 4 p.m. March 15, 2013, announced Linda Hollandsworth, housing manager. Until further notice, no new applications will be accepted at the St. James office or Potosi satellite office. . . . . (more)

Electronics, appliance collection April 6 in Owensville
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties

OWENSVILLE–A special waste collection for electronics and appliances will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 in the parking lot of RR Donnelley’s Owensville Division in the Owensville Industrial Park near the intersection of Highway 19 and Highway 28. . . . (more)

City of Rolla Recipient of $1 Million EDA Grant
Funding to improve airport infrastructure       

ROLLA–Slightly more than $1 million taxpayer dollars will be returning to the Meramec Region through a United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the City of Rolla. . . . (more)

Grants available for home repairs

ST. JAMES–Residents throughout the Meramec Region may be eligible for up to $20,000 in grant funding for home repairs through the Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC). . . . (more)

Money management workshop planned March 12 in Potosi           

POTOSI—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, in cooperation with the Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program, will host “Pay Yourself First,” a free workshop on personal money management and savings. . . . (more)

Series of public meetings set for Joint Land Use Study

ST. JAMES–A series of community meetings to provide information to the public about the ongoing Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) process for Fort Leonard Wood and the surrounding communities will be hosted by Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) in March. . . . (more)

Savings, Homeownership Workshops Planned in Leasburg, Bourbon

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission and the Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program will host two free homeownership and personal finance workshops on March 21. . . . (more)

FEMA grant awarded to Crocker schools
Community storm shelter in planning phase    

CROCKER–The Crocker R-II School District has been awarded a grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that aims to keep students and area residents safe during potentially tornadic storms. . . . (more)

Draft of Osage County
Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Available for Public Review

The draft update of the Osage County Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available on the web for public review. Meramec Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with Osage County, has been updating the plan. Public meetings were held with city and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested individuals. . . . (more)

MRDC to Host Small Business Lending Workshop

ST. JAMES—Whether looking for ways to finance the expansion of an existing business or to open the doors of a new one, the Meramec Regional Development Corporation (MRDC) is hosting a free workshop for area entrepreneurs and lenders wanting to know more about financing options. . . . (more)

Region I HSOC awards radios to 13 agencies
Five additional agencies awarded upgrades to current equipment

ST. JAMES–The Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) finalized its list of emergency agencies that will receive new mobile radios or upgrades to current radios that would enable a connection to the new Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network (MOSWIN) at its Jan. 31 meeting. . . . (more)

Offices of MRPC, Phelps County PHA closed Feb. 18

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, including the Phelps County PHA, located at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James, will be closed Monday, Feb. 18 in observance of the President’s Day holiday.

The offices will reopen on the following Tuesday at 8 a.m.

Regional coalition aspires to red

uce traffic fatalities, help meet new highway safety goal

ST. JAMES–The Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety spent its Jan. 30 meeting brainstorming as to how the group can help the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety meet its new goal of 700 or fewer traffic fatalities in the state by 2016.

The regional group is looking for effective ways to reduce the number of fatalities within the eight-county Meramec Region, and with the help of Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Director of Highway Safety Leanna Dupue it may have found some answers.

“To move things forward and move safety forward in our state, it’s going to take everyone, and by everyone, I mean you,” Dupue said. “Every time you get in a car, you make a decision–put a safety belt on or don’t put a safety belt on. You make a decision if you go out and you drink and you choose to drive. You make decisions about using your phones or texting while you are behind the wheel.” . . . (more)

Missouri Department of Transportation Director of Highway Safety Leanna Dupue speaks to the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety about the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s new goal of 700 or fewer fatalities on Missouri roadways by 2016 and the new Blueprint to Save More Lives.

Savings, Homeownership Workshops Planned in Vienna, Dixon

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission and the Phelps County PHA Family Self-Sufficiency Program will host two free homeownership workshops on Feb. 21. . . . (more)

Senate Bill 13: Area environmental programs may cease to exist

ST. JAMES– In the last five years, 190.9 tons of appliances and electronic waste have been recycled, 70 illegal dumpsites have been cleaned, and 173.3 tons of illegally dumped tires have been recycled in the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District’s (ORSWMD) seven-county area. Owensville Middle School started an in-school recycling program, and the City of Salem purchased recycling trailers making recycling more convenient in that community. Residents of the seven-county area can safely dispose of car batteries, muriatic acid and other household hazardous waste at no cost in Rolla or St. Robert. Since 2009, 1,118 students and 50 teachers have toured recycling centers, transfer stations and landfills, and since 2010, 5,596 students have been inspired by presentations about recycling and composting delivered by professional educators.

These programs have more in common than their positive impact on the environment. They are each funded through the ORSWMD, which includes Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties, and they are each in danger of ending if a piece of proposed legislation passes this session.

Sponsored by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, Senate Bill 13 aims to eliminate solid waste districts throughout the state. Instead of solid waste districts–consisting of local leaders and elected officials–allocating grant funds to local needs, Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) staff would make those decisions on a statewide basis. . . . (more)

Click here for spreadsheet of Environmental Grants.


Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District has provided grants to schools so students like these can visit recycling centers and landfills to better understand solid waste management, including recycling.

MRPC visits Missouri State Capitol
Board members, staff discuss regional priorities with legislators

JEFFERSON CITY–Board members and staff of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission traveled to Jefferson City on Jan. 29 to spend the day talking to legislators about issues important to the eight-county Meramec Region as part of the organization’s Annual Day at the Capitol.

The group met with 11 of the 13 legislators who represent portions of the Meramec Region. Each legislator was given a copy of MRPC’s 2013 State Priorities in the Meramec Region. MRPC’s priority list for 2013 contains 18 issues and was created through a survey of MRPC board members.

State-level priorities set by the MRPC board for 2013 include four-laning portions of Highways 63 and 50, actively working to protect, maintain and expand Fort Leonard Wood, supporting legislation allowing school districts and other governmental bodies to join state employee pools for health care, opposing pre-filed legislation that would eliminate solid waste districts, requesting that legislators ensure rural areas receive a fair share in education dollars and supporting full funding for state mandates on local governments. . . . (more)

Several members of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission board and staff visited the Missouri Capitol on Jan. 29 where they discussed the organization’s legislative priorities for the region with representatives and senators. Pictured from left to right is MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, MRPC board member Jan Haviland, MRPC board member Marcus Maggard, MRPC Treasurer Ray Schwartze, MRPC board member Steve Vogt, MRPC board member Jim Grebing, MRPC board member James Morgan, MRPC board member Darrell Skiles and MRPC Chairman Gary Brown.

Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety to meet Jan. 30


ST. JAMES–Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Director of Highway Safety Leanna DuPue is scheduled to speak at the Jan. 30 meeting of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee. Topics will include the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s Blueprint to Save More Lives and the coalition’s new goal of 700 or fewer fatalities on Missouri Roadways by 2016. . . . (more)

MRCF community grants available
Applications accepted through Feb. 28

ST. JAMES–Is your school, church or charitable organization looking to fund a community project? The Meramec Regional Community Foundation is looking to award grants to further local projects this spring through its community grant program. . . . (more)

Federal legislative staffs visit MRPC
Idea exchange held between legislative staff and MRPC Board

ST. JAMES–Staff members from four Meramec Region U.S. Congressional offices–Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Claire McCaskill, 8th Dist. Rep. JoAnn Emerson and 3rd Dist. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer­–attended the Jan. 10 meeting of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board to share ideas and insights with board members.

The staff members and MRPC board engaged in an open conversation about a number of issues including the fiscal cliff deal, gun control, funding for mental health, sequestration, unfunded mandates and implementing an Internet sales tax.

Many of the discussion items, like the Internet sales tax, are part of MRPC’s priority list for federal legislators. This list contains 21 issues MRPC would like to be addressed by Congress. . . . (more)

Staff members represented four Meramec Region federal legislators during an idea exchange at the Jan. 10 Meramec Regional Planning Commission board meeting. Pictured, from left to right are Dan Engemann, representing 3rd Dist. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer; Melanie Bell, representing 8th Dist. Rep. JoAnn Emerson; Sarah Graff, representing Sen. Roy Blunt and Allison Skare, representing Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Offices of MRPC, Phelps County PHA closed Jan. 21, reopens Jan. 22

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, including the Phelps County PHA, located at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James, will close Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Jan. 22.

DRA investment brings jobs, infrastructure improvements, growth opportunities to St. James


ST. JAMES–Infrastructure improvements to Wilson Drive in the St. James Industrial Park were completed in December and will result in eight new jobs and $500,000 in new capitol improvements at one local business while setting the stage for additional growth opportunities.

The project was made possible through Delta Regional Authority (DRA) funding combined with a small investment by the City of St. James. Funding in the amount of $82,24 was awarded in November of 2011, and the city contributed $5,000 in cash and $8,250 of in-kind funding, which included using city employees and equipment to install the new street lights.

“Without the assistance of the DRA and the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) the infrastructure and transportation improvements to our Industrial Park would not have become reality,” St. James Mayor Dennis Wilson said.

MRPC assisted with the DRA application and administered the project. . . . (more)

 

St. James Public Works Department began paving Wilson Drive the last week of October. The project, including new street lighting, was completed in December, and was funded, primarily through a Delta Regional Authority investment.

Potosi, Rolla, Vienna will share $935,595 for sidewalk improvements
TAC evaluated projects at December meeting

ST. JAMES–After hearing presentations from the cities of Vienna, Potosi and Rolla, the Meramec Region’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) evaluated and ranked three applications for Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Enhancement Grants at its Dec. 13 meeting. The rankings were forwarded to MoDOT, which–on Dec. 18– awarded grants totaling $935,595 to all three communities.

All three communities will be using the grants to make sidewalk improvements.

The top-ranking project among TAC members was presented on behalf of the City of Vienna by Vienna Mayor Jamie Jones.

Jones explained the project, which would add sidewalks and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant parking at the city’s ballpark. Jones explained that the added sidewalks, which will adjoin a new walking trail being built, and parking would make the park more accessible while also adding safety for park patrons. . . . (more)

 

Potosi Mayor T.R. Dudley presents the MRPC Transportation Advisory Committee with details of the City of Potosi’s proposed sidewalk project at its Dec. 13 meeting. On Dec. 18, Potosi was notified that its MoDOT enhancement grant request had been funded.

Roy Stevenson presented with MRPC award for volunteer efforts

DOOLITTLE–Doolittle Mayor Paul Smith presented Roy Stevenson of Doolittle with a Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Distinguished Service Award at the Doolittle City Hall in December. Stevenson was among 12 individuals in the eight-county Meramec Region recognized by MRPC for outstanding volunteer contributions to their communities at the organization’s Annual Dinner in November. Stevenson was unable to attend the dinner. Smith nominated Stevenson for the award because of his contributions in both Doolittle and the neighboring community of Newburg.

Stevenson is very active in the Newburg Community Revitalization Project Group (NCRPG) and the Little Piney Community Partnership. Through these organizations he organizes mud runs and music show fundraisers to benefit the Little Piney Community Park and other community projects. He and his wife, Pat Stevenson, often use their business resources to donate food and other items to community events and fundraisers. . . . (more)

More than 70 local officials, employees, engineers attend LPA training at MRPC

ST. JAMES–Seventy-one local officials, local government employees and consulting engineers gathered at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) in early December to take part in the Local Public Agency (LPA) training. Of those 71 participants, 32 represented counties or cities in the Meramec Region.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Federal Highway Administration, Missouri Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and MRPC sponsored the LPA training. These LPA trainings provide the required certification for persons in responsible charge of LPA projects, which are local transportation projects funded with federal dollars. . . . (more)

Earth Day Poster and Trash Art Contest underway
2013 theme: Tomorrow’s Earth is Today’s Responsibility

ST. JAMES– “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.” This Native American proverb echoes the theme for the 2013 Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) Earth Day Poster and Trash Art Competition–“Tomorrow’s Earth is today’s responsibility.”

Students can learn this valuable life lesson and share it with others by participating in the contest, which has two categories–poster and trash art. . . . (more)

Missouri legislators visit MRPC board

ST. JAMES–Five Missouri legislators representing portions of the Meramec Region attended the Dec. 13 Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board meeting to share ideas with board members going into the upcoming legislative session.

In attendance were 16th District Sen. Dan Brown, Third District Sen.-Elect Gary Romines, 150th District Rep. Jason Smith, 122nd District Rep.-Elect Steve Lynch and 62nd District Rep.-Elect Tom Hurst.

The legislators discussed some of their expectations for 2013, and the board shared its list of state-level legislative priorities for the year.

The list contains 23 issues in seven categories that may come before the legislature in 2013 and MRPC’s stance on those issues. The list began to take shape through a survey of board members more than two months ago, and the final version was approved by the board at the Dec. 13 meeting. . . . (more)

District 150 Rep. Jason Smith shares his views on upcoming legislative issues with the Meramec Regional Planning Commission board at its Dec. 13 meeting. Four other area legislators participated in the meeting including District 16 Sen. Dan Brown, District 122 Rep.-Elect Steve Lynch, District 62 Rep.-Elect Tom Hurst and (not pictured) District Three Sen.-Elect Gary Romines.

Dispose of household hazardous waste for free in Rolla, St. Robert
Make every day Earth Day

If you are cleaning this winter and wondering what to do with that old motor oil, busted car battery or half-used containers of brake fluid, turpentine or muratic acid, there is an answer. . . . (more)

Doolittle awarded FEMA grant for storm sirens

DOOLITTLE–Residents of Doolittle and the surrounding area will have a new tool to keep them safe from violent storms with the help of a Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) grant.

The grant will provide the city with $30,000 towards the purchase of two storm warning sirens, and the city and Doolittle Rural Fire Protection District will each contribute an additional $5,000 in matching funds. . . . (more)

ORSWMD gives regional awards for environmental efforts

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

In 2012, ORSWMD honored an area business, two individuals, a battalion of soldiers and two schools during its Annual Meeting on Nov. 27.

“They are the ones out there in the real world, making things happen and making a difference, so we like to take a little time out each year and recognize and thank those folks,” ORSWMD Chairman Brady Wilson said.

“We don’t have a lot of award recipients, and that is because we are focused on quality and not quantity,” Wilson added. . . . (more)

Capt. Paul D. Brownhill of the BRAVO Company 554 Engineer Battalion-2012 Engineering Leadership Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Elizabeth Dyer of Kingston K-14 School District, Teresa Ragan of Gasconade County R-II Middle School and Rory McCarthy of Rolla accept awards from the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District for their dedication to environmental causes and projects. McCarthy was presented with an individual award and also accepted an award on behalf of his employer, Brewer Science of Rolla. Not pictured is Gasconade County Associate Commissioner Jerry Lairmore.

Offices of MRPC, Phelps County PHA closes at noon Dec. 24, reopens Dec. 26

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, including the Phelps County PHA, located at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James, will close at noon Monday, Dec. 24 in observance of the Christmas holiday and will reopen at 8 a.m. December 26. . . . (more)

Crain wins statewide highway safety award

Sgt. Dan Crain, Public Information and Education Officer for Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I, recently received a prestigious statewide award, the Lay Down the Law Award, from the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety.

The coalition gives the award to an individual in law enforcement who works tirelessly to promote highway safety and safe driving habits. The coalition has dubbed the award winners as “Highway Safety Heroes.”

“I appreciate the award, but, quite frankly, I think any of the public information officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol are equally as deserving as I am,” Crain said. “We are all out there with the goal of educating the public and letting the public know what they can do to make themselves a safer driver because we aren’t just about enforcement. We want to educate people so we can be proactive.” . . . (more)

Sgt. Dan Crain

Sgt. Dan Crain, Public Information Officer for Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I accepts the Lay Down the Law award from the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety during the coalition’s annual conference in Branson.

Students learn compost lesson through music
“Eco Troubadour” brought to area schools by Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District

ST. JAMES–Students at 14 area school districts are armed with knowledge about composting and its benefits after professional educator and “eco troubadour” Stan Slaughter of Lee’s Summit visited local schools this past year.

The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) funded Slaughter’s visit through a grant to Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). Grant funds come from tipping fees at local landfills and are awarded to various organizations in the seven-county Ozark Rivers area each year by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) through ORSWMD.

“I had my doubts because composting doesn’t seem like it would be a thrilling subject, but Stan did a great job and the kids just loved it,” MRPC Environmental Programs Manager Tammy Snodgrass said of the presentation. MRPC prepared the grant application and coordinated the project.

Slaughter spent nearly a full year planning the presentation specifically to be delivered to students in the Ozark Rivers area. He began his tour of the 14 Ozark Rivers schools in the spring of 2012, and completed the programs by October 2012. . . . (more)

 

Stan Slaughter

Professional Educator Stan Slaughter, also known as the “Eco Troubadour,” uses his guitar to teach young people at Bourbon Elementary School about composting. Slaughter was brought to 14 area schools this year through an Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District grant.

Demolition project underway in Freeburg
Completion expected early in 2013

Work is now underway on a demolition project in Freeburg that is largely funded by an $86,978 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The project aims to eliminate unsafe and unsanitary property in Freeburg by demolishing five residential and one commercial structures in the city.

“In addition to bringing up the value of neighboring properties, eliminating these buildings will make room for new development and help our community continue to grow,” Freeburg Village Chairman Darryl Haller said. . . . (more)


Contractors began to remove trees and brush in preparation to demolish this and five other unsafe properties in Freeburg as part of a Missouri Department of Economic Development grant project.

Salem Strategic Plan meeting set for Dec. 11
Participants to develop action plan to compliment vision statement

SALEM– City of Salem and Dent County residents are invited to attend the third of six work session meetings designed to create a strategic plan–a plan that will help shape the future direction of their community–on Dec. 11. . . . (more)

Laclede County illegal dump cleanup continues
Dump is in sinkhole that flows to Ha Ha Tonka Spring

Some 15,340 pounds of garbage was removed from the Goodwin sinkhole in Laclede County during a volunteer cleanup weekend held Nov. 3 and 4 as the effort to clean the sinkhole continues. . . . (more)

MREPC to plan full-scale exercise

The Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee (MREPC) approved funding a full-scale training exercise for the region’s emergency response agencies during its Nov. 13 meeting.

The training exercise will place responders in a mock incident requiring them to work together and work through any problems the incident might present to better prepare for a real emergency. . . . (more)

Some 33 tons electronic waste, appliances collected, recycled this fall

ST. JAMES–Through a series of special waste collections held in Rolla, Salem and St. Robert this fall,  some 65,291 pounds of electronic waste and appliances were collected and recycled. The items were diverted from landfills to  recycling facilities in Missouri. . . . (more)

Transit planning workshop to be held Dec. 4
Participants to help create action plan

ST. JAMES–Residents of the Meramec Region have an opportunity to help shape the region’s public transit plan by attending the third of a series of three workshops Dec. 4 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission. . . . (more)

HSOC communications equipment survey available
$75,000 in communications equipment to be purchased based on results

The Region I Missouri Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) is asking emergency response agencies in the area to complete a survey about their communications equipment.

HSOC has identified $75,000 to be used to purchase communications equipment for emergency response agencies in Region I. This equipment would allow agencies to access the Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network (MOSWIN). . . . (more)

Onsite wastewater improvement loans available
DNR partnering with Missouri regional planning commissions

ST. JAMES—Homeowners needing to make improvements to septic and other onsite wastewater systems have a new option for financing those projects in a program offered through a partnership between Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Meramec Regional Planning Commission. . . . (more)

Paul Corbett receives MRPC’s highest volunteer award
Additional 11 volunteers, including three youth, one organization honored

Paul Corbett of Waynesville was honored and surprised with the Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s highest volunteer award—the Eugene E. Northern award—during its 2012 Annual Dinner, held Nov. 8, at Hermann Hill Village in Hermann.

Each year, MRPC honors residents from Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties who have exhibited outstanding voluntarism and community service. MRPC also presents its highest honor, its annual Eugene E. Northern Award, to a volunteer who has demonstrated lifelong community service. Northern, a former Rolla mayor, was a Missouri Circuit judge that was dedicated to his community and went beyond the call of duty. . . . (more)

Meramec Regional Planning Commission Chairman Gary Brown (left) presents Paul Corbett of Waynesville (right) with the organization’s highest award for volunteer service, the Eugene E. Northern Award, during the 2012 MRPC Annual Dinner on Nov. 8.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission honored 12 people and one organization for volunteer efforts during its 2012 Annual Dinner. Pictured are Jimmy Zumwalt of Belle, Jessica Zeiss of Hermann, Jerry West of Potosi, Harold Schulte of Linn, Dallas Ernst of Waynesville, Tim Berrier of Waynesville, Vince Giacolone of Rolla representing Volunteers in Police Services, Ronnie Layman of Crocker, Paul Corbett of Waynesville, Macie Kinsey of Belle, Dolores Grannemann of Hermann and George Ivan of Freeburg. Not pictured is Roy Stevenson of Newburg.

$278,320 renovation project at Newburg Community Homes, Inc. complete

Residents of the 24 apartments of Newburg Community Homes, Inc., a senior housing complex in Newburg, now have more modern and more energy efficient homes.

The apartment units were recently renovated thanks to a $263,320 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and an additional $15,000 contributed by the Newburg Community Homes, Inc. Board of Directors. . . . (more)

Newburg Sr Housing

Newburg Community Housing, Inc. Board President Peggy Deshurley gives a tour of a finished apartment unit following a reception held to celebrate the completion of a recent renovation project.

New call lights were installed during the recent renovation of Newburg Community Homes, Inc. to improve resident safety. Here, Newburg Community Homes, Inc. President Peggy Deshurley and Secretary Tyra Rafter point out the new devices.

Autumn Age Homes, Inc. renovation complete

BOURBON–Autumn Age Homes, Inc., a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department of Rural Development senior housing complex in Bourbon, recently completed a $274,978 renovation project.

The project was funded by a $234,978 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Iowa and an additional $40,000 contributed by the Autumn Age Homes, Inc. Board of Directors.
Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) administered the project and provided construction management services.

In order to receive funds through the Federal Home Loan Bank, a local  member bank had to serve as sponsor, and town and Country Bank of Bourbon willingly did so. Krystal Brown of Town and Country Bank took on the work of distributing funds.

“This project is very personal to me,” Brown said at a reception celebrating the completion of the project. “My mom lived in these apartments, so I know just how important it is for our seniors to have places like this.”

Also attending the reception were field representative for Sen. Claire McCaskill, Brendan Fahey; staff assistant for U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Mary Tinsley; MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge; representatives from the USDA Department of Rural Development; Phil Everett of the Federal Home Loan Bank-Des Moines; Autumn Age Homes, Inc. Board Chairman Jerry Nowak and many apartment residents. . . . (more)

Autumn Age Homes, Inbc.

Residents of Autumn Age Homes, Inc. gather during a reception celebrating the completion of a recent renovation of the senior apartment complex with representatives from USDA Department of Rural Development, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Brendan Fahey of Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office, Mary Tinsley of U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s office, Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, Krystal Brown of Town and Country Bank of Bourbon, Autumn Age Homes Board Chairman Jerry Nowak, Autumn Age Homes Site Manager Karen Harlan, Maria Kardon of MRPC and Chuck Cantrell of MRPC.

New hours of operation for HUD assistance satellite office in Potosi

Effective Dec. 11, 2012, the hours of operation for the Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) satellite office in Potosi will be the second Tuesday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon. The PHA provides the HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in Washington County. . . . (more)

Harold Schulte receives Distinguished Service Award from MRPC

Hermann–Harold E. Schulte of Linn was among nine individuals honored by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) with a Distinguished Service Award at the organization’s Annual Dinner held in Hermann on Thursday evening.

The Distinguished Service Awards honor residents of the eight-county Meramec Region who volunteer their time, talents and support to their communities and charitable causes. Award winners have been nominated by an MRPC board member and then selected for the award by the MRPC External Relations Committee.

Osage County Presiding Commissioner Dave Dudenhoeffer nominated Schulte for his efforts with the Osage County Historical Society.

The Osage County Historical Society will open the doors to its newly constructed Heritage Building in Linn within the next six months, and this accomplishment is largely credited to Schulte.

“Harold made this project affordable when the society never thought it was possible. It’s a huge project to undertake alone, and Harold dedicated himself to this project,” Osage County Historical Society President Bill Miller said. . . . (more)

 

Harold Schulte of Linn stands with Meramec Regional Planning Commission Chairman Gary Brown as Schulte is presented with a Distinguished Service Award at the MRPC Annual Dinner in Hermann on Thursday.

Job readiness and job-seeking skills workshop planned Nov. 20 in Potosi

POTOSI—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, in cooperation with the Phelps County PHA Family Self-Sufficiency Program, will host a free workshop on job readiness and job-seeking skills. . . . (more)

Changes to MHDC home repair programs approved
Funding cuts prompt new restrictions

The Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC) board of directors approved changes to the guidelines governing MCEC’s home repair programs at its most recent meeting.

Funding for the programs, including the Federal Home Loan Bank Home Repair Program and the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) Home Repair Opportunity (HeRO) program, has reduced in recent years. In response to this reduction, the MCEC board decided to revise guidelines to ensure the programs would continue to benefit the greatest amount of people. . . . (more)

MRPC supports Work Ready Communities initiative
Board authorizes employer partnership letter

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) became an employer partner of the Missouri Work Ready Communities initiative, a program designed to help job-seekers find employment and employers find the right workers for the job. The MRPC board authorized the signing of a partnership letter to show the organization’s support of the program at its Oct. 11 meeting. . . . (more)

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

The Meramec Region’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) decided that the expansions of Highways 63 and 50 to four-lane corridors remain the number one and two priorities respectively for regional transportation needs at its Oct. 11 meeting.

TAC members spent a portion of the meeting sharing transportation needs from their counties and then voting to prioritize them on a regional level. The prioritized list will now be considered at the district and state levels and, hopefully, become a part of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). . . . (more)

TAC members shared transportation needs within their counties with their fellow committee members for regional prioritization during the TAC’s Oct. 11 meeting.

Tabletop exercises help emergency workers prepare for hazardous materials

Emergency responders throughout the Meramec Region are polishing their skill sets when it comes to handling hazardous materials through a series of tabletop training exercises designed to submerge them in a world of what-ifs that require them to apply previous training and experience. . . . (more)

Volunteers clean illegal dump in Laclede County
Dump sits on sinkhole that flows to Ha Ha Tonka Spring

A hillside in Laclede County played host to some 92 volunteers recently–and 42 more the following day­–as they joined in an effort to clean an illegal dump site that sits on top of Goodwin Sinkhole.

Some members of this caring group of volunteers came from as far away as St. Louis and rural Kansas. So, what is the attraction to this Missouri sinkhole?

A dye trace performed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Division of Geological Land Survey showed water from the sink drains into Ha Ha Tonka Spring, which empties into Lake of the Ozarks.

“The main reason we are trying to clean it out is because of the water quality issues that affect Ha Ha Tonka,” Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Environmental Programs Manager Tammy Snodgrass said. . . . (more)

Members of the fort Leonard Wood Engineering Basic Officers Leadership Class help remove decades of trash, tires and sediment from the Goodwin Sinkhole in Laclede County.

Study to help safeguard Fort Leonard Wood, its missions underway

Fort Leonard Wood is an integral part of the economies of its surrounding communities, and a study aiming to identify ways for those communities and the military installation to work together to insure its continued success began in September. . . . (more)

MoDOT Local Public Agency Training to be held Dec. 5 & 6 at MRPC

ST. JAMES–Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Missouri Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Missouri Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) have partnered together to host two Local Public Agency (LPA) trainings in the Meramec Region.. . . . (more)

Maries County R-II School Foundation Committee formed

With support from the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) and the Maries R-II School District, the Maries County R-II School Foundation Committee was recently formed to help provide scholarships to Maries County R-II graduates and support the school in its other needs.

The newly appointed nine-member committee will be responsible for selecting a recipient or recipients for this year’s Kaeding-Winter Scholarship­–a fund established in the name of two sisters who donated scholarship funds to Maries County R-II School several years ago.

Previously, this scholarship fund was managed by the school district. Several months ago, the school board voted to allow scholarship monies to be invested with MRCF through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO), allowing investment returns to fund the scholarship and leaving the invested dollars intact. This means scholarships will be available effectually forever. . . . (more)

A nine-member committee has been formed for the Maries R-II School Foundation. Pictured from left to right are committee members Chris Feeler; Steve Vogt; Vicki Nelson; Michelle Butler; Jessica Rohrer-Tipton, treasurer; Mark McClane. president; and Jan Sassmann, vice-president. Not pictured are Tasha Busch, secretary, and Jimmy Zumwalt.

MRPC to honor 12 volunteers, community organization at Annual Dinner in Hermann

ST. JAMES–Winston Churchill once wrote, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”

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, 12 volunteers, including two youths, and one non-profit organization will be honored at the 2012 MRPC Annual Dinner celebration on Nov. 8 at Hermann Hill Village in Hermann, Mo. . . . (more)

MRPC board approves 2012 Annual Dinner venue
Hermann Hill Village and City of Hermann to host event

ST. JAMES– Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board members selected Hermann Hill Village in Hermann, Mo. as the site of this year’s Annual Dinner at their Sept. 13 meeting. . . . (more)

Salem Strategic Plan meeting set for Oct. 23
Participants to create community vision, begin developing action plan

City of Salem and Dent County residents are invited to attend the second of six work session meetings designed to create a strategic plan–a plan that will help shape the future direction of their community–on Oct. 23. . . . (more)

Council for a Healthy Dent County awarded $347,620 in NAP tax credits
Credits to be used to create Community Center

The former Missouri National Guard building now known as the Salem Freedom Activity Center will have a new purpose thanks, in part, to $347,620 in Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits recently awarded to the Council for a Healthy Dent County (CHDC). . . . (more)

Ozark Rivers approves grants totaling more than $300,000

Fourteen environmental programs in the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) are slated for grant funding totaling $309,08.06 after being approved by the ORSWMD board at its Oct. 2 meeting. . . . (more)

Disaster preparedness training scheduled Oct. 16
Laclede County chosen as pilot site for faith-based initiative workshop

Whether it is a devastating tornado like the one that claimed hundreds of lives in Joplin more than a year ago or other disasters that regularly effect Missouri residents like floods, fires or, potentially, a large-scale earthquake, the faith-based community is often one of the first to step up and assist emergency responders.. . . . (more)

MRPC, MML host elected officials workshop

More than two-dozen elected officials throughout the Meramec Region recently gathered at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) in St. James for a workshop presented by the Missouri Municipal League (MML).

MML Deputy Director Richard Sheets and Policy and Membership Associate Stuart Haynes informed participants about various aspects of their duties as elected officials, issues affecting local governments and ways to make government entities more efficient. . . . (more)

Participants in the Missouri Municipal League Elected officials Workshop recently held at Meramec Regional Planning Commission eagerly listen as MML Deputy Director Richard Sheets introduces workshop topics.

MRPC surveying public transit system users
Meramec Region’s public transit plan to be updated

Users of public transportation in the Meramec Region are being asked to help update the region’s transit plan by completing a short survey.

The region’s public transportation plan was initially created in 2008, and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) has been contracted by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to update the original plan. . . . (more)

Public water system completed in southern Washington County


Thanks to grants provided by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), a loan and grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and a Missouri Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), residents of the town of Belgrade were recently able to experience cleaner water through a new public water system. . . . (more)

Owensville industrial park improvements complete

Recently completed improvements to roadways in the City of Owensville’s industrial park paved the way for more than 60 new jobs and potential future growth.

The project was completed with the help of a Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) as local printing company RR Donnelley expanded the products created at the Owensville facility. . . . (more)

Deteriorating bridge near Newburg R-II Schools replaced using DRA grant funds

NEWBURG—Those returning to school in Newburg this August were likely to notice a major improvement to the local roadways as a new bridge and roundabout adjacent to Newburg R-II schools opened for traffic. . . . (more)

Salem, Dent County seeking resident input for strategic plan
First meeting Sept. 25

Residents of Salem and Dent County have the opportunity to help shape the future direction of their community during a series of meetings beginning Sept. 25.

The Dent County and Salem strategic plan was initially created in 1994 as a means to identify the goals and objectives of the city and county–items and issues residents and leaders wish to address–and provide schedules and funding options to accomplish those goals. It was last updated in 1997. . . . (more)

Transportation Advisory Committee elects new officers

ST. JAMES —The Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) appointed new officers to lead the committee through the next year at its Aug. 9 meeting.

John Petersen of Phelps County was elected to serve as chairman. Leo Sanders of Crawford County was selected as vice-chairman, and James Kleffner of Maries County will serve as secretary.. . . . (more)

MREPC hosts forum on 911 funding

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee in partnership with Meramec Regional Planning Commission held a forum for MREPC members, legislators, 911 center directors, 911 board members and county commissioners to look for solutions to the funding crisis faced by many 911 centers in Missouri on Aug. 21. . . . (more)

City of Newburg completes water system upgrade
Project funded through Community Development Block Grant Program and Missouri DNR grants

The City of Newburg recently completed an upgrade to the city’s water and wastewater system using $500,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds. . . . (more)

Homeland Security Oversight Committee reallocates $100,000 in grant funds to interoperable radios


ST. JAMES—The Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) reallocated $100,000 in grant funds from FY2010 appropriations to help local agencies access the Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network (MOSWIN). MOSWIN is a new radio communications network maintained by the State of Missouri and available to emergency responders throughout the state. To access MOSWIN, agencies must own digital radios that meet certain specifications. . . . (more)

Meramec Region Emergency Planning Committee reviews hazmat training survey for region

The Meramec Region Emergency Planning Committee (MREPC) studied the preliminary results of a hazmat training survey conducted by Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) during its Aug. 21 meeting. . . . (more)

MRPC, MML to host Elected Officials Workshop Aug. 30

ST. JAMES—Local elected officials have a chance to learn more about their statutory duties at an upcoming Elected Officials Workshop, sponsored by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission and presented by the Missouri Municipal League. . . . (more)

Onsite wastewater improvement loans available
DNR partnering with Missouri regional planning commissions


ST. JAMES—Homeowners needing to make improvements to septic and other onsite wastewater systems have a new option for financing those projects in a program offered through a partnership between Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Meramec Regional Planning Commission. . . . (more)

Electronics and appliance collection Sept. 15 in St. Robert
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties

ST. ROBERT–A special wastes collection for electronics and appliances will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at the St. Robert Community Center parking lot, at 114 J.H. Williamson Dr. in St. Robert.

The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) and the City of St. Robert, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), are offering the collection.  . . . (more)

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Bone re-elected MREPC chairman
Murdock honored after 21 years of service

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee (MREPC) re-elected Kraig Bone of Washington County as MREPC chairman during its meeting June 13 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).

Andrea Rice of Osage County was re-elected as MREPC vice chair. Officers serve one-year terms with elections held annually in June.

Lester Murdock of Crawford County retired from serving as an MREPC board member for 21 years.

Murdock was appointed to MREPC by the City of Cuba on April 26, 1991.

Tammy Snodgrass, MRPC assistant director and environmental programs manager, commended Murdock for his dedication.

“For the past 21 plus years, Les has been a dedicated, active member of the committee,” Snodgrass said. “Les has worked hard to encourage emergency response agencies and related organizations to not only participate in the training opportunities provided by MREPC, but in the organization as well.” . . . (more)

MREPC Chairman Kraig Bone, left, and MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass present Lester Murdock a plaque, thanking him for 21 years of service to MREPC.

TAC approves updated regional transportation plan

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) recently updated its regional transportation plan to include 2010 Census data, community sidewalk surveys and updated transportation needs prioritization. The plan was approved for submission to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) during the TAC’s June 14 meeting at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).  . . . . (more)

MRPC board adopts FY 2012-13 budget
Dodd, Antolak, Whitaker honored for service

ST. JAMES  – The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) recently approved its FY 2012-13 budget, with projected revenues at $2.3 million and expenses at $2.2 million, anticipating a profit of $17,934. The fiscal year runs July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

Fiscal Officer Linda Loughridge presented the budget and explained federal funds were down 22 percent from the previous fiscal year. The funds consist of 51 percent of MRPC’s total revenue funding. Decreases were also seen in state and local-contractual revenue funds. However, overall expenses are down $281,298 from the previous fiscal year.

Loughridge reviewed programs and projects completed within the year such as the region-wide electric cooperative hazard mitigation planning program. New projects were added such as updating the region-wide transit study for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

Following the MRPC meeting, the MRB Corporation approved its final budget for  FY 2012-13. The board also approved the Meramec Regional Development Corporation’s Intermediary Relending Program and Revolving Loan Fund program budgets for FY 2012-13. . . . (more)

 

MRPC Chairman Gary Brown, right, presented Donald Dodd a plaque for his 13 years of service to MRPC. Dodd served as a MRPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) member since September 1999; served as an at-large MRPC board member representing transportation since April 2007; and served as TAC chairman since April 2007.

MRPC Secretary Ruth Whitaker, left, was honored during the meeting for her 33 years of service to MRPC. Whitaker will be retiring June 30. MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge presented Whitaker with a cake and flowers on behalf of the board and staff.

MRPC Chairman Gary Brown presented Laura Antolak a plaque for her 12 years of service as the MRPC at-large board member representing small business.

MCEC elects Petersen to serve as chairman
Officers elected; Sink-Blair provides project updates

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC) elected John Petersen of Phelps County as chairman during its June 12 meeting at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). Petersen replaced John Hewkin of Crawford County. . . . (more)

Solid Waste District elects officers for 2012-13 fiscal year

ST. JAMES—Brady Wilson of Rolla was elected chairman of the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District as the group selected officers for both the executive board and the full council at its meeting June 5 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). Wilson replaced Scott Murrell of Fort Leonard Wood who retired after serving on the board for 20 years.

Other executive board officers elected in addition to Wilson were: Gary Gilliam of Potosi, vice chairman; Darrell Skiles of Dent County, secretary; and Randy Verkamp of Phelps County, treasurer. Gilliam replaced Brady Wilson. Skiles and Verkamp were both re-elected.

Officers each serve a one-year term with elections held annually in June. . . . (more)

Bill Huffman receives a plaque for his 15 years of service on the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District board. MRPC Environmental Programs Manager Tammy Snodgrass presented the award.

Ozark Rivers board approves 2012-13 operations budget

ST. JAMES—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Maagement District (ORSWMD) approved its operations budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 during its meeting May 8 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). . . . (more)

Meramec Regional Community Foundation elects officers
Annual meeting slated July 25

ST. JAMES—Wayne Parry of Phelps County was elected as chairman of the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) at its June 6 meeting at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) in St. James.

Parry previously served as vice chairman and replaces Laura Antolak who served as chairman since MRCF’s establishment in May 2010. Parry will continue to serve as the Phelps County representative, while Antolak will remain on the board as the regional at-large board member. 

Board members also elected Mardy Leathers of Crawford County to serve as vice chairman. Leathers previously served as secretary/treasurer.

Vicki Nelson of Maries County was elected to serve as secretary/treasurer in place of Leathers. . . . (more)

Newly elected MRCF officers are from left, Mardy Leathers, vice chairman, Crawford County; Vicki Nelson, secretary/treasurer, Maries County; and Wayne Parry, chairman, Phelps County.

Murrell retires from Ozark Rivers board after two decades
Served 15 years as chairman

ST. JAMES—When Scott Murrell agreed to serve as Fort Leonard Wood representative on the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District board in 1992, little did he know his term would last two decades. In May, Murrell retired from the Ozark Rivers board, after 20 years of service, including 15 years as chairman.

Murrell first was elected to serve as chairman of the grant review committee and then became Ozark Rivers chairman in 1997. He continued to serve as chairman until May 2012.

Since its creation, the district has accomplished many of its environmental goals including forming major recycling programs at Fort Leonard Wood and in Rolla.

"There is a recycling program in nearly every community now. We are also proud of the cleanups, including the illegal dump cleanups—We were one of the first districts to do that,” Murrell said.

Murrell also noted the district began organizing special waste collections within its seven counties and started household hazardous waste collections.

“Now we have two points for people to go to drop off household hazardous waste—one in Rolla and one in Waynesville and St. Robert,” Murrell said.  . . . (more)

Scott Murrell, left, receives an award for his 20 years of service on the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District board. Vice Chairman Brady Wilson presented the award during the May 8 board meeting. Wilson was elected district chairman in June.

Murdock retires from Ozark Rivers board after 14 years of service  

ST. JAMES—Lester Murdock has retired after serving on the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District board, representing the City of Cuba, for the past 14 years.

Murdock joined as a board member in 1998 and has since served on both the full council and the executive board.

Murdock explained the district has constantly been trying to increase the number of special waste collections in its seven-county region to help reduce illegal dumping.

“We have always strived to reduce the amount of dumps along county roads,” Murdock said. “The special collections have grown. There is also more recycling in the cities, and people are becoming more conscious of recycling.”

Murdock also noted the district has tried to increase recycling education programs in schools as well as increase the recycling efforts of schools and individual companies.

The district recognizes these efforts during its awards program each year, Murdock said.. . . (more)

Lester Murdock, left, receives an award for his 14 years of service on the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District board. Vice Chairman Brady Wilson presented the award during the May 8 board meeting.

Dickey retires from MRPC board
Served 14 years as at-large board member, representing farming

ST. JAMES ­–­ Leo Dickey of Washington County has retired from the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board after serving 14 years as an at-large board member, representing farming. Dickey was honored at the board’s May 10 meeting.

MRPC has continuously worked toward community betterment in the Meramec Region, Dickey said.

He noted MRPC has helped communities receive grants for special projects such as building a bridge and firehouse in the City of Irondale and water system improvements in Caledonia and Belgrade.

Bonnie Prigge, MRPC’s executive director, has been a strong leader for the organization, Dickey said. Prigge replaced Richard Cavender, who retired July 1, 2011, after serving 32 years as executive director. . . . (more)

MRPC Chairman Russell Scheulen, right, presents Leo Dickey an award for serving as an MRPC at-large board member, representing farming, since October 1998.

Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee to hold June 19 meeting
Public invited to help decrease roadway fatalities  

ST. JAMES — The number of roadway fatalities in the Meramec Region have been on the rise in 2012, and the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee has been actively trying to reduce this number by promoting roadway safety. . . . (more)

Students at Wyman Elementary School, Rolla Junior High School learn benefits of composting


ROLLA— What can you do to decrease the amount of trash you and your family produce by up to 90 percent? The answer is simple — try composting.

Third and fourth-grade students at Wyman Elementary School and Rolla Junior High School students focused on this lesson during compost education presentations May 9. . . . (more)

Third graders at Wyman Elementary attend the compost education program presented by Stan Slaughter on May 9.


Stan Slaughter presents the compost education program to Rolla Junior High School students May 9.

Ozark Actors Theatre creates endowment fund with MRCF

ROLLA — Ozark Actors Theatre (OAT) has established an endowment fund with the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Contributions from this fund will be used for permanent sustainment of the non-profit organization’s operations.

 “The endowment fund is part of our year-long silver anniversary celebration. Our first quarter century has been incredible, and we want to ensure that OAT is around for another quarter century of providing outstanding, live, professional theatre to our community,” said OAT Producing Artistic Director Jason Cannon.

Cannon, who studied theatre in both undergraduate and graduate school, has been a freelance theatre artist and educator since 1998. He explained that generating income and creating revenue for OAT is a constant struggle as a non-profit organization.   . . . (more)

 


Jason Cannon, Ozark Actors Theatre (OAT) producing artistic director, left, and John Wiggins, OAT board president, gather with MRCF Chairman Laura Antolak before signing documents to establish an endowment fund through MRCF.

Bourbon Elementary School students learn benefits of composting

BOURBON—What can you do to decrease the amount of trash you and your family produce by up to 90 percent? The answer is simple — try composting.

Third and fourth-grade students at Bourbon Elementary School focused on this lesson during a compost education presentation May 16. . . . (more)

Third graders from Bourbon Elementary perform a composting skit for their
fellow classmates in third and fourth grade.

Stan Slaughter performs a song about composting to third and fourth-grade students at
Bourbon Elementary.

Heywood elected secretary of MRPC

ST. JAMES ­–­ Mary Heywood of Bourbon was elected secretary of Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) during the group’s May 10 meeting in St. James. Heywood is an at-large board member, representing unemployed.

Heywood succeeds T.R. Dudley, who had previously served a two-year term as secretary. Heywood had served a two-year term as treasurer.

 Other officers elected during the meeting are:

  • Chairman Gary Brown, mayor of Salem. Brown had previously served as vice chairman;
  • Vice Chairman T.R. Dudley, mayor of Potosi. Dudley had previously served as secretary; and 
  • Treasurer Ray Schwartze, presiding commissioner of Maries County;

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Mary Heywood has been elected to serve as MRPC secretary.

Salem mayor elected chairman of MRPC

ST. JAMES ­–­ Gary Brown, mayor of Salem, was elected chairman of Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) during the group’s May 10 meeting in St. James.

Brown succeeds Russell Scheulen, who had served the maximum two-year term as chairman. Brown had served two years as vice chairman.

Other officers elected during the meeting are:  

  • Vice Chairman T.R. Dudley, mayor of Potosi. Dudley had previously served as secretary;  
  • Secretary Mary Heywood, at-large board member, representing unemployed. Heywood had previously served as treasurer; and
  • Treasurer Ray Schwartze, presiding commissioner of Maries County;

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MRPC Vice Chairman Gary Brown, left, honored Russell Scheulen on behalf of the MRPC board for serving as MRPC chairman for the last two years. Brown will replace Scheulen as chair at the June commission meeting.

Potosi mayor elected vice chairman of MRPC

ST. JAMES ­–­ T.R. Dudley, mayor of Potosi, was elected vice chairman of Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) during the group’s May 10 meeting in St. James.

Dudley succeeds Gary Brown, who had served a two-year term as vice chairman. Dudley had served two years as secretary.

Other officers elected during the meeting are: 

  • Chairman Gary Brown, mayor of Salem. Brown had previously served as vice chairman;
  • Secretary Mary Heywood, at-large board member, representing unemployed. Heywood had previously served as treasurer; and
  • Treasurer Ray Schwartze, presiding commissioner of Maries County;

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T.R. Dudley has been elected to serve as MRPC vice chairman.

Schwartze elected treasurer of MRPC

ST. JAMES ­–­ Ray Schwartze, presiding commissioner of Maries County, was elected treasurer of Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) during the group’s May 10 meeting in St. James.

Schwartze succeeds Mary Heywood, who had served a two-year term as treasurer. Schwartze took office as a MRPC board member representing Maries County in January 2007. This is his first officer position on the board.

Other officers elected during the meeting are: 

  • Chairman Gary Brown, mayor of Salem. Brown had previously served as vice chairman;
  • Vice Chairman T.R. Dudley, mayor of Potosi. Dudley had previously served as secretary; and
  • Secretary Mary Heywood, at-large board member, representing unemployed. Heywood had previously served as treasurer;

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Ray Schwartze, left, pictured with MRPC Chairman Russell Scheulen at the 2011 MRPC annual dinner in Vienna, has been elected to serve as treasurer of MRPC.

Westphalia Senior Citizens Complex, Inc. begins $252,000 renovation project

WESTPHALIA—A $252,000 rehabilitation project has started at the 16-unit Westphalia Senior Citizens Complex, Inc. The work, which includes replacing roofs, windows, doors and kitchen cabinets as well as installing furnaces, AC units and more, will modernize the complex and make necessary upgrades. . . . (more)



Employees of CASCO Electric of Beaufort, Mo. work to install exterior lighting at the Westphalia Senior Citizens Complex in May.

A worker from Schaefer Electric of Loose Creek, Mo. replaces a breaker box in a Westphalia Senior Citizens Complex apartment in May.

Missouri LTAP offers training opportunities to Meramec Region’s cities, counties

ST. JAMES ­–­ The Missouri Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) presented training opportunities available to city public works and county road departments during the Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) meeting May 10.

Heath Pickerill, director of Missouri LTAP, provided information on the organization’s training programs.

Pickerill, who has been with LTAP since 2007, noted the organization is located on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in Rolla.

“LTAP’s mission is to serve local government agencies throughout the state and provide local cities and counties with training and resources,” Pickerill said. “Classes are low-cost and are also offered by request.”

LTAP provides training to enhance the skills of personnel involved in local transportation in Missouri. Besides offering training and resources, LTAP has established a network of agencies and partnerships with various organizations such as Missouri Municipal League and Missouri Association of Counties. . . . (more)

Heath Pickerill, director of Missouri LTAP, explained the “Show-Me” Road Scholar Program training options to MRPC board members.

MRB Corporation elects 2012-13 slate of officers  

ST. JAMES ­–­ Doolittle Mayor Paul Smith was re-elected president of the Meramec Regional Building (MRB) Corporation at its meeting May 10 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). . . . (more)

Sullivan High School Project Graduation receives $200 grant

SULLIVAN—The Sullivan High School Project Graduation committee recently received a $200 grant as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants, worth $3,350, to assist with Project Graduations and school docudramas in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. The Sullivan Project Graduation committee received $100 in cash and $100 in prizes, including stadium blankets, backpacks and tie-dyed T-shirts with the Arrive Alive message. The committee has been raising funds throughout the year to provide seniors with a fun and safe drug and alcohol free celebration following graduation. Kathleen Nahm, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, third from left, presented the grant award to Lee Ritter, Project Graduation representative. Also pictured from left are J.T. Hardy, Sullivan city administrator; Haley Klauser, high school senior; Nahm; Ritter; Macy Ritter, high school senior; and Mark Schupp, high school resource officer with the Sullivan Police Department. The funding for the grants was provided by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The Meramec Region coalition formed for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. For more information, contact Nahm at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at knahm@meramecregion.org.

Crocker High School Project Graduation receives $200 grant

CROCKER—The Crocker High School Project Graduation committee recently received a $200 grant as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants, worth $3,350, to assist with Project Graduations and school docudramas in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. The Crocker Project Graduation committee received $100 in cash and $100 in prizes, including stadium blankets, backpacks and tie-dyed T-shirts with the Arrive Alive message. The committee had been raising funds throughout the year to provide seniors with a fun and safe drug and alcohol free celebration following graduation. Kathleen Nahm, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, back row, sixth from left, presented the grant award to Senior Class President Cody Bivens. Also pictured are back row from left, Crocker Police Chief Chris Twitchel; Jennifer Houlehan, Project Graduation sponsor; Tami Bobbitt, Crocker High School principal; high school senior; Bivens; Nahm; Cpl. Steve Crabtree, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I; Nancy Ward, Project Graduation sponsor; and Erin Schaffer, Project Graduation sponsor. . . . (more)

Richland High School Project Graduation receives $200 grant

RICHLAND—The Richland High School Project Graduation committee recently received a $200 grant as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants, worth $3,350, to assist with Project Graduations and school docudramas in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. The Richland Project Graduation committee received $100 in cash and $100 in prizes, including stadium blankets, backpacks and tie-dyed T-shirts with the Arrive Alive message. The committee has been raising funds throughout the year to provide seniors with a fun and safe drug and alcohol free celebration following graduation. Kathleen Nahm, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, fourth from left, presented the grant award to Richland High School Principal Doug Smith, Project Graduation representative. Also pictured are from left, Richland Police Chief Gary Bates; Dakota Bailey, senior; Smith; Nahm; Aaron Tallant, senior; Richland Mayor Lucy Henson and Cpl. Steve Crabtree, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I. . . . (more)

Dixon High School Project Prom receives $200 grant

DIXON—The Dixon High School Project Prom committee recently received a $200 grant as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants, worth $3,350, to assist with Project Graduations, school docudramas and alternative prom events in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. The Dixon Project Prom committee received $100 in cash and $100 in prizes, including stadium blankets, backpacks and tie-dyed T-shirts with the Arrive Alive message. The committee had been raising funds throughout the year to provide students with a fun and safe drug and alcohol free celebration following prom. Kathleen Nahm, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, back row, sixth from left, presented the grant award to Project Prom Sponsor Alison Keck. Also pictured are back row from left, Lance Parker, Dixon Mayor Ben Copeland, Madison Rollins, Marshall Mike Plummer, Keck, Nahm, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I Sgt. Dan Crain and Grant Paterson. Also pictured are, front row from left, Samantha Holsten, Kara Hau, Morgan Gann and Rebekan Woody. The funding for the grants was provided by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The Meramec Region coalition formed for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. For more information, contact Nahm at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at knahm@meramecregion.org.

Bourbon High School Project Graduation receives $200 grant

BOURBON—The Bourbon High School Project Graduation committee recently received a $200 grant as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants, worth $3,350, to assist with Project Graduations and school docudramas in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. The Bourbon Project Graduation committee received $100 in cash and $100 in prizes, including stadium blankets, backpacks and tie-dyed T-shirts with the Arrive Alive message. The committee has been raising funds throughout the year to provide seniors with a fun and safe drug and alcohol free celebration following graduation. Kathleen Nahm, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, back row, fifth from left, presented the grant award to Terri Rowden, Project Graduation representative. Also pictured are front row from left, Ashly Warren, Crystal Fajardo Rodriguez and Maria Guadalupe Fajardo. Back row from left are Bourbon Police Chief Michael Pennock, Taylor Vinson, Nate McClary, Michael Pennock, Nahm, Rowden, Jeffrey Brust II, Crawford County Presiding Commissioner Leo Sanders and Crawford County Sheriff Randy Martin. . . . . (more)

Rolla High School Project Graduation receives $200 grant

ROLLA—The Rolla High School Project Graduation committee recently received a $200 grant as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants, worth $3,350, to assist with Project Graduations and school docudramas in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. The Rolla Project Graduation committee received $100 in cash and $100 in prizes, including stadium blankets, backpacks and tie-dyed T-shirts with the Arrive Alive message. The committee has been raising funds throughout the year to provide seniors with a fun and safe drug and alcohol free celebration following graduation. Bonnie Prigge, Meramec Regional Planning Commission executive director, eighth from left, presented the grant award to Carol Moorkamp of the Rolla Kiwanis Club who coordinates the Rolla Project Graduation and several Rolla High School seniors. Pictured from left are Phelps County Sheriff Rick Lisenbe; Sara Khan; Phelps County Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp; Tayler Grass; Kelsey Wilson; Moorkamp; Adalie Myers; Prigge; Sgt. Wayne Rapier, Rolla Police Department and school resource officer; Dani Licklider; Alexandria Look; Col. Steve Cunningham, Missouri State Highway Patrol; Jeshua Cooper and Johnny Phan. The funding for the grants was provided by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The Meramec Region coalition formed for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. For more information, contact Kathleen Nahm at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at knahm@meramecregion.org.

Delta Regional Authority grant helping to improve Steelville water system

STEELVILLE – The City of Steelville is replacing one of its main water lines to provide more efficient water flow and pressure to residents, and a grant from the Delta Regional Authority is helping make it happen.

The project totals $108,090 with Delta Regional Authority (DRA) awarding the city a $54,045 grant, and the City of Steelville providing a cash match of the same amount.

Some 1,500 feet of two-inch line along Grand Street will to be replaced with 1,500 feet of six-inch PVC. The present line is greatly deteriorated and galvanized and does not provide adequate flow or pressure to the seven households served on the street. The new line will be tied to an existing six-inch PVC line and will be connected to an existing two-inch service line off First Street. Line construction includes gate valves, hydrants and connection to the existing meters. . . . (more)

Klauser receives $500 public service scholarship through MRCF

SULLIVAN—Sullivan High School senior Haley Klauser recently received the Richard and Jeanne Cavender $500 Scholarship for Public Service for the 2012-13 academic year through the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF). The Cavender scholarship fund, established in 2010, provides financial assistance to college-bound seniors in the Meramec Region counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington. The scholarship assists seniors pursuing careers in pubic service, including education, public administration, planning, social work or a related activity. Klauser, center, is pictured receiving her scholarship from Richard and Jeanne Cavender during the Rotary achievement awards program May 14 at Sullivan High School. Klauser plans to attend University of Missouri – Columbia’s School of Social Work. MRCF is an outgrowth of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission and is an affiliate of Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) in Springfield. Richard Cavender was a founding member of MRCF, which was established in May 2010, while he was executive director of MRPC. For more information on MRCF, contact Luci Flaim at (573) 265-2993 or by email at lflaim@meramecregion.org.

McMillen receives $500 Cavender scholarship through MRCF

ST. JAMES—St. James High School senior Michael McMillen recently received the Richard and Jeanne Cavender $500 Scholarship for Public Service for the 2012-13 academic year through the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF). The Cavender scholarship fund, established in 2010, provides financial assistance to college-bound seniors in the Meramec Region counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington. The scholarship assists seniors pursuing careers in public service, including education, public administration, planning, social work or a related activity. McMillen received his scholarship during the St. James High School senior awards program May 16. Pictured from left are Richard Cavender, Jeanne Cavender, Michael McMillen and Amy McMillen, Michael’s mother. McMillen plans to attend Missouri State University in Springfield to study conservation and wildlife. McMillen said he hopes to eventually become a game warden. MRCF is an outgrowth of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission and is an affiliate of Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) in Springfield. Richard Cavender was a founding member of MRCF, which was established in May 2010, while Cavender was executive director of MRPC. For more information, contact Luci Flaim at (573) 265-2993 or by email at lflaim@meramecregion.org.

Phelps County PHA to begin accepting housing assistance applications May 30  

ST. JAMES—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) is reopening its housing waiting list, and will begin accepting applications for housing assistance, announced Linda Hollandsworth, housing manager. Applications will be accepted at the St. James office beginning May 30 and at the Potosi satellite office, starting June 5. . . . (more)

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Crawford County Road Department employees, community service volunteers assist in trash dump clean up
Over 3,000 pounds of trash removed

STEELVILLE—Crawford County Road Department employees and community service volunteers worked to clean up trash from an illegal dump site on Liberty Road in Steelville on March 19, 2012. Danny Brown, Crawford County Road District 1 foreman, supervised the clean up, which included the assistance of road department employees Bob Plank, truck driver; and Greg Miscke, backhoe operator; as well as two community service volunteers. . . . (more)

Greg Miscke of the Crawford County Road Department uses a backhoe to help remove illegally dumped trash on Liberty Road on March 19.

The trash collected was loaded in a county dump truck for removal.

St. James High School Project Graduation receives $200 grant

ST. JAMES—The St. James High School Project Graduation committee recently received a $200 grant as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants worth $3,350 to assist with Project Graduations and school docudramas in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. The St. James Project Graduation committee received $100 in cash and $100 in prizes, including stadium blankets, backpacks and tie-dyed T-shirts with the Arrive Alive message. The committee has been raising funds throughout the year to provide seniors with a fun and safe drug and alcohol free celebration following graduation. Bonnie Prigge, Meramec Regional Planning Commission executive director, front row fourth from left, presented the grant award to Loretta Perona, Project Graduation coordinator. Also pictured in the front row are seniors from left, Kassey Quick, Rachael Shaw, Emily Perona and Annette Van Norman. Back row from left are seniors Jon McClintock, Lance Nichols, Brandon MacFarlane and Zachary Pearson as well as St. James Police Officer Mickey Boles. The funding for the grants was provided by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The Meramec Region coalition formed for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. For more information, contact Kathleen Nahm at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at knahm@meramecregion.org.

Steelville High School Project Graduation receives $200 grant

STEELVILLE—The Steelville High School Project Graduation committee recently received a $200 grant as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants worth $3,350 to assist with Project Graduations and school docudramas in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. The Steelville Project Graduation committee received $100 in cash and $100 in prizes, including stadium blankets, backpacks and tie-dyed T-shirts with the Arrive Alive message. The committee has been raising funds throughout the year to provide seniors with a fun and safe drug and alcohol free celebration following graduation. Kathleen Nahm, Meramec Regional Planning Commission, front row third from left, presented the grant award to Julia Callahan, Project Graduation student leader. Also pictured in the front row from left are Emi Santhuff, senior class treasurer; Callahan; Nahm; Steelville Mayor Terry Palmer and Crawford County Presiding Commissioner Leo Sanders. Back row from left are Crawford County Sheriff Randy Martin; Hannah Beers, senior class president; Ryan Weber, senior class student council representative; Brent McClain, senior class secretary; and Spenser Farr, senior class vice president. The funding for the grants was provided by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The Meramec Region coalition formed for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. For more information, contact Kathleen Nahm at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at knahm@meramecregion.org.

St. James High School receives $700 grant for school docudrama

St. James High School recently received a $700 grant for its safe and sober prom docudrama as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants worth $3,350 to assist with Project Graduations and school docudramas in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. Here, Bonnie Prigge, Meramec Regional Planning Commission executive director, presents the grant award to members of Tau Iota Gamma (TIG), the student organization that helped create the docudrama. Pictured from left are Prigge; Kayla Broeker, TIG; Mag Roberts, TIG coordinator; Macy Damewood, TIG; and Madi Kean, TIG. The Meramec Region coalition formed for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. For more information, contact Kathleen Nahm at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at knahm@meramecregion.org.

Docudramas portray what happens when teenagers drink, or drink and drive, and the repercussions of their decisions. The presentations often simulate accident scenes or instances where students are killed. This year, the St. James High School docudrama program consisted of a film and short theatrical act. First, students watched a film, which depicted students having a party where one student, Macy Damewood, died of alcohol poisoning. Next, students were ushered into a separate room to witness an illustrated scene of Damewood’s funeral service. Pictured here, Damewood lies in an open casket while her mother gives a eulogy and urges the student body to consider the harmful effects of drinking and to take care of one another. The high school students watched the docudrama before attending prom and were also given a pamphlet with valuable information regarding facts about drinking and alcohol poisoning.

Belle High School Project Graduation receives $200 grant

BELLE—The Belle High School Project Graduation committee in the Maries County R-2 School District recently received a $200 grant as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants worth $3,350 to assist with Project Graduations and school docudramas in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. The Belle Project Graduation committee received $100 in cash and $100 in prizes, including stadium blankets, backpacks and tie-dyed T-shirts with the Arrive Alive message. The committee has been raising funds throughout the year to provide seniors with a fun and safe drug and alcohol free celebration following graduation. Here, Project Graduation Coordinator Carole Moore and seniors Lindsey Scheel, Wyatt Duncan and Garrett Ridenhour accept the grant award. The funding for the grants was provided by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The Meramec Region coalition formed for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. For more information, contact Kathleen Nahm at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at knahm@meramecregion.org.

 

Solid waste district announces winners in Earth Day poster, electronic art and trash art contest

ST. JAMES—One hundred and sixteen students were honored for their entries in the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District's 2012 Earth Day Poster and Trash Art Contest. Some 625 entries—474 posters, 27 electronic posters and 124 trash art creations—were received from 20 schools in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps and Washington counties.. . . (more)

Click here for a complete list of winners.

Broadband Regional Technology Planning Team defines strategic plan to increase broadband availability

ST. JAMES –Members of the Broadband Regional Technology Planning Team (RTPT) have outlined a strategic plan that defines the path for the Meramec Region to become part of Gov. Jay Nixon’s goal of increasing the state’s broadband availability to 95 percent by 2014.

The team gathered April 24 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and reviewed the draft plan, compiled by the state’s MOBroadbandNow planning team, which included the results of the Meramec Region’s broadband survey data. The draft plan, once finalized, will be rolled into the state plan.

Connie Ledeaux-Book, of Elon University, and Shannon White, University of Missouri-Columbia, both consultants for the MOBroadbandNow project, led the summit. Brian Rudolph, consultant with Geo Decisions, was also present for assistance. . . . (more)

 

Connie Ledeaux-Book of Elon University, a consultant for MOBroadbandNow, asks team members for feedback regarding the goals and objectives established for increasing broadband within the region. Broadband Regional Technology Planning Team members from left are Bryan Steinman representing Legends Bank, Ron Smith representing City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, Jim Grebing representing the City of Hermann, and Ledeaux-Book.

Rolla High School students tour Rolla Recycling Center, Phelps County Transfer Station
Learn about solid waste issues

Approximately 93 students from Rolla High School toured the Rolla Recycling Center and Phelps County Transfer Station on March 30. The tour was hosted by the City of Rolla, and transportation was funded by a grant from the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District. The program strives to educate students and adults on recycling and proper disposal of solid waste. . . . (more)

Rolla High School students, accompanied by Rolla High School Assistant Principal Corey Ray and City of Rolla Recycling Specialist Marcia Mayo, toured the Rolla Recycling Center in March. Baled recycling materials, such as cardboard and paper, can be seen in the background.

Marcia Mayo, recycling specialist for the Rolla Recycling Center, discusses composting with students from Rolla High School. Mayo explained how composting can be accomplished at home. Dwight Warnke, biology teacher, accompanied the students.

U.S. Forest Service presents public partnership opportunities to MRPC  

ST. JAMES ­–­ Representatives from Mark Twain National Forest explained the benefits of participating in stewardship contracting, and other collaborative opportunities with the U.S. Forest Service, to the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board during its regular meeting April 12. . . . (more)

MRPC cleans up St. James Industrial Park


ST. JAMES—Employees of Meramec Regional Planning Commission, along with family and friends, picked up approximately 60 pounds of trash throughout the St. James Industrial Park where MRPC is located. The total amount of trash collected was about one-third of the amount of trash collected last year, which is a great improvement. The clean up took approximately one hour on April 25. Helping with the clean up were, from left, Elaine Cloyde, Tammy Rigsby, Jane Dolan, Tammy Snodgrass, Teri Smith, Nongluk Tunyavanich, Steve Butery, Linda Huffman, Quinton Huffman, Kathleen Nahm and Bonnie Prigge. Not pictured: Joshua Ashby of St. James Winery. Most of the trash consisted of cardboard, soda cans and beer bottles along with paper, which escaped from open dumpsters around the park. MRPC extends a special thanks to Huffman’s Flowers of the Field Garden Center for loaning the wagons to collect trash. The illegal dump clean up project, funded by the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District, sponsored the cleaning supplies and food for the volunteers. MRPC reported its clean up activity on the ‘No MOre Trash’ website, http://extra.mdc.mo.gov/nomoretrash, as part of April’s No MOre Trash! Bash, co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Maries County R-2 School District holds informational meeting for foundation establishment
Meeting set May 8

BELLE — The public is invited to assist the Maries County R-2 School District in forming a school foundation to further develop scholarship opportunities and to establish future funds to enhance learning opportunities in the district. . . . (more)

Steelville Homes, Inc. completes $525,000 renovation project


STEELVILLE—Steelville Homes, Inc. celebrated the completion of a $525,000 rehabilitation project with a reception held April 20, 2012 at its complex. The project increased energy efficiency and modernized the apartments through the teamwork of many partners.

The 48 units were upgraded through a $375,064 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Des Moines and a $150,000 contribution from the Steelville Homes, Inc. Board of Directors.

First Community National Bank of Steelville was the sponsoring bank for the project. Several local organizations also contributed over $21,000 to the project. The board received donations including $1,000 from the Ladies Auxiliary of the Steelville VFW; $19,000 from Steelville Telephone Exchange; $1,000 from First Community National Bank of Steelville; and $500 from Peoples Bank of Steelville. . . . (more)

MRPC hosted a reception April 20, 2012 at Steelville Homes, Inc. to celebrate the completion of its senior housing renovation project and to thank residents for their patience during the renovations. Those present included the Steelville Homes, Inc. Board of Directors and staff from First Community National Bank of Steelville, Federal Home Loan Bank – Des Moines, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Meramec Regional Planning Commission as well as contractors and community contributors.

Vichy Volunteer Fire Department establishes capacity-building fund with MRCF

The Vichy Volunteer Fire Department has established a capacity-building fund through the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) to build future revenue sources and to provide an additional opportunity to support the local fire department.

The department collected $1,000 in donations to start the fund with hopes of growing it to the $10,000 endowed fund.

 Bonnie Prigge, president of Vichy Volunteer Fire Department, pointed out the department relies on membership dues and several fund-raisers each year to support the department. The fund gives area residents a way to support the fire department into the future. . . . (more)

 

Laura Antolak, MRCF chairman, left, and Bonnie Prigge, president of Vichy Volunteer Fire Department, sign documents to establish the capacity fund through MRCF and CFO.

Vichy Volunteer Fire Department receives multi-rae plus gas monitor

VICHY—Vichy Volunteer Fire Protection Association recently received a multi-rae plus gas monitor through the Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee grant program. The equipment was valued at $3,802.84 and was awarded from FY 2010 HSOC funds. Pictured here from left, Don Chambers, Donnie Chambers and Ken Ramsey, all directors and firefighters with Vichy Fire Department, inspect the new equipment. The gas monitor included a case, accessories, rechargeable batteries, and calibration kit. The multi-gas monitor, the first in Maries County, can detect up to five gases. The monitor will provide better protection of first responders and the public and better determine the type of response needed for each incident. Meramec Regional Planning Commission is the HSOC’s fiscal agent and handles all procurement, once the HSOC determines grant recipients. Region I HSOC, established along the boundaries of the State Highway Patrol Troop I, includes the counties of Crawford, Dent, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Laclede.

MoDOT’s STIP, state rail plan outline transportation goals

ST. JAMES—The Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) plans for construction projects in the region and improvements to the statewide rail system were recently reviewed by members of the Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC). . . . (more)

Buckle Buddy program teaches Belle Elementary students about roadway safety

Some 200 Belle Elementary students in grades Kindergarten through second grade in the Maries County R-2 School District recently participated in the Buckle Buddy program, which teaches the importance of using seatbelts and booster seats. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety in cooperation with the Meramec Region Subcommittee sponsored the program. Here, students in Mr. Schell’s first-grade class celebrate completing the program. The presentation, offered at no cost to the district, features Buckle Buddy, a dragon who encourages students to buckle up and use a booster seat if they are shorter than 4 feet 9 inches or weigh less than 80 pounds. Students receive promotional items to help remember the buckle-up message as well as a completion certificate, pledge card, activity book and story book. Meramec Regional Planning Commission staff presented the program, which is part of the regional coalition’s local effort to save lives and start youth on the path toward lifelong roadway safety. The Meramec Region coalition formed for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. For more information, contact Kathleen Nahm at 573-265-2993 or by email at knahm@meramecregion.org.

Homeland Security Oversight Committee awards $42,500 in grants for 2012
Committee reallocates $22,370 of FY 2009 grant funds to local jurisdictions

ST. JAMES—The Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) recently awarded $42,510.78 in 2012 grant funds that focused on maintenance and sustainment of core capabilities for homeland security projects. . . . (more) 

Kingston High School receives award for 2011 Battle of the Belt

CADET—The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety recently honored Kingston High School for its accomplishments in the 2011 Battle of the Belt high school seat belt challenge, which ran from Oct. 3 to Nov. 11, 2011.

The Battle of the Belt challenge, designed to increase seat belt use in teens, features an unannounced peer-conducted safety belt survey of students, followed by a peer-designed educational campaign, with a final surprise safety belt survey to conclude if more students are buckling up. Students were also able to submit a 30-second video with a focus on encouraging their fellow classmates to buckle up. Some 155 schools participated in the challenge, including 38 schools in the Central District. . . . (more)

Lairmore elected as chairman of GVEZ

VIENNA—Jerry Lairmore of Gasconade County was elected chairman of the Gasconade Valley Enterprise Zone at its reorganization meeting March 23 in Vienna. Lairmore, Gasconade County commissioner, is a new officer to the board and replaced Mark Hays. . . . (more)

Homeowners still needed for Waynesville home renovation projects
 Some $203,500 in housing renovation planned

Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC) has $203,500 of grant funds available to renovate housing in the City of Waynesville, and interested homeowners are still needed to participate. Approximately 10 homes are expected to be improved. . . . (more)

MRCF awards $250 grant to Rolla Public Library 

ROLLA—The Friends of the Rolla Public Library recently received a $250 grant as one of the recipients of Meramec Regional Community Foundation’s (MRCF) first grant allocation. MRCF awarded $1,400 to six projects in five counties, following the group’s monthly meeting March 7 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission. MRCF Vice Chairman Wayne Parry of Phelps County presented the library with the grant award. Pictured from left are Kristen Strandberg, head supervisor/administrative assistant; Stephanie Chinn, children’s coordinator; and Parry. Rolla Public Library plans to use the grant award to support its 2012 summer reading program. The funds will be used to purchase books, crafts and other materials needed for the summer program. The program’s goals are to encourage school-aged children to continue reading throughout the summer break and to teach children how to use the library while encouraging them to enjoy reading at an early age. Persons wishing to learn more about the Rolla Public Library and its summer reading program can contact 573-364-2604. The MRCF grant funds aim to enhance and build stronger communities. Some 26 applications were received for its first grant offering. MRCF is an outgrowth of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission and is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Springfield. MRCF was established in May 2010 and serves Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties outside of existing CFO affiliate areas. For more information on MRCF, contact Luci Flaim at (573) 265-2993 or by email at lflaim@meramecregion.org.

Ozark Central Ambulance receives grant for school docudrama

BELLE — The Ozark Central Ambulance District recently received a $650 grant as one of the recipients of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee’s first grant allocation. The coalition awarded 12 mini grants worth $3,350 to assist with Project Graduations and school docudramas in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers. The ambulance district plans to use the grant funds for its mock accident docudrama for Belle High School. Several local agencies and businesses are partnering on this effort. Here, Bonnie Prigge, Meramec Regional Planning Commission executive director, center, presents the grant award to Andy Littrell, administrator of the Ozark Central Ambulance District. Pictured from left are Derek Adams, OCAD; Danielle Tuepker, high school principal; Brett Holtmeyer, OCAD; Littrell; Steve Brown of Owens Towing; Prigge; Chris Flora of Belle Police Department; Jim Wood, Nathan Abel and Mike Robinson, all representing Belle Fire Department. The Meramec Region coalition formed for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. For more information, contact Kathleen Nahm at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at knahm@meramecregion.org.

MRCF awards $250 grant to Fatima High School Art Club

WESTPHALIA—The Fatima High School Art Club recently received a $250 grant as one of the recipients of Meramec Regional Community Foundation’s (MRCF) first grant allocation. MRCF awarded $1,400 to six projects in five counties, following the group’s monthly meeting March 7 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission. MRCF board member Dr. Donald Claycomb of Osage County presented the organization with the grant award. Pictured from left are Rachel Bax, art club vice president; Aleesa Breese, art club president; Sonya Walker, Fatima art teacher; Olivia Deeken, student council representative; Ashley Stiefermann, art club secretary; and Claycomb. Fatima Art Club plans to use the grant award to design, paint and install a new welcome sign for the City of Westphalia. . . . (more)

Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety subcommittee awards $3,350 in mini grants  

ST. JAMES — The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety – through its Meramec Region subcommittee – has awarded 12 mini grants, worth $3,350, to assist with 10 Project Graduations and two school docudramas, all in an effort to discourage drinking and driving among teenagers and to encourage good decision making while driving. . . . (more)

MRCF awards $250 grant to Owensville Area Community Foundation

OWENSVILLE—The Owensville Area Community Foundation (OACF) recently received a $250 grant as one of the recipients of Meramec Regional Community Foundation’s (MRCF) first grant allocation. MRCF awarded $1,400 to six projects in five counties, following the group’s monthly meeting March 7 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission. MRCF board member Doug Dunlap of Gasconade County presented the non-profit organization with the grant award. Pictured from left are John Schaefferkoetter, Mike Mundwiller, Glen Ely, Dunlap, Richard Niewald, OACF President Kyle Lairmore, Bobby Berger, Roger Stewart and Erin Sassmann. OACF plans to use the grant award for its membership drive start-up costs. The proceeds of the membership drive will help support the foundation’s goal of establishing and distributing funds in the form of grants to other charitable organizations. . . . (more)

Rolla waste tire collection
nets 7,500 tires

ROLLA—A recent tire amnesty collection in Rolla boasted approximately 7,500 waste tires from 287 vehicles. The free collection was held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 31 at the Rolla Recycling Center. City staff pictured working the tire collection from left are: Ken Benney, Dale Wilson, Marlin Malone, Mike Hoss, Bill Emfinger, Austin Brookshire, Chad Allen, Joe Cook, Marcia Mayo and Brady Wilson. Missouri Department of Natural Resource’s (DNR) Scrap Tire Unit funded the one-time amnesty day. DNR sponsored the collection with assistance from the City of Rolla, Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District and Meramec Regional Planning Commission. . . . (more)

MRPC to host public informational forum April 13 on Delta Regional Authority grants
Application grant deadline is May 4


ST. JAMES—The Delta Regional Authority has announced the availability of grant funds for qualifying projects in the Delta Region, and the Meramec Regional Planning Commission will host a public information forum at 10 a.m. April 13 to review the grant process and detail deadlines and qualifying criteria, announced Bonnie Prigge, executive director of MRPC. . . . (more)

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



PHELPS COUNTY– Anyone who has experienced flooding may have had to clean out basements filled with sewage and water, torn out wet drywall and carpeting, or replaced water heaters and furnaces. While it is hoped that this year’s wet weather is over, it is not too early to prepare for the next downpour. The following inexpensive mitigation measures may make these damages a thing of the past. . . . (more)

Crocker High School receives award for 2011 Battle of the Belt


           
CROCKER—The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety recently honored Crocker High School for its accomplishments in the 2011 Battle of the Belt high school seat belt challenge, which ran from Oct. 3 to Nov. 11, 2011.

The Battle of the Belt challenge, designed to increase seat belt use in teens, features an unannounced peer-conducted safety belt survey of students, followed by a peer-designed educational campaign, with a final surprise safety belt survey to conclude if more students are buckling up. Students were also able to submit a 30-second video with a focus on encouraging their fellow classmates to buckle up. Some 155 schools participated in the challenge, including 38 schools in the Central District.

Crocker High School received the silver-level award, which required a final seat belt usage of 95 to 98 percent. In Crocker High School’s initial survey, 72.73 percent of students were belted. In its final survey, 97.4 percent were belted, for a total improvement of 33.93 percent.

Schools with the highest overall score received a traveling plaque, a banner and a $350 check from American Family Insurance. Schools in the most improved category also received these prizes. If schools rated 91 percent or higher in seat belt usage, they became eligible for a gold (99-100 percent), silver (95-98 percent) or bronze (91-44 percent) banner.

For the public service announcement videos, first place received $500, second place received $300 and third place received $200. . . . (more)

 

Dianna Johnson, education and outreach coordinator with MoDOT’s Central District, presented Crocker High School with a silver banner for its participation in the 2011 Battle of the Belt competition. By the end of the competition, 97.4 percent of Crocker High School students were wearing their seat belts while driving. Crocker needed a final score of at least 95 percent for the silver-level award. Johnson presented the banner with Kathleen Nahm, representing the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee, at the Crocker R-2 School District board meeting March 27, 2012. Also pictured from left are: Johnson; Tami Bobbitt, Crocker High School principal; Abby Helton, high school senior; Ann Stevenson, Crocker High School counselor; and Nahm.

Missouri floods are costly for those caught unprepared
Flood insurance can cushion the blow

Second in a series

PHELPS COUNTY–Major flooding in Missouri can occur at any time of the year and cause millions of dollars of damage over a wide area. “Flood insurance helps businesses and private citizens recover after a flood,” said Phelps County Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp. . . . (more)

H.O.P.E., Inc. establishes capacity fund with Meramec Regional Community Foundation

ROLLA—H.O.P.E., Inc. recently formed a capacity-building fund with the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) to aid the non-profit in its mission to assist local youth in need.

The MRCF fund was established through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO). Capacity-building funds are temporary funds used to create and distribute funds for a specific project. . . . (more)

Alfaye Jackson, H.O.P.E., Inc. CEO, left, and Laura Antolak, MRCF chairman, sign documents to establish H.O.P.E.’s capacity-building fund. Persons interested in learning more about H.O.P.E., Inc. or wishing to make a donation can contact Jackson at hopeministriesofrolla@gmail.com.

Thinking about a construction or renovation project in Phelps County?
You may need a floodplain development permit

First of a three-part series


PHELPS COUNTY – “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,” said Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp. This also includes rehab work to homes that have been flooded. . . . (more)

MRCF awards $250 grant to City of Irondale

 IRONDALE—The City of Irondale recently received a $250 grant as one of the recipients of Meramec Regional Community Foundation’s (MRCF) first grant allocation. MRCF awarded $1,400 to six projects in five counties, following the group’s monthly meeting March 7 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission. MRCF board member Leo Dickey of Washington County presented the city with the grant award. Pictured from left are Doris Keim, Irondale alderwoman; Cassandra Hartz, Irondale city clerk; Dickey; and William Hall, city employee. The city plans to use the grant award for park improvements to its swings and basketball courts to better serve the area youth. The grant funds aim to enhance and build stronger communities. Some 26 applications were received. MRCF is an outgrowth of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission and is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Springfield. MRCF was established in May 2010 and serves Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties outside of existing CFO affiliate areas. For more information on MRCF, contact Luci Flaim at (573) 265-2993 or by email at lflaim@meramecregion.org.

MREPC supports two bills that help ensure emergency response training, planning activities


ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee (MREPC) approved a resolution in support of proposed Senate Bill 1647 and House Bill 868, which would extend Tier II fees another 10 years to help fund hazardous materials response training for local emergency responders and to assist with hazardous materials planning at the state and local level. . . . (more)

Bluebird Gardens establishes corporate giving fund with MRCF

The Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) recently established a partnership with Bluebird Gardens of Rolla, Mo., that will strengthen both organizations’ roles in providing resources to meet the needs of the Meramec Region. Charlotte Wiggins, owner of Bluebird Gardens, established a charitable fund with MRCF in January through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO). This fund will operate as a corporate giving fund. Corporate giving funds allow businesses to make charitable donations to organizations of their choice. Pictured here, Wiggins, right, and Laura Antolak, MRCF chairman, sign documents to establish the business’ fund. Bluebird Gardens has been in business for 14 years and specializes in personalized gifts, custom quilts, quilting services and unique home décor. MRCF is an outgrowth of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission and is an affiliate of CFO in Springfield. MRCF was established in May 2010 and serves Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties outside of existing CFO affiliate areas. For more information on MRCF, contact Luci Flaim at (573) 265-2993 or by email at lflaim@meramecregion.org. For more information on Bluebird Gardens visit www.bluebirdgardens.com.

MCEC approves home repair grant agreement
Grant to improve 10 homes in Waynesville; five additional homes in region

The Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC) board approved a Home Repair Opportunity Program (HeRO) grant agreement for home improvements within the Meramec Region and the City of Waynesville during a special teleconference meeting March 19. . . . (more)

MRCF awards $150 grant to Cuba Park Board  

The Cuba Park Board received a $150 grant as one of the Meramec Regional Community Foundation’s (MRCF) recipients of its first grant allocation. The group awarded $1,400 to six projects in five counties, following the group’s monthly meeting March 7 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission. MRCF board member and MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, center, presents the grant to Cuba Park Board President Faye Howard, left, and Nancy Montgomery, park board member. The Cuba Park Board plans to use the grant award to purchase equipment for the city’s swimming pool concession stand to allow for the sale of healthier foods. The grant funds aim to enhance and build stronger communities. Some 26 applications were received. MRCF is an outgrowth of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission and is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Springfield. MRCF was established in May 2010 and serves Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties outside of existing CFO affiliate areas. For more information on MRCF, contact Luci Flaim at (573) 265-2993 or by email at lflaim@meramecregion.org.

Ozark Rivers board oppose Senate bill that would change current solid waste legislation  

ST. JAMES—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) recently approved a resolution in opposition to the proposed Senate Bill 849, which would freeze the tipping fee that funds recycling grants, re-allocates solid waste district funds and ultimately removes recycling emphasis from the present law. . . . . (more)

MRPC studies economic patterns in Meramec Region 

ST. JAMES ­–­ Despite the nation’s economic distress, the Meramec Region has experienced growth and relative stability over the last five years, according to a series of economic indicators. . . . (more)

CEDS committee strategizes to identify Meramec Region’s health care needs  

ST. JAMES — After some discussion, the Meramec Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) committee decided they needed more information to accurately identify the health issues facing the region.

At its meeting Feb. 28 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), the committee began work on the health care section of the CEDS. Planning Manager Connie Willman explained the CEDS helps define an economic development plan that details the needs of the region including resources such as health care. The CEDS is updated every five years and is required by the Economic Development Administration. . . . . (more)  

CEDS committee members discuss options for strengthening the Meramec Region’s health care resources. Members from left are Cheri Tune of Phelps County, Wayne Morgan of Pulaski County, James Morgan of Pulaski County, and Dave Dudenhoeffer of Osage County.

City of St. James improves electric system through
$272,000 DRA grant

ST. JAMES—The City of St. James was able to improve the quality, dependability and energy efficiency of its electrical distribution system, thanks to assistance from a Delta Regional Authority (DRA) grant.

The city was awarded the $272,930 DRA grant in December 2010 for construction of new electrical transmission lines to create a looped electrical system. The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) prepared the DRA application and served as grant administrator for the project.

 “The tie line allowed St. James to loop its entire community, electrical-wise, so when there is an outage in town it allows us to quickly resolve it,” said St. James Mayor Dennis Wilson. “The project also upgrades the electrical service to some of our industrial partners and wineries.” . . . . (more)

The St. James Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 2 at the Parker Lane substation to celebrate the completion of the city’s new electrical distribution tie line project. Mayor Dennis Wilson thanked all who had participated in the project.

Crocker Fire Protection District conducting income survey for proposed fire station

CROCKER—Some 688 residents living in the Crocker Fire Protection District and the City of Crocker will be surveyed during the next month in an effort to determine and document the area's eligibility to apply for a state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to build a new fire station. Residents are asked to cooperate with the Crocker Fire Protection District as they conduct the door-to-door survey. . . . (more)

Owensville Area Community Foundation announces membership drive

OWENSVILLE — The Owensville Area Community Foundation (OACF) has kick-started its membership drive by encouraging donations, which will be used for future community improvement projects, grants and scholarships.

OACF recently established a capacity-building fund with the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF). Contributions from this fund will be used to help cover initial start-up costs for the organization and begin addressing community betterment projects. OACF will also establish an endowment fund through MRCF for establishing grants and scholarships.

 “The main goal of the membership drive is to get our name out in the community and develop credibility,” said OACF President Kyle Lairmore. “Memberships will help the foundation build both our endowment and capacity-building funds, which will eventually be used for projects within the community.” . . . (more)

Members of the Owensville Area Community Foundation are back row from left: Mike Mundwiller, Richard Niewald, Roger Stewart, Glenn Ely, treasurer, John Schaefferkoetter and Kyle Lairmore, president. Members in the front row from left are: Bobbie Berger, Michelle Smith, secretary, and Erin Sassmann, vice president.

MRDC’s loan program assists expanding business
Furniture Express, LLC owners purchase location
with SBA 504 loan

ST. ROBERT—Mike and Melissa Dereberry accomplished a lifelong goal of establishing their own business by opening Furniture Express, LLC in October 2009 in St. Robert.

The Dereberrys were able to purchase their business’ current location using a Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan through Meramec Regional Development Corp. (MRDC) that financed the facility at 111 Brian Circle.

Bank of Crocker of Waynesville was the participating lender and partner for the project, which included the business creating one full-time job and retaining eight full-time jobs. The Bank of Crocker also provided the Dereberrys with their first working capital loan using the 7(a) SBA program when they opened their business. . . . (more)

Mike and Melissa Dereberry were able to purchase the location of their business, Furniture Express, LLC, by a Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan through Meramec Regional Development Corp. (MRDC).

Caledonia conducting income survey for proposed water system improvements


CALEDONIA—Some 130 residents living in the Village of Caledonia are receiving income surveys in an effort to determine and document the area's eligibility to apply for a state Community Development Block Grant to make improvements to its water system, including water lines, meters and a back-up line to the Washington County PSWD #2. Residents are asked to complete the survey and return by March 25 to Caledonia City Hall. . . . (more)

Gascosage Electric Cooperative’s hazard mitigation plan available for review  

Gascosage Electric Cooperative has completed the final draft of its local hazard mitigation plan and is now making it available for public comment. . . . (more)

Three Rivers Electric Cooperative’s hazard mitigation plan available for review  

Three Rivers Electric Cooperative has completed the final draft of its local hazard mitigation plan and is now making it available for public comment. . . .. (more)

Crawford Electric Cooperative’s hazard mitigation plan available for review  

Crawford Electric Cooperative has completed the final draft of its local hazard mitigation plan and is now making it available for public comment. (more)

City of Sullivan improves safety of route to hospital through DRA grant  

SULLIVAN—The City of Sullivan recently installed lighting to address traffic safety concerns along State Route D, which leads to Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital’s main entrance, thanks in part to a grant from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).. . . (more)  

Energize Missouri Homes program provides homeowners incentives
for energy efficiency improvements
 

ST. JAMES — Some 77 homeowners in South Central Missouri received some $740,000 in rebates through the Energize Missouri Homes – Homeowner Upgrades and Geothermal (EMH-HUG) program. This program was developed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. . . . (more)

MRDC learns of services offered by Missouri S&T Small Business & Technology Development Center

The Small Business & Technology Development Center, located in the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, can help entrepreneurs and small businesses with business planning and guidance on initial start-up, Director Keith Strassner told members of the Meramec Regional Development Corp’s board meeting Feb. 15. Strassner and program specialist Robbie Davis discussed partnership opportunities between SBTDC and MRDC as they both work to assist businesses in various stages of development. Here, Strassner provides some background information on Missouri S&T. MRDC is a 501 (C) 3 not-for-profit corporation that is also a Small Business Administration Certified Development Corporation (CDC). MRDC serves primarily Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps and Washington counties. MRDC is a local volunteer board making local decisions that result in job creation for the Meramec Region. For more information contact Business Loan Specialist Maria Kardon at 573-265-2993 or by email at mkardon@meramecregion.org.

Meramec Region’s community development, economic growth supported by EDA, CDBG funding 

ST. JAMES ­–­ The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) reviewed the economic impact of Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for community projects within the Meramec Region at its regular board meeting Feb. 9.

Planning Manager Connie Willman and Project Development Manager Kelly Sink-Blair provided a PowerPoint presentation to the board, highlighting EDA and CDBG funding that provides necessary infrastructure replacement in rural areas.

Willman explained EDA is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and has funding available for public works, planning and Revolving Loan Funds (RLF). EDA grant funds to MRPC have been declining since the 1980s when MRPC received $5.7 million, to 2011 when MRPC received $820,000.

The funding for public works includes sewer, water, roads and buildings, Willman said. Nearly every industrial park in the region has benefited from EDA funding.

“Since the 1970s, the region has benefited from over $14 million in public works funding from EDA,” Willman said. . . . (more)

 


Project Development Manager Kelly Sink-Blair explains how Community Development Block Grants helps cities with sewer, water, electric and drainage projects.

TAC updated on MoDOT’s reorganization plan, bridge program
MRPC Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee creates action plan

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) was updated on the Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) reorganization plan and bridge improvement program during its Feb. 9 meeting at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).

Travis Koestner, MoDOT Central District assistant district engineer, reviewed MoDOT’s Bolder Five-Year Direction, which requires operational cuts to save the organization $512 million over five years with an additional $117 million saved each year thereafter.

Koestner said MoDOT has been working on its 1,200-personnel reduction, noting the professional level staff has been selected and the technician level staff is still being determined. MoDOT personnel were required to reapply for their current positions or positions that became available through the reorganization process. Some 900 employees have already left voluntarily and through retirement. . . . (more)

Travis Koestner, Central District assistant district engineer, second from left, provides an update on MoDOT’s Bolder Five-Year Direction to the TAC. MoDOT members present from left include: Jennifer Jones, Central District Planning MoDOT – BRO and SRTS, Koestner, Preston Kramer, Central District area engineer, and Josh Kincaid, Central District assistant area engineer. Not pictured: Steve Engelbrecht, Central District planning manager, and Dion Knipp, Central District Planning MoDOT – BRO and SRTS.

MRPC forms Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway
Safety Subcommittee
Group focuses on improving roadway safety; Offering outreach activities  

ST. JAMES — The Meramec Regional Planning Commission has formed a subcommittee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety with the goal of reducing the number of fatalities and accidents on roadways in Missouri and the Meramec Region. . . . (more)


Dianna Johnson and Matt Myers of the Missouri Department of Transportation Central District review 2011 fatalities for Missouri and the Central District.

Members of the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee gathered from across the region during its first meeting Jan. 31 at MRPC. Members from the left are State Highway Patrol Sgt. Danny Crain, State Highway Patrol Lt. James Remillard, Lawson Smith, Pulaski County EMD, and Dave Dudenhoeffer, presiding commissioner of Osage County.

Lebanon Fire Department gains search and rescue camera, saw

The City of Lebanon Fire Department recently received a search and rescue camera and cutting saw through the Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee grant program. Lebanon Fire Chief Sam Schneider made the grant request, which totaled $15,455. Here, Amy McMillen, Meramec Regional Planning Commission environmental programs specialist, center, presents the equipment to Schneider. Beverly Miller, executive officer of the American Red Cross - Lebanon office, accompanies Schneider. MRPC is the HSOC’s fiscal agent and handles all procurement, once the HSOC determines grant recipients.

Gasconade County Hazard Mitigation Plan approved

The Gasconade County Hazard Mitigation Plan has been approved by both the State Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The plan approval is pending adoption resolutions from the participating jurisdictions including Gasconade County, its cities and its school districts. . . . . (more)

MRPC delivers region’s state priorities to the capitol

Board and staff of Meramec Regional Planning Commission spent Jan. 24 at the Missouri State Capitol, hand-delivering MRPC’s state priorities report to the region’s legislative delegation. Those participating in “MRPC Day at the Capitol” and gathering for a group photo were, front row from left, board members Gary Brown, vice chairman and mayor of Salem; James Morgan, mayor of Crocker; and Darrell Skiles, presiding commissioner of Dent County; Back row from left, MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge; Jim Grebing, representing the mayor of Hermann; Marcus Maggard, representing tourism; Ray Schwartze, presiding commissioner of Maries County; and MRPC Chairman Russell Scheulen, representing Osage County. Others participating in the day but not pictured were: MRPC board members Jan Haviland, representing industry; Steve Vogt, representing the mayor of Belle; and T.R. Dudley, mayor of Potosi; Belle Police Department Capt. Thommy Halfen; MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass; MRPC Planning Manager Kelly Sink-Blair; and MRPC Communications/Marketing Coordinator Kathleen Nahm.

MRPC holds forum with federal legislator representatives 

ST. JAMES ­–­ The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) discussed current issues pertaining to the Meramec Region with representatives of federal legislators during its regular board meeting Jan. 12, 2012.

Melanie Bell, representing Rep. Jo Ann Emerson; Dan Engemann, representing Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer; Ray Bozarth, representing Sen. Roy Blunt; and Chris Hann, representing Sen. Claire McCaskill, attended the meeting to discuss items of interest with the board. Rep. Keith Frederick (District 149) also attended for discussion.

MRPC Chairman Russell Scheulen welcomed the representatives and asked each to share items of interest.

Bell noted after hearing word of military defense cuts, Rep. Emerson has made an effort to keep certain militarization services at Fort Leonard Wood.

“Jo Ann has always been very supportive of Fort Leonard Wood,” Bell said. . . . (more)

Melanie Bell, representing Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, and Dan Engemann, representing Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, visited with the Meramec Regional Planning Commission board for a discussion forum at its meeting Jan. 12, 2012.

Teens complete CERT training for emergency response

ROLLA — When citizens know how to respond during emergencies as a team, they help make their community a safer place. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) have been formed for this purpose throughout the six-county Region I area with adults and teens stepping up to action.. . . (more)

Homeland Security Oversight Committee reorganizes board
Four HSOC board members, three MRPC staff members honored for service

ST. JAMES—The Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) reorganized its officers and board members at its October meeting at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). . . . (more)

SBA 504 refinancing loan program updated for small businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently modified its 504 loan program to allow more small businesses to refinance existing real estate debt, said Maria Kardon, business loan specialist with Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). Locally, SBA 504 loans are offered through the Meramec Regional Development Corporation (MRDC), a non-profit Certified Development Company with staffing through MRPC. . . . (more)

MRCF board reviews grant making guidelines
Board establishes capacity building fund

ST. JAMES ­­– The Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) defined goals for grant making and the application process at its Dec. 7 meeting at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).

Board President Laura Antolak noted MRCF has approximately $1,400 available for grant making purposes.

“What we want to do is try to maximize that money,” Antolak said.

Antolak discussed sample grant application forms provided by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) including a cover letter, application and follow-up report. . . . (more)

The Meramec Regional Community Foundation board members. Back row from left: Bonnie Prigge, MRPC; Dr. Donald Claycomb, Osage County; Jim Grebing, MRPC; Vicki Nelson, Maries County; Wayne Morgan,Pulaski County; Doug Dunlap, Gasconade County; and David Dittman, Dent County. Front row from left: Leo Dickey, Washington County; Laura Antolak, MRCF chairman, and Mardy Leathers, MRCF secretary/treasurer, Crawford County. Not pictured: Wayne Parry, MRCF vice chairman, Phelps County.

Belle Elementary awarded $20,000 grant for recycled tire playground surface
New surface will increase safety; provide education opportunity for students

BELLE— Belle Elementary in the Maries County R-2 School District has been awarded a $20,000 grant through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for a recycled
tire surface to upgrade one of its playground areas for its 357 students.

The grant was awarded in July through DNR’s Scrap Tire and Illegal Dumping Unit. Revenue for such projects is generated to the Scrap Tire Subaccount through a $.50 fee collected on the sale of new tires. Funds are allocated up to 50 percent for enforcement, permitting and inspection, up to 45 percent for grants and up to 5 percent for education. (more)

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The new recycled-tire playground surface at Belle Elementary is ready for students to use, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The new smooth play surface, which used over 1,000 shredded tires, replaces deteriorating woodchips.

MCEC receives $45,900 grant to conduct 84-county backpack program study
Missouri Regional Planning Commissions to conduct assessment  

ST. JAMES ­–­ Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and 14 other Regional Planning Commissions (RPC) will be conducting surveys of Friday backpack programs, thanks to a Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) grant secured by Meramec Community Enhancement Corp. (MCEC). . . . (more)

MRCF focuses on regional outreach
Parry, Leathers elected to serve; CFO’s Leeth presents to board  

ST. JAMES – The Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) elected officers and heard a presentation from Julie Leeth, executive vice president of Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO), at its September board meeting at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).

Wayne Parry of Phelps County was elected to serve as vice chair of MRCF, a position formerly held by Russell Scheulen of Osage County.

Mardy Leathers of Crawford County was elected to serve as treasurer. Leathers is also serving as secretary, a position formerly held by Richard Cavender, former executive director of MRPC.

Board members discussed scheduling meetings throughout the Meramec Region to better educate groups on the foundation and its activities. . . . (more)

Julie Leeth, executive vice president of Community Foundation of the Ozarks, visited with Meramec Regional Community Foundation board members to provide tips for success in the region.

Meramec Regional Community Foundation partners with Hope Alliance of Missouri  

ST. JAMES – The Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) has established a partnership with Hope Alliance of Missouri that will strengthen both organizations’ roles in providing resources to meet the needs of the Meramec Region.

The partnership was discussed at MRCF’s August board meeting at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). The agreement will establish a Capacity Building Fund with MRCF through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO). . . . (more)

Faith Barnes, Hope Alliance of Missouri executive director, left, and Laura Antolak, MRCF chairman, sign documents to establish the agencies’ partnership.

MRPC aids in statewide wastewater assessment report  

ST. JAMES – Missouri communities now have a clearer picture of necessary improvements for wastewater treatment and disposal for the next 20 years, thanks to a statewide assessment conducted with the assistance of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). . . (more)

Broadband Regional Technology Planning Team discusses survey data
Members analyze, prioritize regional results for state plan

ST. JAMES – In an effort to develop a statewide needs assessment for broadband Internet service in Missouri, members of the Broadband Regional Technology Planning Team reported data collected from surveys across the Meramec Region.

A total of 985 surveys were completed in the Meramec Region as part of the Missouri BroadbandNow project, including 470 residential surveys and 515 sector surveys.

Members of the planning team gathered Aug. 9 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission to review the results of the survey data. . . . (more)

Members of the Regional Technology Planning Team prioritized broadband issues for the Meramec Region by using dots to cast a vote next to each issue of importance.

Hofherr shares insight of wine industry with CEDS committee

Using the wine industry as an example, Peter Hofherr, St. James Winery CEO, offered suggestions on developing agri-tourism opportunities to the Meramec Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) advisory committee on Aug. 23. While meeting at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) in St. James, the group reflected on Hofherr’s presentation to develop tourism and agri-tourism goals for the Meramec Region. Hofherr stressed the importance of building strategic partnerships to link the cluster areas of agriculture, tourism, and food and wine, which will in turn lead to economic growth in the region. The committee is responsible for reviewing the region’s comprehensive economic development plan, suggesting objectives and action items and monitoring the progress of the region meeting its milestones. For more information on the CEDS, contact MRPC at 573-265-2993.

Meramec Region receives $500,000 in Safe Routes to School grants
Potosi, St. James plan transportation improvements for students
 

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) advisory committee has awarded 16 grants totaling $3.4 million including nearly $500,000 to communities in the Meramec Region. . . . (more)

City of Rolla awarded $296,760 CDBG for downtown improvement project
2 blighted lots to be transformed into paved, public parking areas

ROLLA—Parking issues in downtown Rolla should soon be assuaged with a $296,760 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awarded July 29 through the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED). . . . (more)

MRPC recognized for assisting senior housing rehabilitation projects
USDA honors Federal Home Loan Bank, MRPC during St. Clair,
Arcadia Valley celebrations

The grant writing and project management efforts of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission has brought more than $5.6 million in senior housing renovations, benefiting 643 residents in 17 senior citizen housing complexes in South Central Missouri since 2002. . . . (more)

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New leadership at MRPC
Prigge, Snodgrass move up within organization

ST. JAMES – Meramec Regional Planning Commission reorganized its leadership July 1, as Bonnie Prigge became executive director, and Tammy Snodgrass became assistant director. . . . (more)

Pictured right: MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, right, and MRPC Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass.

Irondale awarded $500,000 CDBG for water system improvements
445 residents will benefit from improved drinking water

IRONDALE—Within two years, some 445 residents of the City of Irondale in Washington County should be drinking safer water, thanks to grants and loans totaling some $2.1 million. . . . (more)

First Community National Bank Donates $10,000 to Regional Loan Fund  

ST. JAMES—First Community National Bank and the Perkins Family recently donated $10,000 to Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Meramec Regional Development Corporation (MRDC) to leverage additional funds for small business loans. . . . (more)

First Community National Bank and the Perkins Family recently donated $10,000 to Meramec Regional Planning Commission and Meramec Regional Development Corporation to recapitalize their Intermediary Relending Program. On hand for the check presentation was, from left, Connie Willman of MRPC, Todd Abolt of First Community National Bank, Mark Perkins of First Community Bank, Richard Cavender of MRPC, Scott Perkins of First Community National Bank and Bonnie Prigge of MRPC.

 

MRPC, Emergency Planning Committee Oppose Changes in Spill Bill
SB 680 would put greater responsibility for hazardous materials spills
on local governments, fire departments
 

ST. JAMES—Both the Meramec Regional Planning Commission and the Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee have gone on record in opposition to Senate Bill 680, sponsored by Sen. Jason Crowell, which would change laws governing hazardous material spills. . . . (more)

MRPC Goes on Record in Support of HB 1995
Legislation would provide emergency preparedness funding for schools within
10-mile nuclear emergency planning zone  

ST. JAMES—Meeting Feb. 11, the board of Meramec Regional Planning Commission voted to support House Bill 1995 and provide a letter in support of the legislation, which is sponsored by Rep. Tom Loehner and co-sponsored by Rep. Charlie Schlottach. . . . (more)

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