Miller awarded Cavender Scholarship for Public Service

WASHINGTON COUNTY(May20)—Kingston K-14 senior Dakota Miller was one of two recipients of a $500 scholarship for the Richard and Jeanne Cavender Scholarship for Public Service. The Cavenders presented the award to Miller during the senior award ceremony on May 19. Pictured (from left) are Richard Cavender, Miller and Jeanne Cavender. The Cavenders established the scholarship through the Meramec Regional Community Foundation and Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

MRCF is an outgrowth of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and is an affiliate of Community Foundation of the Ozarks (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)


St. George, Hermann, kindergarten through eighth grade winners of the Ozark Rivers Earth Day Poster and Trash Art contest were (front row, left) JJ Mundwiller, Larry Thompson, Sydney Schulte, FaithEngemann, Marissa Parr, Lily Engemann and Eric Chorley; (second row, left) Ben Weissenbach, Rachel Lensing, Brennan Knipping, Chloe Witte, Lizzie Chorley,Chelsey Moeckli and Trenton Lampkin. Not pictured, Aspen Meyer, Harper Priess, Braden Schutt, Lila Abela and Paige Schulte.

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
Twenty-eight Gasconade County students place in Earth Day contest

ST. JAMES(May20)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced 28 Gasconade County students were among the 43 first and second place winners and 48 honorable mentions earning prizes in the 24th Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Electronic Art Contest. This year’s contest theme was “Get wired for e-cycling.”.

“Our annual Earth Day contest gives students a venue to explore and express their environmental stance,” said Jill Hollowell, environmental programs specialist at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). “It is encouraging to see their environmental passion and knowledge expressed through their art projects as these students are our leaders of tomorrow.”..(more)


Owensville Middle School sixth through eighth grade winners of the Ozark Rivers Earth Day Poster and Trash Art contest were (front row, left) Laken Williams, Anna Heidbrink and Paige Loyd and (back row, left) Jessika Gill, Cadi Ruth, AnnaFinley, Shelby Malone, Brandon Lewis and Julianna Watkins.

St. James High School awarded Project Graduation grant

ST. JAMES(May17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety awarded St. James High School a $400 Project Graduation grant to assist with Project Graduation, a drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration. Schools that participated in the ‘It Only Takes One’ seatbelt competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant, which included cash, gift cards and educational incentives that remind students to buckle up and drive safely. Accepting the incentives on behalf of the 2015-16 senior class. Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), a member of the Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety, presented the incentives to the district superintendent and senior parent Joy Tucker (holding check) and the 2015-16 senior class.

Bourbon High School awarded Project Graduation grant

BOURBON(May17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety awarded Bourbon High School a $400 Project Graduation grant to assist with Project Graduation, a drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration. Schools that participated in the ‘It Only Takes One’ seatbelt competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant, which included cash, gift cards and educational incentives that remind students to buckle up and drive safely. Accepting the incentives on behalf of the 2015-16 senior class were (from left) Karlie Beckett, Emily Dowell, Becca Weppner, senior class sponsor Trish Lewis, and senior Sarah Lockhart. Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is a member of the coalition and presented incentives on its behalf.

Cuba High School awarded Project Grad grant

CUBA(May17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety awarded Cuba High School (CHS) a $400 Project Graduation grant to assist with Project Graduation, a drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration. Schools that participated in the ‘It Only Takes One’ seatbelt competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant which included cash, gift cards and educational incentives that remind students to buckle up and drive safely. The Kiwanis Club of Cuba coordinates Project Graduation at CHS. Accepting the incentives on behalf of the 2015-16 senior class included (back row, left) Eryn Kiebofski, Tara Scott, Shannon Ames, Brenda DeRennaux, Tierra Martin, Erica King, Michaela Forester, Katie White and CHS Principal Jon Earnhart; (front row, left) CHS Assistant Principal Geoff Neill, Pegge Martin, Kiwanis Club treasurer, Brittany Bouse, Kasse Fey, Abby Horsefield, Jenna Montgomery, Andrea Kelly, Amity Kaysinger, Marie Cemaitre and Torrie Myers. Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), a member of the Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety, presented the incentives to students on behalf of the coalition.

Fatima High School Awarded Project Graduation grant

WESTPHALIA(May20)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety awarded Fatima High School (FHS) a $400 Project Graduation grant to assist with Project Graduation, a drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration. Schools that participated in the ‘It Only Takes One’ competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant, which included cash, gift cards and educational incentives that remind students to buckle up and drive safely Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), a member of the Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety, presented the incentives to Kathy Rolwes (kneeling), and seniors (front row, left) Amanda Miller, Andrea Burnett, Jackie Haller, Dakota Dickneite and Aly Weber; (middle row, left) Bailey Veltrop, Chaes Cordsmeyer, Kole Bocklage, Jarrett Berhorst and Claire Boessen; (back row, left) Aaron Swyers, Tony Swarthout, Derek Ruettgers, Lance Juergensmeyer and Austin Loethen.

Rolla High School awarded Project Graduation grant

ROLLA(May17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety awarded Rolla High School (RHS) a $400 Project Graduation grant to assist with Project Graduation, a drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration. Schools that participated in the ‘It Only Takes One’ seatbelt competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant, which included cash, gift cards and educational incentives that remind students to buckle up and drive safely. Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), a member of the coalition, presented incentives to seniors and their parents, who are planning the all-night event, along with school administrators including (from left) RHS Principal Dr. Jim Pritchett and seniors Samantha Swain, Kameron Wood, Emily Roberts and Trustin Dinsdale.

Hermann High School awarded $400 Project Graduation grant

HERMANN(May17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety awarded Hermann High School (HHS) a $400 Project Graduation grant to assist with Project Graduation, a drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration. Schools that participated in the ‘It Only Takes One’ seatbelt competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant, which included cash, gift cards and educational incentives that remind students to buckle up and drive safely. Seniors and parents, who are planning the all-night event, along with school administrators accepted the incentives on behalf of the 2015-16 senior class. Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), a member of the Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety, presented the incentives to Project Graduation President Stacy Grannemann, seniors Grant Raterman and Ellie Holland and Project Graduation treasurer and Co-coordinator Cara Stiers.

Linn High School awarded Project Graduation grant

LINN(May17)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety awarded Linn High School (LHS) a $400 Project Graduation grant to assist with Project Graduation, a drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration. Schools that participated in the ‘It Only Takes One’ seatbelt competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant, which included cash, gift cards and educational incentives that remind students to buckle up and drive safely. Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), a member of the Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety, presented the incentives to seniors and their parents, who are planning the all-night event, along with school administrators including (front row, left) Lyndsi Vaughan, Makayla Koenigsfeld, (back row, left) class sponsor Sharlet Peterson, seniors Justin Peterson, Hailey Niekamp, Tony Mebruer, Ben Klebba, Andrew Sullentrup, Kennedy Wethington and LHS Principal Dr. Melinda Aholt.

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
Four Maries County students place in Earth Day contest

ST. JAMES(May12)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced four Maries County students were among the 43 first and second place winners and 48 honorable mentions earning prizes in the 24th Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Electronic Art Contest. This year’s contest theme was “Get wired for e-cycling.”

“Our annual Earth Day contest gives students a venue to explore and express their environmental stance,” said Jill Hollowell, environmental programs specialist at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). “It is encouraging to see their environmental passion and knowledge expressed through their art projects...(more)

Belle Elementary School Earth Day contest winners wereOlivia Jones, Gifted Teacher Carole Moore, Elayna White,
and Emma White.

Bland Middle School student Lauren Prigge (left) and gifted teacher Carole Moore display Prigge’s first place projects in the Trash Art and Poster Art contests.

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

ST. JAMES(May12)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced 28 Gasconade County students were among the 43 first and second place winners and 48 honorable mentions earning prizes in the 24th Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Electronic Art Contest. This year’s contest theme was “Get wired for e-cycling.”

“Our annual Earth Day contest gives students a venue to explore and express their environmental stance,” said Jill Hollowell, environmental programs specialist at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). “It is encouraging to see their environmental passion and knowledge expressed through their art projects as these students are our leaders of tomorrow.”

The contest required participants to re-purpose trash into three-dimensional pieces of art or create posters. There were 527 entries from 13 schools and a homeschool group. Entries included 393 posters, 100 art projects and 34 graphic art entries. The contest was open to kindergarten through 12th grade, homeschool, college and university students who reside or attend school in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties...(more)


St. George, Hermann, kindergarten through eighth grade winners of the Ozark Rivers Earth Day Poster and Trash Art contest were (front row, left) JJ Mundwiller, Larry Thompson, Sydney Schulte, Faith Engemann, Marissa Parr, Lily Engemann and Eric Chorley; (second row, left) Ben Weissenbach, Rachel Lensing, Brennan Knipping, Chloe Witte, Lizzie Chorley, Chelsey Moeckli and Trenton Lampkin. Not pictured, Aspen Meyer, Harper Priess, Braden Schutt, Lila Abela and Paige Schulte

BHS awarded Project Graduation grant

BELLE(May11)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety awarded Belle High School (BHS) a $400 Project Graduation grant to assist with Project Graduation, a drug and alcohol-free after graduation celebration. Schools that participate in ‘It Only Takes One’ seatbelt competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant which included cash, gift cards and educational incentives that remind students to buckle up and drive safely. Seniors and their parents, who are planning the all-night event, along with the school administrators, accepted the incentives on behalf of the 2015-16 senior class. Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is a member of the coalition and presented incentives on its behalf. 

Earth Day winners at Bourbon High School

BOURBON(MAY5)—Earth Day winners at Bourbon High School included (front row, left) Carlee Summers, Abby Cornman, Keegan Cobb, Krista Licklider, Felicity Henderson, Teresa Pasch; (back row, left) Justin de la Torre, Kevin Boyer and Amber Acosta. Not pictured Destiny Quiroz and Zachary Gray.

“Personal Finances 101” workshops planned May 19 for Cuba, Steelville

St. James(May3)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency will host a free workshop May 19 on “Personal Finances 101” for Cuba and Steelville residents.

The workshop will give attendants an opportunity to learn about financial management and factors affecting your credit score.

The workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Peoples Bank Annex Building, 500 W. Washington, Cuba. Joann Queen, APV compliance officer for Peoples Bank, will give the presentation...(more)

“Bank On It” and “Couponing 101” workshop planned May 19 in Owensville

St. James(May3)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency will host a free workshop May 19 on “Bank On It” and “Couponing 101” in Owensville.

The workshops will cover a Money Smart FDIC Financial Education curriculum on banking, and how to grocery shop using coupons....(more)

Rolla Nutrition Site to benefit from Give Ozarks
Online donations being accepted on Give Ozarks day on May 3

St. James(Apr29)—Give Ozarks is a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the Cause Momentum crowd-funding website, nonprofits from across southern Missouri will have the chance to raise funds, compete for matches and prizes, and be a part of a one-day surge in generosity across the state. Give Ozarks is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Rolla Nutrition Site, located at 1440 Forum Dr., Rolla, has chosen to participate in the Give Ozarks 24-hour online fundraising initiative this year for a very good reason...(more)


The Rolla Nutrition Site in Rolla serves hot meals to eligible seniors in its cafeteria Monday through Friday and delivers meals to homebound seniors in Phelps County.  Last year, the group served 56,782 meals.


CASA volunteers and supporters pose for a picture with Rolla Mayor Lou Magdits after the signing of a proclamation in support of CASA.


Judge Mark Calvert swears in new CASA volunteers.

CASA of South Central Missouri hopes to raise $7,500 during Give Ozarks Day
Online donations being accepted on Give Ozarks day on May 3

ST. JAMES(Apr29)—Give Ozarks is a one-day online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the Cause Momentum crowd-funding website, nonprofits from across southern Missouri will have the chance to raise funds, compete for matches and prizes, and be a part of a one-day surge in generosity across the state. Give Ozarks is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

CASA of South Central Missouri, located at 1701 N. Bishop Ave., Suite 1, Rolla, has chosen to participate in the Give Ozarks 24-hour online fundraising initiative this year to help cover costs associated with recruiting new court advocates and pairing them with children.

“Protecting our most precious resources, the children, is of utmost importance as they find their safe, permanent homes,” said CASA Executive Director Judy Waters.

Through CASA, a child is paired with a trained, court-appointed volunteer who meets with the child and provides information to the judge for consideration when ruling on the case involving the child...(more)

Local non-profits participating in Give Ozarks Day May 3
Live events planned May 3 in Rolla

Give Ozarks is a 24-hour online day of giving on May 3, 2016. Six Phelps County nonprofits—The Community Partnership, Ozark Actors Theatre, CASA of South Central Missouri, Rolla Nutrition Site (RNS), ABLE Senior Center and The Kaleidoscope Discovery Center––are participating in this event that is coordinated by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. This is a series to learn more about Give Ozarks and how these groups will use the funds raised. To make a donation on May 3, go to GiveOzarks.org and locate your agencies of choice.


ST JAMES(Apr29)—At least 14 non-profits in the Meramec Region—including The Community Partnership, Ozark Actors Theatre, CASA of South Central Missouri, ABLE Senior Center, The Kaleidoscope Discovery Center (KDC) and the Rolla Nutrition Site from Phelps County––are participating in the Give Ozarks 24-hour online day of giving May 3, 2016...(more)

ABLE Senior Center: Ladies at the ABLE Senior Center enjoy "A taste of Spring” lunch together April 22. ABLE Senior Center provides activities and meals for local seniors.
The Cedar Street Playhouse (left) is a converted historic church in downtown Rolla that is utilized year round by OAT Company, Fine Linen Drama, Stop Making Sense Improv and other area groups for events, full scale theatrical productions,meetings, and weddings. OAT hopes to raise enough funds during Give Ozarks Day to repair the building’s exterior walls that are in need of tuck pointing and resealing.

ABLE Senior Center, Ozark Actors Theatre projects hope to benefit from Give Ozarks

ST. JAMES(Apr28)—Give Ozarks is a one-day, online fundraising event for agency partners of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Using the power of the Cause Momentum crowd-funding website, nonprofits from across southern Missouri will have the chance to raise funds, compete for matches and prizes, and be a part of a one-day surge in generosity across the state. Give Ozarks is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

ABLE Senior Center has chosen to participate in the Give Ozarks 24-hour online fundraising initiative this year for a very good reason.

“Funds raised from the Give Ozarks event will be used for upkeep of the senior center and to continue providing free activities for our seniors,” said Mary Ann O’Connor with ABLE Senior Center...(more)

 

Local nonprofits to participate in Give Ozarks Day
24-hour online day of giving is May 3

ST. JAMES(Apr22)At least 13 nonprofits in the Meramec Region are participating in Give Ozarks 24-hour online day of giving, set for May 3.

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

Maries County receives Certified Work Ready Community status


VIENNA(Apr21)Department of Economic Development (DED)Manager Mike Downing presented Maries County Commissioner Ray Schwartze with a plaque, recognizing Maries County as a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC). Attending the ceremony were (from left) Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MPRC) Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, Department of Economic Development (DED) Certified Work Ready Communities Director Cheri Tune, Paul DiBello and Kevin Standler of the Central Region Workforce Development Board, Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze, DED Manager Mike Downing and Maries County R-2–– Belle School District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Call....(more)

Vienna High School (VHS) students were awarded National Career Ready Certificates March 18 for successfully completing WorkKeys testing. The director of the Department of Economic Development (DED), Maries County commissioner, local businesses and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) supported the students in the endeavor. Those pictured include (front row, left) Teegan Helton, Timothy James, Maries County Commissioner Ray Schwartze, MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, DED Director Mike Downing, DED Certified Work Ready Communities Director Cheri Tune, Madison Stricklan and Austin James; second row, left, Derek Kleffner, Annie John, Ryleigh James, Brock Feeler, Gina Wieberg, Cassidy Hill and Kaitlyn Stockstill; third row, left, Rebecca Hertzing, Joseph Schulte, Darien Hollis, Sevanah Fuller, Ariel Pierce and Jadyn Hall; fourth row, left, Ryan Logan, Ryan Kloeppel and Dakota Hollis. Not pictured are Kalisa Lillie, Tanner Wansing and Megan Wieberg.

 

MRPC delivers federal legislative priorities to D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C.(Apr18)—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Chairman T.R. Dudley and Assistant Director Tammy Snodgrass recently returned from a trip to the nation’s capital where they presented the region’s congressional delegation with the organization’s federal legislative priorities for the year.

Each year, the MRPC board develops 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 Dudley and Snodgrass hand-delivered the report to congressional leaders representing all or portions of the region...(more)

MRPC Chairman T.R. Dudley (center) and Chad Eggen, executive director of the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission, Warrenton, Mo., (left) meet with Tracy Henke of Sen. Roy Blunt’s office while in Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Development Organization’s (NADO) Washington policy conference April 4-6.


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

PHELPS COUNTY(Apr15)—Anyone who has experienced flooding may have also cleaned out basements filled with sewage and water, torn out wet drywall and carpeting, or replaced water heaters and furnaces. The following inexpensive mitigation measures may make these damages a thing of the past...(more)

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

Second of a three-part series

PHELPS COUNTY(Apr15)—Phelps County does not have a building codes program that requires a permit. However, you may need a floodplain development permit, if you are planning construction or substantial improvements to a structure located in a floodplain within Phelps County. This includes rehab work to homes that have been flooded...(more)

Spring rains can mean flooding in Missouri; flood insurance can cushion the blow
First in a series

PHELPS COUNTY(Apr15)—Major flooding in Missouri can occur at any time of the year and cause millions of dollars of damage over a wide area. Missouri home and landowners should get ready for the rainy season by making sure their flood insurance is up-to-date and checking in with their Phelps County Flood administrator if they have any questions.

“Flood insurance helps businesses and private citizens recover after a flood,” said Randy Verkamp, Phelps County presiding commissioner...(more)

Electronics, appliance, tire collection April 30 in Belle
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties

BELLE(Apr12)—A special waste collection for electronics, appliances and tires will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 30 in the city of Belle, at Fourth Street and Belle Avenue, Belle, Mo.

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

Stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves, hot water heaters, refrigerators, freezers and other appliances will be collected free of charge. There is no fee for refrigerant appliances. Free electronics also include computer CPUs, keyboards, hair dryers, VCRs, cell phones or anything with a cord. ..(more)

MRPC features Kim Martin to present financing programs

ST. JAMES(Apr11)—Kim Martin, community development program manager for the Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB), will be the featured speaker, presenting MDFB financing program opportunities at the April 14 Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) meeting.

MDFB offers several financing programs, including the Tax Credit for Contribution (TCC) program and Small Infrastructure Loan (SIL) program, which may be of interest of local governments...(more)

“Tackling the Tough Skills” workshop planned April 21 at MRPC

St. James(Apr1) – The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program and the Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA) will host a free workshop April 21 on “Tackling the Tough Skills.”

“Tackling the Tough Skills,” is a five part series that focuses on communication, attitude, responsibility, problem solving and preparing for the workplace...(more)

Business, industry loans available through MRPC

ST. JAMES(Mar28)—Are you interested in expanding or starting your own business, but not sure how to fund it? Revolving Loan Funds (RLF), IRP and SBA 504 loan programs are available to eligible small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Meramec Region through Meramec RegionalDevelopment Corporation (MRDC) and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).

MRDC and MRPC offer several business financing programs in partnership with areabanks to meet the needs of the business.

MRPC offers a variety of regional revolving loan funds (RLF) that can be used for land, building, renovations, machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures, working capital and inventory and soft costs...(more)

“Bank On It” and “Couponing 101” workshops planned April 13 in Dixon, Vienna

St. James (Mar22)–The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency will host free workshops April 13 on “Bank On It” and “Couponing 101” in Dixon and Vienna.

The workshops will cover a Money Smart FDIC Financial Education curriculum on banking, and how to grocery shop using coupons.

The Dixon workshop is planned from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Dixon Manor, 103 W. Chestnut/Community Room, Dixon.

The Vienna workshop will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Vienna Homes,Inc., laundry/rec room, Vienna-Rolla Road, Vienna. Tammy Rigsby and Savannah Vandegriffe of MRPC will present both workshops... (more)


MREPC invites local industries to attend Chemical Facility
Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) presentation

ST. JAMES(Mar14)—Local business and industries that work with hazardous materials are invited to a special presentation by David Martak, the regional director of the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Martak will be presenting information on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) to the Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee (MREPC) meeting at noon on March 23...(more)


HHW drop-off centers in Rolla, St. Robert open year-round

ST. JAMES(Mar14)—If cleaning the garage is still on your to-do-list for 2016, make plans now to properly dispose of that old motor oil, busted car battery or half-used containers of brake fluid, turpentine or muriatic acid that may be hiding on the shelf.

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)

MRCF awards grant to Route 66 Neon Park

ST. JAMES(Mar11)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded Pulaski County Growth Alliance and Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation a $250 grant March 2. The funds will help in the development of the Route 66 Neon Sign Park in St. Robert. From left, Beth Wiles accepted the grant, presented by MRCF Chairman Wayne Parry (right).

MRCF awarded six grants totaling $1,500 with the goal of enhancing and building stronger communities in the region...(more)

MRCF awards grants to Osage County Arts Council

ST. JAMES(Mar11)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded Osage Arts Community, Inc., a $250 grant March 2.

The group requested funds for the Belle Downtown Beautification project, which will include the purchase and display of flags. From left, Steve Vogt, Barb Schaller and Vicki Nelson accepted the grant, presented by MRCF Chairman Wayne Parry (right), on behalf of the community. Vogt and Nelson are MRCF board members...(more)

MRCF awards grant to The Community Partnership

ST. JAMES(Mar11)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded The Community Partnership, an early childhood care and education program to educate and support childcare providers, with a $250 grant March 2.

The Rolla-based group applied for the grant to help them purchase “My New School” books to be distributed at kindergarten screenings in Phelps and Crawford counties. From left, Danielle Barr and Kathy Taber accepted the grant, presented by MRCF Chairman Wayne Parry (right), on behalf of the partnership.

2016 State Homeland Security Program accepting grant applications
Local first response agencies encouraged to apply

ST. JAMES(Mar11)—The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) will be accepting grant applications for the 2016 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) now through April 15 from eligible applicants in Region I to purchase equipment for first responders. Region Iincludes Crawford, Dent, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Laclede counties, however, the grant program is statewide.

Eligible program applicants are local governments, nongovernmental organizations, quasi-governmental organizations and nonprofit organizations. Applicants must submit their applications online by 5 p.m. on April 15. Region I has $70,000 in grant funds to award...(more)

MRCF awards grant to Rolla Kaleidoscope Discovery Center

ST. JAMES(Mar10)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded the Kaleidoscope Discovery Center in Rolla a $250 grant March 2. The group provides students with hands-on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). From left, Laura Antolak,Martina Hahn-Baur and Mary Atherton accepted the grant, presented by MRCF Chairman Wayne Parry (right), on behalf of the center.

MRCF awarded six grants totaling $1,500 with the goal of enhancing and building stronger communities in the region....(more)

MRCF awards grant to Assistance Association for Missouri Veterans

ST. JAMES(Mar9)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) awarded the Assistance Association for Missouri Veterans in Fort Leonard Wood a $250 grant March 2.

The assistance association, which helps with special projects at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Fort Leonard Wood, requested funding to purchase flags for the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. From left, Virgie Mahan, Howard Harrill and Charles Quinn accepted the grant, presented by MRCF Chairman Wayne Parry (right), on behalf of the association.

MRCF awarded six grants totaling $1,500 with the goal of enhancing and building stronger communities in the region....(more)

Construction to start on Edgar Springs wastewater treatment plant

ST. JAMES(Mar1)—Once a “notice to proceed” is issued, construction work to improve the Edgar Springs wastewater treatment plant will start.

Smith and Edwards Construction, Inc., of Mountain Grove, Mo., was awarded the general contractor bid on Dec. 10, 2015, in the amount of $475,578 to complete the system updates.

“The city’s wastewater treatment plant, which has been in operation since 1987, no longer meets Missouri DNR standards...(more)

Public Meeting Scheduled for Gasconade County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

HERMANN, Mo(Mar1)—City and county officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested residents are invited to attend a public meeting March 24 to discuss updates to the Gasconade County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Gasconade County Courthouse in the basement meeting room in Hermann. This will be the initial planning meeting to start the update of the county’s plans...(more)

Area businesses sponsoring prizes for Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest

ST. JAMES––An estimated 13 regional businesses are sponsoring the prizes for the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District’s (ORSWMD) 25th Annual Earth Day Art Contest, themed “Get Wired for E-Cycling!” The number of sponsors continues to grow.

Sponsors of the ORSWMD event include the Bank of Salem, Belgrade State Bank, City of Rolla Recycling Center, Citizens Bank of Newburg, Legends Bank, Maries County Bank of Belle, Maries County Bank of Vienna, Ozark Federal Savings and Loan Association, Phelps County Bank, Peoples Bank of Cuba, Peoples Bank of Steelville, Town & Country Bank and The Missouri Bank of Hermann.

The Ozark Rivers Earth Day contest is a poster and trash art competition open to all students in grades kindergarten through 12th in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties. Homeschool students meeting these criteria are eligible and encouraged to participate. The graphic art portion of the contest is also open to post-secondary students. This year’s theme focuses on electronics recycling...(more)

Phelps County Housing Agency receives clean audit

ST. JAMES, MO(Feb11)—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) received a clean audit opinion for the year ending June 30, 2015, board members learned at the Jan. 14 quarterly meeting.

Kean & Company, LLC, a certified public accounting firm in Rolla, performed the audit. The auditors found that the agency, in all material respects, complied with all requirements during the review and had no material weaknesses.

The Phelps County PHA provides subsidized housing assistance to very low-income residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps and Washington counties with the exception of the city of Rolla, which has its own pubic housing authority...(more)


Hummingbird Kitchen, LLC, near Owensville, expects to have its new buildingcompleted by March and an open house event in April.

Hummingbird Kitchen expansion nearly completed

ST. JAMES, MO(Feb10)—Hummingbird Kitchen, LLC, owners Brian Willsey and wife Terri expect a building expansion, made possible through an Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) loan through Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and the Maries County Bank of Owensville, to be completed by March 2016.

The Owensville-area business that specializes primarily in catering, carryout and sometimes delivery, was approved for the IRP loan in March 2015. The new building is being constructed less than 50 feet from the former establishment.

“Workers are finishing up on construction downstairs and hanging some drywall upstairs this week,” Willsey said. “The state will be out this week to pre-inspect the facility before we move the kitchen equipment over.”...(more)


Hummingbird Kitchen, LLC, owners (from left) Terri and Brian Willsey are looking forward to moving into their new expanded location.

Belle High School students receive National Career Ready Certificates

BELLE, MO(Feb10)—Some 31 juniors and seniors at Belle High School successfully completed Work Keys testing and were presented with ACT’s National Career Ready Certificates (NCRC) recently.

ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. This series of tests measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs.

Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assessments in applied mathematics, locating information, and reading for information can lead to earning the National Career Ready Certificate, a portable credential earned by more than 2.3 million people across the United States...(more)


Recently 31 Belle High School students successfully completed WorkKeys testing and were presented with National Career Ready Certificates. Assisting with the presentation of certificates were (front row) Bonnie Prigge, executive director of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission; Cheri Tune, director of Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Certified Work Ready Communities program; Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze, who also serves as president of the Gasconade Valley Enterprise Zone and the Maries County CWRC committee; and Belle High School Counselor Chris Feeler. Students earning certificates were (second row left) Chase Jacquin, Dalton Brooks, Dalton Elrod, Savannah Wilson, Jacqueline Haffer, Michal Melzer, Emily Koch, Corina Struemph, Lindsey Kluesner, Alexis Cooper, Victoria Hollingworth; (third row from left) Haley Price, Max Butler, Mathew Heflin, Noah Devine, Kever Donze, Dalton Durbin, Joe Moman, Bryan Wolfe, Logan Prigge, Gabrielle Scott; (back wow from left) DJ Lepper, Castin Woolley, Mike Cook, Dylan Gorrell, Jacob Abel, Dalton Ridenhour, Evan Thierry, Dylan Pyrtle, Wyatt Maddison and Cassandra Lock.

Rolla High School student Megan Feeler rides a trike around an obstacle course in MRPC’s parking lot while wearing “drunk” goggles to simulate the effects intoxication would have on vision.

Eleven attend roadway safety workshop

ST. JAMES(Feb6)—Students and educators, Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) staff, and representatives from the Central District Committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) gathered at MRPC Jan. 29 to help schools learn how to plan safety days, docudramas and learn about highway safety issues, such as seatbelts and distracted driving.

The free workshop was hosted at MRPC, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, and coordinated by MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, who is a member of the Central District Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. Prigge also directed the workshop.

"Planning a safety day event or a docudrama can be a daunting task, but these workshops help take some of the stress out of the effort,” Prigge said. "Participants are provided with a plan and a timeline for organizing.”..(more)

MRPC visits with congressional staff members

ST. JAMES(Feb4)— Staff from all five congressional offices serving the Meramec Region joined the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board for an exchange of ideas during its Jan. 14 meeting.

In attendance were Kristen Wright, representing Claire McCaskill; Jordan Wood, representing Sen. Roy Blunt; Eric Harmon, representing 8th Congressional District Rep. Jason Smith; Austin Kramer, representing 4th Congressional District Rep. Vicky Hartzler; and Matt Thompson, representing 3rd Congressional District Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer.

“We are very pleased that our entire congressional delegation was represented and able to provide updates on work in Washington D.C.,” Said Bonnie Prigge, MRPC executive director...(more)

MRPC shares 2016 state priorities with region’s legislative delegation

ST. JAMES(Feb3)—The board and staff of Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) traveled to the state Capitol on Jan. 26 for “MRPC Day at the Capitol.”

During the event, board and staff shared MRPC’s 2016 state legislative priorities with the 13 state legislators who serve the region.

MRPC board members and staff traveled to the Capitol Jan. 26 to share MRPC’s 2016 state legislative priorities with the region’s senators and reprenstitives. Attendees included Darrell Skiles (back left), Dent County presiding commissioner; Ron Kraettli, Gasconade County For-Profit, Larry Miskel, Gasconade County presiding commisioner; Bruce Harrill, Waynesville city administrator and Ray Schwartze, Maries County presiding commissioner; (front, left) James Morgan, mayor Crocker; Luge Hardman, mayor of Waynesville; Sharon Hubbard, Steelville alderperson; Jan Haviland, at-large for industry; Rob Parson, at-large for farming/agriculture businesses and Bonnie Prigge, MRPC executive director....(more)

“Tackling the Tough Skills” workshop planned Feb. 18 at MRPC

St. James(Feb1) – The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program and the Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA) will host a free workshop Feb. 18 on “Tackling the Tough Skills.”

“Tackling the Tough Skills,” focuses on responsibility, attitude, communication, problem solving and preparing for the workplace. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at MRPC, 4 Industrial Dr., St. James, and will be presented by MOCA County Project Coordinator Christy Saylor...(more)

Ozark Rivers kicks off “Get Wired For E-Cycling!” Earth Day poster, trash art contest

ST. JAMES(Jan25)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) anticipates record-breaking participation this year for its 25th Annual Earth Day Art Contest, themed “Get Wired for E-Cycling!” Entries will be accepted immediately through March 18.

“E-Cycling refers to the process of reclaiming valuable resources from electronics, anything running on a cord or battery, and this year's theme looks to increase public awareness of the district's annual E-Cycling collections,” said Jill Hollowell, environmental program specialist at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC)...(more)

MRPC director to head state association

ST. JAMES(Jan15)—Bonnie Prigge, executive director of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), was elected president of the Missouri Association of Councils of Governments (MACOG), during the group's Jan. 7 meeting in Jefferson City.

MACOG is the statewide organization representing Missouri’s 19 regional planning commissions and councils of governments. These professional organizations represent the entire state of Missouri and are committed to enhancing the state’s regions. Regional councils are engaged in a myriad of activities, including economic and community development, housing initiatives, safety and security, transportation planning, environmental issues and quality-of-life issues.

Prigge previously served two years asMACOG's vice president and was elected to serve two years as president, replacing Robin Simpson, executive director of the Mark Twain Regional Planning Commission at Perry, Mo. The MACOG board also elected Jackie Spainhower, executive director of Northwest Regional Council of Governments at Maryville, as vice president, and Linda Connor, executive director of Lake of the Ozarks Council of Governments, as secretary-treasurer.

Prigge has represented MRPC on the MACOG board since her appointment as executive director July 1, 2011.

MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities since 1969. Prigge heads a staff of 24 professionals and support staff with an operating budget of over $1.8 million and pass-through funds of over $8 million in FY2014-15. MRPC is located at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James...(more)


Robin Simpson, executive director of the Mark Twain Regional Planning Commission at Perry, Mo., passes the MACOG gavel to Prigge during the Jan. 7 MACOG board meeting. Pictured from left are: Newly elected secretary-treasurer Linda Connor, executive director of Lake of the Ozarks Council of Governments, outgoing president Robin Simpson, Bonnie Prigge, and newly elected vice president Jackie Spainhower, executive director of Northwest Regional Council of Governments at Maryville.

Teen roadway, safety days docudrama workshop Jan. 29 at MRPC

ST. JAMES(Dec30)—The Central District Committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Meramec Regional Planning Commission are hosting a free how-to workshop on safety days and planning docudramas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 29, at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO...(more)

Enterprise Car Sales, Mobility Management program working
to bring reliable transportation to the region

ST. JAMES(Dec30)—Enterprise Car Sales Executive Matt Madura met with Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s Mobility Manager Holly Kreienkamp on Dec. 17 to discuss how the company and program may provide transportation in the Meramec Region.

“Enterprise currently offers a ride-share program,” Madura said. “The program brings people together who work at a common place or near a common place to save resources, emissions and insurance.”

Ride sharing, also known as vanpooling, allows people who don’t have a vehicle or don’t have an economical vehicle to share a resource. There must be at least two people over the age of 25 to coordinate rides and participants only need to participate 50 percent of the time...(more)

Flood-damaged homes may require permits before repairs

ST. JAMES(Dec29)— Homeowners whose property lies within a flood plain in the unincorporated areas of Phelps County will need to obtain a permit before they begin rebuilding or repairing damages caused by recent flood waters.

The permits are required as part of the county’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides eligibility for flood insurance, flood disaster assistance, state and federal grants and loans and buyout funds for flood-prone property.

Phelps County has participated in the NFIP since 1999 and must comply with the flood plain ordinance to continue to qualify for the program and related benefits...(more)

Flood-damaged homes may require permits before repairs

ST. JAMES(Dec29)— Homeowners whose property lies within a flood plain in the unincorporated areas of Maries County will need to obtain a permit before they begin rebuilding or repairing damages caused by recent flood waters.

The permits are required as part of the county’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides eligibility for flood insurance, flood disaster assistance, state and federal grants and loans and buyout funds for flood-prone property...(more)

Mobility Management members elect vice chairman

ST. JAMES(Dec23)—Harold Selby, city administrator of St. James, was elected vice chairman of the Mobility Management Advisory Group during a Dec. 15 meeting, held atMeramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), 4 Industrial Drive, St. James. Thegroup met to elect a vice chairman, review the final draft of the by-laws, discuss results of the Dent County survey and continue to identify transit options in the Meramec Region.

“Selby has previously served on the Missouri House Transportation Committee and the Franklin County Transportation Committee,” said Holly Kreienkamp, MRPC Mobility Manager for the Meramec Region.


Harold Selby (right) was elected vice chairman of the Mobility Management board and will be serving with Mobility Management Chair Amy Heyer (left) and Mobility Manager Holly Kreienkamp (middle).



Sen. Mike Kehoe stands while discussing transportation needs with the Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) board.

MRPC shares regional priorities with legislators

ST. JAMES(Dec18)—Four state legislators serving constituents within the Meramec Region joined Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) for its Dec. 10 meeting.

Sen. Dan Brown, Sen. Mike Kehoe, Rep. Jason Chipman and Rep. Steve Lynch each spoke to the board about theirviews on current legislative issues, and the board shared its 2016 legislative priorities.

Each year, the MRPC board compiles a list of legislative priorities it considers important to the region and delivers those priorities to the legislators who serve the region..(more)


Representatives Steve Lynch and Jason Chipman (from left) and Sen. Dan Brown (far right) were
three of four state legislators that attended the Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC)
Dec. 10 meeting to express their views on current legislative issues and address the board about its
2016 legislative priorities.

State grant to help replace Mill Creek Bridge in Washington County

ST. JAMES(Dec15)—The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced recently that Washington County Commission was approved for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to replace Mill Creek Bridge on Tiff Road. The county will be contributing another $10,000 in cash with the county road department performing some of the work...(more)

Water district updates to be completed in spring 2016

ST. JAMES(Dec 14)—Phelps County Water and Sewer District No. 1 (PWSD) customers in Edgar Springs can expect work to be completed on a $1.3 million project to replace mainlines and install an additional standpipe by late spring of 2016.

PWSD President Terry Henson said the water lines are about 90 percent completed.

“We have most everything in the ground and will now be working on clean up,” Henson said. “The standpipe people will start next week.”

The project, which began in 2011 when grant applications were submitted to the Missouri Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and USDA RuralDevelopment program to repair, replace or add storage pipelines and mainlines, broke ground in 2015...(more)


Employees of Robertson Inc., lay water mainline in early September near Highway 63, south of EdgarSprings.

Web designers to share social media tips with Naturally Meramec Consortium Dec. 15

ST. JAMES(Dec11)—Website designers and developers Lee Pettijohn with Witness Web Design, and Angie Parrett with By Design Media will share tips with small business owners for businesses’ websites and social media pages at the Naturally Meramec Consortium (NMC) meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 15, at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), 4 Industrial Drive, St. James...(more)

Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee applies for HAZMAT training grant

ST. JAMES(Dec11)—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.

These trainings help firefighters, police and other emergency personnel learn how to safely handle hazardous materials in a variety of scenarios from methamphetamine lab cleanups to fires and chemical spills...(more)

ORSWMD gives regional awards for environmental efforts

ST. JAMES(Dec8)—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) recently honored a public employee, local non-profit organization, citizen volunteer and associate commissioner at its annual meeting Dec. 1. Each year, Ozark Rivers 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.

“The actions of these individuals and organizations are crucial to building and maintaining the momentum of recycling and environmental awareness,” said Brady Wilson, chairman of ORSWMD. “Those honored are making a positive impact on our communities.”

Those honored were Duane Gavisk, The Community Partnership Resale Shop, Treva Imes and Gary Hicks...(more)


ORSWMD presented awards to (from left) Phelps County Associate Commissioner Gary Hicks, The Community Partnership Resale Shop represented by Martha Edwards, Treva Imes with T-shirts to Tote Bags and Phelps County Tough on Trash Coordinator Duane Gavisk for their environmental efforts within their communities.

St. James road extension one of five Missouri projects to be funded by DRA

ST. JAMES(Dec8)—The city of St. James has been awarded $206,060 from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to extend Wilson Drive to accommodate the expansion of Cohen Architectural Woodworking. The St. James project was one of five Missouri projects sharing in $1,119,417 of $10 million in federal, local and state resources from the DRA and its partners...(more)

Ozark Rivers awards $186,685 in local grants

ST. JAMES(Dec 8)—Twelve local environmental programs will be awarded grant funding, totaling $186,685.10 by Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District, (ORSWMD) pending final approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources ...(more)

The Blue Hill Company introduces more jams with new storefront

ST. JAMES(Dec8)— Jimmy and Brenda Story, owners of The Blue Hill Company in Rolla which is known for its Blue Banero Jam, introduced their newly expanded jam line at the open house Oct. 23 that also featured a new manufacturing facility, retail store section, production/processing room, storage space and the potential for future additions to the facility.

The Storys first began selling their jams from home in 2010. The Blue Hill Company, located at 19410 State Route O near Rolla, began in 2012 by offering the traditional you-pick-it farm where customers picked their own fresh blueberries...(more)

“Tackling the Tough Skills” workshop planned Dec. 17 at MRPC

ST. JAMES(Dec2)— The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program and the Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA) will host a free workshop Dec. 17 on “Tackling the Tough Skills.”

“Tackling the Tough Skills” focuses on problem solving, attitude, communication, responsibility and preparing for the workplace. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at MRPC, 4 Industrial Dr., St. James...(more)

MRCF community grants available
Applications accepted through Jan. 29

ST. JAMES, Mo(Nov30)—Schools, churches or charitable organizations contemplating a community project that needs funding should apply for a grant from the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF).

For the last four years, MRCF has awarded grants to further local projects through its community grant program. Maria Bancroft, MRPC business loan specialist, said the foundation has funded many diverse grants...(more)

Pulaski County Hazard Mitigation Plan available for review

PULASKI COUNTY(Nov23)—Public comment is now being accepted on the updated Pulaski County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan is available for review on Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s website, www.meramecregion.org.

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

Elected Officials Workshop planned Dec. 8 at MRPC

ST. JAMES(Nov23)—Local government structure, ethics and the Sunshine Law will be among the topics of discussion at an upcoming Elected Officials Workshop from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), 4 Industrial Drive, St. James. The Missouri Municipal League will present the workshop...(more)

Amy Heyer (left) was appointed chair of the Mobility Management Plan Advisory Group during the Nov. 17 meeting at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) lead by MRPC staff member and Mobility Manager Holly Kreienkamp (right). The mobility management program is funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation to help provide better and expanded access to transit for residents in the Meramec Region.

Heyer to lead mobility advisory board
Additional members sought for advisory board

ST. JAMES, MO(Nov20)— Amy Heyer, admissions representative for Metro Business College, Rolla, was elected to serve as the first chairperson of the Mobility Management Plan Advisory Group during a Nov. 17 meeting, held at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), 4 Industrial Drive, St. James. The group met to finalize bylaws, elect a chairperson and continue to identify transit options in the Meramec Region.

The advisory board will help MRPC develop a mobility management program to provide better and expanded access to transit for residents in the Meramec Region. MRPC is one of three regional planningcommissions now offering a mobility management program, thanks to funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation's transit program and the Missouri Development Disabilities Council.

In August, MRPC hired Holly Kreienkamp to head the project, and she has been visiting with local governments, nonprofits and transit providers to gather information on existing services and needs and share information on the program. She also helps folks find rides.challenges in the region and the new mobility management system...(more)

Naturally Meramec Consortium discusses marketing strategies

ST. JAMES, Mo(Nov20)— Marketing is a critical component of any successful business, and members of the Naturally Meramec Consortium (NMC) learned about marketing plans and marketing tools available to help attract customers and sell products, during the Oct. 20 meeting at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).

Bonnie Prigge, executive director of MRPC and formerly the organization's marketing and communications director presented the information. Additionally, consortium members saw the results of an informal survey of tourism and visitor centers in the region. Lyle Thomas of MRPC shared information about who was visiting the region, the reason for their visits and what kinds of activities they were interested in seeing...(more)

Homeland Security Oversight Committee reorganizes board
Stanfast of Salem to serve as chair


ST. JAMES(Nov17)—The Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) reorganized its officers and board at its October meeting at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).

Tabitha Stanfast, of Salem Memorial District Hospital, assumed the role of HSOC chair for 2015-16, replacing Ron Smith of the Rolla Homeland Security Response Team. The board then nominated and approved Smith to serve as the new vice chair, replacing Stanfast...(more)

Ozark Rivers to honor recycling efforts at Dec. 1 meeting


ST. JAMES, Mo(Nov17)—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) will host its full council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James. The district’s award dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. and will allow the district to recognize four individuals for their efforts to increase recycling efforts and reduce the amount of waste landfilled...(more)

MRPC learns about Phelps County health care project

ST. JAMES, Mo(Nov17)—There is a pilot project underway in Phelps County to help transition emergency room visitors to primary care doctors, and the board of Meramec Regional Planning Commission learned more about "Journey to Primary Health Care,” during its regular board meeting on Nov. 12. The project is underway at Phelps County Regional Medical Center, and Wil Franklin of Integrated Health Network (IHN) is the consultant assisting with the three-year project, funded in part by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health....(more)

MRPC among Missouri RPCs honored with 2015 NADO Innovation Awards


ST. JAMES, MO(Nov13)— T.R. Dudley, chairman of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission, St. James, and mayor of Potosi attended the Annual NADO Training Conference in New Orleans in October to accept MRPC's Innovation Award. MRPC, along with Boonslick Regional Planning Commission and Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission, were recognized for their mobility managementplanning efforts.

In all three regions, transit planning efforts had identified the need for improved and expanded transit options, and the three RPCs conducted additional planning work, primarily to determine the feasibility of developing mobility management systems that would coordinate and promote existing transit services..(more)



First State Community Bank is MRDC’s 2015 Lender of the Year

ST. JAMES(Nov10)—First State Community Bank (FSCB was honored as Meramec Regional Development Corporation’s (MRDC) Lender of the Year, during the Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) Annual Dinner on Oct. 30 at the Havener Center in Rolla.

Ernie Kost, president of FSCB in Rolla, accepted the award on behalf of the bank from MRPC Chairman T.R. Dudley.

FSCB opened its doors in 1954 in Farmington and in 2014 celebrated 50 years of service. Today, the bank has over $1 billion in assets and over 45 banks in some 33 Missouri cities, going as far north as Moberly and as far south as Kennett and Hayti in the Bootheel.

The lender has earned this award because of its partnership with MRDC on a large SBA loan project in Rolla, totaling over $660,000, and retaining 12 jobs.

MRDC honors a bank that actively partners with it to create jobs and encourage private investment in the region. MRDC is an SBA 504 Certified Development Corporation and serves as the loanreview board for MRPC’s five loan programs.

Ernie Kost (left), First State Community Bank (FSCB) Rolla location president, accepted the Lender of the Year award on behalf of FSCB from Meramec Regional Planning Commission Chairman T.R. Dudley (center) and Darlene Weber (right), vice chair of Meramec Regional Development Corp. (MRDC).

Solid waste plan update focus group to meet Nov. 19

ST. JAMES(Nov9)—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) is updating its district waste management plan and will host its first focus group meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, Mo.

The district is requesting input from the general public, industry experts and stakeholders...(more)

Salem’s Gary Brown receives MRPC volunteer award

DENT COUNTY(Nov9)—Gary Brown of Salem was among those honored for their volunteer efforts during Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) 2015 Annual Dinner on Oct. 30 at the Havener Center in Rolla. The organization also honored 12 additional volunteers and service organizations for their contributions to communities during the event.

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

The MRPC External Relations committee selects award winners after being nominated by an MRPC board member. Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles nominated Brown for an Outstanding Volunteer.

Brown served four years in the U.S. Navy, volunteered for 22 years on the Salem Crisis Center board of directors and provided labor and home repair services to the center. As a community leader, Brown served two terms as an alderman for the city of Salem, another 14 years as mayor, was secretary, treasurer, vice chairman and chairman of the MRPC board and represents the county on the MRPC Transportation Advisory Committee and the Meramec Regional Community Foundation. He is also an lifetime member of theFirst Baptist Church in Salem...(more)

 

MRPC honors Gruver, Zeiss for volunteer work


CRAWFORD COUNTY(Nov6)—Two Crawford County residents––Rosemary Gruver and Sierra Zeiss, both of Steelville, were honored for their volunteer services during Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) 2015 Annual Dinner on Oct. 30 at the Havener Center in Rolla. The organization also honored 11 additional volunteers and service organizations for their contributions to communities during the event.

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

The MRPC External Relations committee selects award winners after being nominated by an MRPC board member. Crawford County Presiding Commissioner Leo Sanders nominated Gruver for an Outstanding Volunteer award and Zeiss for an Outstanding Youth Volunteer award....(more)

 

Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) honored 12 community volunteers, Lender of the Year award and the Eugene E. Northern award for outstanding service each contributed to their communities on Oct. 30 at theAnnual Dinner at the Havener Center in Rolla. Award winners were (from left) Laura Antolak of Rolla, Gary Brown of Salem, Jamie Jones and Seth John of Vienna, Nancy Yount with Potosi/Washington Chamber of Commerce, Jan Sassmann of Belle/Bland, Debora Rice with Planters of Pulaski County Garden Club, JamieMyers of Rolla, Sierra Zeiss of Steelville, Rosemary Gruver of Steelville, Ernie Kost with First State Community Bank and the Eugene E. Northern awardrecipient Ted Day of Rolla. Not pictured are Harley Bialcyzk of Belle and Robert Vinyard of Caledonia.

Rolla’s Ted Day earns MRPC’s highest award
Antolak, Myers receive volunteer awards

PHELPS COUNTY(Nov6)—Ted Day of Rolla was awarded Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) Eugene E. Northern award for his dedication to his community. Jamie Myers and Laura Antolack, also of Rolla, were honored for their volunteer services during MRPC’s 2015 Annual Dinner on Oct. 30 at the Havener Center in Rolla. The organization also honored nine additional volunteers and serviceorganizations for their contributions to communities during the event...(more)

 


Darrah, Vogt and MRPC Chairman T.R. Dudley (center left) presented Sassmann with the award at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Annual Dinner and awards ceremony Oct. 30 at the Havener Center.

Maries County residents honored with MRPC volunteer awards
Jones, Sassmann, Bialczyk, John recognized

MARIES COUNTY(Nov6) —Four Maries County residents—Jamie Jones of Vienna, Jan Sassmann of Belle-Bland, youth volunteers Harley Bialczyk of Belle and Seth John of Vienna— were honored for their volunteer efforts during Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) 2015 Annual Dinner on Oct. 30 at the Havener Center in Rolla. The organization also honored nine additional volunteers and service organizations for their contributions to communities during the event.

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

Nominated by Crawford County Commissioner Leo Sanders (left) for being an outstanding youth volunteer within his community, Seth John (center) of Vienna was presented with an award from T.R. Dudley (right), Meramec Regional Planning Commission chairman.

 

Washington County’s Bob Vinyard and Potosi/Washington County Chamber of Commerce receive MRPC volunteer awards

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY(Nov6) —The Potosi/Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Bob Vinyard of Caledonia were among those honored for their volunteer services during Meramec Regional PlanningCommission’s (MRPC) 2015 Annual Dinner on Oct. 30 at the Havener Center in Rolla. The organization also honored 11 additional volunteers and service organizations for their contributions to communities during the event.

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

The MRPC External Relations committee selects award winners after being nominated by an MRPC board member...(more)

Nancy Yount with the Potosi/Washington County Chamber of Commerce accepted the outstanding volunteer award for the chamber’s contributions to their community from Meramec Regional Planning Commission Chairman T.R. Dudley (right) during the MRPC Annual Dinner and award ceremony Oct. 30 at the Rolla Havener Center. Dudley also nominated the chamber for the award.

Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman (lfet) nominated the Planters of Pulaski County Garden Club for their outstanding volunteer contributions to their community. Debora Rice (center) accepted the award from Meramec Regional Planning Commission Chairman T.R. Dudley (right) during the Oct. 30 Annual Dinner and awards ceremony at the Rolla Havener Center.

MRPC honors Planters of Pulaski County Garden Club

PULASKI COUNTY(Nov6)—The Planters of Pulaski County Garden Club of Waynesville was among those honored for their volunteer services during Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s (MRPC) 2015 Annual Dinner on Oct. 30 at the Havener Center in Rolla. The organization also honored 12 additional volunteers and service organizations for their contributions to communities during the event.

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

The MRPC External Relations committee selects award winners after being nominated by an MRPC board member.

The Planters of Pulaski County Garden Club is a dedicated group of individuals who help to make the city of Waynesville more attractive and inviting...(more)


MRCF to host Fundraising Institute Nov. 10

ST. JAMES(Oct20)—Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) is hosting a Fundraising Institute for area non-profits and organizations to learn how to strategically find and keep donors. Any area non-profit interested in building sustainability and improving fundraising techniques is welcome to attend.

Most organizations find donors through fundraising events, but many first time donors don’t return after their first donation. The workshop will share information with non-profit organizations about how to cultivate and grow donors by defining and delineating the best way to build from a small annual gift to a major one.

This session is at the beginner/intermediate experience level and is aimed at small to medium-sized organizations...(more)

Meramec Regional Business Fair to be held Nov. 3 in Rolla


ST. JAMES(Oct19)—If you have questions about starting a business or about operating a business, the Meramec Regional Business Fair will offer answers. Representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA), Missouri Department of Economic Development, area realtors, insurance agents, lenders and other community leaders will gather at The Centre, 1200 Holloway St., Rolla, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3 for the Meramec Regional Business Fair.

Vendors will provide information and be available to answer questions about their products and services throughout the day.

“The purpose of the event is to bring together as many available resources as possible that would benefit small businesses...(more)

Mobility Manager to host implementation, advisory group meeting Oct. 20


ST. JAMES(Oct19)—The Meramec Region Mobility Management system, a program to provide residents with information about transportation options in the eight-county Meramec Region, will host its first implementation meeting and establish a mobility advisory committee at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), 4 Industrial Dr., St. James.

Mobility management is focused on coordinating reasonably priced transportation services to improve overall mobility for the general public, with an emphasis on the elderly, low income persons and persons with disabilities. The program is in its beginning stages ...(more)

Naturally Meramec to discuss marketing at Oct. 20 regional meeting


ST. JAMES(Oct13)—Small business owners will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of marketing by attending the Naturally Meramec Consortium (NMC) meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 at 4 Industrial Drive, St. James.

NMC is a collection of small agriculture/tourism/culinary business owners who work together to find ways to market and use each other’s products and services. The group will host MRPC’s Executive Director Bonnie Prigge and Senior Community Development Specialist Lyle Thomas as guest speakers to discuss all aspects of marketing...(more)

Upper Meramec River Watershed workshop to be held Oct. 13
Best practices to be shared


ST. JAMES(Sep30)—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is working with East West Gateway Council of Governments to provide a workshop on the Upper Meramec River Watershed to share water management practices with communities in the region.

Community leaders, representatives and general public are welcome to attend the event from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the St. James Community Center, 1340 Nelson Hart Drive, St. James...(more)

Teen roadway, safety days docudrama workshop Oct. 16 at MRPC


ST. JAMES(Sep28)—The Central District Committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Meramec Regional Planning Commission are hosting a free how-to workshop on planning docudramas and safety days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16, at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO.

During the morning session, workshop participants will hear from a retired teacher, Maggie Roberts, who has coordinated and delivered docudramas for 15 years. Roberts will detail how to plan an event, discuss different docudrama themes and how to involve students, emergency response ...(more)

Regional Naturally Meramec meeting discusses how to market 600 businesses in the eight-county region


ST. JAMES(Sep24)—After five months of county meetings, Naturally Meramec Consortium hosted 37 attendees at its first regional meeting on Aug. 25 to discuss how to bring 600 businesses into one marketing project.

Connie Willman, Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) community development specialist, Executive Director Bonnie Prigge and Lyle Thomas, community development specialist, led the meeting that was held at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) in St. James. Willman reviewed a list of consortium goals with participants that included agriculture, tourism and culinary businesses and tourism representatives from the eight-county region....(more)

Antolak honored for work on MRCF board

ST. JAMES(Sep23)Laura Antolak of Rolla was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Meramec Regional Community Foundation Board Chairman Wayne Parry at the July 29 meeting for her five years of service to the foundation....(more)

Mineral Point couple builds quick stop with help of SBA loan


ST. JAMES(Sep21)—A Mineral Point couple started construction on B&M Quick Stop, a fuel and food convenience store in Mineral Point, with the help of Meramec Regional Development Corporation (MRDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“Mike and Betty Nixon have worked and raised their children in the Mineral Point area, located outside of Potosi, and hve previous experience in the convenience store business...(more)

St. Robert Community Center to hold waste collection Sept.26


ST. JAMES(Sep15)—St. Robert Community Center will host a residential electronics and appliance collection Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 114 J.H. Williamson Dr., St. Robert.

A fee of $10 will be charged on televisions and $5 on computer monitors.

Free items include all appliances, microwaves, hot water heaters, cell phones, flat-screen TVs and monitors...(more)

Waste collection at Brewer Science collected 27.79 tons


ROLLA(Aug10)—An Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) special waste collections drive collected 27.79 tons of residential recyclable electronics, appliances and tires from 253 participant vehicles on May 30 at the Brewer Science, Inc., parking lot in Rolla.

Brady Wilson, director of environmental services department for the city of Rolla, said citizens are searching for responsible waste disposal opportunities...(more)

Naturally Meramec Consortium will host first regional meeting on Aug. 25 in St. James
Peter Hofherr will present as guest speaker


ST. JAMES(Aug17)­­—Naturally Meramec Consortium (NMC), a collection of small agriculture/tourism business owners who work together to find ways to market and use each other’s products and services, will host Peter Hoefherr as guest speaker at the first regional meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 25 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, to discuss how NMC may assist with marketing agriculture and tourism businesses.

Guest speaker at the meeting will be Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery and former director of...(more)

Naturally Meramec participants identified business needs at the Washington County meeting


POTOSI(Jul30)—Local business owners and leaders identified business needs at the Washington County Naturally Meramec Consortium (NMC) meeting at Edg-Clif Farms and Vineyards on May 22.

“The Naturally Meramec Consortium, in its early stages of organization, is a collection of agriculture and tourism business owners who work together to find ways to market and use...(more)

Naturally Meramec participants identified business needs at the Dent County meeting


SALEM(Jul28)—Local business owners and representatives discussed six small-business needs on June 19 during the Dent County Naturally Meramec Consortium (NMC) meeting at Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center.

NMC is a grant-sponsored group administered by Connie Willman, Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) senior community development specialist, and focuses on small business needs.

“The Naturally Meramec Consortium, in its early stages of organization, is a collection of agriculture and tourism...(more)

Solid waste grant workshop planned Aug. 4

ST. JAMES(Jul22)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) will host a pre-application grant workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 4 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), to share information on the district’s grant process.

Local governments, businesses, schools and individuals seeking to establish or improve local waste management programs are encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the district’s grant program is to reduce the volume of waste being landfilled through recycling, waste reduction, education and resource recovery. ..(more)

Naturally Meramec consortium participants identified business needs at the Osage County meeting


 WESTPHALIA(Jul22)—Naturally Meramec Consortium (NMC), a grant-sponsored group through Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), held its first Osage County meeting May 29 at Westphalia Inn––Norton Room, Westphalia, Mo., and asked attendants to identify business needs that NMC could help resolve.

 “The Naturally Meramec Consortium, in its early stages of organization, is a collection of agriculture and tourism business owners who work together to find ways to market and use each other’s products and services,” ...(more)

Naturally Meramec participants identified business needs at Maries County meeting


DIXON(Jul21)—Naturally Meramec Consortium (NMC), a grant-sponsored group through Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), held its first Maries County meeting on April 29 at Rock Eddy Bluff Farm, Dixon and asked attendants to identify business needs that NMC could help resolve...(more)

Solid waste district opens grant cycle
Applications now available


ST. JAMES(Jul16)—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) began accepting district grant applications July 14 for its 2016 grant program. An estimated $150,000 is available for grants, aimed at reducing the volume of landfill waste.

Brady Wilson, ORSWMD board president, said the grant benefits more than just recycling.

“In addition to reducing the volume of waste in landfills, the grants also offers the opportunity to encourage thegrowth of business and creates jobs.”

Grants have previously provided capital equipment, such as balers for sheltered workshops and recycling trailers for cities...(more)

Foundation to hold annual meeting July 29
Guest speakers from Community Foundation of the Ozarks

ST. JAMES(Jul16)—Michael Chatman and Alice Wingo of Community Foundation of the Ozarks will be guest speakers at the MeramecRegional Community Foundation’s (MRCF) annual meeting July 29, at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) 4 Industrial Drive, St. James. The group will meet at 1:30 p.m.

MRCF board of directors and staff membersinvites community representatives and members to attend the annual meeting to share upcoming events, network...(more)

MRPC elects officers


ST. JAMEs(Jul13)—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) elected board officers for the upcoming fiscal year at its June 11 meeting.

Potosi Mayor T.R. Dudley was re-elected to a second term to chair. Ray Schwartze was re-elected to vice chair. Crocker Mayor James Morgan was elected secretary...(more)

MRB elects officers
Crawford County commissioner elected president

ST. JAMES(Jul13)—The Meramec Regional Board (MRB), the non-profit holding company that owns the assets used by Meramec Regional Planning Commission, elected Crawford County Commissioner Leo Sanders as president of the MRB board at the June 11 meeting....(more)

Newburg flood-damaged roads repaired with DRA funding


NEWBURG(Jun26)—Construction crews completed repairs to three bridges and low water crossings and six flood-damaged streets in the city of Newburg with funding assistance from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA).

The DRA awarded $105,757 to the city of Newburg to address road damages caused by an August 2013 flood...(more)

Free homeownership workshop in St. Clair


ST. JAMES(Jun24)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program and Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation (JFCAC) will host a free workshop in St. Clair on July 8.

The St. Clair workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at Greater St. Clair Homes Inc., 1100 Park Ave., St. Clair...(more)

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
30 Phelps County students placed in poster contest


ST. JAMES(Jun24)–Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced 30 Phelps County students were awarded prizes of the 48 winners and 26 honorable mentions in the 23rd Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Electronic Art Contest. All art entries were centered around the theme “Let’s Talk Trash–Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

“The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness about recycling and encourage the community to take part in celebrating Earth Day,” said Jill Hollowell, environmental programs specialist at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).

Contestants re-purposed garbage into three-dimensional pieces of art or created posters...(more)

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
Three Crawford County students place in Earth Day contest


ST. JAMES(Jun24)–Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced three Crawford County students were awarded prizes of the 48 winners and 26 honorable mentions in the 23rd Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Electronic Art Contest. All art entries were centered around the theme “Let’s Talk Trash–Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

“The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness about recycling and encourage the community to take part in celebrating Earth Day,” said Jill Hollowell....(more)

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
23 Gasconade County students placed in Earth Day contest


ST. JAMES(Jun24)–Ozark Rivers Solid WasteManagement District (ORSWMD) announced 23 Gasconade County students out of 48 winners and 26 honorable mentions received awards in the 23rd Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Electronic Art Contest. All art entries were centered around the theme “Let’s Talk Trash–Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

“The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness....(more)

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
Dent County student places first in art contest


ST. JAMES(Jun24)–Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced Mahayla Breckner, 7th grader at Salem R-80 Middle School, won first place in the Ozark Rivers 23rd Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Electronic Art Contest....(more)

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
11 Maries County students placed in Earth Day poster and art contest


ST. JAMES(Jun22)–Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District ORSWMD) announced 14 students of the 48 winners and 26 honorable mentions in the 23rd Annual Ozark Rivers Earth Day Poster, Trash and Electronic Art Contest were from Maries County. All art entries were centered around the theme “Let’s Talk Trash–Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

“The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness about recycling and encourage community participation...(more)

Hummingbird Kitchen, LLC, approved for expansion loan
Funded through MRPC IRP program and Community Bank of Owensville


ST. JAMES(Jun26)—Brian Willsey and Terri Hoon, owners of Hummingbird Kitchen, LLC, in Owensville, were approved for an Intermediary Relending Program loan through Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Community Bank of Owensville, March 18 that will fund the expansion of their business.

Hummingbird Kitchen specializes in pastries, jams, jellies and breads and does a limited amount of catering. Willsey and Hoon attend several events in Hermann...(more)

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest winners announced
Pulaski County student places second in art contest


ST. JAMES(Jun22)–Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced Katelyn Fraski, 12th grader at Crocker High School, won second place in the Ozark Rivers 23rd Annual Earth Day Trash and Electronic Art Contest. Fraski is one of the 48 winners and 26 honorable mentions announced in the seven counties contest and was the lone winner in Pulaski County. All art entries were centered around the theme “Let’s Talk Trash–Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”..(more)

CFO honors Wayne Parry for board member excellence


Springfield(Jun15)—Wayne Parry, chairman of the Meramec Regional Community Foundation, received a Board Member Award of Excellence from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Parry, who also represents Phelps County on the MRCF board, was one of 12 affiliate leaders within the CFO’s 46-member affiliate network honored at the annual affiliate conference on April 21 in Springfield.

“We have an outstanding network of affiliate leadership, but each year certain people rise to the top through their efforts to promote philanthropy,”...(more)

Naturally Meramec identified business needs in Phelps County


ST. JAMES(Jun11)—The Naturally Meramec Consortium, a group of businesses and individuals interested in promoting tourism and small agriculture-based businesses in the Meramec Region, held its first Phelps County meeting at Public House Brewery in St. James to help identify business needs in the community.

“The Naturally Meramec Consortium is a collection of agriculture and tourism business owners who work together to find ways to market and use each other’s products and services...(more)

Rolla High School awarded Project Grad grant

ROLLA(Jun8)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety (CDCRS) awarded Rolla High School a $400 Project Graduation grant to assist with Project Graduation, an after graduation celebration. Schools that successfully completed the Battle of the Belt competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant which included cash, gift cards and promotional incentives that remind students to buckle up and drive safely. Seniors Charles Skyles, Sarah Jones, Ashwini Krishnamurthy, James Kosbar, Sofia Luna and Wyatt Handley; RHS Principal Jim Prichett, Kiwanis Club representatives Tim Lee, Keith Wedge, Mike Flowers and Mark Grant accepted the incentives. Docudrama director Mag Roberts, with Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), presented incentives on behalf of CDCRS. MRPC is a member of the Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety.

Naturally Meramec identified business needs in Crawford County


LEASBURG(Jun8)—The Naturally Meramec Consortium, a group of businesses and individuals interested in promoting tourism and small agriculture-based businesses in the Meramec Region, came together recently at Belmont Vineyards, Leasburg, to help identify business needs in the community.

“The Naturally Meramec Consortium is a collection of agriculture and tourism business owners who work together to find ways to market and use each other’s products and services....(more)

Belle High School recognized for 2014 Battle of the Belt efforts

Belle(Jun4)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety recently honored Belle High School for achieving a 91 to 94 percent student seat belt usage during the school’s Battle of the Belt surveys in October and November 2014. Battle of the Belt is a student-initiated, statewide competition to encourage teen seat belt usage that includes two spontaneous seat belt checks. Karen Call and her FCCLA class coordinated Battle of the Belt this past year at BHS, and Ozark Central Ambulance assisted students with the early morning seatbelt checks. Coalition member Bonnie Prigge of Meramec Regional Planning Commission presented the banner to Call, Principal Danielle Tuepker and the FCCLA students. MRPC is a member of the Central District Coalition.

The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety recently honored Belle High School for achieving a 91 to 94 percent student seat belt usage during the school’s Battle of the Belt surveys in October and November 2014. Battle of the Belt is a student-initiated, statewide competition to encourage teen seat belt usage that includes two spontaneous seat belt checks. Karen Call and her FCCLA class coordinated Battle of the Belt this past year at BHS, and Ozark Central Ambulance assisted students with the early morning seatbelt checks. Coalition member Bonnie Prigge of Meramec Regional Planning Commission presented the banner to Call, Principal Danielle Tuepker and the FCCLA students. MRPC is a member of the Central District Coalition.

CHS awarded Project Grad grant

Cuba(Jun4)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety (CDCRS) awarded Cuba High School a $400 Project Graduation grant to assist with Project Graduation, an after graduation celebration. Schools that successfully completed the Battle of the Belt competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant which included cash, gift cards and promotional incentives that remind students to buckle up and drive safely. Seniors on hand for the presentation were (from left) Kenny Highley, Gabbie Smith, Josie Seely and Cody Moore; BHS Principal Jon Earnhart; Nora Mosley, project graduation liaison; and Peggy Smith, Kiwanis Club treasurer, accepted the grant and incentives on behalf of the 2015 graduating class along with MRPC representative Mag Roberts (far right), with Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). MRPC is a member of the CDCRS and coordinated the regional grant program.

Belle High School awarded Project Grad grant


ST. JAMES(May28)-The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety awarded Belle High School a $400 Project Graduation grant to assist the school with its after graduation celebration.

Schools that successfully completed the Battle of the Belt competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant, which included cash, gift cards and promotional incentives that remind students to buckle up and drive safely.

The check and gifts were presented by Ray Schwartze, Maries County presiding commissioner....(more)

Fatima High School awarded Project Grad grant


ST. JAMES(May28)—The Central District Coalition for Roadway Safety awarded Fatima High School a $400 Project Graduation grant to assist with its after graduation celebration.

Schools that successfully completed the Battle of the Belt competition were eligible to apply for the Project Graduation grant, which included cash, gift cards and promotional incentives that remind students to buckle up and drive safely. Coalition member Bonnie Prigge (center) presented the check and gifts to Wanda Rehagen, Fatima school nurse, and several graduating seniors....(more)

LHS seniors presented with $400 of incentives for participating in Arrive Alive

LINN(May27—)Linn High School Principal Lori Winslow and graduating seniors accepted a $200 check and another $200 in gift cards, t-shirts and blanket incentives from Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. The check and incentives were presented by Meramec Regional Planning Commission May, 2015.

Belle High School senior awarded scholarship established through Meramec Regional Community Foundation and Community Foundation of the Ozarks (MRCF and CFO)

BELLE(May22)—Belle High School senior Morgan Tegart (center) was one of two recipients of a  $500 scholarship from the Richard and Jeanne Cavender Scholarship for Public Service. The Cavenders presented the award to Tegart during the BHS senior award ceremony on May 15 and made the presentation in memory of Jim Kleffner, former presiding commissioner of Maries County. Pictured are Jeanne Cavender (from left),  Tegart and Richard Cavender. The Cavenders established the scholarship through the Meramec Regional Community Foundation and Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Local student awarded scholarship established through Meramec Regional Community Foundation and Community Foundation of the Ozarks (MRF and CFO)

STEELVILLE(May22)—Steelville High School senior Emily Whittaker (center) was one of two recipients of a  $500 scholarship from the Richard and Jeanne Cavender Scholarship for Public Service. The Cavenders presented the award to Whittaker in memory of Ron Cowan and Lawrence George, two friends who passed away who were dedicated to public service. Pictured are Jeanne Cavender (from left),  Whittaker and Richard Cavender. The Cavenders established the scholarship through the Meramec Regional Community Foundation and Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Pulaski County Naturally Meramec participants identified business needs at first consortium meeting


WAYNESVILLE(May21)—Naturally Meramec Consortium (NMC), a grant-sponsored group through Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), held its first meeting in Pulaski County at Cellar 66 in Waynesville, March 24 and asked attendants to identify business needs that NMC could help resolve.

“The Naturally Meramec Consortium, in its early stages of organization, is a collection of agriculture and tourism business owners who work...(more)

Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee Meeting May 29th.

ST. JAMES(May20)—Meramec Regional Planning Commission Coalition for Roadway Safety (CRS) subcommittee will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29, at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James.

The meeting will focus on sharing grant opportunity information for law enforcement that would provide funds for overtime, special checkpoints and safety equipment as well as some additional grant opportunities for schools that are interested distributing the Arrive Alive message to students.

Agenda items will include a review of CRS activities and services; fatalities across the state, district and Meramec Region for 2015; update docudrama training and planning assistance; law enforcement and school grant opportunities; actionplan, funding and activities through June 2016; Central District Report; and summer outreach efforts and school programs....(more)

Free homeownership workshops planned in Bourbon, Leasburg

ST. JAMES(May20)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission and the Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program will host two free workshops in Bourbon and Leasburg June 10.

The Bourbon workshop will be held from 9 to10 a.m. at Autumn Age Homes, 100 Bernice, Bourbon. The Leasburg workshop will be held 11 a.m. to noon at the Village Apartments of Leasburg community room, at 211 First St., Leasburg...(more)

Electronics, appliance, tire collection May 30 in Rolla
Open to residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties

ROLLA(May11)- A special recycling collection for electronics, appliances and tires will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 30, in the Brewer Science, Inc., parking lot located at 2401 Brewer Drive, Hypoint Industrial Park in Rolla near the interchange of Route V and Interstate 44.

The collection is for residential items only; no materials from businesses will be accepted.

Stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves and other appliances...(more)

Naturally Meramec to hold Osage County formation meeting May 29 at Westphalia Inn


ST. JAMES(May11)—The Naturally Meramec consortium, a group of businesses and individuals interested in promoting tourism and small agriculture-based businesses in the Meramec Region, will host a meeting in Osage County, May 29 at 4:30 p.m at Westphalia Inn, in the Norton Room, 106 E. Main St., Westphalia.

“The Naturally Meramec consortium is a collection of agriculture and tourism business owners...(more)

Relief fund accepting donations to assist with Potosi/Washington County storm damage


ST. JAMES(May11)—Damaging winds and heavy rain passed through the city of Potosi and Washington County April 1 and left an estimated 500 homes, businesses and flooded streets in need of help from the county’s disaster relief fund, established through Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF).

“Our biggest needs are the senior center, county fairgrounds and senior citizens who have sustained damage to their homes,”...(more)

Naturally Meramec to hold Washington County formation meeting May 22 at Edg-Clif Winery


ST. JAMES(May11)—The Naturally Meramec consortium, a group of businesses and individuals interested in promoting tourism and small agriculture-based businesses in the Meramec Region, will host a meeting in Washington County May 22 at 4 p.m. at Edg-Clif Winery, 10035 Edg-Clif Dr., Potosi.

“The Naturally Meramec consortium is a collection of agriculture and tourism information for business owners who work together to find ways to market and use each other’s products....(more)

Free homeownership workshops planned in Owensville, Cuba


ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission and the Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program will host two free workshops in Gasconade and Crawford counties May 13.

The Crawford County workshop will be held from 9 to10 a.m. May 13 in the annex building of Peoples Bank of Cuba, 500 W. Washington, Cuba, Mo.

Special speaker Joan Queen, APV compliance officer with Peoples Bank, will discuss Personal Finance 101 and how finances relate to homeownership.

The Gasconade County workshop will be held 11 a.m. to noon in the community room of Owensville Senior Housing at 1009 Springfield in Owensville.

Phelps County PHA senior housing coordinator, Tammy Rigsby, will present “Budgeting and Savings” and discuss the “10 Steps To...(more)

MRPC TAC learns about seatbelt ordinance, supports gas tax, re-elects officers


ST. JAMES(Apr17)— The city of Richland recently passed a primary seatbelt ordinance that allows its officers to ticket drivers and passengers for not wearing their seatbelts within the city limits of Richland. The city was the first in the Meramec Region to take such action. As a state, Missouri does not have a primary seatbelt law. A driver must first be stopped....(more)

TAC, MRPC support proposed gas tax for roads, bridges

ST. JAMES(APR17)—During its April 9 meeting, the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board authorized Chairman T.R. Dudley to sign a letter in support of the proposed 2+2+2 gas tax and share that letter with state legislators serving the Meramec Region. The action came at the recommendation of MRPC’s Transportation Advisory Committee that met earlier in the day....(more)

Naturally Meramec to hold Maries County formation meeting April 29 at Rock Eddy Bluff Farm

ST. JAMES(Apr16)—The Naturally Meramec Consortium, a group of businesses and individuals interested in promoting tourism and small agriculture-based businesses in the Meramec Region, will hold a meeting in Maries County at 10 a.m. on April 29....(more)

Local non-profits to participate in Give Ozarks Day
24-hour online day of giving is May 5

ST. JAMES(Apr10)At least 10 non-profits in the Meramec Region are participating in the first-ever Give Ozarks 24-hour online day of giving on May 5, 2015.

Meramec Regional Community Foundation is supporting its partner nonprofit agencies that are taking part in this region-wide effort. Phelps County non-profits...(more)

MRCF awards community grant to Maries County R-II Schools Foundation

ST. JAMES(APR7)-The Maries County R-II Schools Foundation was one of six recipients of community grant awards from the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) this year. The $250 mini grant was used to assist in advertising the group’s March 28 fundraiser for scholarships. Above, MRCF Board Member Vicki Nelson presents the award to Mark McClane, president of the schools foundation. Also pictured are Maries R-II Schools Foundation Vice President Jan Sassmann and director Hollis Sturdy, Maries R-II Superintendent Dr. Patrick Call, MRPC Director and MRCF board member Bonnie Prigge, Belle High School Counselor Chris Feeler, and schools foundation director Steve Vogt. Nelson and Vogt also serve on the MRCF board...(more)

MRCF awards community grant to Phelps County Humane Society

ST. JAMES(Apr7)-The Phelps County Humane Society (PCHS) was one of six recipients of community grant awards from the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) this year. The $250 mini grant was used to create a new website the organization will use to assist in fundraising efforts for the City of Rolla’s proposed new animal shelter...(more)

MRPC to host MCB Regional Meeting April 16


ST. JAMES(APR7)-Community leaders from around the region are invited to participate in the Missouri Community Betterment regional meeting, planned from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 16 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James....(more)

MRCF awards community grant to Pulaski County Salvation Army

ST. JAMES(Mar23)-The Salvation Army of Pulaski County was one of six recipients of community grant awards from the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) this year. The$250 mini grant will be used by the organization to assist with food and shelter needs in the community. Right, Richard Baptiste accepts the donation on behalf of the Salvation Army.

The grants aim to enhance and build stronger communities in the Meramec Region, and MRCF board members chose the recipients from a total of 11 applicants.

For more information about MRCF, contact Maria Bancroft at mbancroft@meramecregion.org.

Housing assistance applications accepted April 1, 15 in St. James; April 14 in Potosi

ST. JAMES(Mar23)—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency continues to take applications to help area families pay rent. The PHA will accept applications on three days in April, including two dates at its St. James office and one date at its Potosi satellite office.

Applications will be accepted at the St. James office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m...(more)

Owensville students hear safety lesson from ‘Buckle Buddy’

OWENSVILLE(Mar23)—Owensville students in kindergarten through second grade received a special visitor Tuesday as “Buckle Buddy” came to Owensville Elementary School to talk about seatbelt and booster seat safety. Above, kindergarten students volunteer to see if they are tall enough to ride in a car without a booster seat.

The Buckle Buddy program is sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, and is available to schools, libraries and preschools in the Meramec Region

MRPC board learns about Universal Challenge Center

ST. JAMES(Mar17)—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board learned about a tool Chairman T.R. Dudley dubbed “the best kept secret in the area” during its March 12 meeting.

That tool is the Universal Challenge Center, an outdoor obstacle course located on Highway 72 between Rolla and Salem...(more)

Savings, budgeting workshop planned April 23 at MRPC


ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program will host a free workshop on savings and budgetingtechniques at the MRPC office in St. James. ...(more)

Savings, budgeting workshop planned April 8 in Vienna


ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program will host a free workshop on savings and budgetingtechniques in Vienna. ...(more)

Savings, budgeting workshop planned April 8 in Dixon


ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program will host a free workshop on savings and budgetingtechniques in Dixon. ... (more)

Naturally Meramec to hold formation meeting in Phelps County April 3


ST. JAMES—The Naturally Meramec Consortium, a group of businesses and individuals interested in promoting tourism and small agriculture-based businesses in the Meramec Region, will hold a meeting in Phelps County at 4 p.m. April 3. at Public House Brewery in St James. ... (more)

Deadline approaching for Earth Day Poster, Trash Art and Electronic Art Contest
2015 theme: ‘Let’s Talk Trash—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’


ST. JAMES– The March 26 deadline for the 23rd annual Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) Earth Day Poster, Trash Art and Electronic Art Contest is drawing near.
All entries must be received, either at your local county clerk’s office or at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) office, located at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James, by the close of business March 26. ... (more)

Pulaski County Naturally Meramec formation meeting rescheduled


ST. JAMES—The Naturally Meramec Consortium, a group of businesses and individuals interested in promoting tourism and small agriculture-based businesses in the Meramec Region, will hold a meeting in Pulaski County March 24 at 11 a.m. at Cellar 66, located in the Roubidoux Plaza on Benton Street in Waynesville. ... (more)

Needs identified by initial Naturally Meramec participants


OWENSVILLE— The Naturally Meramec Consortium, a group of businesses and individuals interested in promoting tourism and small agriculture-based businesses in the Meramec Region, held its first formation meeting in Gasconade County of Feb. 23 and identified needs the consortium may be able to help fill in Gasconade County. ... (more)

Naturally Meramec to hold formation meeting in Crawford County


ST. JAMES—The Naturally Meramec Consortium, a group of businesses and individuals interested in promoting tourism and small agriculture-based businesses in the Meramec Region, will hold a meeting in Crawford County April 10 at 11 a.m. at Belmont Vineyards, 5870 Old Route 66, Leasburg. ... (more)

Grants available for home repairs


ST. JAMES–Residents throughout the Meramec Region may be eligible for up to $5,000 in grant funding for home repairs through the Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC).


MCEC, a 501©3 that works in partnership with Meramec Regional Planning Commission, has been awarded a grant for housing renovation projects in the region by the Federal Home Loan Bank(FHLB) of Des Moines. ... (more)

Public meeting scheduled for Phelps County Hazard Mitigation Plan update

ST JAMES(Mar10)-City and County officials, school leaders, emergency management agencies and interested residents are invited to attend a public meeting March 10 to discuss updates to the Phelps County Hazard Mitigation Plan...(more)

TAC hears MoDOT’s ‘325 Plan’, discusses impact on regional projects, priority list


ST JAMES—The Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) spent much of its Feb. 19 meeting discussing the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) 325 Plan and how it will effect roadways and transportation planning efforts in the region in the coming years.
The plan was approved by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission in February and details howMoDOT plans to handle its anticipated subcontracting construction budget of $325 million. ...(more)

Washington County Airport terminal project nearing completion


WASHINGTON COUNTY—It’s been in the works since 2012, and the terminal building at the Washington County Airport is nearly a reality with an expected completion date sometime this spring. ... (more)

Schwartze elected president of area Enterprise Zone


Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze was elected president of the Gasconade Valley Enterprise Zone (GVEZ) at the group’s Jan. 21 meeting. He replaced Gasconade County Associate Commissioner Jerry Lairmore, who had served three-terms as president, the most allowed by the bylaws. ...(more)

Phelps County PHA closed March 23, 24, 25


ST. JAMES—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency office will close March 23-25 for staff training.
The office will reopen at 8 a.m. March 26 and will resume regular hours at that time. ... (more)

Naturally Meramec to hold formation meeting in Pulaski County


ST. JAMES—The Naturally Meramec Consortium, a group of businesses and individuals interested in promoting tourism and small agriculture-based businesses in the Meramec Region, will hold a meeting in Pulaski County March 4 at 11 a.m. at Cellar 66, located in the Roubidoux Plaza on Benton Street in Waynesville. ... (more)


Housing assistance applications accepted March 4, 18 in St. James; March 10 in Potosi


ST. JAMES—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency continues to take applications to help area families pay rent. The PHA will accept applications on three days in March, including two dates at its St. James office and one date at its Potosi satellite office. ... (more)

Recycling surveys sent to organizations in region
Participation is encouraged

ST JAMES—Organizations, communities and businesses throughout the seven-county Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) recently received recycling surveys in the mail and are encouraged to complete and return thesurveys to help provide valuable information and improve future recycling efforts and programs. ... (more)

Maries County Hazard Mitigation Plan approved


MARIES COUNTY—The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have both approved the recently completed Maries County Hazard Mitigation Plan. ... (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. 4.

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

Regional scholarships available for the class of 2015


ST. JAMES—The Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) is now accepting applications for college scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year, including six scholarships exclusive to the Meramec Region.
These six scholarship funds are associated with the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF), and will be awarded to graduating high school seniors in the eight-county Meramec Region including Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties in amounts of $500 and up. ... (more)

Naturally Meramec to hold formation meeting in Gasconade County


ST. JAMES—The Naturally Meramec Consortium, a group of businesses and individuals interested in promoting tourism and small agriculture-based businesses in the Meramec Region, will meet for the first time Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at White Mule Winery near Owensville. ... (more)

Ringeisen appointed to regional foundation board


ST. JAMES— Crawford County Treasurer Catie Ringeisen was recently appointed to represent Crawford County on the Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) board.


The MRCF board approved Ringieson’s appointment to the board as its first order of business during its Feb. 4 meeting.

Ringeisen is filling a spot vacated by Mardy Leathers in late 2014.


MRCF is an outgrowth of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and is an affiliate of CFO in Springfield. The regional affiliate was formed June 4, 2010. ... (more)

Earth Day Poster, Trash Art and Electronic Art Contest underway
2015 theme: ‘Let’s Talk Trash—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’


ST. JAMES– Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District is excited to begin accepting entries for its 23rd annual Earth Day Poster, Trash Art and Electronic Art Contest. This year’s theme is “Let’s Talk Trash—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle." ... (more)

Kickoff meeting held for DRA workforce project
Funds will help Crawford, Dent, Phelps, Washington counties achieve Certified Work Ready Goals


ST. JAMES—A workforce development project funded by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has officially begun in the Meramec Region starting with a kickoff meeting held Jan. 23 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) in St. James.

Workforce development leaders across the eight-sate Delta Region will share more than $1.5 million to transform workforce development in their communities from the DRA, with $128,460 of that funding awarded to Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC)... (more)

DRA Workforce kickoff

Sanders appointed to PHA leadership
Miskel joins housing board

ST JAMES—Crawford County Presiding Commissioner Leo Sanders was appointed secretary/treasurer of the Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) during the board’s Jan. 8 meeting.


Sanders has served on the housing board since being elected as presiding commissioner in 2011.... (more)

HSOC to review grant applications March 19
Grant requests due Feb. 27

ST. JAMES—The Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) will review grant applications during a March 19 meeting at Meramec Regional Planning Commission.

The group selected the date for grant review during its Jan. 22 meeting after learning earlier this month that it will have an additional $16,000 to award for Homeland Security projects in the six-county region, which includes Crawford, Dent, Laclede, Maries, Phelps and Pulaski counties. . . . (more)

Area family accomplishes homeownership dream through PHA program

CUBA—For some, the path to the “American Dream” may be clear, but for many in today’s economy, the road to homeownership is more difficult to navigate. For one local family, that path included an innovative program offered by the Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA)—the Family Self-Sufficiency program. . . . (more)

Phelps County PHA closed Feb. 11

ST. JAMES—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA), located at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James, will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 11 for staff training.

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

Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) offices will remain open for normal business hours.

Housing assistance applications accepted Feb. 4, 18 in St. James; Feb 10 in Potosi

ST. JAMES—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency continues to take applications to help area families pay rent. The PHA will accept applications on three days in February, including two dates at its St. James office and one date at its Potosi satellite office. . . . (more)

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.

In 2014, ORSWMD honored a public employee and a local business during its Annual Meeting on Dec. 2. . . . (more)

 

Nearly 3 tons electronic waste, tires collected, recycled in Salem

SALEM–Through a special waste collection held in Salem on Oct. 18, some 3,566 pounds, or 1.78 tons, of electronic waste and some 114 tires were collected and recycled. The items were diverted from landfills to recycling facilities in Missouri. . . . (more)

Federal legislative staff visits MRPC

ST JAMES—Staff of three federal legislators joined the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board for an exchange of ideas during its Jan. 8 meeting.

In attendance were Ray Bozarth, representing Sen. Roy Blunt; Matt Williams, representing Sen. Claire McCaskill; and Tammy Corrigan, representing 8th Congressional District Rep. Jason Smith. . . . (more)

MRPC, local governments receive National Association of Development Organization’s 2014 Innovation Award for Fort Leonard Wood Joint-Land Use Study

WASHINGTON, DC – The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), based in St. James, received a 2014 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri - Joint Land Use Study project.

Award winners were showcased during NADO’s August 2014 Annual Training Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Fort Leonard Wood, a U.S. Army Training Center located in Pulaski County, is a major economic driver in the Meramec Region and the state of Missouri. Due to pending military reductions, MRPC, with support Pulaski County, the City of Waynesville and the City of St. Robert and numerous local leaders, developed the Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri – Joint Land Use Study to analyze reducing the risk of urban encroachment on the base—a major factor considered for base realignment and closures. . . . (more)

 

MRDC to Host SBA 7(a) loan workshop for area lenders Feb. 24 in St. James

St. JAMES—Meramec Regional Development Corporation (MRDC) is hosting a free workshop for area lenders wanting to know more about the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 7(a) loans, and MRPC packaging and servicing of those loans. . . . (more)

Osage County presented award for senior housing improvements

In August, Janie Dunning, state director for USDA Rural Development, recognized Osage County for its assistance in renovating senior citizen and family housing complexes in Hermann, Linn andRich Fountain. The county served as the grant sponsor on behalf of the local complexes to receive funding through the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. USDA, who provides the financing for the senior housing complexes, appreciated the county's assistance in ensuring that housing for area seniors is modern, efficient and safe. Osage County representatives were not able to attend the open house at the Hermann Senior Housing complex when the recognition was announced. After the event, Valerie Zaugg-Pohlmann, left, manager of the Hermann Senior Housing Complex, along with Bonnie Prigge, right, executive director of Meramec Regional Planning Commission, delivered the appreciation plaque to Dave Dudenhoeffer, Osage County presiding commissioner. MRPC provided contract management and inspection services on the grant and was also recognized by USDA for its efforts to improve housing opportunities for senior citizens in the Meramec Region.

Additional funds available for Homeland Security grants

ST. JAMES—The Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) is accepting applications for a second grant round for FY2014 as additional funds became available.

Region I anticipates having an additional $16,000 to assist in funding homeland security projects in the region, which includes Crawford, Dent, Laclede, Maries, Phelps and Pulaski counties. . . . (more)

MRCF community grants available
Applications accepted through Jan. 30

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)

MRPC, City of Rolla host ‘Inside City Government’ Workshop
Seating still available

ST. JAMES—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and the city of Rolla are teaming up to offer a workshop for those interested in learning about city governments, and seats remain available for those interested. . . . (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)

‘Energy Savers 101’ Workshop Planned Jan. 14 at MRPC

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program and the Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA) will host a free workshop on energy savings Jan. 14. . . . (more)

State legislators visit MRPC

ST JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission board was joined by five state legislators serving constituents within the region for its December 11 meeting. . . . (more)

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

If cleaning the garage is still on your to-do list for 2014, make plans now to properly dispose of that old motor oil, busted car battery or half-used containers of brake fluid, turpentine or muratic acid that may be hiding on a shelf. . . . (more)

Radford, Kraettli Join MRPC Board

ST JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission board approved two nominations to fill vacant board positions during its December 11 meeting. (more)

Docudrama, safety days workshop planning Jan. 28 at MRPC

The Central District Committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Meramec Regional Planning Commission are hosting a free how-to workshop on planning docudramas and safety days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28, at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO.  . . . (more)

MRPC, City of Rolla host ‘Inside City Government’ Workshop

ST. JAMES—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and the city of Rolla are teaming up to offer a workshop for those interested in learning about city governments.

The workshop, which will include information on city council, planning and zoning commission and board of adjustment duties and responsibilities, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2015, at The Centre, 1200 Holloway Street, in Rolla. There is a $20 registration fee to attend. . . . (more)

MRDC to Host Regional Business and Export Workshop Dec. 4 in St. James

St. JAMES—What are your business goals for 2015? Whether looking for ways to finance the expansion of an existing business, find new customers or open a new business, the Meramec Regional Development Corporation (MRDC) is hosting a free workshop for area businesses, industries, entrepreneurs, economic developers and lenders wanting to know more about exporting and financing options to grow business. . . . (More)

Delta Regional Authority, local partners invest more than $11.3 million into Missouri economy
Two projects in Meramec Region

MISSOURI BOOTHEEL– The Delta Regional Authority and its state and local partners are investing $11.3 million in federal and local resources aimed at Delta small business owners, entrepreneurs, families, and communities and designed to grow the region’s economy and create jobs, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill and local partners announced today. . . . (More)

City of Richland approved for membership in MRPC

ST. JAMES—The board of Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), meeting briefly Nov. 13 prior to its Annual Dinner at Camp Mihaska near Bourbon, approved a request from the city of Richland to become a member of MRPC. Once Richland pays its membership dues, it will have a voting seat on the board. The city of Richland sits within the boundaries of three counties: Pulaski, Camden and Laclede. . . . (more)

Ozark Rivers to honor recycling efforts at Dec. 2 meeting

ST. JAMES—The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) will host its annual meeting, starting at 5:30 p.m on Dec. 2, 2014, at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO. The group’s awards dinner will follow the meeting at 6:30 p.m. and will allow the district to recognize a public employee and an area business for their efforts to increase recycling efforts and reduce the amount of waste landfilled. . . . (more)

Docudrama, safety days workshop planning Nov. 12 at MRPC

The Central District Committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Meramec Regional Planning Commission are hosting a free how-to workshop on planning docudramas and safety days from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO. 

During the morning session, workshop participants will hear from a retired teacher, Maggie Roberts, who has coordinated 14 docudramas. She will go into detail on planning the event, discussing different docudrama themes and involving students, emergency response agencies and community volunteers. 

Left: Students at Belle High School watch firefighters, law enforcement and EMS simulate their responses at a motor vehicle accident, as part of an effort to educate on the impact of drinking and driving. On Nov. 12, MRPC and MoDOT will host a free raining on planning docudramas, which include mock accidents, as well as safety days events. RSVPs are now being accepted by calling MRPC.

Missouri S&T's Eco-Miners, Phi Sigma Pi helps with dump cleanup

Some 24 volunteers participated in a dump cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, on the USFS land near Newburg Cemetery. The volunteers are members of the eco-miners and the Phi Sigma Pi at the MissouriUniversity of Science and Technology (MST), US Forest Service (USFS)-Houston Office, Missouri Cave and Karst Conservancy (MCKC), Leadership Journeys-St. Louis, Exegy- St. Louis and Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC). Shown in the picture are 15 MST students, Jeff Finster-USFS and Klaus Leidenfrost-MCKC. Six people were not in the picture. The group collected 2,200 pounds of trash to be properly disposed of at the landfill, and three tires to be recycled. The Meramec Regional Planning Commission coordinated the cleanup. Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District grant paid for the cleanup supplies, disposal cost, portable toilet and lunch for the volunteers. The grant funding is generated through the Missouri State Solid Waste Management Fund,P which is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

MRPC to honor volunteers, local leaders, community organization at Annual Dinner in Crawford County
Reservations being accepted

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, seven volunteers, including three youth, two local leaders and one community organization will be honored at the 2014 MRPC Annual Dinner celebration on Nov. 13 at Camp Mihaska Retreat and Conference Center located just outside of Bourbon in Crawford County. . . . (more)

‘Couponing 101’ Workshop Planned Oct. 29 at MRPC

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program and the Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA) will host a free workshop on couponing Oct. 29. . . . (more)

MRCF to host Fundraiser Institute

ST. JAMES—Are you part of an area non-profit looking to build sustainability and increase your fundraising abilities? The Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) is hosting a Fundraiser Institute for area non-profits and organizations to help those organizations better understand successful fundraising practices. . . . (more)

Ozark Rivers awards $196,000 in local grants

ST. JAMES—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) awarded some $196,161 to thirteen local environmental programs aimed at reducing waste going to area landfills Sept. 16. . . . (more)

Electronics, tire collection Oct. 18 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. 18 in Salem at the parking lot of S/W Construction at the corner of Third Street and Grand Street. . . . (more)

MRPC Chairman attends Workforce Summit Bringing Together Key Stakeholders and Thought Leaders

POPLAR BLUFF—Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Chairman and Potosi Mayor T.R. Dudley attended a workshop Aug. 25 that is part of a new effort to reimagine workforce development initiatives across the eight states of the Delta Region.

“It was a really eye-opening day with a wealth of demographic information,” Dudley said. “They talked much about the ‘Silver Tsunami’ that is coming where our workforce is aging and there’s not enough young folks to fill in. That is going to cause a major burden on Social Security.”

The Delta Regional Authority organized the workshop, and Missouri economic leaders in attendance call the efforts a necessity to “overhaul how we train our workers and connect our people to the jobs of the future.”

Delta Regional Authority Alternate Federal Co-Chairman Mike Marshall was joined by Bill Ransdall of the Missouri Department of Economic Development and Ted Abernathy of Economic Leadership LLC as well as leaders from business, industry and education. . . . (more)

 

MRPC learns about exporting resources for area businesses

ST. JAMES— Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board members were asked to help spread the word on a new state program that provides export assistance and cost-share marketing for Missouri Businesses. . . . (more)

MRPC to comment in opposition to new EPA regulations

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) voted to send official comment to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in opposition to a new set of regulations the agency is proposing in response to the Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions on existing power plants. . . . (more)

Crews repairing flood-damaged streets in Newburg thanks to DRA assistance

NEWBURG—Newburg residents will soon notice improvements in the city’s streets that were heavily damaged during unprecedented flooding that hit the small town just over a year ago as crews work toward completing repairs. . . . (more)

Leo Sanders elected chairman of MRPC transportation committee
Darrell Skiles, Marvin Wright fill additional leadership roles

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) elected a new slate of officers at its August meeting as two-term Chairman John Petersen reached his term limit.

Crawford County Presiding Commissioner Leo Sanders will lead the group through the next year as chairman, while Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles will serve as vice chair and Washington County Presiding Commissioner Marvin Wright will serve as secretary to the group. . . . (more)

Electronics, appliance, tire collection Sept. 20 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. 20 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)

What’s next for MoDOT?
TAC learns about the direction of the department in wake of election

ST. JAMES—Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Area Engineer Preston Kramer told the Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) at the groups Aug. 14 meeting that as Constitutional Amendment 7 failed to pass, MoDOT will continue to focus on maintenance of the existing system. . . . (more)

Region I HSOC prepares for new grant process

ST JAMES—The Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) gained more information and insight into the changes in the upcoming grant round for regional homeland security dollars during its July 25 meeting. . . . (more)

Area philanthropists, non-profits gather for 4th MRCF Annual Meeting

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) celebrated four years of local philanthropy and planned giving in the Meramec Region during its annual meeting July 30.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks Senior Vice President of Philanthropy Michael Chatman served as guest speaker and aimed to inspire the philanthropists, non-profit organizations and MRCF board members in attendance.

Chatman was recently named one of the Top 50 Power and Influence Philanthropists by The Nonprofit Times, a leading business publication for nonprofit management. He was one of three foundation representatives on the list. . . . (more)

‘Homemade’ Workshop Planned Aug. 28 at MRPC

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program and the Missouri Ozarks Community Action (MOCA) will host a free workshop on homemade household products Aug. 28.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at MRPC, 4 Industrial Dr., St. James, and will be presented by MOCA Community Projects Coordinator Christy Kidwell. . . . (more)

Nearly 7 tons electronic waste, appliances collected, recycled in Maries County

MARIES COUNTY–Through a special waste collection held in Maries County on June 14, some 13,634 pounds, or 6.81 tons, of electronic waste and appliances along with some 429 tires were collected and recycled. The items were diverted from landfills to recycling facilities in Missouri. . . . (more)

Sayers Senior Center renovation completed
Project aided by $148,000 grant

Patrons of the Sayers Senior Center in Potosi are finding the facility to be more accessible with improved parking along with other renovations to the aging facility.

The improvements were made with the help of a $148,494 grant through the Missouri Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The City of Potosi, which owns the building and served as the grantee, also contributed $62,000 cash and $8,000 of in-kind funds to the project. . . . (more)

Victoria Kraemer awarded 2014 Cole-Mahan Scholarship through regional community foundation

Richland—2014 Richland High School graduate Victoria Kraemer was awarded the 2014 Cole-Mahan Scholarship through Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF). Kraemer plans to use the $500 scholarship toward her education in physics and aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology this fall. She is the daughter of Shanon and Kelli Kraemer. Above, Kraemer is pictured (right) receiving her scholarship from Pulaski County MRCF representative Marilyn Odle.

MRCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and is administered by Meramec Regional Planning Commission. The Cole-Mahan Scholarship was established to assist graduating seniors in Pulaski County. For more information on MRCF, please contact MRPC at 573-265-2993.

Maries County R-II Schools Archery Program awarded MRCF community grant

The Maries County PTO accepted a $250 check from Meramec Regional Community Foundation to help support the school’s competitive archery program this spring. The funds were awarded as part of MRCF’s annual community grant making program, which, this year, awarded funds to six programs throughout the organization’s eight-county region.

Here, archery program supporters Jan Sassmann, left, and Bruce Sassmann, right, hold the check with coaches Mike Wuelling, Dawn Wuelling and Clay McDaniel, center.

MRCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and administered by Meramec Regional Planning Commission. For more information, contact MRPC at 573-265-2993.

 

Helping Hands Outreach Center awarded MRCF community grant

Helping Hands Outreach Center of Gasconade County was awarded $250 this spring to purchase a supply of disposable baby diapers to be provided to its clients in case of an emergency. The funds were awarded as part of Meramec Regional Community Foundation’s annual community grant making program, which, this year, awarded funds to six programs throughout the organization’s eight-county region.

MRCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and administered by Meramec Regional Planning Commission. For more information, contact MRPC at 573-265-2993.

 

Caledonia Community Betterment Youth Organization awarded
MRCF community grant

Caledonia Community Betterment Youth Organization was awarded $250 this spring to support anti-bullying programs within the local school system. The funds were awarded as part of Meramec Regional Community Foundation’s annual community grant making program, which, this year, awarded funds to six programs throughout the organization’s eight-county region.

MRCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and administered by Meramec Regional Planning Commission. For more information, contact MRPC at 573-265-2993.

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church awarded MRCF community grant

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Robert was awarded $250 this spring to assist victims of the August 2013 flooding return to their previous quality of life. The funds were awarded as part of Meramec Regional Community Foundation’s annual community grant making program, which, this year, awarded funds to six programs throughout the organization’s eight-county region.

MRCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and administered by Meramec Regional Planning Commission. For more information, contact MRPC at 573-265-2993.

Community Partnership awarded MRCF community grant

The Community Partnership in Rolla was awarded $250 this spring. The funds will be used to provide this year’s incoming kindergarteners with My New School books and were awarded as part of Meramec Regional Community Foundation’s (MRCF) annual community grant making program, which, this year, awarded funds to six programs throughout the organization’s eight-county region.

MRCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and administered by Meramec Regional Planning Commission. For more information, contact MRPC at 573-265-2993.

Sullivan High School SADD awarded MRCF community grant

The Sullivan High School Students Against Drunk Driving was awarded $250 to help fund a guest speaker at the middle and high schools this spring. The funds were awarded as part of Meramec Regional Community Foundation’s (MRCF) annual community grant making program, which, this year, awarded funds to six programs throughout the organization’s eight-county region.

MRCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and administered by Meramec Regional Planning Commission. For more information, contact MRPC at 573-265-2993.

Constitutional Amendment 7 includes additional transportation funding for local governments
$1.64 million projected for Washington County, its cities over 10 years

JEFFERSON CITY—In addition to many Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) projects in the Meramec Region, including four in Washington County, Constitutional Amendment 7 would also provide an estimated $27 million distributed to cities and $27 million distributed to counties throughout the state over a 10-year time frame to assist with transportation funding at the local level, if the measure passes by Missouri voters. . . (more)

Constitutional Amendment 7 includes additional transportation funding for local governments
$2.9 million projected for Pulaski County, its cities over 10 years

JEFFERSON CITY—In addition to many Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) projects in the Meramec Region, including four in Pulaski County, Constitutional Amendment 7 would also provide an estimated $27 million distributed to cities and $27 million distributed to counties throughout the state over a 10-year time frame to assist with transportation funding at the local level, if the measure passes by Missouri voters. . . . (more)

Constitutional Amendment 7 includes additional transportation funding for local governments
$1.6 million projected for Osage County, its cities over 10 years

JEFFERSON CITY—In addition to many Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) projects in the Meramec Region, including four in Osage County, Constitutional Amendment 7 would also provide an estimated $27 million distributed to cities and $27 million distributed to counties throughout the state over a 10-year time frame to assist with transportation funding at the local level, if the measure passes by Missouri voters. . . . (more)

Constitutional Amendment 7 includes additional transportation funding for local governments
$3.87 million projected for Phelps County, its cities over 10 years

JEFFERSON CITY—In addition to many Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) projects in the Meramec Region, including four in Phelps County, Constitutional Amendment 7 would also provide an estimated $27 million distributed to cities and $27 million distributed to counties throughout the state over a 10-year time frame to assist with transportation funding at the local level, if the measure passes by Missouri voters. . . . (more)

Constitutional Amendment 7 includes additional transportation funding for local governments
$1.24 million projected for Maries County, its cities over 10 years

JEFFERSON CITY—In addition to many Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) projects in the Meramec Region, including three in Maries County, Constitutional Amendment 7 would also provide an estimated $27 million distributed to cities and $27 million distributed to counties throughout the state over a 10-year time frame to assist with transportation funding at the local level, if the measure passes by Missouri voters. . . (more)

Constitutional Amendment 7 includes additional transportation funding for local governments
$1.82 million projected for Gasconade County, its cities over 10 years

JEFFERSON CITY—In addition to many Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) projects in the Meramec Region, including five in Gasconade County, Constitutional Amendment 7 would also provide an estimated $27 million distributed to cities and $27 million distributed to counties throughout the state over a 10-year time frame to assist with transportation funding at the local level, if the measure passes by Missouri voters. . . . (more)

Constitutional Amendment 7 includes additional transportation funding for local governments
$1.92 million projected for Dent County, Salem over 10 years

JEFFERSON CITY—In addition to many Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) projects in the Meramec Region, including two in Dent County, Constitutional Amendment 7 would also provide an estimated $27 million distributed to cities and $27 million distributed to counties counties throughout the state over a 10-year time frame to assist with transportation funding at the local level, if the measure passes by Missouri voters. . . . (more)

Constitutional Amendment 7 includes additional transportation funding for local governments
$2.65 million projected for Crawford County, its cities over 10 years

JEFFERSON CITY—In addition to many Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) projects in the Meramec Region, including five in Crawford County, Constitutional Amendment 7 would also provide an estimated $27 million distributed to cities and $27 million distributed to counties throughout the state over a 10-year time period to assist with transportation funding at the local level, if the measure passes by Missouri voters. . . . (more)

Pre-application workshop for environmental grants scheduled Aug. 5 in St. James

ST. JAMES—Parties interested in applying for a 2015 Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) grant are encouraged to attend a pre-application workshop Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) in St. James. . . . (more)

MRPC TAC hears update on Amendment 7 project list

ST JAMES—The Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) met for a special meeting Tuesday morning to hear about changes made to the transportation project list that is tied to Constitutional Amendment 7—the ¾ cent sales tax for transportation to appear on the August 5 ballot in Missouri. . . . (more)

Homeland Security grant workshop scheduled July 24 at MRPC

ST JAMES—A workshop is planned July 24 for entities interested in applying for FY2014 Homeland Security grant funding through the Missouri Office of Homeland Security.

The workshop will he held at 12:30 p.m. at Meramec Regional Planning Commission, 4 Industrial Dr., St. James. . . . (more)

Cuba improves industrial park with grant funding

CUBA—The City of Cuba industrial park is enjoying increased water supply to better serve existing and future companies as a new well has been installed.

When city officials received news of one of the 14 businesses in the city’s industrial park, Ozark Mountain Technologies, wished to expand its facilities in 2013, they knew they had an obstacle ahead. . . . (more)

Maries County Hazard Mitigation Plan available online

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

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

Local workshop held for area business people and entrepreneurs

POTOSI—The Meramec Regional Development Corporation (MRDC) organized a workshop to help local business owners and entrepreneurs in Washington County learn about available resources in June.

Left, University of Missouri Extension Business Development Specialist Pablo Arroyo discusses small business services offered by the Extension office in Washington County.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission Business Loan Specialist Maria Bancroft presented information about local loan programs offered by MRPC including the organization’s revolving loan fund and the Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 program it offers.

SBA Lead Lender Relations Specialist Tom Daiber also presented at the workshop, providing additional information on the SBA 504 program as well as the SBA 7(a) and exporting programs.
For more information about MRDC or business financing opportunities in the Meramec Region, contact Bancroft at 573-265-2993 or mbancroft@meramecregion.org.

Regional community foundation establishes disaster funds for eight counties

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF), in an effort to be better prepared to step in and help in the wake of potential disaster, established local disaster relief funds for each of the eight counties it serves. . . . (more)

Lyric Theatre awarded $4,000 from local flood relief fund

NEWBURG—The Lyric Live Theatre in Newburg was recently awarded $4,000 from the Phelps County Flood Relief Fund to assist in making repairs to the building, which was severely damaged during unprecedented flooding in August 2013.

At right, MRCF Chairman Wayne Perry presents a $4,000 grant award to Lyric Live Theater volunteers Carrolyn Bolin, Kim Cleeves and Mary Hudson. . . . (more)

Lyric Theater

Ozark Rivers prepares to open 2015 grant round

ST. JAMES—The full board of the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) approved the materials to open the organization’s 2015 grant round in July during its June 17 meeting.

The grant round will officially open July 14, with an optional pre-application workshop planned August 5 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission in St. James. . . . (more)

Rental assistance available to low-income families

ST. JAMES—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) announced that it continues to have funding available to assist low-income residents of the six-county area it serves with rental payments.

The Phelps County PHA provides subsidized housing assistance to very low-income residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries and Washington counties as well as Phelps County outside the city limits of Rolla through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher Program. . . . (more)

Second planning meeting for possible public safety broadband network set for July 15
Meramec Region emergency response agencies encouraged to attend

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, and a second meeting of area stakeholders is scheduled July 15. . . . (more)

Schwartze named vice chair of regional housing advisory board
Skiles to continue as chairman, Baxter steps into secretary/treasurer role

ST. JAMES—Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze will take on a new role for the Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) as he was elected vice chairman of the organization’s advisory board. . . . (more)

Savings, Fraud Avoidance, Area Resources Workshop Planned July 17 in St. Clair

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Phelps County Public Housing Authority (PHA) Family Self-Sufficiency Program and the Jefferson-Franklin Community Action Corporation (JFCAC) will host a free workshop on area resources and fraud avoidance July 17.. . . (more)

Some 5 tons electronic waste, appliances collected, recycled in St. Robert

ST. ROBERT–Through a special waste collection held in St. Robert May 24,  some 10,131 pounds of electronic waste and appliances were collected and recycled. The items were diverted from landfills to recycling facilities in Missouri. . . . (more)

Ozark Rivers Earth Day Contest Winners Announced

ST. JAMES–After receiving nearly 600 student entries in its annual Earth Day poster and trash art contest, Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) recently announced the 108 winners.

“The contest is an annual event intended to heighten the awareness of area youth of the importance of environmental issues and recycling, not just on Earth Day, but everyday,” ORSWMD Chairman Brady Wilson said. Wilson also serves as environmental services director for the City of Rolla. . . . (more)

Contractors needed for housing repairs in Hermann

ST. JAMES–Contractors are needed for home repair work in Hermann as Hermann Senior Housing has been awarded a grant for a senior housing renovation project in the city by the Federal Home Loan Bank-Des Moines (FHLB). . . . (more)

Fatima High School receives mini-grant for Project Grad

WESTPHALIA— Fatima High School was one of four schools in the Meramec Region to receive a Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee mini-grant to support its Project Graduation event. The grant included a $200 cash award to assist with the event along with $200 worth of incentives, including several Arrive Alive t-shirts and blankets to be given as incentives throughout the night. Pictured from left to right are Fatima High School students Lexi Woods, Ashley Wansing, Carissa Zimmer and Cheyenne Fechtel, Fatima High School Assistant Principal Mitch Gier, Fatima High School Nurse, Wanda Rehagen and Fatima  High School students Sydney Massman, Kelli desmond and Fallon McKinney. Project Graduation provides graduating seniors an adult-supervised, alcohol-free post graduation celebration. Funding for the grant was provided by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety.

Landlords needed for HUD rental plan

ST. JAMES—The Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) is encouraging landlords to learn more about rental opportunities under the HUD Section 8 program. The Phelps County PHA provides subsidized housing assistance to very low income residents in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps and Washington counties. . . . (more)

Hazmat Victim Decon Training Planned for area EMS
Class planned June 21

POTOSI— Emergency responders, especially emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, are encouraged to attend a one-day training June 21 to learn about safely decontaminating victims of hazardous materials incidents. . . . (more)

Savings, Fraud Avoidance Workshop Planned June 19 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 June 19 in Leasburg and Bourbon. . . . (more)

Potosi High School receives mini-grant for Project Grad

ST. JAMES— Potosi High School was one of four schools in the Meramec Region to receive a Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee mini-grant to support its Project Graduation event. The grant included a $200 cash award to assist with the event along with $200 worth of incentives, including several Arrive Alive t-shirts and blankets to be given as incentives throughout the night. Pictured from left to right are Potosi High School students Jacob Reid, Thomas Gross, Kelsie Mills and Tyler Niggermann, Librarian Deanna Mercille, Meramec Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, students Alie Berry, Jesi Richards, Kaitlin Courtway and Brooklyn Short. Project Graduation provides graduating seniors an adult-supervised, alcohol-free post graduation celebration.

John F. Hodge High School awarded mini-grant for ‘Grim Reaper’

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee  awarded a mini-grant to John F. Hodge High School to assist with the school’s “Grim Reaper” event—a day in which students were shown the brutal reality behind roadway fatality statistics. On Grim Reaper day, a student was removed from class every 15 minutes, face-painted as “the living dead” and returned to class unable to talk with a sign explaining they were “killed” in a drunk driving accident. The event concluded with an assembly featuring testimonials about the impact of fatality accidents. Pictured are student Logan Disser, teacher Mag Roberts, Meramec Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Bonnie Prigge and students Emily Smith and Courtney Hanks. Roberts coordinated the effort within the school, and Prigge represents the regional subcommittee.

Linn High School awarded mini-grant for Project Grad

LINN—Linn High School was one of four schools in the Meramec Region to receive a Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee mini-grant to support its Project graduation event. The grant included a $200 cash award to assist with the event along with $200 worth of incentives including Arrive Alive t-shirts and blankets to be given as incentives throughout the night. Pictured from left to right are students Zach Kever and Greg Spillman, Principal Lorie Winslow, Project Graduation parent volunteer Doris Voss, Meramec Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Bonnie Prigge and students Joe Voss and Shelby Cleveland. Project graduation provides graduating seniors an adult-supervised, alcohol-free post-graduation celebration.

Regional HSOC awards reallocated homeland security dollars to Sullivan Fire, Salem Hospital
Possible changes to regional funding formula cause concern

ST. JAMES—The Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee recently awarded grant funds that were reallocated from the state to two regional projects—one with Salem Memorial District Hospital and one with Sullivan Fire Department. . . . (more)

TAC prioritizes multi-modal transportation needs for Meramec Region
List to become part of Regional Transportation Plan

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Region Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) prioritized a list of 121 multi-modal transportation projects throughout the region to be used for future transportation planning efforts at its April meeting. . . . (more)

Two child passenger safety technician trainings scheduled in the Meramec Region
Registration open for trainings in St. James and Potosi

ST. JAMES—In an effort to provide more child seat inspections throughout the Meramec Region, two child passenger safety technician training courses will be offered in June.

While there are currently inspection stations in Phelps and Pulaski counties, they are lacking in the remaining six counties within the region. . . . (more)

Electronics, appliance and tire collection June 14 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. June 14 in Maries County for electronics, appliances and tires.  

The collection site is located at Maries County Shed District #2 at the intersection of Highway 28 and Route Z between Belle and Vichy. . . . (more)

Electronics, appliance collection May 24 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. to 1 p.m. May 24 in St. Robert at the St. Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson Dr.

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

Crocker mayor steps into leadership position on MRPC board
Potosi mayor to take chairman’s position

ST. JAMES—Crocker Mayor James Morgan will take on a leadership role within the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) board beginning at the group’s June meeting.

Morgan was voted as the organization’s treasurer during the board’s May 8 meeting. . . . (more)

Potosi mayor to lead MRPC as new chairman

ST. JAMES—With the resignation of former Chairman Gary Brown, Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) was in need of new leadership, and by a vote of the board during its May 8 meeting, Potosi Mayor T.R. Dudley will be taking on that role.

“It is an honor to sit in this chair,” Dudley told the board after it voted him as the new chairman. “I hope I earn it.”

As chair, Dudley will lead board meetings and represent the board at events such as the annual conference of the National Association of Development Organizations in Washington D.C. and the annual MRPC Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City. . . . (more)

Potosi Mayor T.R. Dudley was elected by the MRPC board to serve as its new chairman during the May meeting.

MRPC accepting bids for surplus supplies

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), along with Meramec Regional Building Corporation (MRB) and Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation (MCEC), are currently accepting bids for a variety of surplus equipment and supplies. . . . (more)

Brown honored for 14 years on MRPC board

ST. JAMES—Former Salem Mayor Gary Brown was honored by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) during its April 10 meeting for his 14 years of service on the board, 13 of which he served as an officer and most recently serving as the organization’s chairman.

“Sitting here in this chair (the chairman’s position) I have been blessed, and I really mean it from the bottom of my heart,” Brown said during his last address to the board. “This is a great organization. You people (other board members) look out for your own people and your own county and your own city, but you also look out for the area and the region as a whole, and it just impresses the dickens out of me.”

He stepped down from the board and from his seat as chairman at the end of his mayoral term, as he chose not to seek re-election.

Brown joined the MRPC board when he became Mayor of Salem in 2000 and has served as an officer to the board every year since 2001 when he became secretary. He served as secretary from 2001-2002 and 2008-2009, treasurer 2006-2007, vice chairman 2002-2003 and 2010-2011 and chairman 2003-2005 and May 2012 to April 2014. . . . (more)

 

Emergency training available for community volunteers
Three-day class planned May 16-18 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 May 16-18 in St. James. The 21-hour training is offered free of charge. The classes are from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 16, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May17 and Sunday, May 18 at Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), 4 Industrial Drive in St. James. . . . (more)

S&T students volunteer to cleanup illegal dumpsite

PHELPS COUNTY—A group of 11 Missouri S&T students were part of an ongoing effort to cleanup an illegal dumpsite in Mark Twain National Forest near Newburg by bagging 1,700 pounds of trash April 13. The students are pictured here with United States Forestry Service (USFS) Wildlife Biologist Klaus Leidenfrost and are members of Chi Epsilon, Signa Tau Gamma-Alpha Omega Chapter and the EcoMiners students organizations. The cleanup is coordinated by Meramec Regional Planning Commission in cooperation with USFS and is funded through the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District.

Small Business Today to focus on human resources
Radio program to air May 5 on KTTR

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

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)

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