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’

ST. JAMES(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. Right, 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 toschools, libraries and preschools in the Meramec Region through Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) in St. James. The program aims to teachchildren the importance of proper seatbelt and booster seat use and start them on the path toward lifelong seatbelt usage. It includes a stuffed-animal dragon, “Buddy,” a story and a song. For more information on the Buckle Buddy program, contact Shannon Coatney at 573-265-2993 or scoatney@meramecregion.org.

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)

Ringeisen

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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