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MDC congratulates Strafford man on new record quillback


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates David Weaver of Strafford on his new state-record quillback caught from Lake Taneycomo by bowfishing on Aug. 23. The 7-pound-10-ounce fish qualifies for a state record in the alternative method category. 

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St. Charles County Health to Practice Regional Medical Distribution Plan Oct. 11


Event to Simulate Biological Terrorism Event in Region, Need for Medical Supplies

St. Charles County, Missouri – Natural disasters, disease outbreaks, accidents and terrorist events threaten our world every day. Should a devastating event requiring the distribution of life-saving medical resources occur in St. Charles County, the Department of Community Health and the Environment would activate its Emergency Response Plan in coordination with local, state and federal entities.

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The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is Finalist in National Transportation Awards Competition


St. Louis, MO – The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in St. Louis, has been selected as one of 10 national finalists in the 2014 America’s Transportation Awards competition. A panel of national transportation experts picked the Mississippi River bridge project from 73 projects representing 36 states in the categories of “Best Use of Innovation,” “Under Budget" and "Quality of Life/Community Development.”

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Board of Aldermen Highlights from 8/27/14 and 9/8/14


By Dianne Sudbrock
 

August 27: The New Melle Board of Alderman met August 27, 2014 at City Hall. Present were Mayor Rich West, Aldermen Nik Bradley, Doug Bice and Chad Troup, City Clerk Karen Hotfelder, Financial Consultant Greg Smothers and Janet Karrenbrock, P&Z. 

There was no discussion in Open Forum. 

Greg Smothers went over the budget line-by-line to discuss proposed amendments with the board. 

There are no appointments for Ward 1 and Ward 2 Board of Aldermen vacancies. 

The Board postponed the recodification of the code book through Sullivan Publications until January 2015. 

The St. Charles County Council has approved the Code Enforcement contract and P&Z will prepare a list of code violations to be forwarded to the County. 

Clerk Hotfelder will proceed with having two incoming phone lines disconnected, which should save approximately $100 per month in phone charges. 

In New Business: Regardomg the contract with St. Charles County Sheriff Department, Mayor West is working with St. Charles County Councilman Joe Brazil and has not heard back yet. 

The board voted to engage the firm of Hochschild, Bloom and Company, LLP of Washington, Missouri to audit the books for the year 2012. A decision on including other years was postponed. 

The board also agreed on a number of proposed budget amendments. Attorney Martin will be consulted to determine if a resolution or ordinance should be approved at the next meeting. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m
 

Sept. 8: The New Melle Board of Aldermen met Monday Sept. 8 at City Hall. Present were Mayor Rich West, Aldermen Nik Bradley, Doug Bice, Chad Troup, City Clerk Karen Hotfelder, Financial Consultant Greg Smothers and Janet Karrenbrock, P&Z. Also present were citizens, Ken Birk, Gerry Wolf, and State Rep. Bryan Spencer. 

Prior to the meeting, the Board held a Public Hearing to set the tax rate for all real, personal and other tangible property for the 2014 tax year. The proposed rate, as calculated by the state, was .5418, however Ken Birk asked the board to consider rolling the tax back to $.50 because that was what voters believed the rate would be based on the ballot language when the tax increase was passed in 2013. However, because assessed valuations went down for 2013, the state calculated an “ad valorem” (which means "according to value") rate to be .5409 in 2013. The board could not change the ad valorem rate last year, but could reduce it this year. After substantial discussion, Aldermen Bice suggested the board lower the rate to .5139 which was .25 higher than ad valorem rate for 2013 (which was .2639) and reflected the .25 increase that voters approved. The difference in revenue was estimated to be $3000-4000 less for the city than if the rate was left at the state allowed calculation of .5418. 

The public hearing closed, and the regular meeting began. The agenda was modified to include the finance report. Minutes from August 27 were approved with a correction noting that the board did approve a $5000 expenditure to engage the firm of Hochschild, Bloom and Company, LLP of Washington, Missouri to audit the books for the year 2012. 

In Open Forum, Birk asked about progress at the Quarry Wine Garden and why there seems to have been no progress recently. Mayor West said he couldn’t answer for the Wine Garden but did say that the site plan had recently received final approval.  Janet Karrenbrock pointed out that the site plan approval had not been holding up work on the building. The building permit had been issued some time ago while work continued on the final site plan. 

Next was the finance report. Finance Consultant Greg Smothers said he had removed known expenses related to the police department, but that some variables still existed depending on the how the agreement with St. Charles County would be set up to handle traffic fines, court costs, etc. 

Next, Bill 381, establishing the Annual Rate of Tax Levy for year 2014 was approved with the rate adjusted to .5139 per $100 of assessed valuation. The vote was 2-1 with Aldermen Bice and Troup voting in favor and Alderman Bradley opposed. Bradley stated he thought with the city’s current financial situation the rate should have been left at the .5418 ad valorem ("according to value") rate allowed by the state. The total estimated assessed valuation for the City for 2014 is $13,502,017. Estimated revenue at the .5139 rate is $69,265. 

Bill 382, amending the budget as presented during the finance report, was approved by a vote of 3-0-0. 

In Old Business, Mayor West said he was still waiting for a response from County Councilman Joe Brazil to get a contract in place for police service from St. Charles County and that he had made the Sheriff’s department aware of the delay. 

West said he still had not found anyone willing to fill the available Ward 1 and Ward 2 aldermanic seats. 

In New Business Mayor West proposed that the city try to sell the police assets online at govdeals.com. No decision was made. More research will be done and the matter was tabled until the next meeting. 

Gerry Wolf came before the board to ask if they would consider granting him a hardship status regarding approval of his plans to build a storage facility at 4487 Hwy. Z. Wolf said he had first started the approval process with the city in 2001 with a rezoning request, only to learn after that the request was granted that the city decided the tract needed to be industrial. In 2002 he started the process again. He was granted the rezoning the second time and got site plan approval. Then in 2003, he delayed the project due to a cancer diagnosis. Before he recovered, the city issued a moratorium on all new construction until new zoning regulations could be put into place. The moratorium ended in late 2005. In December 2007, Wolf received approval to move forward subject to certain conditions, and in March 2008 was given the green light to start building. However, Wolf said by then, he was scared to move forward due to the economic downturn. 

Wolf appeared before the Planning and Zoning Commission on July 8, 2014 seeking approval to move forward with construction following the plans previously approved in 2007. However, given the amount of time that has passed, and despite the fact that P&Z were supportive having the business in the city, P&Z recommended that Mr. Wolf submit new plans that complied with current codes. As an alternative, Wolf was instructed that he could ask the Board of Aldermen for a hardship designation that would allow the project to proceed as previously approved. 

After considerable discussion, and a desire to check with the City Attorney, the aldermen tabled the matter and recommended that Mr. Wolf provide more detailed information, including costs already expended and estimated costs to bring existing plans up to code, etc. 

The board then voted to adjourn. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 instead of Sept 22 to accommodate a quorum.

New Melle BOA Tax Rate Hearing and Meeting Sept 8


The Board of Aldermen of the City of New Melle will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 8, 2014, at City Hall, 145 Almeling Street, New Melle, MO, for the purpose of setting a tax rate on all real, personal and other tangible property for the 2014 tax year.  At this time, citizens may comment on the proposed 2014 property tax rate.

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Go mobile with new, free MDC “MO Hunting” app


Buy permits, view past permits, and telecheck deer and turkey with new free app.

JEFFERSON CITY Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) now offers Missouri hunters, anglers, and trappers a free mobile application for both Android and Apple mobile devices. The new “MO Hunting” app is available through Google Play and iTunes stores.

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