November 21, 2014 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission held its annual dinner on Wednesday, November 19th at the Southern Boone County Senior Center. Over 50 community leaders representing local governments and planning partners within the Mid-MO RPC region of Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard and Moniteau counties were in attendance. Mid-MO RPC represents more than 40 local governments within this region. The organization focuses on the promotion of community and economic development, transportation planning, regional collaboration and initiatives, and advocacy for the region.
The focus of this year’s annual dinner was on the organization’s 15 year anniversary and the hard work that members have put into creating an organization that can provide assistance to local governments. Since 2005, the RPC has worked on 40 community and economic development projects that have provided linkage to over $11.5 million in public grant assistance. The organization has also completed approximately 50 planning studies, including both regional plans and environmental assessments.
The highlight of the evening was the recognition of four departing board members that have been active with the organization since its inception in 1999 and have played key roles in creating and growing the organization over the last 15 years. The outstanding RPC board members recognized were Eddie Brickner, Cooper County Presiding Commissioner; Lowell Eaton, Howard County Presiding Commissioner; Pat Cunningham, recently retired New Franklin City Administrator/City Clerk; and Darrel King, retired Moniteau County Assessor.
The RPC also presented certificates of achievement to individuals representing excellence in the core RPC focus areas of economic development, transportation planning and homeland security. This year’s award recipients were Ken Johnson, Co-Mo Electric Cooperative General Manager/CEO; Sonny Sanders, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Senior Transportation Planner; and Andi Rice, Osage County Emergency Management Director.
October 29, 2014 – The Region F Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee (RHSOC) held its Annual Meeting on October 21, 2014. The committee honored and thanked Bill Farr for two years of service as Committee Chairman and welcomed Mike Rackers (previously serving as Vice Chair) as the new Chair for a term of two years (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2016). Discipline Representatives with terms ending were also thanked and honored: Andrea Rice (911), Chuck Massengill (Agriculture), Jason Turner (Fire), Rich Green (Industry/Utilities), Brian Crane (Municipal Governments), and Greg White (Sheriff Agencies). The committee also elected Doug Westhoff with Boone County Fire Protection District as their new Vice Chair for a term of two years and then two years as the Chair.
October 29, 2014 – The Region F Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee (RHSOC) recently selected projects for funding allocations within the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHGP) for Fiscal Year 2014. The State Homeland Security Grant Program is an assistance program that provides funds to build capabilities at the state, regional, and local levels, to implement the goals and objectives included in the State Homeland Security Strategy and initiatives in the State Preparedness Report, and narrow capability gaps in the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment for the region and state.
October 27, 2014 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission held its quarterly “luncheon discussion” meeting on October 22, 2014 at Holts Summit City Hall. Featured speakers at the luncheon were U. S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer and Hannah Humphrey-MoDNR Community Services Coordinator.
The luncheon discussion focused primarily on the challenges that local governments and residents are confronting in complying with wastewater treatment discharge limits. It is estimated that 90% of wastewater treatment system of all sizes in Missouri cannot meet new ammonia discharge standards without either upgrading their current plant or building a new one.
Luetkemeyer cited examples of his involvement and challenges with EPA relating to the wastewater treatment facility to be constructed in Fulton. Humphrey reviewed the role and focus of MoDNR’s Community Assistance Initiative Program currently being formed. She indicated that program will be targeting assistance efforts to communities within the 500 to 5,000 population range as these communities comprise the greatest percentage of Missouri communities, and each regional office will have an individual assigned to assist the program.
Callaway County Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungerman cited efforts to developing a coordinated regional wastewater treatment approach in Callaway County, and the need for funding assistance for planning and engineering studies.
Local government attendees were primarily from Callaway and Cole Counties within Congressman Leutkemeyer’s 3rd congressional district. An estimated 25 officials representing 11 local governments attended the luncheon.
October 27, 2014 – Mid-MO RPC will be submitting a grant application for mobility management funding to support the ongoing efforts of the Mid-Missouri Transportation Coordination Council (MMTCC) and the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC). Over the past two years Mid-MO RPC staff has been working alongside several regional transportation stakeholders as part of a MODDC planning grant to increase regional coordination. The mission of the planning effort was to: “Sustain a regional partnership for better community access through transportation coordination and mobility management”.
The first year of the planning effort, Phase I, focused on stakeholder outreach, planning, and development of the MODDC/Mid-MO RPC Transportation Coordination Implementation Strategy. The Mid-Missouri Transportation Coordination Council (MMTCC) was formed to assist in developing the Strategy. The MMTCC provides a forum for transportation providers and human service providers to discuss shared challenges and work to coordinate transportation activities in the region. The MMTCC has also launched a website and Facebook page to provide a way for agencies and staff to find contact info, advertise regional projects, and archive the planning effort.
November 27 and 28, 2014 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Thanksgiving Holiday.