September 28, 2015 – The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) held its bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd at the Southern Boone County Regional Library in Ashland.
Katrina Williams, Mid-MO RPC staff, gave a brief presentation on the update of the Mid-MO RPC Regional Transportation Plan. The Regional Transportation Plan is fully updated every 5 years. The plan is an important tool for RPC board and staff in budgeting, creating annual transportation work program, and identifying regional needs and trends. The plan contains a comprehensive overview of regional transportation capacities, inventories, regional needs, goals and strategies.
The current update of the Regional Transportation Plan includes the incorporation of multi-modal systems and infrastructure such as airports, rail, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The current update process also takes into account a multitude of local, regional, and state plans and studies that have been conducted in recent years. Many of these resources are a new addition to the Regional Transportation Plan.
September 28, 2015 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors, held its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd at the RPC office, located in Ashland. Gary Jungermann, Callaway County Presiding Commissioner and Mid-MO RPC Chair, presided over the meeting.
Meeting items included Board approval of contracts for three projects; completion of an environmental report for the City of Holts Summit, grant preparation and administrative services for the City of Bunceton’s wastewater project, and the update of the Cole County/City of Jefferson All-Hazards Mitigation Plan. The Board also approved the agreement for audit services with Kenny Hales, CPA. The audit for FY15 will be undertaken on October 8 and 9.
On Thursday, September 10, disciplines representatives from Region F Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee reviewed, scored, ranked, and allocated funding to the following list of projects for the FY15 grant cycle. Funding will be awarded by the end of September and procurement activities will proceed after that.
$30,925.00 for Cole County HSRT (Score 37.91): This funding will help to purchase a bio-hazard test equipment kit, mercury sample test kit, portable area lighting, voice amps for personal protective equipment, as well as air quality and cylinder testing, subscriber fees for several services (HazID, Elliott, and Area Rae), and supplies for canisters and Elliot system.
$56,600.00 for Cole County Mobile Emergency Operations Center (Score 37.82): This funding will help to purchase firewall protection equipment, portable radio accessories, a private branch exchange telephone switch system, video conferencing equipment, and subscriber fees for several services (comware, ics satellite data, MSTAT, cradlepoint and cell services).
$9500 (total) for Generator Inspection and Load testing for Callaway (Score 37.63), Cole (Score 37.55), Osage (Score 36.60), Audrain (Score 36.58), Camden (Score 36.55), Montgomery (Score 35.50), and Cooper (Score 34.30) counties: This funding will provide an inspection and four hour load test of RHSOC purchased generators in the counties named. The amounts vary on the spreadsheet depending on the number of generators in that county.
September 15, 2015 - The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission has assisted Callaway, Cole and Howard Counties with grant applications for Round 5 of the Missouri Heritage Properties Program. The grant program was established by the Department of Natural Resources to assist in the preservation of historic buildings in public, governmental ownership.
Grant awards in Round 5 consist of planning grants or construction activities aimed at the long term preservation of Missouri’s historic courthouses. Eligible buildings must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places either individually or as a contributing building in a National Register Historic District. In this round, grants will be funded at a 70/30 ratio with the grant providing 70% of the project costs and the applicant responsible for 30% of the project cost. The Construction grants were limited to $100,000 per project and Planning grants to $25,000.
Callaway County has applied for funds to assist with the cost of repairing and restoring cast iron window spandrels and large exterior ornamental iron grid panels at courthouse entrances. Both are key architectural elements of the 1938 Art Deco courthouse. Estimated cost of the repairs is $19,500.
Cole County’s application is to replace older leaking courthouse windows on the south and east elevations at an estimated cost of $342,400. Replacing the west and north elevation windows will be a future project with an estimated cost of $304,700.
October 20, 2015 – 1:30 pm, Cole County Fire Station #4, 5206 Monticello Rd., Jefferson City (map).
November 11, 2015– The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Verteran’s Day.