Beginning conversations with local citizens, resource agencies, and local governments on the condition on the Lower Missouri –Moreau River Watershed were held March 14, 15, and 16 in three mid-Missouri communities. This project has a goal of developing a practical, watershed strategy identifying obtainable goals to improve water quality for future generations. Partners in the planning effort include the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, University of Missouri Extension, and the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission.
These project orientation meetings provided attendees with a project overview and intent from MoDNR Watershed and Community Assistance Coordinator Mary Culler, and a Watershed 101 presentation by Bob Broz and Dan Downing with the University of Missouri Extension. A combined total of sixty attended the first round of meetings. Attendees provided input on their observations on the condition of the watershed, and ideas and possible goals for the watershed. The watershed includes portions of 14 counties in central Missouri. Land use in watershed is predominately forest and grassland, with an estimated 25% being crop land or urban land use.
The project will continue to hold meetings over the next nine months, by promoting a series of “conversations” with residents and planning partners within the watershed. Based on the planning discussions a description of the watershed priorities will be developed with a recommended action plan. The project presents the opportunity for community involvement, education and outreach and possible future financial assistance for identified activities. For additional information, or to participate in the planning effort please contact Mid-MO RPC staff.
The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission is currently seeking a Regional Planner. The person hired for this position will do planning work in economic development, transportation, comprehensive planning, hazard mitigation and environmental projects. A four year planning or related degree plus some experience is preferred. Please click here for more information and how to apply.
The importance of Hazard Mitigation Plan five year updates has taken on a whole new meaning for communities within Cooper County in 2017. The last hazard mitigation plan for Cooper County was finalized in 2012. In the process of evaluating past risk assessments and developing new mitigation strategies for this year’s update, the city of Bunceton, MO attracted attention on the warning siren map.
As shown on the inserted map, the City of Bunceton hasn’t had a working warning siren for its 354 citizens within the community in 5 years. It was learned in the recent updating process that the warning siren had caught fire when test activated. For safety reasons the warning siren was dismantled and has been deemed as inoperable ever since. It was cost prohibitive for the City of Bunceton to acquire a new warning siren at that time.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Pat Cunningham on Saturday, February 18. Pat was instrumental in the re-forming of the Regional Planning Commission in 1999 and she remained active with the Board of Directors for over 15 years. During her time supporting the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission, she served as the first Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee. She also served as Treasurer and Budget Chair for over 6 years. We will definitely miss her warm smile and loving nature. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.
The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission (Mid-MO RPC) held it’s quarterly luncheon discussion at the Masonic Lodge in Ashland, on Wednesday, January 25th.
Mid-MO RPC Executive Director, Ed Siegmund presented an overview of the function and purpose of regional planning commissions.
Siegmund spoke about the structure, funding, membership fees and community participation, along with the governing structure of the organization. The RPC provides advisory committees to discuss regional issues and concerns within it’s six county region that consists of 40 communities with a total population of 326,543 and covers 3,363 square miles.
April 18, 2017 – 1:30 pm, Cole County Fire Station #4, 5206 Monticello Road, Jefferson City (map)