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.
The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, December 28th at the RPC office located in Ashland. The meeting was chaired by Gary Jungermann, Chairman of Mid-MO RPC and Callaway County Presiding Commissioner.
The meeting was highlighted by a discussion with Mary Culler, MoDNR Regional Watershed Coordinator regarding developing a watershed strategy for the Lower Missouri-Moreau Watershed. Culler explained to Board members that this would be a collaborative planning effort with the Regional Planning Commission that would include research, educational meetings, stakeholder input in the process of developing the strategy. It is anticipated the first meeting will be held in late January 2017.
Board members also discussed the funding awards for Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) through MoDOT’s Central District. Fulton and Ashland both received funding awards. Other communities in the Mid-MO Region receiving funding support included Jefferson City and Columbia.
Contracts approved by the Board included a contract with the Missouri Department of Transportation to update the Public Transit-Human Services Plan. The current plan will expire in May, 2018. The meeting also included discussions regarding Mo State Parks funding announcements, Board officer terms and RPC staffing level.
December 15, 2016 – Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council (MRED) Chairman Mike Kelley spoke this week to Mid-MO RPC’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) about MRED’s effort to market the gigabit Internet service available in Moniteau County through Co-Mo Electric Cooperative.
The Mid-MO RPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) held a meeting on December 6th to review and score MoDOT’s Central District, Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) applications from the Mid-MO RPC region. Applicant communities included the Cities of Ashland, Fulton and Pilot Grove. The communities each gave a brief presentation on their projects and TAC member representatives discussed and scored them. These scores will be forwarded to MoDOT Central District staff to be used as part of the process to make recommendations to the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission for funding approval in January 2017.
TAP can be used to fund projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on-and-off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility; community improvement activities; environmental mitigation; recreational trail projects and safe routes to school projects. 2017 Federal funding for MoDOT Central District was $1.8 million. A total of twenty-three applications were submitted to Central District for funding. Individual projects can range from a minimum of $80,000 to a maximum of $400,000. Awarded projects will be funded with 80 percent federal funds and require a minimum 20 percent cash local match.
Applicants awarded funding will be announced by MoDOT in January 2017.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 1:00 P.M. Turner Hall, 518 Vine Street | Boonville, MO 65233 (map)
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 1:00 P.M. California City Hall, Public Meeting Room, 500 South Oak Street | California, MO 65018 (map)