June 24, 2016 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission’s Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, June 22, at the RPC office located in Ashland. The meeting was chaired by Gary Jungermann, Callaway County Presiding Commissioner and RPC Chair.
Meeting highlights included the approval of the FY17 work program and accompanying budget. The work program for the upcoming year includes hazard mitigation plan updates for Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, and Callaway counties, the Centralia Comprehensive Plan update, and continued technical assistance on economic development, transportation, and planning issues. The budget for the upcoming year projects the total revenue of $811,336, which includes estimated pass-thru funds of $407,000. Budget expenses reflected a 3% salary pool increase for existing staff. The Board also approved a staffing level of 6 full-time employees for the fiscal year.Other actions by the Board included approval of a contractual agreement with Boonslick Regional Planning Commission for the on-site wastewater revolving loan fund, a by-law revision changing the election of board officers date from May to December, and discussion regarding MoDOT’s new cost share program.
Executive Director Ed Siegmund reported to the Board highlights of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) work activities for the past year. Staff activities for the EDA work program included the award of six new projects resulting in grant investment of over $761,000 and over $1.2 million in total investment. He indicated the draft Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) has been completed. Maintaining a current CEDS is a requirement for our economic development district status.
Financial reports for June were reviewed and approved. Discussion was held by those in attendance regarding the membership dues rate which has been set at 30 cents per capita since the reorganization of the RPC in 1998.
Board members also discussed projects and community activities currently underway within the respective local government.