October 18, 2001

Scotland County Raceway Letter to the Editor

From: Ron Anderson

Promoter Scotland County

Raceway

To: All Racers, Spectators, Race Sponsors and Interested Parties

It has been my pleasure to work with you during the 2001 race season.

I thank all the sponsors for the financial support and confidence in a first year race program.

I thank the racers for their patience while we were getting our staff and facility organized, and for continuing to support the track verbally and with their presence during the race year.

I thank the spectators for supporting the track with their presence and for their kind words of encouragement.

I am very disappointed by my failure, after numerous attempts, to even obtain a meeting to discuss the future of the raceway with the Scotland County Fair Board. As with any lessor/lessee arrangement a certain amount of disagreement and/or discord between the parties may exist. However try as I may, I have been unable to create a reasonable constructive negotiation between myself and the Fair Board.

I honored my commitment to build a program. We have a great race program, certainly with room for improvement but as good or better than most tracks in the tri-state area. We have had some of the most exciting late model racing in the country. (Where else do you see four wide racing at 100 MPH for almost an entire lap)? We have had sprint car racing at 110 MPH. Some of the best A modified racers in the country (and they are local guys), not to mention great B modified, hobby stock, stock car and two man cruiser action.

I am at this time sharing with you the offer I was never able to discuss with the Scotland County Fair Board for the promotion of the Raceway for next year and the significant future. It follows:

What I wanted:

1. A 10-year lease on the Raceway; (from West Side of the gravel road directly behind the grandstand to the fence at Highway 15. From the ditch at the north end of the Raceway to the fence before Lake Road at the South of the Raceway), and one quonset hut. This lease would of course require certain performance criteria, i.e. number of races per year, certain maintenance requirements, etc.

2. Control of all functions that happen on the raceway. (I'll be happy to cooperate with the Fire Department for the Demo Derby and the Fair Board for tractor pulls, etc.)

3. Exclusive rights to solicit and market racing sponsorships and race advertising for the raceway.

4. Have permission to build and/or make improvements as required on the leased property (at my own expense of course).

5. Have all rights to vendor selection and product sales at the raceway.

6. Parking rights on the fairgrounds at no additional charge for all promoted events.

7. Untreated water as required at no charge.

8. Sewage disposal on a regular scheduled basis.

What I was willing to give:

1. I would have agreed to invest a minimum of $20,000.00 dollars in improvements to the raceway as my lease payment in 2002. (I would however, have the final decision on what improvements are made).

2. During the 2nd through the 10th years, I would have agreed to invest a minimum of $5,000.00 per year in improvements to the raceway in addition to $300.00 in payment to the Scotland County Fair Board for each week in which an event is promoted and held, as lease payment.

3. I would have agreed to do all maintenance on the raceway, on the grandstands (once they were brought to a serviceable state), and on the leased grounds.

4. I would of course be responsible for all utilities used by the Raceway.

The Raceway would still belong to the County and after the ten-year lease period the improved property could be leased to the highest bidder.

I believe this was a fair and equitable offer that would have allowed this promoter the freedom to invest in the raceway long term, the county to get a much improved facility, and the community to enjoy a quality race program as well as the revenue it would have generated for local establishments.

I made a request for a special Fair Board meeting to discuss this proposal during a special Fair Board meeting in August and stated this was an urgent matter that needed to be addressed quickly. I made numerous additional requests for a meeting in August to discuss this proposal and additional requests in September. At the end of September I was given the attached lease to sign. On Monaday the 15th of October, I spoke with the president of the Scotland County Agricultural and Mechanical Society, Phil Aylward, at which time he stated to me "there is very little wiggle room in which to negotiate" the lease.

This lease was created with no input from the promoter and is totally unacceptable with no room for the promoter to grow a program or to invest in the raceway with any reasonable expectation of return. Without a multiple year contract and the opportunity for growth and investment, continuing to try to build a quality race program is futile.

As the Fair Board pointed out in their September 13th article in the Memphis Democrat, "The promoter, whoever he is, must look at promoting weekly racing, as a business". Maybe they should consider how much money a race program brings into other community businesses and how many promoters are standing in line to accept this kind of lease.

Also attached you will find the original 2001 agreement which you will see has a first option to renew which has not been honored because the terms and conditions have been changed.

I apologize to the racers, sponsors, spectators, and community for not being able to continue and grow the program we all worked to build, but at this time I must reject this lease and again apologize for my failure to create a constructive negotiation and dialog with the Fair Board.

Proposed New

Lease For Raceway



This Lease is made and entered into this _________ day of ________________ , 2001, by and between Scotland County Agricultural and Mechanical Society, hereinafter referred to as Lessor, and R.L. Anderson, hereinafter referred to as Lessee, with reference to the Scotland County Raceway, hereinafter referred to the Raceway.

The parties hereto, for and in consideration of the rents, covenants and agreements contained herein agree as follows:

1. PREMISES. That Lessor hereby leases to Lessee and Lessee hereby takes from Lessor the premises described as the Scotland County Raceway track, pit area, parking lot, north food stand, south food stand, public bathrooms, bathrooms in art hall and office area in art hall building. The parties hereby acknowledge that the Quonset huts and all other areas of the Scotland County Fair Grounds are excluded from said Agreement.

The Lessor and Lessee agree that Lessee shall have NO SPRINT CAR RACES AT THE RACEWAY.

Lessee will have exclusive rights to solicit and market racing sponsorships and race advertising at the Scotland County Raceway for the period of the Agreement.

2. SCOTLAND COUNTY FAIR. Lessor and Lessee hereby agree that Lessor shall regain exclusive use of all areas of the Scotland County Fairgrounds including racetrack, pit area, parking lot, north food stand, south food stand, public bathrooms, bathrooms in art hall and office area in art hall building for the week of the Scotland County Fair. Parties hereby agree that the Lessor during this period of time will utilize the track for tractor pulls, demolition derby, entertainment, or any other purposes at the sole discretion of the Lessor. The parties further agree that the Lessor will have until the Wednesday following the completion of the Scotland County Fair to clean up the racetrack and pit area.

Lessee will commit to provide two (2) separate nights of racing events during the Scotland County Fair Week. Neither race will be on the Saturday of the Scotland County Fair. All concessions and beer from these two (2) events will be payable to the Lessor. Lessee shall pay the purse, put on the races, get the proceeds from the grandstand and pit admissions.

The parties further agree that the Lessor shall have exclusive use of the racetrack, pit area, parking lot, north food stand, south food stand, public bathrooms, bathrooms in art hall and office area in art hall building during the Scotland County Antique Fair for purpose of holding the Antique Tractor Pull. Said date to be set by Lessor.

3. RENT. During the Lease Term, Lessee shall pay Lessor rent for the leased property in the amount of Six Hundred Dollars ($600.00) per event sponsored by Lessee or held at the Scotland County Raceway. Said payment will be payable on the last day of the month. The parties agree that Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) of this rental will be paid directly to the Fairboard account. The parties further agree that Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) of this rental shall be placed into an account for the material for maintenance and materials for grandstand repair or other general capital improvement. No labor charges can be made against this amount. Lessee hereby agrees to present a financial statement to the Scotland County Fairboard at least monthly itemizing his expenditures out of said account.

All mowing of the entire leased premises shall be at Lessees expense and shall be Lessees responsibility.

4. TERM. Subject to either termination as hereinafter provided, the initial term of this lease shall be for the period commencing on April 1, 2002 and ending on October 31, 2002.

5. UTILITIES. The Lessee shall pay all charges for water, electricity, gas and telephone used during the term of this Lease.

6. DEPOSIT. The Lessor and Lessee agree that Lessee shall pay to Lessor a deposit of Five Thousand ($5,000.00) cash to be held in an interest bearing account (interest payable to Lessee if Lessee complies with all the terms and condition of this Agreement). The Five Thousand Dollars shall be payable as follows: Two Thousand Five Hundred ($2,500.00) payable on or before October 15, 2001 and Two Thousand Five Hundred ($2,500.00) payable on or before March 1, 2002.

Said Deposit shall be returned to Lessee if Lessee has a minimum of twelve (12) separate evenings of racing events between April 1, 2002 and October 31, 2002; if Lessee pays all water, electric, phone or other bills incurred by Lessee; and if Lessee repairs all damages and does all required maintenance to the leased premises.

If Lessee fails to fulfill any of the above conditions, the Deposit shall be reduced by the amount of said bill or maintenance cost. If Lessee fails to hold twelve (12) separate evenings of racing events between April 1, 2002 and October 31, 2002 then said deposit shall be taxed Six Hundred Dollars ($600.00) for each evening of racing less than the agreed upon twelve (12).

Within thirty days after the termination of this Lease Lessor hereby agrees to return Lessee's deposit, or to provide Lessee with a written itemized list of damages, bills or other charges for which the deposit or any portion thereof is withheld, along with the balance of the deposit; and further, to give the Lessee written notice of the time and date of the inspection of premises to determine the amount of the security deposit to be withheld. Lessor shall send all notice, payments and statements to the Lessee's address as set forth in this Agreement.

7. MAINTENANCE. Lessee agrees to maintain and operate the Scotland County Raceway and keep the same in good repair. Lessee may at his own costs and expense erect or install other permanent fixtures on said Leased premises with the advanced written approval of Lessor. Lessee agrees that any such improvements become the property of Lessor without contribution from Lessor.

Lessee agrees to return the premises in as good as repair and condition as at the time of the signing of this Lease.

8. RIGHT TO TERMINATE. Either party may terminate this Lease at any time by giving the other party written notice thereof at least ninety (90) days before the termination date.

9. LESSOR'S RIGHT OF ACCESS. Lessor shall have the right to enter the leased property and inspect it at any time. Lessee shall provide one (1) ticket for pit or grandstand entry per event per Scotland County Agricultural and Mechanical Society board member at no cost to said member.

10. OTHER INDEMNIFI-CATION. During the Lease Term, Lessee assumes all risks relating to the Leased Property normally associated with ownership of such Property, including personal injury claims. Lessee shall be responsible for any damages to the Leased Property occurring during the Lease Term which are not caused by the negligence of Lessor or Lessor's agents. Further, Lessee agrees to indemnify and hold Lessor harmless from any liability, demand, action, claim, loss cost, penalty, fine, clean-up expense or other expense of any kind or character including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees of Lessor, relating to such assumed risks or arising out of Lessee's use or occupancy of the leased Property during the Lease Term. Lessee shall also have Lessor listed as a coinsured on his race insurance policy.

11. MISCELLANEOUS. Lessee agrees to keep all track equipment in the pit area and not on the fair grounds. Lessee shall keep all fuel in containers which meet the Department of Natural Resources Regulations and under containment in the pit area.

Lessee and Lessor agree that Lessee shall do the following:

a. Promote and market all races in a professional and business like manner.

b. Hire all paid employees (approximately 25) from the surrounding area.

c. Hire local organizations for facility cleanup, (ie Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H).

d. Provide a family oriented race venue including some events for children.

e. Repair any damage caused during a promoted event.

f. Be responsible for track maintenance, concessions, rest rooms, and trash removal for all promoted events.

g. Be responsible for utilities and insurance for all promoted events.

h. Pay all race purses.

12. NOTICE

(a) In the event any notices are to be given to Lessor, they shall be addressed to:

Phil Aylward,

President Scotland County

Agricultural and Mechanical

Society

Rt. 2 Box 144

Memphis, MO 63555



With a copy to Lessor's attorney:

Kimberly J. Nicoli

133 S. Main Street

Memphis, MO 63555

and deposited in the United States Mail, Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, postage prepaid.

(b) In the event any notices are to be given to Lessee, they shall be addressed to:

R.L. Anderson

232 Prime Street

Downing, MO 63536

And deposited in the United States Mail, Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, postage prepaid.

(c) For the purposes hereof, the date of mailing shall be deemed to be the date notice is given.

13. ASSIGNMENT OF LEASE. Lessee shall not at any time assign this lease or any part thereof without the consent in writing of Lessor.

14. CANCELLATION OF LEASE. This agreement is made upon the express condition that Lessor shall not be liable for any loss, damages, injuries, or other casualties of whatever kind or by whomever caused to the property or person of another, whether the person or property of Lessee, its agents or employees, or third persons, occasioned by any cause(s) whatsoever, including failure of lessor to keep the premises in repair or any other acts of negligence by lessor, while in or upon the premises, or any part of the premises, during the term of this agreement or occasioned by any occupancy or use of the premises or any activity carried on by Lessee in connection with the lease of the premises, and Lessee covenants and agrees to indemnity and save harmless Lessor from all liabilities, charges expenses (including counsel fees) and costs on account of or by reason of any such injuries, liabilities, claims, suits or losses, however occurring, or damages growing out of same.

Original Lease

Agreement



Agreement

R.L. Anderson proposes to market and promote all racing at the Scotland County Raceway. This commitment would be for a minimum of but not limited to twelve race dates starting in May 2001 and ending in September 2001. The classes of cars to be raced will be determined at a future date after meeting with area drivers and car owners. Classes will be discussed with the fair board, with the promoter of the races having the final decision. I will commit to race one night of late mods on Wednesday, July 4th, 2001 and one night of sprint cars on Thursday, July 5th, 2001, during Fair week. In addition R.L. Anderson agrees to relinquish one Saturday in September to the Antique Fair. All other Saturdays between the beginning of May and the End of September are reserved for and committed to the race promoter R.L. Anderson.

R.L. Anderson agrees and commits to the following:

* To promote and market all races in a professional and business like manner.

* To hire all paid employees (approximately 25) from the surrounding area.

* To hire local organizations for facility cleanup, (ie Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts, 4H).

* To provide a family oriented race venue including some events for children.

* To repair any damage caused during a promoted event, less normal wear and tear.

* To be responsible for track maintenance, concessions, rest rooms, and trash removal for all promoted events.

* To be responsible for utilities and insurance for all promoted events.



Budget and Expenses

* R.L. Anderson agrees to provide the Scotland County fair board a security deposit of $2,000 to be deposited in an interest bearing trust account prior to the start of racing. This deposit to be refundable at the end of the lease if any damage caused to the facilities, less normal wear and tear, is repaired.

* R.L. Anderson agrees to pay the Scotland County fair board $500 per week for any week in which a race is promoted and raced, except for events canceled and/or rescheduled because of inclement weather or other unavoidable condition.

* All concessions sales and vendor selection (both pit and spectator side) will be exclusively R.L. Anderson, for all events promoted by the same. Spectator side concession sales will be conceded to the Scotland County fair board during the week of the County Fair, and during the Antique Fair.

* R.L. Anderson will have exclusive rights to solicit and market racing sponsorships and race advertising at the Scotland County Raceway for the period of the agreement.

* R.L. Anderson will pay all race purses.



History

I would require the historical race data i.e. racers names, addresses, phone numbers, and/or any past mailing lists from the Scotland County fair board as well as any other historical information that might be relevant.



Future

* If R.L. Anderson fulfills the commitments as stated in this proposal/contract the Scotland County fair board agrees to give R.L. Anderson first option to renew this lease for additional years at rates not to exceed a 20% increase for any single year.



By our signatures below we agree to be bound by the terms and conditions listed above.

R.L. Anderson, Promoter

11-29-00



Phil Aylward, Fair Board President

11-29-00

Cooley Receives One Rating at MSHSAA State Music Festival

Elijah Cooley received a One rating at the state music contest.

Elijah Cooley received a One rating at the state music contest.

After receiving “1” ratings at the District Music Contest, Mr. Orr and thirteen members of the Scotland County R-1 Band and Chorus departments qualified to perform at the 65th Annual Missouri State High School Activities Association State Music Festival held April 28-30 on the University of Missouri Campus in Columbia, MO.

Those attending were Megan Kice (flute solo, flute quartet), Elijah Cooley (snare solo, percussion quintet), Ariel Quenneville (clarinet solo), Micah Cooley (mixed vocal trio), Claire Hite (mixed vocal trio), Slade McAfee (mixed vocal trio), Rebekah Duzan (percussion quintet), Katie Feeney (percussion quintet), Christian Siver (percussion quintet), Cliff Whtaker (percussion quintet), Karissa Adams (flute quartet), Alyssa Clair (flute quartet), and Sadie Davis (flute quartet).

The event included approximately 5,230 individual and group performances representing 401 schools.  Most of the festival’s performances took place in the Fine Arts Building and Memorial Union.

The evaluative festival involved schools in five enrollment classifications in which high schools with enrollments (grades 9-12) up to 127 participated in Class 1, 128-269 participated in Class 2, 20-603 performed in Class 3, 604-1,237 students participated in Class 4, and 1,238 and above took part in Class 5.

The state-level festival has an evaluative purpose during which students perform before some of the nation’s top music adjudicators who provide ratings and critiques of the students’ musical abilities.  Festival participants all qualified by earning a division “1” (Exemplary) rating at their respective district-level festivals.

All portions of the MSHSAA Music Festival were open to the public and free of charge.  Performances ran from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Making it to the state level is an honor and exemplifies the commitment and dedication of our students to the music programs and their individual musical talents.  Elijah Cooley received the highest rating, a “1” for his drum solo.  Receiving “2” ratings were Ariel Quenneville for her clarinet solo and Megan Kice for her Flute Solo.  The vocal trio with Slade McAfee, Micah Cooley, Clair Hite and the flute quartet with Megan Kice, Karissa Adams, Sadie Davis and Alyssa Clair both received “2” ratings.  Receiving a “3” rating was the percussion quintet with Elijah Cooley, Rebekah Duzan, Cliff Whitaker, Katie Feeney and Christian Siver.

Congratulations to Mr. Orr and each of these outstanding SCR-1 Fine Arts students!

SCR-I Music Department Wraps up a Winning School Year

band web

It has been an exciting year in the Scotland County Music Department.  The Marching Tigers kicked off the year with Band camp the week before school leading to community performances at the Tiger tailgate and a first place finish in the Antique Day Parade. The Marching Tigers also began learning their half-time field show and performed installments at home football games. Competition season started at the Monroe City Black and Gold Marching Festival. The Marching Tigers placed second in Field Show and Parade. Also, the Drumline and Color Guard won first place in their premiere performance. The following Saturday, students went to the Parade of Champions in Kahoka, MO where they placed fourth in field show and third in parade. The Marching Tigers also won the People’s Choice Award, being the crowd’s favorite. The next Tuesday, students participated in Hannibal’s Mark Twain Marching Festival. The marching season ended with Missouri Day’s in Trenton, MO where the Drumline took third place in their class.

After marching season, students quickly switched gears to practice for All-District and All-Conference auditions and prepare for the Veteran’s Day Concert. Four students traveled to Moberly, MO and auditioned for the All-District Band, where Elijah Cooley was selected as Fourth Chair snare drum. Nineteen Scotland County students were selected for the All-Conference Band and six students were selected for the All-Conference Choir. The Conference Tour started at Scotland County High School where both ensembles performed with a patriotic rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The band also provided pep and spirit and home basketball games as well as pep rallies for the successful girls’ basketball season. The rest of the first semester was spent preparing for the Holiday Concert on December, 17 2015.

The beginning of the new semester started with many more spirited performances at home basketball games. Four Junior High Students, Katie Feeney, Toren Johnson, Jaden McAfee, and Reilly Shoemaker were selected to participate in the All-District Junior High Band. High School students began to practice and prepare for contests coming up later in the spring. On March 18, students traveled to Hannibal for State Large group festival. The band received a II Outstanding rating and received a I Exemplary Rating in sight reading. Two weeks later, the band and choir went to Kirksville for solo/small ensemble festival. Nine soloists/ensembles received a II Outstanding rating and six solos/ensembles received a I Exemplary Rating. These included Flute Solo-Megan Kice; Snare Solo-Elijah Cooley; Clarinet Solo-Ariel Quenneville; Percussion Quintet-Elijah Cooley, Rebekah Duzan, Katie Feeney, Christian Siver, and Cliff Whitaker; Flute Quartet-Karissa Adams, Alyssa Clair, Sadie Davis, and Megan Kice; Mixed Vocal Trio-Slade McAfee, Claire Hite, and Micah Cooley. These soloists and ensembles performed at many functions around the community including at Beta Meetings and for the Rotary Club.

They went to State Festival where the Percussion Quintet received a Ill Rating, Ariel Quenneville, Megan Kice, the Flute Quartet, and the Mixed Vocal Trio received a II rating and Elijah Cooley received a I rating. Four junior high students participated in junior high solo contest where all received a I outstanding rating. All bands and choirs participated in the Fine Arts Night where Kiley Lewis won the Director’s Award for Choir. Paige Hyde won the Director’s Award for Band, Karissa Adams won the Patrick Gilmore Award, and Megan Kice won the John Phillip Sousa Award.  On May 7, four junior high students traveled to Macon for solo competition.  As the year comes to a close, students are preparing for their final performance that will be held in conjunction with the community Memorial Day festivities.

Submitted by Nathaniel Orr

Scotland County Claims Tri-Rivers Conference All-Sports Award

sports

As the school year draws to an end with it comes the culmination of another sports season. This year has seen many successes when it comes to the sports scene. The All Sports Championship was claimed by the Scotland County Tigers this season and for the second time in three seasons. The All Sports Award is presented to the school that accumulates the greatest number of points based on conference finish in their respective sport. The following 7 sports are recognized in the All Sports formula: softball, football, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, baseball, girls track, and boys’ track. This season each of the preceding sports programs finished their conference slate with a first or second place campaign.

This year, the final season of the Tri-Rivers Conference, saw champions crowned in girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, and baseball. The softball, football, girls’ track, and boys’ track teams all registered second place conference finishes. The outstanding team performances allowed individual stars to shine. The correlation between team success and individual accolades was certainly evident as the Scotland County athletes earned 4 of the 7 Conference Most Valuable Player awards during the 2015-2016 season. The girls’ basketball team won their second consecutive district title this season. Also, a sectional victory resulted in the first quarterfinal berth in program history. The golf team collected the fourth Conference Championship of the season while competing in the Conference Tournament. They added another individual top honor with a conference medalist. The scholar bowl team won a district title for the second straight season and had the MVP of our district.

In summary, the 2015-2016 season saw the 8 sports programs combine to win 4 of the 8 Conference Championships and saw Tiger athletes collect 5 of the 8 Conference Most Valuable Players honors. I want to congratulate the players and coaches, while extending a very deserving thank you to everyone involved. The view from the top is superb, especially when you have witnessed the view from the bottom. Keep working hard to finish this campaign and start preparing for the next.

The Memphis FFA Trap teams had an extremely successful year. The boys team brought home first place trophies from shoots at Madison, Schuyler and Paris besting between 35-40 teams at each contest. They also captured their first Area III Championship by posting an amazing score of 122/125. They finished fourth at Districts in October and ended the season in April with an 11th place finish at the State shoot. This year we added a girls’ squad to the team, and they brought home a first place finish in the girls’ division at the Paris shoot.

Great job SC Tigers!

Submitted by Athletic Director Lance Campbell

Incredible Summer to Come

Inspiring words from Kurt Vonnegut graced the chalk board this weekend. Picture by Nik.

Inspiring words from Kurt Vonnegut graced the chalk board this weekend. Picture by Nik.

People come and go. It’s always been a transient state of being here for most in the ecovillage. It’s not everyone’s cuppa tea to carve out a life of one’s own in the wilds of Missouri. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When people go, they can be profoundly changed, taking a piece of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage with them.

Nik here, telling you about some of the incredible summer events floating our way this year. The visitor program is our way to attract people out there from all walks of life who wish to try and live freely outside the world they have been taught is the only way. We always hope that those people will stay and try to make this village and world a better place. But for those who have no intention of jumping into the wilds of Missouri ruralness for years to come, we also have workshops, courses, and conferences, where folks can get their toes wet, meet others interested in fostering community, and learn skills to bring a passion for change out into the world.

The most accessible class starts in early July: the “Ecovillage Experience, Skills for Living Lightly” course. Spend five days with Dancing Rabbit Ecovillagers to gather ideas, concepts, and skills for living lighter wherever you live. This course includes hands-on natural building, low-carbon gardens and kitchens, learning about our alternative energy systems, organic resource recycling, permaculture design, alternative economic systems, skills for human connection and cooperation, and creative fun – all part of life at Dancing Rabbit! The course is really geared to supporting you in creating a plan to bring your knowledge home with you. Ecovillage Experience runs from July 9 to 14, and is open to all individuals and families.

One of the most exciting events this summer for communitarians is the Midwest Sustainable Communities Conference, where members and would-be members of intentional communities around the nation gather for talks and workshops to strengthen our connections and movement.

When first starting a community, or even living in community for a long time, it can be easy to feel alone in our efforts. This 4th of July, join us in thinking of Inter-dependence Day, and come together to learn, network, explore, and inspire each other to create a more cooperative and sustainable world.

Workshops and networking sessions throughout the weekend will bring us new ideas for how to live sustainably, collectively. Program tracks will target the interests of aspiring community founders, current intentional community members, and folks wanting to deepen their understanding of the sustainability-community connection. Talks and casual conversation will bring us insight into the radical contributions community building can make to ending the worst social and ecological ills of our time. We’ll even do some climate change activism together for those who are interested. And of course spending the weekend in the midwest’s premier ecovillage, Dancing Rabbit, will help inspire hope: sustainable is not only possible, it is also here, now, and fun.

Workshops will include Starting an Intentional Community; Collective Carbon Farming and the Commons; Transforming Conflict in Connection with Restorative Circles; Simple Off-Grid Solar; Climate Egalitarianism: Class, Climate, and New Economics; Holistic Animal Management; Learning Good Consent: Patriarchy and Anti-Sexism; and many more. Check the conference webpage for more updates.

For those struggling with the climate crisis, and even more so what can one person do about it, we have a resounding answer: Moved to Act, a 6 Day Intensive Workshop, August 12 to 18.

This intensive workshop is designed to help you be more effective impacting change at a wider systems level and a personal level. When most people turn away from crises, Moved to Act participants face them with courage. Moved to Act is an immersive program for assisting activists and culture creators in the transformation of our unjust social, economic & political structures to a more democratic, sustainable & cooperative world for all.

Direct activism training, public education, personal growth work, discussion of both the barriers and possibilities around addressing climate change, and learning about more low carbon lifestyle choices, all falls squarely in this program. If you want to imagine living your life knowing that your daily actions aren’t contributing to further climate disruption, then this is worth checking out. You can create real change and inspire others to join you.

Oh, did I mention Mathew Human of the Human Revolution will be performing during the training, a solo show on Aug 13th?(http://www.matthewhuman.com) It’s going to be huge.

And one of the biggest and best courses we’ve offered is returning this year, along with the energetic titan, Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture. The Permaculture Design Course at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage will run September 17 to 25. It’s nine days of hands-on learning about creating a sustainable home and human habitat—and what better place to learn about sustainable human habitats than an ecovillage?

“I’m sure a PDC offered any ole place is as transforming and educational as this one was,” a student from last year said, “but here, at Dancing Rabbit, it was magical. I laughed, I cried, I ate better than ever, I opened myself up to new experiences and I just really felt the love that exists here.”

Bill and other inspirational teachers bring their vulnerability, integrity, and honesty to this course, and have helped so many students contact on a deeper level to permaculture and to life.

I hope one or a few of these courses or workshops interest you or someone you know. Come and learn, and take that knowledge with you…and make some life-long connections while you’re at it.

So, yes, people can take a bit of our hearts as they leave…but I try to see it as a bright lantern that shines in their life. I let that thought brighten my own lantern, and then it doesn’t feel so dark after they’ve gone. I’m happy knowing the world is a brighter place because of them and because of their time at Dancing Rabbit.

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Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational non-profit outside Rutledge, MO, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. We offer public tours of the village at 1pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, April-October; the next is May 28th. Reservations not required. Tours are free, though donations to help us continue our educational and outreach efforts are gratefully accepted. For directions, call the office at 660-883-5511 or email us at dancingrabbit@ic.org. To find out more about us, you can also check out our website: www.dancingrabbit.org.

School Board Creates Bond Committee, Plans Special Meeting to Consider New Levy Issue

Morgan Alexander (center) was honored as the Scotland County R-I Class of 2016 valedictorian. Caleb Doubet and Megan Kice were honored as salutatorians for the class at the May 15th graduation ceremonies held at SCR-I High School.

Morgan Alexander (center) was honored as the Scotland County R-I Class of 2016 valedictorian. Caleb Doubet and Megan Kice were honored as salutatorians for the class at the May 15th graduation ceremonies held at SCR-I High School.

The Scotland County R-I Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  President Trinity Davis called the meeting to order with six members present. Sam Berkowitz was absent.

Davis established a bond issue committee of Trinity Davis, Jamie Triplett, and Cole Tippett to head continued efforts for the district to secure funding for capital improvements, including the early childhood development expansion.

The board voted to schedule a special meeting for the bond issue on Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Library.

Financial Update

Superintendent Ryan Bergeson indicated revenues are coming in as expected creating a current budget surplus for the district. He noted year-to-date totals for revenues are $6,130,571.88 and year to date expenditures are $4,945,258.98, creating a current positive budget balance of  $1,185,312.90.

“This surplus will continue to decrease as we near the end of the fiscal year,” said Bergeson. “We have received all of our local tax and will receive state and federal dollars in May and June.  Payroll for May, June, July, Summer School, and Career Ladder will level out our current surplus for the 15-16 fiscal year.”

Athletics

Athletic Director Lance Campbell gave an update on the 2015-2016 school sports year.

“The Scotland County R-I Athletic Programs have experienced tremendous team and individual success throughout the 15-16 school year,” said Campbell.

Scotland County wrapped up the Tri-Rivers Conference All Sports Championship for the 15-16 school year in the final year of the Tri Rivers Conference. It marked the second time in three years that SCR-I compiled the top team performances in the TRC sports competitions, including softball, football, basketball, track, baseball and golf.

Preliminary 16-17 Budget

The board reviewed preliminary numbers for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

“The state legislature is still in session and there is a lot of discussion and uncertainty surrounding state funding for public education,” Bergeson stated. “The Board of Education is committed to providing teachers and staff the best possible salary and benefits package while balancing increasing costs for state and federal mandates, instructional materials, supplies, and maintenance.”

The 16-17 budget will be approved at the June board meeting.

June Meeting

The next regular board meeting will be held Thursday, June 9th.

Executive Session

In closed session the following items were approved:

Approved April 14 and May 2, 2016 closed session minutes. 6-0.

Hired Michael Moore as summer custodian, Caleb Doubet and Jacob Hull as Summer Custodians and Bryan Chance and Denny Ward as bus drivers for the 16-17 school year by a 6-0 vote.

Hired Mikel Gragg as Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball for the 16-17 school year and Tia Hamilton as Varsity Football Cheerleading Coach for the 16-17 school year by a 6-0 vote.

Hired Brad Doster as Transportation Director. 5-0. Christy Aylward left the room for the discussion and vote.

Hired Allen Garrett as Bus Driver for the 16-17 school year. 5-1. Gary Miller voted no.

Hired the balance of the slate as presented for non-certified staff – Teresa Creek, Michella Hull, Judy Thomas, Denny Ward, Stephanie Shalley, Janie Parton, Linda Hervey, Kathy Dickerson, Lisa Humes, Hannah Bishop, Mitchell Bales, Penny Holt, Jana Muntz, Danny Norton, Jon Wullbrandt, Alan Adams, Bobbie Anderson, Kim Campbell, Amy Talbert, Schelle Cooley, Serena Stott, Jane Gelbach, Andrea Hunt, Faith Ann Miller, Angie Ward, Debbie Sears, Pat Arnold, Linda Clark, Vickie Mauck,  LaDica Hinds, Jennifer Tinkle, Amanda Mohr, Rob Egenberger, Chris Parsons, Danielle Eddleman, Kristen Moore, Hilary Harris, Lydia Clatt, Shellie Jackson, and Don Ryland.

Hired Jenna Ward as FBLA and Prom Sponsor for the 16-17 school year. 6-0.

The board voted 6-0 to go into open session for the purpose of adjournment at 9:40 p.m.

City of Memphis Plans Summer Tennis Activities

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This summer the City of Memphis will have an array of tennis activities for all ages and ability levels.  On Wednesday, May 25th and Wednesday, June 1st, anyone interested in the summer tennis leagues can join us from 7-9 pm at Johnson Park to “Get Back in the Swing of Things.”  These evenings will be very laid back and just a time to hit or play a few games of doubles with various partners.

Summer Tennis Leagues

This summer two different leagues will be offered and both will begin the week of June 6th.  The regular doubles league will be played on Monday nights between 7 and 9 pm.  The cost will be $20 per team to participate in this league during June, July, and August.  Teams to need to sign up for this league by June 3rd at City Hall or by contacting Kim Getman at 660-988-4614 or kimberlymichelle85@outlook.com.  A more laid back league will take place on Wednesday nights beginning at 7 pm.  For this league, whoever is available each week can show up for pick up doubles matches.  Teams will be made based ability and partners will be rotated throughout the night in order to make balanced, fun matches.  This league would be appropriate for beginners as well as experienced players.  The cost will be $10 per person for the Wednesday night league, which will run through June, July, and August.  No advanced sign up is required for this league and payment will be due on the first Wednesday night each person attends.

Youth Tennis Lessons

Youth tennis lessons for ages 3-14 will be offered again this summer on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:30-7 pm on the tennis courts at Johnson Park.  The cost will be $4 per child, per lesson.  Registration is encouraged by June 3rd for the tennis lessons in order to determine if there is enough interest.  Children are welcome to attend sporadically based on their availability.

Tennis Tournament
A doubles tennis tournament will be held on Saturday, July 16th.  The entry fee will be $20 for each doubles team.  A monetary prize will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place in the tournament.  BBQ hotdogs, hamburgers, and sides will be provided for lunch.

Tennis Contact Information

Anyone interested in signing up for the summer tennis leagues or the youth lessons should contact Kim Getman at 660-988-4614 or kimberlymichelle85@outlook.com.  Sign up can also be completed at City Hall.

PSC Approves Liberty Utilities Request to Adjust Infrastructure Surcharge

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The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by Liberty Utilities (Midstates Natural Gas) Corp. d/b/a Liberty Utilities (Liberty) to adjust the infrastructure system replacement surcharge (ISRS) on the bills of its natural gas customers. The surcharge first appeared on customer bills in November 2008.

The ISRS adjustment reflects infrastructure replacement investments made by the natural gas company between June 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016. These costs for natural gas pipeline replacements and relocations are not currently included in Liberty’s rates.

For customers in Liberty’s NEMO service region, which includes, Scotland County, the ISRS will increase from $0.74 to $1.49 each month. The SEMO region will see its ISRS increase from $0.03 to $0.05, while the WEMO region will have a decrease in the ISRS from $0.87 to $0.79.

Liberty serves approximately 53,700 natural gas customers in Missouri. The WEMO service area includes the counties of Bates, Cass, Henry and St. Clair. The SEMO service area includes the counties of Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Iron, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne. The NEMO service area includes the counties of Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Pike, Ralls, Schuyler and Scotland.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

Scotland County will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., at the county courthouse, 117 S. Market, Suite 100, Memphis MO, to discuss the county’s submission of an application for the fiscal year 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The county is interested in obtaining all citizens’ input on community development needs within the county. As part of the hearing process citizens will be asked to verbally assist in the completion of a Needs Assessment document. The document will detail what the residents feel are the strengths and weaknesses of the community. The county needs as much local participation as possible in order to reflect the true desires of the community as a whole, as well as the comments relating to the proposed project application. The State has established a maximum application request for each funding category. Activities that are eligible for funding include the improvement of public works, public facilities, housing rehabilitation, and others allowed by law. At least 51% of the funds must be used to benefit low-and-moderate income persons. No displacement of persons will be proposed.

The county is proposing to replace two existing bridges with two longer and wider bridges. The total project cost is estimated at $435,900. The county proposes to contribute $163,000 of In-Kind labor and machinery, $148,500 in cash, with grant funds of $124,400 needed to make up the balance. All citizens, including those in the targeted area, are encouraged to attend in order to comment on the proposed activities.

For more information on the proposed project, contact the County Clerk at 660-465-7027.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The City of Memphis is requesting proposals for an Archaeological Survey in regards to a Wastewater Improvement Project for the City of Memphis.

 

Proposals should be received by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Memphis City Hall, 125 W. Jefferson, Memphis, Missouri 63555.

 

For further information, contact Utility Superintendent Stacy Alexander at 660-216-4838 or Memphis City Hall at 660-465-7285.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

Date of Publication: May 19, 2016

Memphis Housing Authority

31 Cornelius Ave., Memphis MO 63555

660-465-2261

 

On or after May 28, 2016 the Memphis Housing Authority, Memphis MO, will submit a request to release funds to undertake the following project:

Project Title: Memphis Housing Authority Improvements

Purpose: Site improvement and/or modernizations, breaker and meter boxes, bathroom vanities and tubs, washer and dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and concrete sidewalks

Location: Memphis Housing Authority, 31 Cornelius Ave., Memphis MO 63555

Estimated Cost: $184,976.00

The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for this project is on file at Memphis Housing Authority, 31 Cornelius Ave., Memphis MO 63555 and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 A.M. to 12 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Memphis Housing Authority. All comments received by Friday, May 27, 2016 will be considered by the Memphis Housing Authority prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

RELEASE OF FUNDS

The Memphis Housing Authority certifies to the State of Missouri that William Reckenberg, in his capacity as Mayor of Memphis MO, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The State of Missouri’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the Memphis Housing Authority to use HUD program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

The State of Missouri will accept objections to its release of funds and the Memphis Housing Authority certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Memphis; (b) the Memphis Housing Authority has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs of undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Park 58 before approval of a release of funds by the State of Missouri; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Park 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the State of Missouri Department of Economic Development at PO Box 118, Jefferson City MO 65102. Potential objectors should contact the State of Missouri Department of Economic Development to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

 

William Reckenberg, Mayor of Memphis MO

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