November 14, 2002

Ordinance Establishes New Rules For Memphis Cemetery

After several months of discussion the Memphis City Council voted to enact a new ordinance governing the city cemetery during the council's November 7 meeting.

Bill No. 02-5 Cemetery Rule and Regulations, outlines the rules governing the cemetery. The ordinance states that upon full payment to the city for the grave space, the owner will receive a cemetery deed. The ordinance states "The deed vests in the owner an interment right to bury a deceased human body only." That had been a question posed to the council earlier this year.

The ordinance also states that if any tree, shrub or plant standing on or adjacent to any cemetery lot becomes detrimental to any adjacent cemetery lot, road, walkway, feature, improvement or fixture, the City Council may (but is not required to) remove such obstacle to remedy the problem.

The law also addressed mowing and maintenance issues at the cemetery. The ordinance states the cemetery may remove and dispose of any and all decorations "at such time as the cemetery maintenance contractor deems necessary in order to mow or otherwise maintain the cemetery."

Each warranty deed issued by the City of Memphis Cemetery Corporation shall contain restrictions giving the City of Memphis exclusive control and management of the cemetery and all improvements within. No person shall be permitted to place upon or remove from any lot or grave space any improvements of any description whatsoever, including trees, flowers, shrubbery, etc., without the consent of the Memphis Board of Aldermen.

The deed also notes that no concrete, masonry, rock or other type of urns will be permitted on any lot and that no burial will be permitted unless in at least an approved concrete box, vault or mausoleum.

Election Notice

Filing for city offices will open on Christmas Eve for the April 7, 2003 municipal election in Memphis.

The council approved an official notice of election at the November meeting. One alderman for the east ward and one alderman for the west ward will be elected along with the city tax collector. The terms of Aldermen Ronnie Gardner and Patty Simerl will conclude following the election. Michele Drummond is currently serving as city tax collector.

Candidates interested in filling any of these positions may begin filing for the office December 24 at 8:00 a.m. at the Memphis City Hall. The filing period will remain open, during regular business hours, until January 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Resignation

Police Chief Steve Snodgrass informed the council that officer Mike Steeples had submitted a letter of resignation from the force effective December 1.

Citizen Participation

Memphis residents Alan and Tammy Adams were present at the council meeting to request action be taken on a nuisance problem in their neighborhood. The couple told the council they have filed numerous complaints regarding a barking dog and also had signed a complaint with the police department.

Marshall Snodgrass asked the parties to contact him directly in the future. He indicated the PD would issue a nuisance ticket to the dog's owners and that he will also call the health department to visit the home as there are other nuisance and sanitation issues at the residence.

Surplus Property

The council received bids on two pieces of surplus property. Three sealed bids were received for the old road oil distributor truck. The City of Downing had the high bid of $2,250. David Kirkpatrick had placed a bid of $254.99 and Larry Remley offered $150.65.

Two bids were received for a poly storage tank. Remley placed a bid of $150.50 and Kirkpatrick submitted a bid of $106.59.

The council voted 3-0 to accept the high bid from the City of Downing for the oil distributor as well as Remley's high bid on the surplus tank.

City Hall Renovations

Superintendent Roy Monroe addressed the council regarding plans for renovating the exterior of the City Hall building. The city had received bids for nova brick at approximately $0.70 per piece.

Monroe recommended the council consider using regular brick and vinyl siding for the project. He stated brick would likely cost $0.30 to $0.50 per piece. He also noted that he was unsure if the front of the building would support the weight of the nova brick.

Department Reports

LIGHT - A recent test ran at the Memphis City Light Plant will significantly increase the purchase credits the city receives for its power generation capabilities. As a member of the MoPEP cooperative between other municipal power suppliers in the state, Memphis purchases power jointly with all MoPEP members to secure better buying power.

Previously the city was receiving credits based on a 6.7 megs rating. The recent test secured a 9.3 megs rating for the city power plant, meaning Memphis will earn approximately $30,000 more in the credits earned per kilowatt hour generated.

Superintendent Dave Kittle stated the line crew has been installing a new tin roof on the department's warehouse with the assistance of the road crew. The linemen also have completed installation of the city's holiday decorations.

STREET - Superintendent Monroe informed the council of a request from Sandra Swearingen for a children playing sign in front of her residence where she runs a day care. The speed limit is 20 mph and is posted near the home. The council instructed Monroe to discuss the issue with her.

Monroe stated concrete had been poured at HUD housing and the entrance was to be reopened to the public November 11, 2002.

The street superintendent also talked with the council regarding regulations that will likely force the city to adopt an emergency spill plan for areas on city property where storage tanks are maintained.

Tri-State Construction Equip-ment Co. offered a 2002 Hypac series three ton roller for purchase by the city. Monroe stated the roller had been leased to MoDOT last year for $10,000. The piece has accumulated 83 hours of service and was priced at $24,250, less a $2,500 trade in and would include a full warranty as well as zero percent financing. Monroe noted the city had rented a roller during the summer at the cost of $1,350 for one week. He quoted the price of a comparable roller, a model with 400 hours and five years older at $19,500. The council voted 3-0 to purchase the roller utilizing a 24-month financing package.

WATER - Superintendent Dennis Howard provided the council with copies of a video tape regarding a proposal for cleaning and repairing the interior of the city's water tower. Howard said divers go inside the tank and clean the inside by scrubbing and vacuuming the sediment in the bottom of the tank without increasing the turbidity. Howard said the estimated cost of the job is $3,000. The council agreed to review the video and asked Howard to discuss the project with the city engineer.

POLICE-Snodgrass presented two bids for a copy machine for his office. After reviewing the $900 bids the council asked Snodgrass to seek bids for a smaller, tabletop copier in the $200 - $300 range.

Alderman Reports

Alderman Teresa Skinner presented a request for a special parking sign in front of Treasured Moments for elderly customers. The owner indicated the store's parking frontage is often taken by employees of area businesses leaving her elderly customers no place to park and preventing them from accessing the business. The council voted to place a handicapped parking sign in front of the store.

Skinner also presented information from the fire department regarding replacing the three overhead doors at the fire station. The department had already replaced one door, which had become inoperable. The council agreed the department should seek bids and have the other two doors replaced as well.

The alderman requested that Marshall Snodgrass speak with the property owners at the corner of Lincoln and Lover's Lane requesting they trim a tree which blocks the view for traffic to the east.

Mayor's Report

Mayor Ron Alexander presented the council with information from City Attorney John Slavin regarding a state statute change involving collection of delinquent taxes. County collector Kathy Becraft provided the city information that the rate for collecting delinquent accounts had increased from five percent to seven percent. Slavin recommended the city make a change to reflect the price increase, changing the contract with the county to reflect the seven percent charge. The council voted 3-0 to approve the contract change to seven percent for collecting delinquent accounts.

Alexander also presented information to the council regarding the Citizen Corps group, which organizes various community involvement activities such as neighborhood watch programs, and volunteers in police.

Executive Session

The council voted to end the four p.m. to midnight shift at the light plant effective immediately.

In other business the council agreed to advertise for openings with the police department.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us here at Pine Ridge Bluebird Trails. We are enjoying this time of gathering together with family and friends. I have had a few birds at my front porch feeder. I do not have a lot of leaving shrubbery to protect my birds right around my house, so this makes for a problem.

With many farmers and landowners ridding their farms of hedgerows, and other thicket areas, the places for some birds to go in the winter time are getting fewer. We do have a few trees left on our east fence line here at the trails and some hedgerows on our other farms, but that is not here. I personally like to leave as many trees on the trails as I can.

This year I needed work done on a pond, and in order to do that work I was going to have to cut 16 trees.  I am still trying to figure out what I can do to fix the pond and leave the trees. I have also always liked pines to help with covers for the birds and brush piles also help. I know I have explained how you can make a man made brush pile designed for birds and rabbits during the winter.

I am in the process of building an area for the birds and feeders.  I have several shrubs set out and next spring plan to mulch and border it.  I want to eventually get enough growth to place a few feeders in the area and have some protection for the birds as well. I am also planning to plant some hummingbird-friendly flowering plants there as well.  I am excited as this should be a fun spot to watch.

Boy, haven’t the deer been taking a hit on the roads this last week. I have counted numerous deer. The Eagles have sure been busy around here. I love watching them. They move ahead of the combines in the fields and take care of most of the rabbits. Duane said he noticed several hovering over the fields near the combines flying away with rabbits. The food chain is at work.

If you are able, you will want to keep water out for the winter time birds.  I have two heated bird baths and they really enjoy them.  Now is the time to get ready for those colder days.  Have you been able to find any bird nests in your bare trees.  There are several around here, which I have noticed.  My time was limited this week, so I have not been able to look as much as I would like to.

Enjoy your family this thanksgiving season, and spend some quality time with them.  Until next, time good bird watching.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, Nov. 23 – Center Closed, No Meals, Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 24 – Center Closed

Monday, November 27 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Mixed Vegetables, Cottage Cheese, Peaches

Tuesday, November 28 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Green Beans, Bread, Cake

Wed., November 29 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, Nov. 30 – Swiss Steak, Scalloped Cabbage, Buttered Peas, Slice Bread, Pudding/Fruit

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, Nov. 23 – Center Closed Today, No meal or cards.

Friday, Nov. 24 – Center Closed.

Monday, Nov. 27 – AAA and Care Meeting in Shelbina at 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 30 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, November 23 – Happy Thanksgiving, No School.

Friday, November 24 – No School.

Monday, November 27 – Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, November 28 – Oatmeal, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Peanut Butter, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Wed., November 29 – Ham/Egg/Cheese/Biscuit, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Toast, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Thursday, November 30 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, November 23 – No School, Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 24 – No School.

Monday, November 27 – Hot Dog/Bun, Bar BQ Ribb/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Mixed Vegetables, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, November 28 – Chicken Patty/Bun, Juicy Burger/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Curly Q Fries, Buttered Corn, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Wed., November 29 – Meatloaf, Sliced Ham, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Jell-O/Fruit

Thursday, November 23 – Chili Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Hamburger Bar, Turkey Salad Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers

Ministerial Alliance Continuing Coat Drive, Food Collection Efforts

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance met on November 8th at the St. Paul Church in Memphis. Those present were:  Mark Appold, Dan Hite, Diana Koontz, and Jack Sumption.

The coat drive is still ongoing.  So far there have been 10 children’s coats, and 20 adult coats donated.  The group indicated a continuing need for more children’s coats.

The food drive is ongoing with Counselor Dani Fromm collecting food for the drive at the elementary school and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes handling the duties at the high school. The collection will be presented at the Community Thanksgiving Service.  The FCCLA annual Halloween food drive brought in roughly four to six grocery carts of food for the Food Pantry. The local Boy Scouts will assist with the collection and delivery of the food items to the food pantry after the Community Thanksgiving Service.

The 2018 calendar was presented to the meeting for review. Copies of the calendar will be distributed at the December SCMA meeting.

The Thanksgiving Service is being organized by Dan Hite. Nathaniel Orr will be leading the music.  Amy Carleton will be singing also.

Public input is always welcome at the Ministerial Alliance meetings. The next meeting will. be December 13th at 1 p.m.

All You’re Meant to Hear

Most of us hunters like to consider ourselves of the diehard variety. We’re not afraid to get up early, stay out late, and do whatever it takes to get our deer; unless it’s walk more than about a quarter of a mile from our vehicle. It’s true. Most hunters don’t hunt too far off the beaten path. I’ve actually seen some folks ride their four-wheeler up to the very tree they are hunting in. They say the deer never notice. I say they do.

I do believe when deer are pressured they move to some strange places. Oftentimes it’s right next to a road or even a highway. I can remember one year while hunting in Alabama, my friend set up right next to a four lane highway. On the last day of the hunt he killed a nice eight-pointer. I’m sure that deer never imagined a hunter setting up in such an uncommon area.

For me, there’s something about being in a place where I can hear no road noise. I don’t like having to listen for the rustle of leaves through the sounds of rush hour. The purity of the hunt seems tainted when the sounds of the woods are competing with the sounds of a nearby highway. I like being able to hear every squirrel’s bark and every birds chirp.

I’ve noticed my time with the Lord is often characterized this way as well. I find at times I try to hear God without getting far enough away from the sounds of my daily grind. It may be a cell phone, a T.V., or even a time restraint that’s not allowing me to hear all that I’m meant to hear. As a result, the experience is not what I need or what God wants.

The problem is that I’m just hunting (praying) too close to my truck. I’m doing it because it’s the easiest thing to do. But again, the best ones are far off the beaten path.

Right now there’s something you need God to speak to you about. You have a need, or a problem, or a direction that you have questions about. And it’s a big one. For these-sized answers you’re going to have to get away from all the sounds of the world you’re in and remove yourself from anything that will keep your attention from Him. It may take a little longer and a little more effort to get there, but we know that both will have been worth it when you return with the God-sized answer you had hoped for.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

www.outdoortruths.org

McKee, Hunt Accepted to Culver-Stockton’s Class for Fall 2018

Two local students are among the members of the prospective Culver-Stockton’s fall 2018 incoming class set to head to Canton next August.

Meghan McKee and Lydia Hunt of Memphis have been accepted by Culver-Stockton College, for entry into the four-year residential institution, which is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15-week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

The C-SC Wildcats are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

FREDERICK “WAYNE” MATHES (8/27/1933 – 11/16/2017)

Mr. Frederick “Wayne” Mathes, age 84 of Bolivar, MO passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Missouri Veterans Home at Mt. Vernon, MO. He was born August 27, 1933, in Scotland County, MO, to Fred M. and Anna Barbara (Gardine) Mathes. He was united in marriage to Anna Jean (Ketchum) Kutzner November 19, 1977.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Kenneth Mathes; sister-in-law Betty Mathes; a sister, Elizabeth McClamroch; and a brother-in-law, Hillis McClamroch.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anna Jean, of the home; two step-daughters, Sherri Kutzner, and Cindy (Kutzner) Rhoads and husband Joe all of Bolivar, MO; as well as other relatives and friends.

Graveside memorial services were held Sunday afternoon, November 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Memphis Cemetery, Memphis, MO, with Brother Joe Rhoads officiating. Full military graveside rights were provided by the Wallace W. Gillespie V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis and two from his unit from the military honors program.

Online condolences may be sent to the Wayne Mathes family by logging onto Payne’s website at www.paynefuneralchapel.com.

Local arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis assisted by the Pitts Funeral Home in Bolivar, Missouri.

Ely Samuel Parker

Ely Samuel Parker (Hasanoanda) was a Seneca Indian, born in 1828 on the Tonawanda Reservation in eastern New York.  As a young man he became Sachem of the Six Iroquois Nations, served as an intermediary for his people and was called Donehogawa.  In his youth, Ely S. Parker was educated at a missionary school and went on to college. He studied law, but the New York State law prohibited aliens from being admitted to the bar and Indians were not considered citizens. Parker then studied engineering, which he mastered with determination. In 1857 he was sent to Galena, Illinois as supervisor of government projects. In Galena he met Ulysses S. Grant, and the two formed an enduring friendship.  Parker’s engineering experience gained him a commission as a Captain in the Union Army during the Civil War, where he served as an engineer before becoming a member of General Grant’s personal staff.  In time he became Grant’s military secretary with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. It was Ely S. Parker’s excellent handwriting that copied the final draft of surrender terms accepted by Confederate General Robert E. Lee.  After the war, Parker received the rank of brevet brigadier general.  In 1869, after Grant was elected President, he appointed Parker as Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the first Native American to hold the position. Parker resigned from government service after two years. After an unsuccessful business career, he spent his final years working for the New York City Police Department until his death in 1895.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

The Silence that Listens

Garlic bulbs “put to bed” until the spring. Photo by Liz.

This is my first winter in the Midwest. Liz here, watching the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, and reviewing the bits of advice and commentary people have been giving me about winter since I moved here from California seven short months ago.

I was actually disappointed that my time outside was about to decrease and I watched people here pull up spent vegetable stalks, cover everything with straw and retreat inside. My son came to visit me for two weeks recently and in thinking of things we could do together I remembered that he and I attended a permaculture course at Dancing Rabbit over a year ago. I decided to concentrate on that and quickly drew up a sketch of my garden and made plans to have my son help me do some permaculture plantings with what we could plant in the early winter season.

We planted fruit trees, each tree forming the center of a guild, or groupings of plants that would enhance the soil, keep the prairie grass at bay and attract bees and other pollinators. In early winter bulbs can be planted, so we planted iris, daffodils and garlic bulbs. We ordered hazelnut trees and apple trees. We planted other edibles with extras from my neighbors, such as comfrey, chickweed and sunchokes. I transplanted yarrow from my veggie garden. We planted rows of seed trays for arugula and different kales in the greenhouse attached to my cottage.

And there we were, out in the cool weather for a few hours most days and in the evenings we had our laptops out, reading aloud to each other ideas or information from different websites. It was the best I could hope for: collaboration, creativity, learning, being active outdoors and creating happy memories with my adult son. I enjoyed watching him get to know my co-op kitchen mates each evening at dinner in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Thistledown.

I know that the days will come when the ground will be frozen and it will be too cold to spend much time outside. So it is with some urgency that I make my list each day of gardening things that I can still do, and I reconcile myself to the coming winter.

And just as the seasons inevitably turn, so too changes come to the village. Benji and I threw a party at the Mercantile last week to celebrate becoming members of the community, and Alline made her gorgeous cappuccino brownies. Just days later we threw Brent a goodbye party before he left the village for his upcoming move to Nicaragua (Alline made him a rainbow-colored cake with rainbow sprinkles and rainbow M&Ms). Several Rabbits are completing their membership processes in the next few days, with two families in the wings for hitting their 6-month residency milestones.

A group of Rabbits travelled to Kirksville to see the movie, “Walk With Me,” about the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and his monastery Plum Village in France. We had dinner at Take Root, a cafe that offers great food on a sliding scale (their Cuban sandwich is fantastic!). I am inspired to volunteer there to support their mission and to get to know more food folks who share my passion for local, seasonal food and to learn more about their innovative business model.

There was a reunion of the Mercantile’s writer’s workshop this last weekend, bringing together Rabbits and people from as far away as Michigan and Chicago. One participant returned in his live-aboard bus with his significant other, cooking up delicious meals for the writers.

Activities for winter are revving up with regular dance, meditation, qigong, and a writer’s group planned, in addition to the continuing poker night and Sci Fi movie night. While I am enjoying the slowing down of visitors and related activities, I’m glad to see that there will be plenty of fun things to choose from this winter.

Last week, as I was planting garlic bulbs in Cob’s lower garden, I paused and let the breeze cool the sweat on my face. It was sunny and cold and suddenly I noticed the absence of insects buzzing in my ear, biting my arms, and crawling on me as they do in the summer, the absence of curious birds flitting about. Just silence. Silence, filling my heart with peace. The silence that listens, as Tara Brach puts it. The winter season is for drinking in the silence so we can hear our true heartbeat and know ourselves and not forget what our life’s purpose is. I felt a rush of joy because I was so happy to be here, alive, digging in the ground, planting, creating, and helping.

Here’s wishing all our Memphis Democrat readers a very happy Thanksgiving!

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational nonprofit outside Rutledge, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. Public tours are offered April – October on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. In the meantime you can find out more about us by checking out our website, www.dancingrabbit.org, calling the office at (660) 883-5511, or emailing us at dancingrabbit@ic.org.

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, November 9, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from November 8, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission audited and signed checks.

The Commission signed court order #76-2017.

John Dwiggins and Shannon Howe of Howe Company and representatives of BNSF and MoDOT discussed proposed railroad crossing closure projects near Gorin with the Commission.

Aaron McVicker, engineer for SKW, presented final plans on Bridge #1600009 to the Commission.  After review, the Commission found the plans to be sufficient.  Discussion was held regarding BRO funding and projects.  Commissioner Wiggins moved to have SKW begin preliminary work on a BRO project at the low-water crossing on County Road 405.  The motion was seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling, and carried 3-0.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the minutes from November 9, 2017; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins.  Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission signed court order 77-2017.

The Commission approved a purchase order for Dana Glasscock, Recorder, for microfilming and indexing.

The Commission approved invoice 170195-010-8 to SKW for engineering services on Bridge #2170011, and invoice 170195-020-8 to SKW for engineering services on Bridge #160009.

The Commission reviewed budget reports, presented by Batina Dodge, County Clerk.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor met with the Commission to discuss current projects.

Commissioners left at 11:00 a.m. to put out flags for 911 signs.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

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