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.

Rotary Hosts SCR-I Football Coaches

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Members of the football coaching staff from Scotland County R-1 High School recently presented a program to the members of the Scotland County Rotary Club.  The Head Coach is Mikel Gragg and assistants are Troy Carper and Rod Sears.  Coach Gragg reported that there are 30 boys on the team and two are injured and unable to play.  There are 13 seniors on the team.  Mr. Carper is the defensive coach and Mr. Sears works with special teams. In the classroom, Mr. Gragg teaches Jr. High & High School PE.  Mr. Carper teaches Life Skills and Mr. Sears teaches high school math classes.  The football coaches are pictured with local Rotarian and school superintendent, Ryan Bergeson.

Patrol Discusses Bus Safety

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Elementary Guidance focused on safety during the month of September.  Sgt. Brent Bernhardt discussed Bus Safety with SCR-1 kindergartners.  We can ALL help keep our students safe by slowing down and stopping when we see the flashing lights and stop signs.  Thank you bus drivers for your service!  

MHS Class of 1956 Reunion

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1956 GRADUATING CLASS HOLDS 60 YEAR REUNION – A total of 23 class members of 1956 graduating class of Memphis High School met at the Scotland County  Fitness Center to celebrate their 60th class reunion. A delicious dinner was catered by the Rutledge School Restoration Society.  Traveling the farthest was Dean Hicks from Las Vegas,  Nevada, followed by Bill Smoot and Suzanne  Smoot (Leach) traveling from Billings, Montana.  A good time was enjoyed by all. Pictured in the front row (L to R) are Evelyn Magruder (Prebe), Marilyn Dunn (Prebe), Joyce Aylward (Kiddo), Joann Rood (Carlson), and Edna Gundy (Miller). Middle row (L to R) are Marietta Fowler (Ferris), Betty Ann Lefler (Walker), Leon Kerr, Joanna Shelly (Peck), Suzanne Smoot (Leach), and Ruby Hanson (Pample). Back row (L to R) are Kenny Nelson, Dean Hicks, Barbara Smith (Adams), Jerry Bland, Carol Scurlock (Simerl), George Rude, Bill Smoot, Audrey Glass, Larry Howe, Larry Harrington, and Phil Aylward.

Rush to Preach at Kahoka

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Rev. Terry Rush  will be the guest speaker at the Kahoka Christian Church on October 2, 2016. Terry began his ministry at Kahoka Church of Christ in 1974.  He has been pastor of the Memorial Drive Church of Christ, Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the past 39 years. He and wife, Mary, have three children who are also involved in Christian Ministry. Rev. Rush has a long standing association with the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team, including playing at their Legends Camps and being spiritual mentor to a number of current and former players and coaches. October 2 will be a special “Baseball Sunday”.  Everyone is invited to wear their favorite Team Jersey, or to simply come-as-you-are. Please help welcome Terry Rush back to Kahoka. Services start at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Conservation Considerations – Archery Season 2016

by MDC Agent Michael Collins

Fall is right around the corner and so is everyone’s favorite time of the year. Between the ‘Friday Night Lights,’ Football Sunday, cooler weather, bonfires and last but not least, pursuing that trophy buck that you’ve been watching all year – this is truly a special time of the year. Archery season is here and it’s time to wipe the dust off of your hunting gear, check to see if everything is up to par and to hone your archery skills.

This year, the dates for Archery Deer and Turkey Season are September 15 through November 11, and November 23 through January 15. The legal shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise, to one-half hour after sunset. During this season, hunters may use longbows, compound bows, hand-held string releasing devices, atlatls, recurve bows of any draw weight, and crossbows. Yes, crossbows, too. Beginning this year, hunters are now allowed to hunt deer and turkey with a crossbow. In the past, hunters needed a hunting methods exemption in order to use one – however, this is no longer the case. Your archery equipment may be outfitted with any illuminated sights, scopes and quickpoint sights. Hunting with the aid of an artificial light, possession or use of night vision or thermal imagery devices, use of any sighting device that casts a beam of light on game, and use of electronic calls for deer and turkey or through the use of bait is illegal and will result in a citation. After harvesting a deer or turkey, hunters are required to notch the month and day of harvest, along the margins of their permit. Hunters are also required to keep their permits with them at all times while hunting.

The season limits are as follows: Hunters may harvest two turkeys of either sex and both may be taken on the same day, may not exceed the limit of 2 antlered deer (all seasons combined), and can fill any number of Archery Antlerless Deer permits in all counties except Iron, Reynolds, Butler, Scott, New Madrid, Mississippi, Dunklin and Pemiscot counties.

As always the Missouri Department of Conservation encourages you to hunt, fish, trap and enjoy the great outdoors. Missourians play a great role in driving the conservation of our wildlife resources through generations of outdoor tradition – for now and more to come. Be safe and good luck out there!

For more information go to mdc.mo.gov, see the 2016 Fall Deer & Turkey pamphlet, contact the Northeast Regional Office or contact Conservation Agent Michael Collins at (660) 216-1374.

Roll Clouds

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Roll clouds were part of an amazing sunrise in Scotland County early Tuesday morning, September 13th.  A roll cloud is a low, horizontal, tube-shaped and relatively rare type of arcus cloud, a category of low cloud formations.  Roll clouds form near advancing cold fronts.  A downdraft from the advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud.  When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form.  They differ from shelf clouds by being completely detached from a thunderstorm base or other cloud features.  They usually appear to be “rolling” about a horizontal axis.

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Former Pastors to Speak at First Christian Church Centennial Homecoming

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Phillip Gore and Tim Hawkins, former ministers of the Memphis First Christian Church, will be the speakers for the Sunday, October 2, morning worship service as the Church hosts Homecoming Services to celebrate the completion of the current church building (located on the corner of Jones and Main Streets) which was completed in 1916.

Gore, who grew up in Vandalia, preached his first sermon at age fifteen.  He graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry.  In January, 1998, Gore became minister of Memphis First Christian Church where he served until 2000.  He is owner of Phillip Gore Design and designs web sites and creates digital art.  Gore and his wife Lanaya have four children. They currently live in San Antonio, Texas.

Hawkins, who served as youth minister and then senior minister at First Christian Church from 1994 to 1997, now resides in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife Stephanie and their four children.  He is Executive Director of Sojourn Collegiate Ministry and has been with the group since 2006 helping college and university students on their journey back to God.  Hawkins is pastor of Reunion Christian Church, Somerville location.

Former Memphis resident Terry Rush will speak at the closing service on Sunday afternoon (October 2).  Rush has served the Memorial Drive Church of Christ congregation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, since July of 1977, and also serves as the coordinator of the Tulsa Workshop. He is the author of seven books including, “The Holy Spirit Makes No Earthly Sense” and “The Miracle of Mercy”. Rush is an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and has a unique ministry of playing baseball in legends camps with former St. Louis Cardinal old-timers since 1984. He and his wife Mary have three adult children; their two sons are in full time ministry.

There will also be services on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, (see schedule of services ad published in this issue of the Democrat).  Special music for the services will be provided by the Gateway Singers and Paul Burton and Mercy’s Bridge Band, a country gospel group.

The Planning Committee for the Church Homecoming celebration will share historical information about First Christian Church as part of the three special services and host fellowship times with snacks, a barbecue, and luncheon for  the congregation, the community, and friends to enjoy.

Voters Reminded Last Day to Register to Cast November Election Ballot is October 12th

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Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Those words by former President Roosevelt ring true, for those who chose not to vote as well as those who fail to properly register.

Scotland County Clerk Batina Dodge reminds prospective voters that the deadline to register to vote in the November 8th general election is October 12th.

Missouri law states that any citizen of the United States who is a resident of the State of Missouri and seventeen years and six months of age or older shall be entitled to register and to vote in any election which is held on or after his eighteenth birthday. (115.133, RSMo)

Prospective voters can register in person in the county clerk’s office in the Scotland County Courthouse. Dodge says individuals simply need to bring with them a copy of a birth certificate, a Native American tribal document, other proof of United States citizenship, a valid Missouri drivers license or other form of personal identification at the time of registration.

You can also register to vote online at the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office https://www.sos.mo.gov/.

An application may also be printed from the website or obtained at the county clerk’s office, completed and mailed to Scotland County Clerk’s Office, 117 S. Market, Street Suite 100, Memphis, MO 63555.

Not only is the application used to initially register to vote, but the short one page form also needs to be completed when voters move to other jurisdictions, or change their address on a current voter registration within the same jurisdiction, or change the voter’s name.

“If a voter needs to change his or her address or name, a new voter registration application must be filed with the local election authority,” said Dodge. “Please note that voters who do not update their addresses before election day may be sent to a different polling place depending on their new address.”

To check your voter registration, contact the office of Batina Dodge, Scotland County Clerk, at (660) 465-7027 or visit https://www.sos.mo.gov/.

Bushel Basket Open House Highlights Local Orchard’s Tasty Products

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by Andrea Brassfield

Richard Zimmerman and his family hosted an Open House for their business, The Bushel Basket, on Saturday, September 17th.  They also own Evergreen Sharpening and are located south of Memphis (take HWY 15 to the first gravel, then 1.5 miles west).

At the Bushel Basket, the Zimmermans are busy producing honey and growing apples, peaches and strawberries.

The family started their fruit orchard five years ago and have eight varieties of apples including Ginger Gold, Crimson Gala, Honey Crisp, Cortland, Crimson Crisp, Sun Crisp, Gold Rush and Pink Lady.  The Honey Crisp apples have already completed their growing season.  They also have two varieties of peaches including Baby Gold and Red Haven.  This is the second year of apple production and the first year for peach production.  The past two years, the winters were too harsh for the peach blossoms which are not quite as hardy as the apples.

Additionally, the Zimmermans have added more strawberry plants to their gardens and hope to have enough production next spring to begin selling.

Another part of their apple production includes custom washing, polishing and pressing not only for themselves but for other apple growers as well.  Their delicious apple cider is sold in gallon and half-gallon jugs.

Another tasty treat found at the Bushel Basket is honey and can be purchased in a variety of sizes.  The Zimmermans currently have four hives in production as well as neighbors who add to their honey supply.

Honey harvesting takes place twice a year, in August and October.  A brood box is the nest where the queen bee lays up to 2,000 eggs per day.  There are anywhere from 20,000 to 70,000 bees per colony with only one queen bee.

Another interesting fact about these amazing little creatures is that one ounce of honey would provide one bee with enough energy to fly around the world.  Also, it takes twelve bees their entire lifetime to collect one teaspoon of honey; 556 bees a lifetime to collect one pound of honey from approximately two million blossoms!  With this in mind, it is easy to see where the term “busy bee” comes from!!

The Bushel Basket is not the only family business owned by the Zimmermans; they also have owned and operated Evergreen Sharpening for the past seven years.  They sell Echo brand chainsaws, new chains, and some accessories.  They also sharpen chainsaw chains, saw blades, drill bits, kitchen knives, pinking shears and sewing scissors.

Mr. Zimmerman works full-time at Raytec LLC here in Memphis, however during his busier harvest times, he works four days a week in order to spend more time with his fruit orchards and honey production.

Business hours are Monday, Friday and Saturday all day and “by chance” on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Downing House to Host ‘Evening at the Museum – Candlelit Tour of the Past’

The Downing House Museum Complex received a $2,000 grant from the US Bank Corporation for the purpose of “providing opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work”.  Rhonda Mathes and Beverly Shelley are pictured presenting the grant, on behalf of US Bank, to Rhonda McBee, museum volunteer.  The grant is being used to purchase props, supplies and costumes for the upcoming “Evening at the Museum – A Candlelit Tour of the Past”.

The Downing House Museum Complex received a $2,000 grant from the US Bank Corporation for the purpose of “providing opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work”. Rhonda Mathes and Beverly Shelley are pictured presenting the grant, on behalf of US Bank, to Rhonda McBee, museum volunteer. The grant is being used to purchase props, supplies and costumes for the upcoming “Evening at the Museum – A Candlelit Tour of the Past”.

The Downing House Museum Complex, as part of the Scotland County Historical Society, recently received a $2000 grant from the US Bank Corporation. US Bank’s guidelines for the grant specified that the grant should be used to provide opportunities to enhance the cultural and artistic lives of communities in which we live and work. With this in mind, the Downing House Museum applied for the grant in order to provide a new cultural activity for our community. The grant will enable the Museum to purchase props, supplies and costumes to host a fall event at the location at 311 South Main Street in Memphis, Missouri – “EVENING AT THE MUSEUM – A Candlelit Tour of the Past”.

Join us for a unique evening walking tour of the museum complex while enjoying narratives from the past provided by fascinating residents from the Downing House, the Memphis Depot, the carriage house, summer kitchen and the Boyer House. Residents will be portrayed by volunteers from the Memphis Community Players and will include such characters as Ella Ewing, William G. Downing, Tom Horn, a barber in the barbershop, a blacksmith working in the carriage house, the ticket master at the Memphis Depot, kitchen servants, Dr. Keethler, a one room country school teacher, and a Civil War soldier, They will tell stories from their lives while living in the buildings of the museum complex. You will learn little known facts and details that will open your eyes to our local history and the residents that have had an impact on our community. Candlelit tours will be offered on Friday and Saturday October 14th & 15th and will begin at 7:00 p.m. The tour will last approximately 75 to 90 minutes and are $5 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Memphis Theatre on October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2016 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. for $5 each or you may call the theatre during those times to reserve a ticket. The theatre phone number is (660) 465-2277.

Discover our local history, the mansion and buildings, and the architecture and artifacts that give the Downing House Museum Complex its distinctive character. It is a museum of Scotland County’s history with many stories to tell; tales of amazing local citizens complete with period furnishings and artifacts from our past. The Downing House was built in 1858 and was listed on the National Historic Register in 1979. It sits one block south of the town square on South Main Street in Memphis, Missouri.

Submitted by Rhonda McBee

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