April 17, 2003

Council Votes To Stick With Waste Corporation For City Trash Service

Three separate companies converged on the Memphis City Council meeting April 10 with the hopes of earning the right to take out the trash.

Waste Corporation, Salt River Refuse and Superior all submitted bids for consideration for the city's trash collection contract.

Waste Corporation bid $8 as the residential rate with a $1 senior citizen discount and a $10 commercial rate. Salt River had a bid of $8.75 for residential, $7.75 for seniors and $14 for commercial.

Superior placed a tiered bid for the three-year contract period. The residential rate was $7.65 in year one, $7.88 the second year and $8.12 the final year. The senior rates were $6.85, $7 and $7.10 over the three years. The commercial rate was set at $13.50 for the length of the contract.

The three companies also submitted a variety of bids on a number of special container sizes. Superior and Salt River had the lower prices on the dumpster rates with Superior having the best rate for the larger six-yard containers. Waste Corporation prices ranged from $36 for a 1.5 yard container to $244 for the biggest dumpster a six yard by four yard container. Salt River prices ranged from $32 to $230 while Superior offered prices between $21 and $150 for the same pieces.

Each of the three bidding companies had a representative present for the bid presentations. The Superior rep indicated his company offers unvaried equipment and trucks as well as uniformed workers. The service would be provided two days a week for residential and five days a week for commercial.

Salt River Refuse had the highest bid of the three providers but the company representative asked the council to table the issue to allow the city an opportunity to check the references provided with the bid. "I'd ask the council to wait a month and use the time to check with these other towns," he said. "I believe they're going to tell you we do a pretty good job. You may find that 17 cents a week is well worth it."

Bill Kiddoo spoke on behalf of Waste Corporation, the current city trash collection provider. He noted the company's track record and pointed out the fact that many of the employees live in the community. Waste Corporation also is active in the community supporting numerous causes with financial donations.

Alderman Mike Stone excused himself from the discussion as a former employee of Waste Corporation.

After reviewing the three bids Alderman Ron Gardner made the motion to remain with the current service provider, Waste Corporation.

"I have not received any citizen complaints on their service and as a matter of fact have heard several compliments," Gardner stated. "Why would you want to change? The bid numbers are all pretty close. Maybe we would want to consider a change if the bids were significantly lower. But right now we need to consider this as an employment issue as well as there are not a whole lot of companies lining up to come to Memphis and offer jobs."

The council quickly moved following the motion to renew the city's trash collection contract with Waste Corporation by a 3-0 vote.


The council reviewed three items that were advertised for bid. No bids were received for the sale of the excess police car. A bid of $20 was received and accepted for the sale of an old photo copier from the police department.

C & C Contracting was awarded the bid for work on the roof of the water plant. The job will include cleaning and removing old roof surfaces, installation of insulation board, and installation of a new rubberized roof surface with a 15-year guarantee. The job price will be $9,156.

Street Closings

Two citizens were present to discuss street issues with the city council.

The first issue was a request to have the east end of Turner Street officially closed. The west end had been closed several years ago and the property owner on the east end was requesting her side of the street be officially closed to so she could reclaim the ground for upkeep purposes.

The council reviewed the area and determined there was no utility access required and noted the move would not land lock any adjoining property owners. After discussing the issue the council asked the property owner to return with written permission from the adjoining landowners so the issue could be considered at the May meeting.

Another property owner requested the city perform some maintenance work on an "alley" behind his property. City policy is that alley maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner.

After discussing the issue the particular "alley" in question between Adams and Johnson streets was determined to be a street, which had never been developed by the city.

The council agreed that the city would haul the rock and install it if the property owner would purchase the materials.

Liquor License

The council voted 4-0 to approve a liquor license for the Pamida store in Memphis.

Department Reports

Superintendent Mike Ahland reported meeting with a representative from MoPEP. He indicated the city likely will be increasing its power generation services even further this summer after a rather busy winter.

Marshall Steve Snodgrass provided the March numbers for the Memphis Police Department. Officers made 55 traffic stops, investigated four accidents and made one DWI arrest. The department investigated one peace disturbance, assisted on four ambulance/hospital runs worked 17 animal control calls and provided 20 community security checks.

The water department has completed the installation of the new supply line at the south fire station building. Superintendent Dennis Howard also announced the department will be selling a number of old riding lawn mowers that had previously been used for upkeep at the cemetery before a private service was hired.

Line crew superintendent Dave Kittle asked the council to approve ground work on the right-of-way for the power access to the city service. The city had spent $1,000 for Northeast Power to maintain the area and had spent a similar amount itself the following year to try to bring the area under control with chemicals. Kittle said a bulldozer could make the area much more manageable, allowing the city to maintain the area or hire it done at a competitive rate. The council voted 4-0 to seek bids for the project.

Street Superintendent Roy Monroe reported the parks as well as the campgrounds at the lake are open. The crews installed siding on the front of city hall and planted trees in addition to doing a controlled burn at Lake Show-Me. Monroe discussed the possibility of installing a containment around the city's oil tank. The issue will be followed up at the next meeting.

Alderman Reports

Alderman Stone reminded citizens to call his phone line at 465-2216 to voice their thoughts. Stone is working with the little league organization and stated he would work as a go between to make sure the parks are kept up over the summer.

Alderman Gardner stated he received a complaint regarding vehicle noise on Highway 15 on the hill near the Highway 136 intersection.

Alderman Teresa Skinner thanked the city crews for putting up the U.S. flags around the square.

Mayor's Report

Mayor Ron Alexander reported the city had finally received the signed paperwork back from the state for the city's grant for a new swimming pool. The grant will provide $170,000 toward the project that Alexander estimated would cost between $360,000 and $400,000. He also reported that a $5,000 grant had been approved by the solid waste management district to provide park benches and tables to be built out of recycled materials.

Alexander encouraged the council members to attend the annual meeting of the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission to be held in Memphis at the RPC office on April 23.

Due to a scheduling conflict Alexander asked that the June city council meeting be rescheduled for Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. The motion was approved by a 4-0 vote.

Memphis Man Killed in Crash Near Arbela

A Memphis man was killed and another seriously injured in a two vehicle accident over the weekend in rural Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Harley D. Stone, 24, of Memphis was killed when the 2015 Polaris Can Am all-terrain vehicle he was driving collided with a pickup truck on a hill crest on County Road 456 west of Arbela.

The Stone vehicle was eastbound when it crested the hill and met at the center of the road a westbound 2001 Dodge truck driven by Christopher M. Chabert, 29, of Memphis.

Stone and a passenger in his vehicle, Jacob A. Blessing, 21, of Memphis both were ejected from the ATV. Stone was pronounced deceased at the scene at 4:40 a.m. by Scotland County Coroner Dr. Jeff Davis. Blessing sustained serious injuries in the crash. He was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

Chabert was not injured in the crash, which occurred at 4:00 a.m. on May 20th. Chabert was ticketed for driving while intoxicated.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by Scotland County Fire and Rescue, Scotland County Ambulance and Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

SCR-I Band to Make ‘Long March’ to Washington DC to Take Part in National Memorial Day Parade

As residents of a rural school district, Scotland County R-I students are used to long bus rides. However on Thursday, some three dozen SCR-I musicians will be boarding a bus for a trip that will exceed their bus mileage for the year, just one-way.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 24th the Scotland County R-I band, along with support staff, boosters and chaperones will be boarding a charter bus departing the SCR-I high school parking lot bound for Washington D.C. The public is invited to line the road to show the band support on its departure.

“Last minute preparations are well underway as the Marching Tigers are putting on the finishing touches on their performance,” said band Director Nathanial Orr. “You may even hear the band marching around town.”

The trip to the nation’s capital is more than 900 miles, with the group expecting to arrive on the East Coast  in time for lunch on Friday.

After the meal with tour manager Barbara Longnecker at Union Station, the group will take a tour of the U.S. Capitol before enjoying dinner at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant. That evening the group will be treated to a parade at the Marine Barracks featuring the US Marine Band in full dress uniform.

Saturday will feature a full day of tours including stops at Lafayette Square, the White House and the National Archives Building, home of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

After lunch they will visit Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated before touring Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The evening will conclude with tours of the US Air Force and Pentagon 9/11 Memorials, as well as the Jefferson, FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials.

The nation’s history will be on display again on Sunday as tour members will visit the Lincoln, and Vietnam and Korean War memorials as well as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum before spending the afternoon at the Smithsonian Institution’s museums. The evening will be capped off at the National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the Capitol. The event will broadcast live on PBS.

Finally on Monday, the band members will get to work, participating in the National Memorial Day Parade.

“The band will be performing ‘Colonel Bogey March,’ a tune featured in ‘Bridge over a River Kwai’,” said Orr. “The color guard will be wearing homemade uniforms representing a different branch of the armed services.  Each member of the guard has a connection as parts of the uniform they will be wearing are from the uniform of their family members.”

Orr said the parade will be televised on the Armed Forces Network as well as streamed on YouTube.com, Military.com or NationalMemorialDayParade.com.

“Due to time constraints and commercial breaks, there is no guarantee that SCR-I will be televised,” he said.

Later that evening, the group will visit the World War II Memorial and place a Scotland County High School wreath at the base of the Missouri state marker.

Tuesday, day 6 of the event, will feature a trip to Mount Vernon, before boarding the tour bus at 2 p.m. for the return trip to Memphis. The group is expected to arrive back home Wednesday, May 30th around 9 a.m.

The trip has been made possible through the hard work of the band students and boosters as well as the generous contributions of local supporters. Work began last May after word was received the band had received the honor of participating in the national event. Numerous fundraisers were held over the next 12 months to fully fund the more than $1,000 price tag per band member for the trip.

Larry Gieseke to Address 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services

Larry Gieseke will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Floyd C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sonny Smyser of the Lancaster Church of Faith  will lead the invocation prior to the performance of the National Anthem by the Memphis Community Players, who will also provide additional patriotic music for the service.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following Gieseke’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy.

Following the benediction by Smyser, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Fifty-Seven Units of Blood Donated at Spring Blood Drive

The spring community blood drive held on May 8th at the First Baptist Church of Memphis resulted in the donation of fifty-seven units of blood to the American Red Cross. We would like to thank all those who took time out of their busy day to come and donate.

Of the sixty-seven people who came out to donate, five were first-time donors: Laura Carr, Reilly Shoemaker, Luke Triplett, Matthew Woods and Mark Zeiset. May this mark the beginning of a lifelong habit of helping others through this life-saving gift.

The following donors are recognized for reaching their respective donation goals: a one-gallon pin was awarded to Harley D. Saulmon and a two-gallon pin, to Mike M. Blain. Carol McCabe earned a five-gallon pin, Sara Frederick earned a seven-gallon pin, and Bruce Childress was awarded an eight-gallon pin. David M. Ahland earned his fourteen-gallon pin. Way to go, Mike! But, the greatest achievement goes to Larry Riney who has reached 20 gallons, which is equivalent to 160 units of blood. This is the average total amount collected from two of our community blood drives. Thanks, Larry, you are an encouragement to us all and remind us that even one committed person can really make a big difference. Let’s be encouraged by their commitment, knowing that we, too, can make a difference, Congratulations to all these who have reached their respective goals and to all first-time donors. Your much-needed donations are greatly appreciated.

Special thanks are in order to Lighthouse of Faith for their generous supply of homemade cookies, to Community Bank for providing sandwiches, to Pizza Hut for donating free pizzas to student donors and to J’s Food for providing orange juice to all donors. And a very special thank you to all the local Red Cross volunteers for making this event possible by serving food and drinks to donors and providing comfort and support to both the Red Cross workers and all who give. God Bless!


Mandi and Chris Cicero, along with sisters, Kara and Alexis, would like to announce the birth of Christina Violet Cicero, born May 2, 2018 at Capital Region Medical Center.  She was born at 3:19 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and was 21 ½ inches long.  She is the granddaughter of Wayne and Terri Bulen, Stephanie Cicero, and Kelly Wiles.


Kira Stark of Kahoka and Dante Davis of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Trevon Land Buckner-Davis, born May 12, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Trevon weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Dede Segovia of Kahoka; Steven Stark of Kahoka; Carissa Smith of Keokuk, IA; and Rick Davis of Keokuk, IA.


Justin and Diana Hill of Bloomfield, IA are the parents of a son, Maverick Gabriel Hill, born May 5, 2018 at 8:06 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Maverick weighed 7 lbs 14.8 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Grandparents are Monty and Isle Hill of Bloomfield, IA; Jim and Linda Snowbarger or Marshalltown, IA; and Thomas Upton of Mediapolis, IA.


Bruce and Kendra Small of Memphis are the parents of a son, Abel Forrest Lee small, born May 11, 2018 at 2:36 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Abel weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 19 inches long. He is welcomed home by siblings, Mason and Vancel. Grandparents are Bobby and Shelley Small of Memphis; Jodi Heatherly of Memphis; and Kenneth Westfall of Perry, IL. Great-grandmother is Linda Baker of Memphis.

Scotland County Genealogy Society Hosts May Meeting

Terry Arnold vice- president of the Scotland County Genealogy Society called the May 14th meeting to order with 10 members present.

June Kice gave the treasurer’s report.

Old business: Terry Arnold reported on work days.

New business: Bonnie Hayes reported the group’s copy machine will need replaced.

The book sale was discussed for Antique Fair days and the cookie sale will be held again at the Antique Fair, on Saturday as in the past.

A work day was scheduled for Tuesday, June 12th.

June Kice gave a program on the history of Mother’s Day, which was started in the 19th Century before the Civil War by Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virg1na to teach local women to care for their children. Later, others honored Friendship Day, when mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.

Suffragette and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe wrote a Mother’s Day proclamation promoting world peace The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900’s as the result of Anna Jarvis as a way of honoring sacrifices of mothers for their children.

President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Terry Arnold closed the meeting.

Refreshments were served by Twyla Stevenson and Marlene Cowell.

Connie Bratton, Secretary

Register Now for SC Tiger Cub Summer Football Camp

Scotland County Tiger Cub Summer Football Camp 2018 will be held July 17, 18 and 19 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

Kids entering fourth, fifth of sixth grade who are interested in playing football are encouraged to attend.

Coaches Kirk Stott, Nic Hatfield, Matt Buford, Travis Stott, William Parsons, Josh McSparren, and Curt Triplett will work with camp participants on fundamentals of the sport.

Registration forms, camp fee, complete with t-shirt size and parent/guardian signature must be returned to Coach Stott at the High School Office by Thursday, May 31, 2018.

This camp is used to learn basic fundamentals of the Scotland County Tiger football program.

Payment of $20.00 must accompany the entry form. Make checks out to Tiger Cub Football.

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