August 14, 2003

Memphis City Council Approves First Price Increase For Water Since 1992

Back in 1992 a utility customer in the City of Memphis paid just $10.80 for 3,000 gallons of water. In 2003 that same customer paid just $10.80 for the same amount of water. But after more than a decade without a price increase the Memphis City Council voted 3-1 to raise water rates during the August 7 council meeting.

"Everything is going up in price but our water rates have not increased in 11 years so we ultimately are losing money," stated Alderman Ronnie Gardner.

Mayor Ron Alexander illustrated the issue by reading financial figures from the city's water department over the past four years. The department saw a positive balance of more than $250,000 quickly evaporate over the past four years dropping to $7,235.74 in the red in 2003.

"There's not been a rate increase since 1992," Alexander said. "Over that time all the costs of producing the water, chemicals, salaries for the water plant employees, these expenses have increased and we have not passed that on to the customers."

Gardner presented a report generated by Water Superintendent Dennis Howard representing municipal water rates charged by surrounding communities.

He highlighted Lancaster as a similarly sized community and pointed out the neighbor to the west charges $20.48 for 3,000 gallons of water compared to only $10.80 for the same amount of water paid by Memphis consumers.

Sewer rates also were equally disproportionate as Memphis customers paid $3.60 for 3,000 gallons compared to $8.50 in Lancaster.

Street Superintendent Roy Monroe added to the discussion noting that as a customer of rural water he pays more than $40.00 for 3,000 gallons of water each month.

Citizen Jim Nishida-Adams interjected a public comment into the discussion expressing his opinion that it was not a good reason to raise rates simply because neighboring providers were higher.

The council quickly answered this charge by consensus noting that the city water department is going in the hole under the current rates.

Mayor Alexander pointed out the city water plant is now running 24-hours a day to meet peak demand. Despite the increase in production the department has managed to cut back on expenses by reducing the manpower and not replacing employees lost to retirement.

But even with cost cutting measures an analysis from the city's engineering firm, Allstate Consultants indicated the firm believes it is time to begin passing on some of the added costs to the consumers.

A summary of the company's water rate analysis estimated the cost of producing one year's worth of water in 2003 was approximately $540,000. The estimate was calculated based on a cost of $3.94 to $3.97 per 1,000 gallons of water produced.

The analysis offered two separate scenarios for proposed rate increases for the city.

Scenario one suggested an increase to $7.41 for the minimum of 1,000 gallons charged to each customer. The proposal recommended an increase to $3.97 charged per every additional 1,000 gallons used that month. Sewer rates would go up to $3 for the minimum and $1.50 per each additional 1,000 gallons. The projected revenues under the scenario would be $275,500 from city water customers, $191,400 from the rural water district and $76,800 from sewer for a total expected revenue of $543,700, or basically the estimated break even point at last year's production costs.

Scenario two calls for a raise in the minimum water charge to $9 for $1,000 gallons and $4.17 for each 1,000 gallons beyond that. The same sewer rates would be used in both scenarios. The second option would generate an estimated $294,700 in revenue from city customers. The rural water district revenue would be unchanged as the rate charged to the rural water district for purchasing water from the city is determined by a contractually specified formula.

The second option ultimately would create an estimated revenue total of $562,900.

The report went on to stress that the city needs to be making annual deposits of roughly $100,000 from the water revenues into the city water department's Repair and Replacement (R&R) account to allow the city to maintain its water and sewer infrastructure. The analysis pinpointed the fact that under scenario one the city likely would not have any revenue beyond expenses to set aside for the R & R fund.

The council voted 3-1 to implement scenario two. The price increase will take the form of a city ordinance that will be read at the September city council meeting at which time the price increase will be implemented

Alderman Mike Stone, the lone no vote on the issue, indicated he was concerned about the effect raising costs would have on the elderly and those customers living on fixed incomes.

Mayor Alexander, while he expressed the obvious need to increase the rates, also voiced concern the impact of price increases would have on the bigger, commercial customers.

Under scenario two the average customer that uses more than 5,000 gallons will see their water bill increase by 44.5 percent. The hospital and care center, two of the city's biggest water customers also will see significant cost increases of more than 40 percent.

GERTRUDE BERTRAM DEEGAN (5/21/1914 – 5/21/2016)

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Gertrude Bertram Deegan, 102, of Las Vegas, NV, returned to her father in heaven at the Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas.

She was born May 21, 1914; the daughter of Ernest and Ruth (Short) Bertram at Rutledge, MO. Gertrude married Walter (Bud) Deegan in 1959. They enjoyed a wonderful married life until his passing in 2003.

She grew up in Rural Scotland County areas of Rutledge and Gorin. She graduated from Gorin High School in 1932. She attended Northeast Missouri Teachers College, now known as Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Gertrude spent the next eight years teaching in several rural schools around the area.

In 1941, Gertrude traveled to Longbeach, CA where she worked for an optical company and later was one of the first women to own her own company, Powers Optical Co. which she operated for the next 25 years. Gertrude was recognized in 1958 as The Women of the Year for the West Coast Eye Foundation.

After retirement, she moved to El Toro, CA. They lived there until her husband retired from employment in Orange County. They settled in Las Vegas, NV in 1991 where she kept busy with numerous activities.

She worked for Avis, Neptune Society, and was active in many social events in Sin City.

Gertrude was a member of the Colony Baptist Church while growing up in rural MO. She is a charter member of the Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas. She joined DAR at a young age and a member of the Eastern Star for 50 plus years. She was very active in church activities, clubs, and community work. Gertrude loved cooking (especially pies), entertaining, traveling, and being around friends and family. She had many wonderful times during her life, but coming back on the Amtrak train and attending her 80th class Alumni at Gorin in 2012 stood out as one of her favorites. She never forgot her rural roots and family back in Missouri.

She is survived by one sister-in-law, Rosie Fishback of Kirksville, several nephews and nieces; Chad York and wife Randi of Rutledge, MO; Ellen Sue Morris and husband Bill, Fenton, MO; Connie Scotti and Jim of Kimberling, MO; Pam Schmutzler and Monty of Jefferson City, MO; Kenny Mayfield and wife Nancy of Woodland, TX; Charlie Mayfield and Katherine of Colony, MO; Jan Hide and Dick of Kirksville, MO; and Terry Lynn Winters and Tom of Gilbert, AZ; and a host of friends and family. She had a special place in her heart for her friend Maria and friends at Las Ventanas in Las Vegas.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bud Deegan, her parents Ernie and Ruth Bertram, three brothers, Richard, Garland, and Gilvie Bertram, two sisters, Ann Lee York, Irene Mayfield, and one nephew Ronnie Mayfield.

 A life celebration service will be held at a later date in Las Vegas

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Judge Webber to Speak at 70th Annual Memorial Day Services

The 70th Annual Memorial Day Services will be held on the Scotland County Courthouse lawn on May 30th starting at 10 a.m.

The 70th Annual Memorial Day Services will be held on the Scotland County Courthouse lawn on May 30th starting at 10 a.m.

A familiar face will take the podium on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts its 70th annual Memorial Day Services on the Scotland County Courthouse lawn.

Judge E. Richard Webber will be the featured speaker for the event. Webber, the Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, traces his legal roots back to Scotland County. He served as the First Judicial Circuit Judge in Memphis from 1979 until 1995. On August 10, 1995 he was nominated by President Bill Clinton for the federal judge position. He assumed senior status with the district court in 2009.

Born in Kahoka, Webber, attended the University of Missouri and graduated from the Missouri School of Law in 1967, when he moved to Memphis and started work as the prosecuting attorney before ultimately becoming a judge.

VFW Post Commander Larry Curry and program chairman Donnie Middleton will open the 70th annual Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. Don Norton and Mike Stephenson will perform the placing of the wreath at the soldiers’ memorial. Bill Camp will lead the gathering in the pledge of allegiance and Les Richmond of Ignite Ministries will lead the invocation. The Scotland County school band will perform the National Anthem followed by a patriotic music selection by the Memphis Community Players.

Presiding First Circuit Judge Gary Dial will have the honor of introducing his friend and college, Dick Webber.

James Parker will perform Sleep Soldier Boy with the piano accompaniment of Connie Courtney prior to the benediction by Richmond.

The service will close with the traditional 21 gun salute by the VFW rifle squad with the playing of Taps by Melinda Briggs with echo provided by Chris Kempke.

In case of inclement weather, the services will be moved indoors

Chabert Returns Home to Open Electrical Evolution Contracting Service

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Customers of Scotland County’s newest electrical contractor may be shocked to learn they may have known the owner growing up. Electrical Evolution, LLC is open for business in Scotland County after owner Chris Chabert, returned home to northeast Missouri.

Chris and his wife Randi relocated to rural Memphis in April and the couple is excited about the opportunity to bring their electrical contracting services to the community.

Chris Chabert  grew up in Scotland County and attended SCR-I High School until his sophomore season when his family moved back to Louisiana.

After earning an electrical technician degree and spending the past 10 years working in the electrical field, Chabert decided it was time to return home to Scotland County and start his own business.

Electrical Evolution will offer residential, commercial and agricultural wiring services, electrical maintenance and troubleshooting. Chabert will provide installation and new construction for wiring systems in homes, businesses and on the farm.

“I have 10 years of experience, working on a variety of projects from malls and hospitals, to grain bins, boats and alarm systems,” he said. “Just about anything with wiring in it, I’ve worked on it.”

His work experience includes three phase, as well high and low voltage systems and even 12-volt operations.

The electrician said he is available to work on grain bins, rehabbing older homes’ electrical systems, upgrading lighting options, or designing and constructing power systems for new construction.

For more information on Electrical Evolution, contact the Chaberts at 660-945-3057 or 660-956-5863.

Toblers Receive Outstanding Advisors for 2016 at IHCC

Indian Hills Community College President Dr. Marlene Sprouse and Certified Executive Chef and IHCC Culinary Arts Program Director Gordon Rader present the award of 2016 IHCC Outstanding Adviisors to doctors Randy and Heliene Tobler.

Indian Hills Community College President Dr. Marlene Sprouse and Certified Executive Chef and IHCC Culinary Arts Program Director Gordon Rader present the award of 2016 IHCC Outstanding Adviisors to doctors Randy and Heliene Tobler.

Culinary arts will always have students as long as the Toblers are involved.”  Those were the words of Certified Executive Chef and Indian Hills Community College Culinary Arts Program Director, Gordon Rader, at the annual dinner honoring the College’s numerous Advisory Committees.  Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, IA, recently honored Drs. Randy and Heliene Tobler with the Outstanding Advisors for 2016.  During the presentation, IHCC President, Dr. Marlene Sprouse explained that professionals from the community serve on these advisory boards, which support Indian Hills Community College by helping to shape programs and ensure the relevance of course content and instruction.

In Chef Rader’s remarks, he mentioned the Toblers enthusiasm for his Culinary Arts program at Indian Hills and their financial contributions to the program and to individual students in the program needing help with tuition.  He announced the Toblers newly formed non-profit organization for culinary arts in Southeast Iowa and Northeast Missouri called The Midwest Ambassadors for the Culinary Arts, or MACA, which is composed of a group of very supportive health care professionals and educators who love to eat well and have a desire to support a very worthy profession.  The organization is geared to not only help the IHCC Culinary Arts Program grow but to recognize and support the growing interest in culinary arts in the region.

Chef Rader said, “Randy and Heliene have been instrumental in enriching my own life by sharing their deep regard for humanity with me through mirth and wisdom each time we connect.  They understand what we do here at Indian Hills and together with all of our advisors, faculty, staff and supporters, we CHANGE LIVES.”

Drs. Randy and Heliene Tobler live near Bible Grove, Missouri.  Dr. Randy Tobler is an OB/GYN and the CEO at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.  Dr. Heliene Tobler is a Holistic Nutritionist.  They have three grown children.  Together, they host the Healthy U Radio Show every Tuesday morning at 10:05 a.m. on KMEM-FM, 100.5, and they author a blog at Dr.Tobler.com. Dr. Randy hosts a Saturday morning political radio talk show out of St. Louis on 97.1 FM.

106 People Donate Blood At Memorial Drive

A total of 96 units of blood were collected by the Red Cross during the May 10th blood drive in Memphis at the First Baptist Church.

A total of 96 units of blood were collected by the Red Cross during the May 10th blood drive in Memphis at the First Baptist Church.

The Spring Red Cross blood drive held in memory of Stryker Anderson, who was born with a rare genetic blood disorder, was met with the greatest turnout we have seen in recent years with one-hundred-six people coming out to give blood.

Ninety-six units were collected during the May 10th blood drive with six first-time donors leading the way: Bobby Anderson, Esther Mae Good, Karla Martin, Faith Miller, Shannon Niffen and Mary E. Olson. May this begin a lifelong habit of giving to this lifesaving cause.

The following donors are recognized for reaching their respective goals: a one-gallon pin was awarded to Keegan Beard, a two-gallon pin was awarded to Abraham M. Zimmerman, three-gallon pins were awarded to Mary W. Good and Glenn Zimmerman, a four-gallon pin was awarded to Daniel Hite, Debbie Woods earned her seven-gallon pin, eight-gallon pins were awarded to Brent Bonderant, Priscilla J. Martin and David Zeiset, Jr., Ronnie Boyer earned his nine-gallon pin, Benjie Briggs was awarded her eleven-gallon pin, Richard Middleton earned a twelve-gallon pin and Larry Riney topped the list by earning his nineteen-gallon pin, which is quite an accomplishment.

Congratulations to Larry and all the others who are recognized for reaching their respective milestones in giving.

The Red Cross and local volunteers would also like to thank the community for their patience. With such a large turnout, some were required to endure waiting times far longer than normal.

We will continue to do all we can to make the process more efficient and reduce waiting time. The following local businesses and churches are recognized for their generous donations to this event: The Daisy Patch for supplying long-stem roses to all the donors, J’s Foods for supplying orange juice, The First Presbyterian Church of Memphis for a generous supply of homemade cookies, The First Baptist Church for supplying sandwiches and Pizza Hut for supplying personal pan pizzas to student donors.

Thank, you and God bless all those who came out to donate and all those who gave of their time to make this event possible. May Stryker’ s family remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Ruby Red Hats Meet in Memphis

The Rutledge Ruby Red Hats met May 16th at Keith’s Café.

Joann Rood and Marilyn Dunn were hostesses. Joann read some interesting readings and then lunch was served. Door prizes were drawn and given. There were eleven members and two visitors. Attending were, Virginia Hustead, Joyce Bass, Celina Erickson, Marjorie Peterson, Reva Hustead, Jewel Brown, Neta Phillips, Marlene Henry, Ruth Ludwick, Marlyn Camery, Joann Rood, and Marilyn Dunn. Next month’s meeting will be decided later.

Scotland County Area Moving On Program Will Meet May 31st

The Scotland County Area Moving On Program will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Methodist Church at 1:30 p.m.  Chris Tinkle will have a Special Program.  Everyone is asked to bring a photograph of yourself or family and refreshments will be served by Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri.

If you have suffered a loss, this program helps provide support through caring confidential visiting and fellowship with others that have lost love ones.  The group shares support and friendship with each other.  This is a monthly meeting with the time and meeting place decided on by those attending.

For more information or to arrange for a ride, please call Nelda Billups (328-6367), Laura Schenk (465-7363) and Chris Tinkle, program coordinator (465-7322).  Local sponsors of the program include The Daisy Patch, US Bank, Rose Hardware, Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis Funeral Home, Countryside Flowers, Community Bank of Memphis and Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri.

Wiggins Addresses Scotland County Republican Committee

The May meeting of the Scotland County Republican Central Committee was held May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the multi-purpose building located at 528 North Adams.

Duane Ebeling, chair, called the meeting to order.  There were 14 in attendance.

Several topics were discussed during the evening.  Jeremy Wiggins was on hand to give an update on his career in politics and what and who he is supporting this election season. Wiggins is an intern on the United States House Ways and Means Committee. This spring he interned in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, also working on State Senator Mike Parsons’ campaign for Lt. Governor. Last summer he interned for U.S. Congressman Jason Smith in Washington D.C. and during the spring of 2015 he worked with state representatives Elaine Gannon and Lyndall Fraker.

This fall Wiggins, a student at the University of Missouri, was elected a national delegate to the Republican National Convention for Donald J. Trump. Wiggins currently is a junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia, majoring in business administration. He is the grandson of Dr. Larry Wiggins and Pat Wiggins, both of Memphis.

Light refreshments were served and everyone enjoyed visiting after the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the same location.

Submitted by Sandra Ebeling, Secretary.

Pamela Blaine Approved for Jauflione Chapter DAR Membership

The Jauflione Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in the Presbyterian Hospitality Room. Meeting was opened in Ritualistic form by Regent, June Kice. Eleven members answered roll call by naming her Revolutionary War ancestor. Each told a bit about her Patriot.

In the absence of two officers, Angel Chance was appointed acting Secretary and Grace Brown acted as Chaplain.

Opening prayer and devotion was given by Grace Brown.

President General’s message was read by Celina Erickson. National Defense lesson was presented by Marlene Cowell. She also read a short story about “Red Jacket” for Indian minute. Verlee Dauma read a constitution minute.

Minutes of the April meeting were read by Angel Chance.

Treasurer Treva Wittstock gave the treasurer’s report

New business was opened by Treva making the motion we change the time of the May and September meetings to 5:00 o’clock to accommodate members who work. Verlee Dauma seconded and the motion carried.

Nominating committee report was give by chairman, Reta Stott. If June Kice accepts the Regency by default, Corresponding Secretary will have to be elected. Joan Kice was voted in as corresponding secretary. Grace moved we have a scrapbook committee of three. Treva seconded. Treva, Ann and Verlee agreed to accept. Treva will be historian as well as chairman of the committee. All members will help collect material.

All members attending enjoyed viewing the current scrapbook prepared by Rhonda Davis and June Kice.

Regent Kice reported plans are underway for the June 3 tour of the Indian Petroglyphs at Thousand Hills Park near Kirksville. Family members are invited to take part in our tours. We will carpool from June’s.

The memorial committee will purchase books for the Public Library as memorials for deceased members.

A beautiful memorial service was conducted by Grace Brown for departed members Mary Kay Miles, Irene Mayfield and Joan Cecil.

Registrar Verlee Dauma reported one new member’s application has been accepted by National and a second is awaiting approval.

Voting was unanimous for the three names for Children of the American Revolution (CAR) presented last month for consideration. Paper work will be done for Katie Miller, Anna Lee Eckman and Alexis Rose Eckman. The vote was also unanimous for Géorganna Madsen whose name was presented last month. Her paper work will be complete with a copy of her birth certificate, marriage certificate and husband’s birth certificate. Her sister is a Jauflione member.

We are happy to receive word from National that Pamela Blaine has been approved for membership. Welcome to our ranks Pamela.

Ann Jutte submitted three names to be considered for membership in Jauflione

Chapter, DAR. Voting will be done at the next meeting.

Program consisted of all attending sharing school memories. We all enjoyed this trip down memory lane.

Delicious refreshments were served by Celina Erickson. A pleasant social hour was enjoyed.

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