May 5, 2005

Rural Water, City Meet To Set the Record Straight on Recent Split

With city officials pointing the finger at rural water as the reason for a recent rise in the municipal water rates, the Consolidated Public Water Supply District #1 of Scotland County invited the Memphis City Council to an April 26th meeting to try to clear the air.

Mayor Mike Stone and Aldermen Ron Gardner and Lucas Remley met with the rural water board for a meeting, as described by board president Dorsey Swearingen, to set the record straight.

The water board presented a number of records dating back to early 2001 when the city and CPWSD#1 began discussing the future of the contract between the two entities which supplied water from the city to rural customers. The agreement, which was entered into back in 1979, was good through 2014. But the growing demand of the rural water district had begun to stress the citys water plant capacity.

In 2001 the two groups began investigating options to alleviate the problem. One option was the creation of a new city water plant. The other choice was for rural water to find a new source of water.

On March 28, 2001, attorney William Alberty sent a correspondence from rural water to the citys attorney John Slavin, requesting proposed water rates if the city were to build a new plant or expand the existing water source.

In June of 2001 Allstate Consultants, the citys engineer, presented a number of projections for a new city water plant. The engineers proposal projected a $3.3 million cost to build a new water plant. A variety of funding options, including a lease purchase, USDA Rural Development loans and grants, and a MDNR-SRF rural water loan/grant created a wide range of water cost projections ranging from $3.32 per 1,000 on the low end all the way up to $4.44 per 1,000 gallons. Those production projections called for the equal sharing of debt reduction between the city and the rural water district.

This information was passed on to the rural water board in July of 2001.

Faced with the specter of raising water costs for its customers from the then current rate of $2.56 per 1000 gallons as high as $4.44, the CPWSD#1 informed the council, via correspondence between the two parties attorneys, that the rural water district was going to consider pursuing different avenues for water supply for its customers.

Swearingen told the city representatives that the rural district had been more than willing to continue purchasing water from the city until it became cost prohibitive. This had become apparent to the board back in 2001.

Alderman Gardner questioned why the board members had not returned to the discussion table, as they had pledged to do following the two groups one face-to-face meeting in the spring of 2002.

CPWSD#1 board member Jamie Triplett told Gardner that several of the board members had attended a meeting that summer in Macon with state officials as well as then Mayor Ron Alexander and former city water superintendent Bob Ellicott.

Triplett and the other rural water reps told Gardner and the city reps that they had been led to believe at this meeting that the plan from Allstate Consultants was the lone option being pursued.

This is what we had to work with, Triplett said pointing to the citys engineers plans. What were we to do?

Swearingen reiterated the stance.

The bottom line was we gave Rathbun $2.10 per 1000 gallons and you were charging us $2.52 per thousand back then, Swearingen said. Based on Allstates proposal, the best we were looking at was $3.96 per thousand.

Gardner questioned why, if unsatisfied with the figures, didnt the board come back to the council and ask for a better deal.

Triplett and the rest of the board members that attended the Macon meeting all indicated that they were given the impression then that the citys offer was final.

It was presented to us by representatives of the city in a take it or leave it style, Triplett said. We assumed you all were aware of this and had agreed to it.

Gardner, Stone and Remley all indicated they were never in agreement with any proposal that would have chased the rural water customers away from the system and pointed out that they were unaware of the bulk of the negotiations.

Some of this stuff, Ive never seen before, Gardner stated as he reviewed the correspondence between the two parties attorneys as well as the engineering designs. The rest of it I saw for the first time this morning at city hall when I was trying to prepare for this meeting.

Ultimately both parties agreed that the lack of communication ultimately doomed any joint effort between the two entities and that it is now too late to change the outcome.

We had to protect our customers, said Bill Camp. We were working with the best available information as provided to us by city representatives.

Alderman Remley questioned if rural water could ever return to the city, pointing out that Rathbun rates ultimately would have to raise and also pointing out quality issues.

But Swearingen indicated that the CPWSD#1 had entered a 40-year contract to purchase water from Rathbun. He noted that at the Macon meeting, the rural board had extended an offer to the citys reps to allow them to enter the joint effort to connect with Rathbun to help maintain lower rates for the city customers.

Why would you want to cut your communitys throat? asked Alderman Remley.

Alderman Gardner also questioned why the city would want to go from water ranked in the highest 10 percent for quality to Lake Rathbun which he indicated was annually rated in the bottom 30 percent for water quality.

Triplett responded, comparing the issue to the citys power system. You can generate electricity, but you buy it cheaper from elsewhere. Dont you owe it to your customers to do the same thing for water?

Ultimately the rural board indicated it felt obligated to insure water service and also guarantee an affordable rate, both of which it believed it did by connecting to Lake Rathbun.

Might We Need To Change Our Inner Password?

I don’t know how to say what I’m about to say–what I want to say–to you at this very moment.  Believe me.  My (com)passion is charged and ready to express in deep meaning the value that I see in you and how much I believe that each is basically unaware of your own profound depth of wonder.

Mankind is stripped of its potential because Satan’s original work in the Garden divided us.  Oh, I don’t mean that such division is merely one against another.  No, I mean that we entered a zone where we are divided against ourselves.  We want to be effective; yet, find ourselves plagued with failing moments.  We desire to really be alive only to spend far too much time in dread of a day or an event or of a person.

This is why faith enters the picture.  It is a warrior against fear for fear still wants to be the Boss.  That’s what happened to Adam and Eve.  They simply became afraid….and many have never gotten over what we inherited from them.  Yet Jesus, at our rebirth, very much does reopen one’s potential and possibility in a whole new power display.

From Princess to Pauper, we are all the same; wanting to be more than we are and blinded to our own positive dynamic at any given moment.  Don’t misunderstand.  I’m not promoting rude self-centeredness.  But rather, I’m wishing to draw out an inner confidence embedded within us by the intentional design of the Holy Spirit of God.

Individuals do not grasp just how deeply wonderful they/you are.  Thus, we perpetually thirst for something more without realizing we are currently and valuably very much, very sharp, very effective, and very meaningful.  This is not to brush against one’s ego; but rather, to dip into His Supply.  So how do we reverse this mistaken daily tendency of missing His glory within our very own interior?

Realize that we are all the same.  When I was entering the sales world as a 20-something, before I seriously entered into ministry, I was highly intimidated by any of slightest power.  How many times I heard from my colleagues, Hey, they all put their pants on one leg at a time.  But this didn’t help… and I failed.

When I eventually entered into ministry, I was plagued by the very identical insecurity.  This is a part of the reason that it wasn’t until my senior segment of Preaching School that I was sent out into area churches to preach (while all other students began such an experience in their sophomore term).  I. Couldn’t.  Do.  It.

I was scared.  Fear drove my every day.  But little by little, I gained confidence in Him.  I never gained confidence in myself (to this day).  Yet, the key was increasing in assurance of His absolute presence and His productivity.  I actually began to believe; to trust God.  Count.  Me.  In.

My burden for you is that I believe that every person on earth battles insecurities galore.  This, then, carries an inner defense mechanism within our thinking that goes unchecked.  We refuse to learn new ways for we are protecting what little security we dare think we possess.  We take the talent He gives us and we hide it. We hoard it for fear that it, too, will diminish.

Often we balk at the very idea of just trying.  This very practice reduces blessings for those in your path as well as your own potential ones for you would rather play life safe.  There is nothing safe about this for it is robbing you of the real you.  This is your personal Thief.

Whether you are my friend or are my foe, I cheer you on.  Dare to open up your heart to your dreams and imaginations.  Quit playing it safe.  Refuse to hide within your manageable schedules and controlled talents.  Explore.  Dream. Imagine.

And then…. dare to step out of your comfort zone and into His.  Nothing in life has us trapped by enemy pursuants but what God cannot part your Red Sea and provide a way of escape into the unknown wonder of your very own Promised Land!

Change your inner password from I’MAFRAIDI’LLFAIL to GODLET’SGOFORTHEVICTORY.

SCAPP to Host Celebrity Showmanship Event at 2017 Fair

The Scotland County After-Prom Parents are teaming up with the 2017 Scotland County Fair to bring some new entertainment to the summer event while helping raise money for the 2018 SCR-I after-prom party.

The group will host the Celebrity Showmanship contest at the fair on Wednesday, July 12th at 6 p.m.

Nominations are being accepted for any “celebrity” to show in special swine, goat, sheep and chicken shows at the fair that evening.

Cost is $20 to nominate a celebrity, which can include students, athletes, business owners, community members, church family, or just about anyone the nominator would like to see participate in the show.

A winner will be chosen for each livestock category, earning a special prize as well as the right to advance to the round robin show, where the top four participants will compete against one another in showing all four types of livestock to produce a grand champion.

To nominate participants, contact Dawn Triplett (660-341-0233), Melissa Anders (660-341-8969, or Tonya Harrison (660-341-1322. Nominee forms will also  be available at the Memphis Democrat.

The event is being sponsored by the SCR-I class of 2019 Scotland County After-Prom Parents.

Gilliam Family Illusions, United FMX FreeStyle Stunt Team to Perform at 2017 SC Fair

Members of the Gilliam family are pictured here performing their acts of illusion. They will perform at this year’s Scotland County Fair on Tuesday evening, July 11th at 6:00 p.m.

Gilliam Family Illusions will open Tuesday evening’s grandstand entertainment at this year’s Scotland County Fair on July 11th starting at 6:00 p.m.

Gilliam Family Illusions is a show involving their entire family.  They offer a fast-paced, contemporary presentation for audiences of today.  Energy level is kept high with the use of a lot of music.  But the most important aspect of the show is they share the message of the Gospel in a way the audience will understand and remember!

The evening’s entertainment won’t stop there.  Terry Russell with United FMX FreeStyle Stunt Team will perform at 8:00 p.m.

Terry Russell with United FMX FreeStyle Stunt Team will the entertain grandstand crowd at this year’s Scotland County Fair. His show begins at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 11th.

United FMX is a faith based freestyle motocross team that features experienced riders and a complete ramp-to-ramp setup.  They ensure a family-friendly, exciting, action sports exhibition.

Terry Russell, born in 1979, calls Jefferson City his hometown.  He started riding at the age of five.

Terry will host a meet and greet immediately following his show.

Missouri Street to be Resurfaced This Summer

Missouri Street in Memphis is set to get a nearly $85,000 facelift this summer after the Memphis City Council approved a bid from W. L. Miller Company of Hamilton, IL to resurface the city street.

The contract calls for roughly 58,000 square feet of asphalt to be installed by the contractor to create a new two-inch thick driving surface. W.L. Miller Company will also performing milling at all crossroads, along concrete curbing as well as driveways that will be impacted by the new road surface.

The work, which is scheduled to be done later this summer, will run from the Main Street intersection west to the end of the street, approximately eight city blocks. The project comes on the heels of last year’s municipal project installing new water lines along the same route. With the new lines in place, which should eliminate the need for disturbing the road for underground repairs, the city elected to pursue the better driving surface, a practice that has been followed on several other streets in the past decade.

City Superintendent Roy Monroe noted that the project will also including paving of the south parking lot at the Memphis Swimming Pool, which is located north off of Missouri Street. The paving was initially measured at 41×60 for the lot.

NEMO Open Livestock Show Schedule at 2017  Scotland County Fair

The Northeast MO Open Shows takes place Saturday, July 8, 2017 during the Scotland County Fair in Memphis, MO.

Following is the day’s agenda:

Pig Show: Check-in from 7:00-9:00 a.m.  Showtime is at 10:00 a.m.  The entry fee is $10.00 per head.  Purebred animals must show all breed characteristics.  The show includes Market and Breeding classes and is open to all ages.  Contact for the Pig Show is Chris Montgomery (660-342-7979).

Market Lambs and Breeding Goat Show:  Check-in from 10:00 a.m.-Noon.  Showtime is at 2:00 p.m.  The entry fee is $10.00 per head.  Market classes broke by weight and Breeding classes broke by age.  Health papers are required and the show is open to all ages.  Contact for the Market Lambs and Breeding Goat Show is Joanie Baker (660-216-4645).

Cattle Show: Check-in from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Showtime is at 6:00 p.m.  The entry fee for an out of county exhibitor is $25 and for in county exhibitors the fee is $10 per head.  Heifers will be shown by breed and age.  Steers will be shown by weight.

Champion Steer – $350.00, Champion Heifer – $200.00, Reserve Champion Steer – $150.00, Reserve Champion Heifer – $100.00.  The Cattle Show is open to all ages and contact person is Curtis Mallett (660-341-6297).

Gorin Go-Getters 4-H Club Hosts June Meeting

by Sadie Davis

Vice President Morgan Blessing called the June meeting of the Gorin Go-Getters to order on June 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gorin Christian Church. Pledges were led by Dawson Crane & Tracy Huber. Secretary Lauren Triplett called roll by asking each member what their summer vacation plans were. Lauren also gave the minutes of the last meeting. Advisor Joanie Baker gave the Treasurer’s Report, announcing that the club had a current balance of $3,468.22. Council Representatives Kaitlyn Talbert and Shelby Troutman gave the Council Report.

The Financial Committee reported that working at the Boyer wedding resulted in donations from the Boyer family. Layla Baker reported that she had attended and enjoyed the Goat Camp.

Heidi Triplett announced that she had Club T-Shirts for members to buy. Joanie Baker asked that participants in the Super Farmer Contest tell her their t-shirt size. The club discussed the silent auction for the fair and Joanie informed the club that proceeds will go to the Salary account. Joanie passed around a sign-up sheet and asked members to sign up to work at the fair in either the Art Hall, Pepsi Wagon, or trash pick-up.

Joanie asked that members check their meeting attendance because they must have attended six meetings to show or sell at the fair. She also reminded members that SMQA requirements must be met to show or sell at the fair. Fair Clean-Up Day is June 24 and members must report by 10:00 a.m. to be counted for lunch. Wristbands for exhibitors are $15.00 at the Extension Office. NEMO Fair entries are due June 30 and you must have the leader’s signature. State Fair entries are due June 30 as well.

The next club meeting is July 3 at 5:30. Refreshments will be provided by the Jamie Triplett family and Jessica Huff will be giving a demonstration. The Azen Jolly Timers July meeting is on July 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds. July 8 are the Scotland County Open Livestock Shows. July 9-16 is the Scotland County Fair. The Gorin Go-Getters’ Art Hall slot is from 10:00-10:45 a.m.

After the meeting was adjourned, the club enjoyed popsicles provided by the Tara Huber family.

City Of Memphis Participates in Regional Cybersecurity Workshop

COLUMBIA, MO  –  The City of Memphis municipal utilities services participated in a regional Improving Cybersecurity Workshop and Cyber Mutual Assistance Orientation, held by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA).

Memphis Utilities Superintendent Stacy Alexander attended the June 9 workshop in Columbia, among 42 representatives attending from 24 Alliance-member cities and utilities. The workshop was one of 14 regional cybersecurity workshops nationwide, sponsored by the American Public Power Association (APPA) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

“The workshop was filled with information about very real threats and concerns,” said Duncan Kincheloe, President and General Manager of the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. “Participants left with issues to consider for timely action in their local systems, or to discuss with other community leaders.”

Participants in the workshop joined in exercises and discussions to strengthen security of utility computer systems and critical infrastructure. Information was shared to help participants evaluate cyber threats and response measures, and discuss cyber resiliency and physical solutions, including advanced controls.

The second part of the workshop was an orientation to a Cyber Mutual Assistance program created by Homeland Security’s Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). Mutual assistance, used by utilities to recover more quickly from natural disasters, can also be used to address cyber threats for utilities of all sizes.

The city is considering joining MPUA’s member municipal utilities participating in MPUA’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Overseen by N-Dimension Solutions, the service would provide continuous monitoring for intrusion detection and alerts, and security management to help identify areas of concern. The program also provides guidance to reduce vulnerabilities, and action steps to shut down threats and reduce damage in the event of a threat event.

The Missouri Public Utility Alliance is a multi-state association of more than 110 city-owned electric, water, gas, wastewater, and broadband utilities in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and Kansas. MPUA provides support to its members in the areas of electric and natural gas supply, water and wastewater compliance, mutual aid disaster assistance, financing, safety training, and utility operations. MPUA also advocates on behalf of municipalities on utility issues at the national and state levels.

Grant Funding Helping to Enhance Memphis Recycling Program

Another round of grant funding from the Northeast Missouri Solid Waste Management District is helping enhance the City of Memphis’s recycling program. Earlier this month the city council approved a contract with Memphis Lumber for the construction of a new 20×28 post frame building and a 18×53 lean-to to be added to the existing recycling facility, located at the intersections of Hamilton, Monroe and Strong streets on the southwest edge of Memphis.

Once the new building is completed it will house the municipal recycling collection center, which has temporarily been located in the old state shed at the intersections of Highway 15 and 136.

The project cost is $12,790. The city will install cement flooring as part of the matching fund requirements of the grant.

The solid waste management district funding, which is made possible through landfill fees, also allowed the city to upgrade the systems baler, a a price tag of just shy of $25,000.

City Superintendent Roy Monroe said the improvements will help make the program much more efficient. The baler upgrade features a higher capacity hopper  which will make the process much less time consuming. The lean-to will add additional storage space for the recycled items, which offer a higher price when shipped in larger volume, while also helping lower transportation costs.

Monroe added that the new drop off point should be more user friendly as well while also being located at the recycling center, further reducing collection times for the city employees as well as transportation costs.

Work is expected to begin this week to install the floor at the lean-to that was constructed last week. The new collection building has not been completed yet. Monroe stated that once it is done, the floor is installed and the collection bins are installed, the city will close down the former collection site and notify the public of the changeover.

Annual Woods Reunion Held Sunday June 18th

With fifty-seven family members and friends gathered at the Grand Hall in Memphis, Sunday, June 18th for the Woods family reunion.  Fried chicken was furnished for all attending, as was a beautiful layered cake honoring all fathers there – it was also Father’s Day – and others brought salads, desserts, and veggies.  Lucille Woods Cossel asked the blessing prior to eating.

Randy and Charles Woods were in charge of reunion arrangements, with many pitching in to help.  Bonnie Woods Schultz gave a number of “mug rugs” to adults and to the children she had magnetic gifts.

An added area of interest was the display of family fact sheets and pictures display.  Randy and Bonnie were mostly responsible for these displays.  More pictures are desired for next year’s reunion.

Alison Woods Widmer from Aurora, CO, came farthest and Avery Rimer from Edina, MO was the youngest attending.  Ivan and Virginia Woods claim the honor of being the oldest!

Attendees were Alison Widmer Aurora, CO; Andrea Krog, Clarence; Johnny Morrison, Alexandria; Nancy and Joe Plowman, Cassie Plowman, Scott Shively, Bloomfield, IA; Darla and Leon Steenblock, and Darrel Cossel, Des Moines, IA; Dianna Rempp, Lucille Cossel, Tessa Islander, Ali Jo Islander, Reasnor, IA; Golda Seybold, Vicki Shear, Don McClean; Alicia, Will, and Adrian Gore, Quincy, IL; Hollis Woods, Keokuk, IA; Junior Woods, Ottumwa, IA; Sean and Clarinda Woods, Lone Jack, MS; Dale and Christine Heaton, Richard and Samantha Heaton, Unionville, MO; Bonnie Schultz, Kirksville; Lowell and Darlene Woods, Baring, MO; Dean Woods, Melvin Lee, Sarah, Jaxon, and Avery Rimer, Edina; Jennifer Woods, Downing; Jim and Kim Woods, Arbela; Jon, Sam, and Shannon Rader; P.T. and Diana Woods, Novinger; Chas. Woods, Jannet Graham, Ivan and Virginia Woods, Kevin, Debbie, Matthew Woods, Buzz, Faith Ann, Merit, and Halle Miller, Pam Mallett, Randy Woods, Karen Shippen, all from Memphis.

Submitted by Virginia Woods

Wright Graduates from MSU

SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State University conferred 2,651 degrees to students at its 2017 spring commencement May 19 at JQH Arena.

A total of 1,995 bachelor’s degrees, 554 master’s degrees, 93 doctorate degrees and nine specialist degrees were conferred.

Shaye Wright of Memphis, Missouri, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

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