March 9, 2006

Council Approves Airport Agreement At March Meeting

Sign on the dotted line that was the message the Memphis City Council gave at the March 2nd meeting when the board of aldermen approved a number of contracts and agreements.

The council voted 3-0 to award the 2006 hay services contract to Randy Mauck. The city received five bids for the service. Maucks bid of $8.15 per bale was the highest. Jackson Farms, the former service provider, bid $7.00 per bale. Other bids were received from David Beckley ($6 per bale), Richard Frederick ($4.75 per bale) and Brian Kraus ($4 per bale).

Voting for the motion were Aldermen Ron Gardner, Teresa Skinner and William Reckenberg. Alderman Lucas Remley was not present for the meeting.

The council also entered a contract with Craig Plumbing and Heating for the purchase and installation of a new furnace for the Memphis Fire Station. Bids were received from Craig Plumbing and Heating and Simpson Plumbing and Heating.

Airport

Bill No. 06-2 was presented and read for approval. The ordinance authorizes an agreement between the city and the engineering firm of Crawford, Murphy and Tilly for consulting services for the development of Briggs-Smith Memorial Airport.

Rehab Buildings

Richard Harper from the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission met with the council seeking approval for round two of the Community Development Block Grant project rehabilitating housing in Memphis. Harper presented bids for rehab work on six properties located a few blocks east of the city square.

The council approved the rehabilitation bids to allow the project to move forward.

HUD Funds

Pam Glasgow from the Memphis Housing Authority, met with the council regarding capital improvement grant funds available through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The parties agreed the money would be used for concrete street replacement, sidewalk repairs and upgrades or replacement of water lines among other items. Glasgow indicated that the funding could be requested through year 2009.

Planning and Zoning

A public hearing was held prior to the council meeting regarding a request for a building permit variance.

Jeff Cline had previously requested a variance from city code to allow construction at his property on South Knott Street that would not meet the requirement of 10-feet or more of side yard.

No public testimony was offered in opposition to the request.

The council voted 3-0 to grant the variance.

Robert Owings met with the council in regards to a complaint he raised at the February council meeting. Owings had asked the city to remedy excessive water run off into his garage. He indicated the problem was caused by recent improvements made at an adjoining property. Street Superintendent Roy Monroe met with the local property owners to discuss the issue.

City Attorney David Peppard noted that the matter was a civil issue that would have to be worked out between the property owners.

Two building permits were presented to the council and approved by a 3-0 vote. Permits were approved for Larry Remley and for the Memphis Housing Authority.

Budget Transfer

The council voted 3-0 to transfer $26,000 from the Industrial Development Fund to the Swimming Pool Fund. The money had been pledged in 2001 as part of the grant application to secure state and federal funding for the new pool project.

Rental Property

The city superintendents presented several bids for proposed repairs and improvements for the citys industrial development site located across from Hopkins Lumber. The building is currently being leased to Miller Manufacturing.

Superintendent Dave Kittle gave an estimate of $450 in cost for electrical repairs to the site. Superintendent Monroe estimated costs at $2,000 for new overhead doors and new outside steps. The council indicated the steps at the rear of the building needed to be repaired as soon as possible. The water department indicated it would cost roughly $500 to make requested repairs for water and sewer service.

Department Reports

Kittle reported the line crew had been busy in February trimming trees and performing equipment maintenance. He stated the wire for the new building at All States had been prepared and noted that work was completed for electrical service at the new Head Start facility.

Superintendent Mike Ahland reported the electric plant crew had assisted the street department in February and also had begun work preparing the city parks for the year.

Monroe told the council that the proposed gazebo for the swimming pool park could be purchased at a lower cost simply by buying materials as opposed to a pre-cut kit. He suggested splitting the materials orders between the two lumberyards.

The council received soil test results from the Oley Baker farm ground that the city will be leasing out. Monroe stated the ground would need to be fertilized prior to the renter taking over the ground. The council approved solicitation of bids for the service to be submitted to city hall no later than March 16th.

Alderman Gardner read the report from Superintendent Dennis Howard indicating the water departments five-year plan had been received from Allstate Consultants and was under review by Howard prior to submitting the plan to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Officer Mike Steeples reported the police department had submitted a grant application for funding for new radios. The grant will be at no cost to the city. Steeples noted the city would learn by March 30 of next year if the police department was approved for funding.

Health Awareness

Michele Drummond gave a presentation to the council regarding a proposed health awareness program for city employees. The program includes a walking challenge, a weight and measures plan and a 30 & 5 program.

Employees would be provided a pedometer by the health department to track the number of steps walked by each employee every day. The challenge is to take 10,000 steps or more daily. The weight and measures plan gives each employee the opportunity to check their weight and measurements each month. The 30 & 5 program challenges each employee to exercise at least 30 minutes a day and eat five fruits and vegetables. Small incentives will be awarded to the employee who walks the most each month and each quarter.

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!

BABY CICERO

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.

BABY BUCKNER-DAVIS

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.

BABY HILL

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.

BABY SMALL

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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