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Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?... June
13-- Friday Morning Coffee, 7:00-8:00 a.m. at
Kellogg Lake. What a great way to start your day!
Did Ya Know?...Avilla
Baptist Church invites all children who have
completed K - 8th grade to Vacation Bible School
June 16 - 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Supper will
be provided each night. Kick off the fun Sunday
June 15 at 6:00 for a free picnic and game night.
Call 417-246-5568 for more info.
Did Ya Know?...June
19th--Golden Reflections meeting at 2 p.m. Mary
Ellen Greer, house majority leader of the Silver
Haired legislature and member of the Missouri
state board of public health will address senior
issues. The meeting will be held at the hospital
training center at 2307 Missouri Ave. Call
359-1351 for more information.
Now, tell me, Bobby, where is
the elephant found?
The elephant, teacher , is such
a large animal its scarcely ever lost.
Football players must be
contortionists. Theyre always going around
their own ends.
We came in on a radio train.
A radio train?
Yea, it stopped every five
minutes for a station announcement.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
WILL CALL IT
An extra fine strike of jack was made
on the Altoona lease owned by Messrs Luscomb, Stuckey and
Post of Carthage, adjoining the Lead Hill lease of the
Burch land on the west, which is also owned by the same
parties. It lies southeast of Duenweg. This is the first
drill hole put down on the Altoona lease, which is a new
one, and indicates that it is just as rich as the famous
Lead Hill tract.
The Newland hotel passed into new hands
this morning. H. A. Mehnert is the name of the new
proprietor and J. E. Payfair that of the manager. A
renovation of the hotel will be made, and some material
interior changes and improvements will be made to meet
the demands of the guests who want an up-to-date hotel. A
very enjoyable informal hop was given in the Newland last
night as an introductory reception to the new management.
Proposals New Developments.
The City Council Budget Ways
and Means Committee met Monday evening in a
regular session. Economic Development Director
John Bode spoke with the committee about a
proposed Economic Development Sales Tax, which
would be used to purchase and prepare land for
businesses looking to locate in Carthage. This
item has been discussed by the committee
previously, prior to new members being appointed.
Bode gave the committee a general outline of the
plan, and noted updates to the proposal.
The proposal for an Economic
Development Sales tax is intended to be included
on the August ballot for a City-wide vote. Bode
recommended a 1/2 cent sales tax, with a ten year
sunset provision. The funding at that level would
generate approximately $8 million over the ten
year period. In the proposal, 93% of the
generated funding would be used for the purchase
of land for industrial, commercial, business and
retail development; bond payments, environmental
assessments, engineering of the property and
matching funds for state and federal grants.
One of the properties
previously discussed as a primary option for
annexation is north of the City. The property is
owned by Americold Logistics. Bode told the
committee that this option had fallen through,
the land having been sold to another party. Bode
noted that this was a setback in the plan, but
added that it helped clarify why the City needed
control of the property prior to the
implementation of the proposal. The committee
asked if there was any other property available,
and Bode responded that there was a smaller
section of land south of the City limits that was
Committee Chair Bill Fortune
expressed concerns about access to the southern
property, after viewing a map of the area.
"I was in favor of this,
definitely, when we had a plan," said
Fortune. "But theres no access to land
in the south without another interchange."
Bode said that building a new
interchange was an option. He said that the
Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has
a cost share program which would split the cost
of the interchange 50/50 between City and State
funding. Bode said that it might cost $5 million
to build an interchange, which could be
appropriated from the tax funding. City
Administrator Tom Short added that the City could
hire an engineer to find a less expensive way to
construct the interchange, still meeting
MODOTs guidelines. Bode also said that the
southern property is in better condition than the
previous consideration, and that it would require
less work and less money to prepare it for sale
to businesses. This, Bode said, would allow more
funding to go towards an interchange and
Committee members did not take
any action on the proposal during Mondays
meeting, but expressed continued general approval
in the pursuit of the plan.
The committee discussed the
timeframe that would be needed to have the tax
issue prepared by the August election, and agreed
that a Council decision would be required by
July. Bode told the committee that quick action
would be essential to the plan.
"This is something
were going to have to do," said Bode.
"The thing about it is, its not going
to get any cheaper."
A closed session committee
meeting was scheduled for later in June to
continue discussions about the proposal.
I dont think of it as shoppin, ya
shop for underwear. This is more of an adventure.
Im in the market, as they
say. Not in any big hurry. The tool Im
lookin for isnt even a necessity.
Ive got time. Nothin worse than
finally buyin somethin and
findin out it wont do what ya want it
I spent a good portion of a day
last weekend just findin out exactly what
it is that Im wantin. Fact is, I
spent most of the time just lookin for
someone who knew anything about what it was I was
I did run across another item I
already had for bout a hunderd bucks less
than what I paid. Hate it when that happens.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
"When you come home
from the grocery store, stack the meats in your
freezer according to expected use. For instance,
if you are going to have pork chops on Monday and
fish on Friday, youd want to put the pork
chops on top of the fish. This way, you need not
dig around for what you need to defrost. And make
sure you wrap everything well." -- A.R. in
"This is a tip for
when you drop a glass or when something glass
shatters. It can be easy to pick up the big
pieces carefully, but the little shards are a
nightmare to get up. Use a piece of bread. Just
sweep up what you can find as best you can, then
give the whole area a sweep with a
piece of white bread. Its like magic, and
the tiny pieces of glass wont poke through,
as they do a paper towel." -- Y.S. in
something many people dont think about. As
spring and summer bring nicer temperatures, we
tend to leave our windows open to air out the
house. Even sometimes when we are not home, we
might leave a few upstairs windows open. If you
do this, make sure you dont store ladders
on the outside of your home or have a trellis or
close-by tree that makes it easy for a burglar to
access the second floor of your home." --
V.F. in Indiana
Whether you recycle
because of global warming, landfill overload or
environmental issues, the planet thanks you. But
remember that recycling is only one part of going
green. "Reduce" and "re-use"
are just as important. Choose products with less
packaging. Have small appliances fixed instead of
automatically replacing them. And keep recycling.
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