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Friday, September 4, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 55

did ya know?Did Ya Know?...The Carthage VFW will sponsor a dance with the Country Boys Sat. Sept 12 from 8 p.m. until 12.p.m. $4

today's laugh

Things I’ve learned from my boys (honest and not kidding):

Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.

No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can’t walk on water.

Pool filters do not like Jell-O.

VCR’s do not eject "PB &J" sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.

Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.

Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.

You probably DO NOT want to know what that odor is.

Always look in the oven before you turn it on; plastic toys do not like ovens.

The fire department in Austin, TX has a 5-minute response time.

The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.

It will, however, make cats dizzy.

Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.

80% of Men who read this will try mixing the Clorox and brake fluid.

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.


A horse was overcome by the heat and died an hour or two afterwards at the corner of Central avenue and Fulton street yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The animal was a fine Percheron mare, worth perhaps $125, belonging to Mr. Roberts, a farmer, who lives 13 miles northeast of Carthage. He was bringing a heavy load of wheat to town, but had come slowly all the way. The mare had not sweat any during the day and this probably accounts for the heat affecting her so seriously.

She sank down in her tracks when first overcome and seemed unconscious. She soon partially revived, but seemed to be delirious, and commenced slapping her head on the ground with such force that the sound could be heard two blocks. This had been going on for about a half hour when Drs. Cook and Houser, the veterinaries, were called. They packed ice and ice water on her head, but nothing seemed to benefit her.

  Today's Feature

No Details on Bond/Fine Accounts.

The Carthage City Council met in an special meeting last Thursday at noon. The sole item on the agenda was the change of signers on the Municipal Court Bond Bank Account.

Since that time a forensic auditor has been pouring over Police Department records trying to sort out exactly how much money is missing from the City Court Bond Account and the account that holds fines paid to the City.

According to City records, the Bond account had $9,491 and some change when the City had its annual audit last year. What is unclear is whether that number is an accurate accounting of the funds received.

City records also show that fines levied by the Municipal Court average approximately $17,000 a month.

The City has a written policy procedure for handling of all funds. (see inside) Police Chief Greg Dagnan told the media last week that an employee of the department was terminated for failure to follow those policies. The City Court Clerk’s job description (also inside) includes the responsibility of accounting for all court funds received.


Cash Handling - City of Carthage procedure manual

Cash, Check and Other Receipts:

All checks should be endorsed immediately upon receipt.

Upon receipt, all checks will be endorsed as follows:

"For deposit only"

City of Carthage

Upon receipt, all cash, checks, bonds and other financial tender (except real estate tax payments) will be recorded in the appropriate pre-numbered duplicate receipt book and the original will be given to the payee. Receipt books shall be issued in sequential order. The copy will remain in the receipt book. The receipt will bear the date, source, account distribution and amount.

Real Estate Tax payments are not to be recorded in a receipt book. The real estate tax bill will be stamped paid with a numbered stamp. One copy will be retained and one copy will be given to the payee.

All receipts will be recorded in a receipt journal.

Deposits into the City Treasury should be made daily or when accumulated receipts exceed $100. The Municipal Court clerk, on the day preceding court, may accumulate receipts up to $300 before a deposit must be made.

A deposit slip will be prepared in duplicate and will bear the date, source and amount of the deposit. The copy will remain with the department’s accounting records.

To ensure receipts are deposited intact to the City treasury, the source of all payments received should be indicated on the receipt slips and reconciled to the bank deposits.

Personal Checks shall not be cashed from any source of funds owned by the City or held under the fiduciary control of the City.

Municipal Court bonds should be deposited into a separate bank account titled, "City of Carthage - Municipal Court Bond Account". Deposits into the Account should be made daily or when accumulated receipts exceed $100. Subsequent disbursement of the bonds should be made by check.

All persons using the golf course shall sign their names and list the date in a bound journal prior to play. This journal shall be retained by the Parks and Recreation Department for a period no less than three years. Members as well as walk on customers must sign the journal.







This is responsible general clerical work which involves a wide variety of activities in preparing and maintaining court records for Carthage Municipal Court of the City of Carthage. Activities may include skilled typing, filing, canvassing and screening callers and visitors, and operating office machines. Work is performed with initiative and independent judgement and is evaluated upon completion for adherence to instructions and established departmental procedures.


Under general supervision of the Captain, incumbent is expected to demonstrate and exercise considerable independent judgement and knowledge in the performance of assigned duties.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Taking fine payments and entering payments into the computer system.

2. Preparing court records for court.

3. Filing arrest records.

4. Deposit funds from municipal court into City’s general revenue account.

5. Preparing financial reports for City Clerk.

6. Maintaining records of the department.

7. Process signed complaints for review by the City Attorney and complete disposition.

8. Perform departmental duties as assigned by the Chief or Assistant Chief of Police.

9. Maintain accounts receivable for unpaid fines.

10. Carries out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as directed by the supervisor or Department Head.


Knowledge: General bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivables skills. Basic office skills including typing, filing, dictation and computer skills.

Abilities: Ability to follow verbal and written instructions; work independently; set priorities; meet deadlines; and exercise independent judgement; maintain confidentiality; present a positive professional image to the general public and other City Departments.

Experience, Education and Training: Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience: Two (2) to three (3) years of previous experience in a similar position or demonstration of possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above. Education: High school diploma (or GED) or related specialized training courses with supplement experience.

Physical Requirements: Work is performed in an office environment with noise and frequent interruptions. Some assignments require sitting for extended periods of time. Work is often performed under the stress associated with the need to meet inflexible deadlines.

Licenses and Certificates: Possession of or ability to maintain, an appropriate valid Missouri driver’s license; to maintain a functioning telephone at place of residence.


Schedule: Work is typically 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Employee is scheduled to work 80 hours during the bi-weekly period.

Overtime: The City provides overtime or compensatory time pursuant to the Fair Labor standards Act.

Just Jake Talkin'

I heard a guy the other night on TV (yes, there is an occasional bright spot) talkin’ ‘bout somethin’ that he felt was at least as important as the sense of the family. He talked about the sense of community.

He says that the social laws that we impose on ourselves are more important and enforceable than government imposed laws.

‘Course the reason is that we ultimately make the choice of what community we want to live in and therefore feel more of an obligation to conform to community standards than we do regular "laws."

It’s nice ta know that those ice-cream socials and parades and ball games are more than just entertainment, it’s good for us and our kids.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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