The Mornin' Mail is published daily Friday, May 8, 1998 Volume VI, Number 228

did ya know?

Did Ya Know. . . The Lincoln Ladies Federated Republican Women will hold their next meeting on Monday, May 11, at 5 p.m. at Shoney’s in Carthage. New members are welcome.

Did Ya Know. . .The 2nd Annual Carthage Shrine Club Golf Tournament will be at the Carthage Municipal Golf Course this Saturday. Three man scramble, shot gun start. $40 per man. Call 358-8816


today's laugh

If all the college boys who slept in class were placed end to end they would be much more comfortable.


Opportunity knocks once, and the neighbors the rest of the time.


There are two reasons why some people don’t mind their own business. One is that they haven’t any mind, the other that they don’t have any business.


It is sad to see people squandering money and know you cannot help them.


The latest wedding-ring is very thin and narrow. The old-fashioned, cumbersome affair, of course, was made to last a life-time.


What this country needs is a good five cent nickel.


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

The Carthage Senate.

The young men who compose the senate which meets at the Y.M.C.A. rooms held an interesting session last night. Senator Harry Green introduced some sort of a resolution endorsing the course of President McKinley, and a lively scrap ensued, every Populist, Democrat and "Free Silver Republican" in the senate joining in. This resolution was finally defeated.

Senator Curtis Wright introduced a bill making it compulsory for all able bodied males to enlist in the National Guard at 18 years of age and serve enlistment until 21 years of age. This bill was rushed through and passed.


W. M. Buster and family leave this evening for Colorado Springs, Colo., where Mr. Buster expects to secure a position on an electric line. He has been employed by the Southwest Missouri company for a long time.

  Today's Feature

Committee Recommends Tri-State.

Public Works Committee members voted Tuesday afternoon to retain the services of Tri-State Engineering as the City’s contract engineer. The motion made by Committee Member Charlie Bastin was to retain the engineering services at new rates for a three year period. The contract still has to be approved by the full Council.

Tri-State has served as the City’s contract engineer since the 1995/96 fiscal year and did some work for the City during 1993-1995 prior to the contract. Their contract has been renewed on an annual basis each year since 1995/96. The current contract expires June 30, 1998.

According to Steve Lett of Tri-State, there has been no increase in fees charged to the City during the three years of the contracted services. Lett said the new rates which the Committee approved are based on the percentage increase in City employee salaries since the 1994/95 fiscal year. The rates reflect an increase of approximately 10 percent and are valid for the life of the contract.

"You have at your disposal all the experience of all the people at Tri-State," said Lett. "We think that is a big plus to the City over having one staff engineer."

Tri-State averages 25 full-time staff members including five professional engineers.

Assistant to the City Engineer Joe Butler spoke in support of Tri-State and in support of the request that a longer contract be negotiated.

"It would be better for the Engineering Department if we knew who we were going to have from year to year, at least for a three year period, instead of worrying about it at budget time every year," said Butler.

Butler gave Committee members a comparison of the engineering practices of 12 other Southwest Missouri cities which showed three have a contract city engineer, four have a licensed engineer on staff and six rely solely on project engineering on an as-needed basis. One of the cities, Lebanon, has a staff engineer, a contract engineer and also uses project engineering as needed. Of the six cities with a staff engineer or contract engineer, 3 also use project engineering on a need basis.

"One of the problems of having a staff engineer by himself is that he can’t replace contract engineering services because he doesn’t have the people to do it," said Butler. "It would be inappropriate to hire a staff engineer without giving him some additional staff to work with."

Butler offered estimates on the cost of hiring a staff engineer. Salary, benefits, equipment, an automobile and 2 additional staff people would cost approximately $140,000 annually. In addition, Butler pointed out, the City would still need occasional outside consulting engineering services.

Engineering fees for the three years the City has contracted with Tri-State have ranged from $31,728 in 1995/96 to a projected $60,000 for 1997/98. Lett pointed out that the higher number for the current year is a result of the City requesting help on five specific projects: Civil War Road, the Mall Sidewalk, the police station parking lot, Myer’s Park and the Library.

"We like the situation we have with Tri-State now," said Butler. "They’re in the same building, we use them daily and they use us works very well."

"We have something that works," said Committee Member Larry Ross. "Can we just go to the Council and recommend that we continue the service on a three year plan....if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it."

"That’s exactly what came up last year," said Committee Chair Bill Fortune. "We were looking at changing and when we started to look at it we couldn’t find anything that was broken, we couldn’t find a savings in cost and there was no valid reason that ever came up as to why we should change what we had other than somebody just didn’t like it."

"I think it would be a bonus, really, for the City if we could lock them in at this rate for three years," Bastin commented before making his motion to retain Tri-State as the City contract engineer.


Just Jake Talkin'

Well, I can tell that summer is almost here, the guy down the street finally put out his Christmas tree to be picked up. I’m not sayin’ he’s cheap, but this is the same guy who is tryin’ to sue because he got injured while watchin’ a professional ball game. He fell out of a tree. This is the same fella that complains that Christmas cards are made of such cheap material. Says they only last a few seasons now-a-days.

His kid came by the other day and told me his dad could do tricks. I asked him what kind of tricks. He said his ma says he can drink like a fish.

‘Course this is the same guy that thinks an autobiography has something to do with the history of cars and that Daniel Boone was born in a log cabin he built himself. It this in any way resembles one a your neighbors, it was strictly coincidental.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Oak Street health & herb

Weekly Column

Natural Nutrition

by Mari An Willis

With allergy season upon us, it is time to review some of the herbs and nutrients used in the treatment of allergies.

Bee Pollen is an abundant source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids effected in combating fatigue and treating allergies. Twenty-two nutrients required by the body are found in Bee Pollen ... which is why some call it the "perfect food." Bee Pollen is a relatively inexpensive way to treat allergies, but if one is allergic to bee sting (not just that a sting hurts!) one should try using a very small amount to begin with. Bee pollen has also been used successfully by dieters to take the edge off hunger and to add important amino acids.

Bee propolis is the waxy material collected by honeybees. They contain phytotonizides which aid the immune function. It has also been used as an anti-inflammatory for the mucous membranes.

Goldenseal is an astringent herb and also helps to reduce inflammation in the mucous membranes. It is also very helpful in fighting infections.

Yerba Santa is a favorite of mine. It not only helps quiet coughs, it helps to clear out congestion. It has traditionally been used for those conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and chest colds and allergies.

*Today's Herbal Health - Louise Tanney

* New Source - May 1998



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