Archives for October 2012

Council Set to Approve Performance Contracting Finance Agreement

The Kirksville City Council will have a very short special meeting this evening.

The council is expected to approve a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a Master Tax-exempt Lease Purchase Agreement with U.S. Bank. It’s completing paperwork for the Performance Contracting Project approved in September. Proposals were requested for financing the project.All local banks and several from out of town were invited to bid; locally, only US Bank chose to submit a bid. Of the five total bidders, US Bank was also the low bidder, with a rate of just under 2-percent. City officials asked the council to approve the contract in a special meeting rather than waiting until their next regular session because they expect the interest rates to jump sharply November 1st.

Candidate Forum: Sheriff

Sheriff Robert Hardwick and candidate Larry Logston spoke at last night’s Candidates Forum in Kirksville. Sheriff Hardwick is running for re-election in the republican seat, Logston is running democrat. The two candidates shared their goals for specific areas of enforcement and where they would concentrate their resources.
Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick:

And candidate Larry Logston:

Candidate Forum: District 3 MO Representative

Candidates for State Representative of District three closed out the forum last night. The question was fielded about Missouri legislature’s invovlement with the Affordable Care Act and what steps the candidates would take if the act was repealed in the next few years.
Republican candidate Nate Walker gives us his stance:

Democratic candidate Rebecca McClanahan:

Also included in the discussion amongst the state rep candidates were their plans related to agriculture legsilation and it’s importance in our district.
Candidate Nate Walker:

And Rebecca McClanahan:

Candidate Forum: County Commissioner

The candidates for County Commissioner spoke on the “use tax” question to be placed on the ballot. The use tax would require a local sales tas to be paid on out-of-state purchases, such as vehicles and equipment.
First up is Democratic candidate Larry Lee Smith:

Next, current Adair County commissioner, Republican Mark Thompson:

Candidate Forum: Public Administrator

Last night was the candidate forum in Kirksville. This morning, you’ll get to hear what they said on a number of topics:

The first race discussed was Public Administrator, where Republican Rhonda Noe and Democrat Jack Ward are campaigning for the seat. Each was asked to state their specific qualifications for the job:

Klinginsmith Honored for Long Service

A Kirksville attorney is among 79 honored by the state bar association. Ray Klinginsmith was designated a “Senior Counselor” designation last week at The Missouri Bar’s Annual Meeting. The “Senior Counselor” title is bestowed upon lawyers who have reached the age of 75 years or who have been admitted to The Missouri Bar for 50 years. The recognition ceremonies took place during the Opening Luncheon of the Annual Meeting held last Thursday.

Snowstorm Drill Tomorrow

Snow plows and deicer on the roads of Missouri, just a day after near record heat.

And it’s not because of the sudden cool down — temeratures aren’t dropping that far. MoDOT employees will put their winter storm preparations to the test by holding the department’s first statewide winter operations drill tomorrow. During the statewide winter operations drill, MoDOT will activate its emergency operations centers, and trucks with snowplows and spreaders will deploy across state routes in response to a simulated snowfall event. Look for the trucks out most of the business day.

Mamtek Former CEO Back in MO

The former CEO of a proposed sweetener facility is in jail in Missouri after giving up his fight against being extradited from California.

Ex-Mamtek U.S. Inc. head Bruce Cole faces fraud and stealing charges after plans to build a sweetener plant in Moberly collapsed. Prosecutors say he used some of the money from a $39 million bond to avoid foreclosure on his Beverly Hills home. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Cole arrived at the Randolph County Jail in Moberly Saturday. He is being held on $500,000 bond as he awaits trial on one felony count of stealing and four counts of securities fraud. Construction on the Moberly plant stopped when a bond payment was missed last year.

Adair County Gets Grant

Adair County will receive a $76,800 grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced the grant yesterday. The county will use the grant to make structural repairs necessary to stabilize the roof framework of the courthouse, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The grants are awarded based on a competitive scoring process and the direct relation of the projects to the identification, evaluation, or protection of historical, architectural or archaeological resources.

Ralls County Crash Kills Man

Authorities say a Jefferson City man was killed when he hit a semi head-on yesterday afternoon in Ralls county. It happened about 3:45pm on Route 19 near the Perry Junction. Troopers say 40-year old Jason Wood was southbound and crossed the center line, plowing his 2006 Infiniti into the nose of the northbound semi. The impact was so severe it totaled the semi. The car burst into flames, and Wood was killed instantly. The semi driver was airlifted to Columbia in serious condition.