Commissioner Stallings presides over his last county commission meeting

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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Tom Stallings presided his last Saline County Commission meeting as presiding commissioner Tuesday, Dec. 23, because he'll be celebrating Christmas with his family a few days later. Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie and Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner will run next week's meeting until Presiding Commissioner-Elect Kile Guthrey swears in at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31.

"I just want to say that I've enjoyed working with these gentlemen, and the ones before me. For the last four years, certainly I've enjoyed working with our county clerk and county auditor. The commission has to work very closely with those two offices in day-to-day operations of the counties," Stallings said. "... It's been good getting to know more about county government, seeing how it kind of works and getting a better realization of what it costs."

Stallings thanked all county government officials and their respective offices, including the local media.

In other business, the commission provided a press release from Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission announcing the Region F West Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District -- which covers Saline, Pettis, Lafayette, Johnson and Morgan counties -- "is requesting grant proposals for projects contributing to the reduction of solid waste."

The press release states it requires one original and 11 copies of the grant application to be accepted in their office until 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2015.

The Pioneer Trails' office in Concordia will also be hosting a grant training class -- which is mandatory -- at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

"This grant's been used quite a little bit in the past by the City of Marshall, Slater's used it I know for different things," Stallings said. "The City of Marshall has used it for their household waste recycling program every couple years, as well as other things they have received from this grant money."

Call Ruth Anne Parrot, Region F planner, or Debbie Brackman, education specialist, at 660-463-7934 for more information.

Guthrie updated commission on current bridge work for the county. He reported Terracon will be drilling to find the depth of the bedrock on the Grand Pass bridge, and that hopefully the guard rails will go up next week for the Wilton Springs bridge.

The commission also approved a payment schedule and a commission order to amend the budget for a few line items because the revenue has exceeded what was projected.

"We have to increase those line items to handle the extra money that has come in," Stallings said. "So this is a good thing."

The Saline County Courthouse will be closed Friday, Dec. 26. The next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, at commission chambers.

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  • Thanks, Tom, for a job well done.

    Jim and Virgie Simmerman

    -- Posted by james.simmerman on Fri, Dec 26, 2014, at 8:32 AM
  • Great job Tom......enjoy retirement!

    Charles and Pat Peterson

    -- Posted by Mawpeterson on Fri, Jan 2, 2015, at 6:50 AM
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