Cooling centers open in Saline County

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Emergency Management Director Tony Day announced the opening of several cooling centers in Saline County during the county commission’s regular meeting Thursday, June 22.

Two cooling centers have been set up in Marshall — one at the Marshall Senior Center and a second one at Salt Fork YMCA. A center will be located at the I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs, as well as Slater City Hall in Slater. Day said he is still working with the cities of Gilliam, Arrow Rock and Miami on setting up centers there.

“They would not have full use of facilities, but they will get in out of the heat and get a cold drink,” he said of those who visit a cooling center. “Generally what we use for cooling centers is when the temperature or the heat index approaches 90 degrees. It doesn’t have to be 90 degrees, but when it starts getting up to that area is when we usually see people needing a cooling center.”

The centers will be open during each business’ regular hours.

Saline County Sheriff Cindi Mullins then announced that the sheriff’s department and U.S. Marshals Services have been working to complete a check of the county’s registered sex offenders.

“We have 99 registered sex offenders in the county,” she said. “We checked almost 80 percent with direct contact on those offenders; the rest of them we’re continuing to make contact with to make sure they are properly registered.”

She added the last time a check had been made was approximately two years ago. According to Mullins, the priority of the check is to make sure offenders are living at the registered address, that any computer IP addresses they use are recorded, as well as the use of any social media accounts and vehicles they regularly drive.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s website provides a list of all registered sex offenders in the state, including an interactive map showing each offender’s location. A list of offenders is also available to the public.

Mullins then said an inmate at the Saline County Justice Facility damaged part of the segregation unit.

“One of the inmates in the segregation unit had damaged the fire suppression system in that particular cell,” she said. “We’re getting damages put together and we’ll be asking the prosecutor’s office to file charges on the damage.”

In other business, commissioners approved to post signs in the courthouse concerning those who attend court sessions. Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey commented that Building and Grounds Supervisor Bill Sleeper, as well as judges Hugh Harvey and Page Bellamy, expressed concern with keeping the courthouse clean and presentable.

Signs will state restrictions on food, drinks, shorts and tank tops in court.

Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner also commented that work on the new Camp Creek bridge was pushed back until next week due to mechanical difficulties with equipment.

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