Commission appoints Economic Development Sales Tax Board of Trustees
The Saline County Commission met Tuesday, May 1, where Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey announced there will be a public meeting during session on Thursday, May 3, at 9 a.m., as part of the continuation of the one-half of one percent sales tax requirement for bonding. The meeting will be a simple process announcing the results of the election passing the tax, and fulfilling bonding requirements.
“It’s basically just saying it’s been passed and we accept the results,” said County Clerk Debbie Russell.
In other news, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner reported he had received notification from the Missouri Department of Transportation, which stated that on Monday, May 7, MoDOT will begin initial road work for the Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 65 bridge rehabilitation project.
“Crews will have daily lane closures for approximately two weeks,” Fenner stated, “reducing Interstate 70 to one lane in both directions, to build across other lanes for upcoming bridge work, as well as shoulder and median cable work. Crews will then switch traffic to the outside lanes, to build crossovers for upcoming bridge work.”
Fenner said speeds through the work zone will be reduced.
During the meeting Tuesday morning, commissioners approved the appointment of the Board of Trustees for the Economic Development Sales Tax. The following individuals were appointed to the board: Northern Saline County Commissioner Richard Clemens, Southern Saline County Commissioner Monte Fenner, Marshall-Saline Development Corporation Executive Director Stan Moore, U.S. Highway 65 and Interstate 70 junction representative Greg Swift, Slater representative Russell Gene Griffith, Sweet Springs representative Michelle Fuehring, Arrow Rock representative Kirby McCullogh, and Marshall Representative David Haugland.
Commissioners recently attended an annual meeting for the Missouri Rural Services Workers’ Compensation Insurance Trust Thursday, April 26, where Saline County received a plaque for an excellent safety related year.
Russell also had a busy day Thursday, April 26, when she traveled to Springfield to have voting equipment checked for any type of irregularities, and to be cleaned.
“It gave us an opportunity to also visit with the people who actually print our ballots and who helps us with the election process,” she said. “We kind of took a mini tour of their plant and had some questions answered, and we discussed the security of the machines. I feel really great about that. Our machines are hack free. We don't go on the Internet, first of all. And second of all, we have some built-in safety features, such as a photo copy taken of every ballot that goes through the machine and it’s on a separate sim card. In the event that our paper ballots were destroyed for any reason, we have that as a backup.”
All commissioners were present Tuesday morning. The Saline County Commission will meet again Thursday, May 3.