Crawford County News
Taxpayers request county roads not be widened
Several local residents want Crawford County to maintain their roads simply as one-lane country roads and not to the width preferred by county road crews. Attorney Kent Howald submitted a petition signed by 14 people making that request to county commissioners on September 9.
Security upgrade coming to courthouse
Crawford County offices will have a new duress system in place very soon to better provide security for both county employees and for the public who visit the government buildings. Circuit Clerk Karen Harlan wrote a grant and received an award that will pay for the majority of the cost. Commissioners agreed to fund the remainder of the expense.
A new system was recommended by an OSCA (Office of State Courts Administrator) Court Security Coordinator. Harlan had asked him to come to Crawford County in 2012 to assess the security of the buildings, and he felt that an updated duress system was needed.
A quote for a new system had been obtained at that time for $15,490, and the amount had been designated within the budget, but it was never purchased. Then, earlier this year, Harlan became aware of the grant possibility to assist with the cost.
“In February of this year, I was able to submit a grant for a new system where children are waiting on domestic situations,” she told commissioners at their meeting on August 10. “We were awarded the grant on July 1 this year.”
Harlan applied for and was awarded funding by the Family Court Committee for a Duress Alarm System Project through the Domestic Relations Resolution Fund. The amount received was $11,290. Harlan explained that this will cover the updated system for any areas where children may be waiting while domestic relation cases are being heard.
Harlan presented a new quote from Brockmann Electronics to install a system for three buildings in the county—the main courthouse, the associate court annex, and the collector and assessor offices. The total cost was $17,015, with $11,290 of that for the courtroom system (including both the courthouse and the associate court). That left $5,725 to update the system for the collector and assessor office building.
Commissioners agreed it was a good idea to update the entire system, and decided to ask Collector Pat Schwent and Assessor Kerry Summers about sharing the expense involved in upgrading the system for their building. The idea was to split the cost three ways between the two offices and the county’s capital improvement fund, so that the cost to each would be $1,908.34.
Crawford County has a new conservation agent
Crawford County once again has two agents of the Missouri Department of Conservation working in the area. Patrice Reese has been transferred to the county to serve as one of two agents in the field. She began field work last week and she hopes to fill the large shoes left by the now-retired Rob Brandenburg, who worked in Crawford County for many years.
City of Steelville will help county with sidewalk replacement
The city of Steelville and Crawford County will work together on a small project to replace a section of sidewalk in front of the health department on Main Street. District #1 Commissioner Paul Watson approached the city council at its meeting on Thursday, September 4 with the request for assistance in improving the walkway.
Special DWI enforcment effort planned
Captain James W. Remillard, commanding officer of Troop I, announces that sometime during the month of September, troopers assigned to Troop I will be involved in a special enforcement operation specifically targeting those drivers who are operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Crawford County.