Today, Governor Parson signed the FY20 budget bills passed by the General Assembly, which focused on ongoing improvements to infrastructure and workforce development, and investing in our Missouri’s public servants.
Steelville emergency responders are asking for a portion of federal monies currently received by Crawford County for national forest lands. Representatives from Steelville Ambulance, Steelville Fire, and Crawford County E911 have approached county commissioners to request that the county consider allocating some of the payment in lieu of tax (PILT) funding received for federal lands in the southern portion of the county to the emergency response agencies. Their argument is that those monies are received to offset the fact that the federal government doesn’t pay the property taxes that are received from other property owners, and that lack of payment affects the fire and ambulance districts, too. E911 provides dispatching services for both agencies.
The Cuba City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, June 4, to discuss the following items of city-related business:
• The meeting was called to order, with the full council in attendance.
• The regular meeting minutes of May 21, closed session minutes of May 21, special meeting minutes of May 30, and closed session minutes of May 30 were approved as presented.
Cherokee riders participating in the 2019 Remember the Removal Bike Ride will ride through St. James on Thursday, June 13 as part of their approximately 950-mile bike trip along the Trail of Tears. The three-week trek is a cross country ride from Georgia to Oklahoma, with riders visiting several Cherokee gravesites and historic landmarks as well as participating in cultural events and team-building exercises as they travel through seven states.
Renewing Missouri hunting, fishing, and trapping permits is now easier and more convenient through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) new online Permit Auto-Renewal service. Permit Auto-Renewal allows online permit buyers to automatically renew their permits prior to the start of the next season or permit year so they never have an expired permit when they need it most.
The St. James Caring Center has been awarded a $344,110 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Missouri Department of Economic Development to renovate the caring center and improve parking areas, located at 113 West Eldon Street in St. James. The renovations will allow for increased services to the community’s low income and elderly population.