With Commissioner training Wednesday through Friday this week, I have been busy trying to cram 5 days’ worth of work into two days. As a result, I am a little tardy in my arrival at the keyboard.
A few items of interest that the Commission has been working on are below.
• This time of year is often the “calm before the storm,” with the storm being all of the projects that we hope to undertake once the weather cooperates. We are spending a lot of time going over details with engineers, preparing bid packets, finalizing easement details, and double checking the many facets of mobilizing our paving crew. Planning and preparation are crucial for successful project execution. My sons can attest to my motto regarding the importance of thorough preparation: What is more important than the details? MORE details! Once the weather warms up, we are ready to go to work.
• Monday I had the privilege of speaking to the Troy Chamber of Commerce for my annual “State of the County” address. Most of the highlights from 2017 and the plans for 2018 have been covered in this message in previous weeks, but I shared some information that I think you will find interesting. Did you know that Lincoln County’s median household income of $53,718 ranks in the top 10% of all counties in the State of Missouri? This growth is accompanied by a growing population as well. Ponder this information with the recent data I shared regarding the growth in property values, both commercial and residential. Lincoln County is on an upward trajectory, and I am honored to be a part of these exciting times.
• Petition signatures have been certified and the Library Board will be placing a 10 cent property tax proposal on the August 2018 ballot to fund a county-wide library district. Because it is apparent that there is no legislative relief in sight for the 911 funding dilemma, the 911 Advisory Board and all member entities are contemplating a sales tax measure for some time in 2019. I encourage everyone to be an informed voter and get to the polls.
That’s all I have time for now. As always, call, e-mail or stop by the Courthouse if you have questions. Until next week…