This and all previous weekly reports are available on the County website at www.lcmo.us. Simply click on the “News” tab to catch up on what has been happening in Lincoln County from the Commission’s perspective.
A few items of interest that the Commission has been working on are below.
• The Commission met with Sheriff Cottle and approved the first, hopefully, of many deposits pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Sheriff and the Commission. This MOU prescribes a long-term approach to bolstering the County’s financial footing through systematic deposits of surplus Federal prisoner revenues into Law Enforcement reserves, the Jail Emergency Fund, and the Retirement Investment fund. Saving for a “rainy day” is always important, especially during periods of strong revenues. Past history tells us that the economy will eventually correct itself, and through a cooperative effort with Sheriff Cottle we are prepared. The Commission’s next step is to apply this systematic savings approach to Road and Bridge revenues to maintain reserves and continue to build an investment fund which will allow the County to cooperatively work with other entities such as MODOT and local cities on cost-share projects. Until MODOT solves its funding woes, it will be increasingly important for cities and counties to work jointly on projects such as outer roads on Highway 61 and new overpasses along that corridor.
• Commercial growth continues, especially north of Troy, and residential construction is widespread at the moment. With this growth spurring the economy, job opportunities abound and our Road and Bridge Department is no exception. We are currently looking to add to our team with entry-level positions and drivers with a Class B CDL with air brakes. Call Jean at (636)528-7112 or stop by the office at 219 Highway H in Troy.
• Transitioning to 1st class county status continues to be a topic of discussion, particularly the requirement set forth in RSMo 137.556 wherein the County will transfer 25% of the Road and Bridge property tax levied within municipal limits to those municipalities for the repair of streets, bridges, sidewalks, etc. This transfer will result in a modest decrease in property tax revenue for the County; however, the net result will be positive for everyone as not only will the roads be in better shape but the local economy will also do well with construction dollars flowing back into the community through local vendors and county residents who work for our outside contractors. Overall, this situation is a win for the community.
That’s all we have time for now. As always, call, e-mail or stop by the Courthouse if you have questions. Until next week…