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2851
Local News / Re: County struggles to pay for road work. Daily Guide
« on: September 21, 2007, 09:33:54 PM »
I will agree he is a smart aleck. Just watch him in those films of him on his site.
 
You've got a good point I hadn't considered, but it's still a smark aleck remark for a man in his position.

2852
Local News / Re: County struggles to pay for road work. Daily Guide
« on: September 21, 2007, 09:08:00 PM »
Actually I have to agree with that. I paid more for my property on a paved road. Why should my tax dollars go to pave your road, if you paid less? I didn't even look for property on a gravel road. The county does not owe it to land owners to pave their road they bought for less on gravel. The county should pave roads that bring economic growth to areas that have the potential for growth. There are neighborhoods that pay yearly to have their roads paved, can you imagine how miffed they would be if the neighborhood down the road got theirs for free?
If I were commissioner I would work to expand all gravel roads pavement by a 1/8Th mile each year, but evenly spread around the county, and only if I could afford to.


“I have a simple answer for that; if you don't want to live on a gravel don't buy a house on a gravel road in the county,” Thornsberry said.
God....how childish can you get?

2853
Local News / Re: County struggles to pay for road work. Daily Guide
« on: September 21, 2007, 08:20:08 PM »
But They Had $30,000.00 extra to hire a secretary?
 
 
 
 
 
County struggles to pay for road work
Published: Friday, September 21, 2007 12:13 PM CDT
Darrell Todd Maurina

Someone has placed signs on two roads saying county road crews aren’t doing their jobs and urging people to call the county commissioners to complain.

Both roads are in Commissioner Bill Farnham’s eastern district, but Farnham said Thursday that one of the two roads, Halt Road, off Highway 28, isn’t even a county-maintained road but rather a private road.
The other road, Longview Road which leads from Highway 17 to the Shalom Mountain and Northern Heights residential developments, is part of the county’s road system. However, Farnham said he’s repeatedly tried to explain to residents why their road is in poor condition.

“It’s very frustrating; we’re limited on time and money and are doing what we can do,” Farnham said. “It’s not that we aren’t doing anything, it’s that my guys are busy with other people.”

Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall asked for assistance in explaining why the repair work isn’t finished.
“Maybe with the help of the media, we can tell people the game plan is to dig up the soft spots and then pave it before winter,” Ransdall said.

Farnham warned that the county’s property tax revenue for the road and bridge department isn’t keeping pace with road needs and said he’s overspent the budget for his half of the county.

“We’ve got to do something or we’re going to have a bunch of irate citizens if we don’t fix their problems,” Farnham said.
Ransdall asked whether it’s possible to use the county’s general fund sales tax revenues to pay for road work; commissioners said they’d look into the issue and determine whether funds could be transferred between departments funded by two different revenue sources, and if so, whether it would have to be a loan between the departments or a direct transfer.

In other road matters, Bobby Laughlin, the owner of a rock quarry on Superior Road, offered 250 to 300 loads of rock to the county if the county would grade Superior Road.

“I want to get that road fixed because it’s getting a lot of traffic down there,” Farnham said.
Farnham called Eastern District Road Supervisor Stan Crismon to the commission meeting and arranged for county crews and Laughlin gravel employees to coordinate work, with the quarry owner sharing in the cost by providing free rock to county employees.

While some county roads have adjoining property owners such as Laughlin who pay for the county to do work on their roads, that’s not the case everywhere. Farnham said a decision will need to be made soon on what to do about maintaining the county’s road system.

“We’ve got all these new subdivisions we’ve taken in and a lot of them have asphalt roads,” Farnham said. “When those start tearing up, like Longview Road already has, we’re going to be in a heap of trouble.”
Ransdall said he’s received some criticism for not upping Pulaski County’s road and bridge tax rate to the maximum allowed without a public vote, but Farnham said he supported that decision.

“I am firmly opposed to raising taxes without a vote of the people, and I think it’s the citizens who make the decision whether to raise taxes or not,” Farnham said. “We’re growing so much, we’ve got so many extra roads. We’re not wasting material, but we’ve got a lot to take care of.”

“We’re working on a shoestring budget, and it’s got to stop,” Farnham said.
Farnham said a major difference between the eastern district and western district is that many of his eastern district constituents are from urban areas and aren’t used to living on unpaved roads.

Commissioner Dennis Thornsberry didn’t like that answer.

“I have a simple answer for that; if you don’t want to live on a gravel road, don’t buy a house on a gravel road in the county,” Thornsberry said.
One additional revenue source, Ransdall said, may be a Missouri Department of Transportation road-funding program that may allow a state cost-share to help maintain certain roads that provide access to state-owned property such as river accesses.

While the Pulaski County road and bridge department is over budget, Ransdall said that doesn’t include FEMA reimbursement funding for the January ice storm of $145,349 for disaster relief, including rentals of chippers and bucket trucks, and $119,282 for salaries.

County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer said she’d tally those FEMA funds into the budget reports by Monday.

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Local News / County struggles to pay for road work. Daily Guide
« on: September 21, 2007, 08:19:35 PM »
County struggles to pay for road work
Published: Friday, September 21, 2007 12:13 PM CDT
Darrell Todd Maurina

Someone has placed signs on two roads saying county road crews aren’t doing their jobs and urging people to call the county commissioners to complain.

Both roads are in Commissioner Bill Farnham’s eastern district, but Farnham said Thursday that one of the two roads, Halt Road, off Highway 28, isn’t even a county-maintained road but rather a private road.
The other road, Longview Road which leads from Highway 17 to the Shalom Mountain and Northern Heights residential developments, is part of the county’s road system. However, Farnham said he’s repeatedly tried to explain to residents why their road is in poor condition.

“It’s very frustrating; we’re limited on time and money and are doing what we can do,” Farnham said. “It’s not that we aren’t doing anything, it’s that my guys are busy with other people.”

Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall asked for assistance in explaining why the repair work isn’t finished.
“Maybe with the help of the media, we can tell people the game plan is to dig up the soft spots and then pave it before winter,” Ransdall said.

Farnham warned that the county’s property tax revenue for the road and bridge department isn’t keeping pace with road needs and said he’s overspent the budget for his half of the county.

“We’ve got to do something or we’re going to have a bunch of irate citizens if we don’t fix their problems,” Farnham said.
Ransdall asked whether it’s possible to use the county’s general fund sales tax revenues to pay for road work; commissioners said they’d look into the issue and determine whether funds could be transferred between departments funded by two different revenue sources, and if so, whether it would have to be a loan between the departments or a direct transfer.

In other road matters, Bobby Laughlin, the owner of a rock quarry on Superior Road, offered 250 to 300 loads of rock to the county if the county would grade Superior Road.

“I want to get that road fixed because it’s getting a lot of traffic down there,” Farnham said.
Farnham called Eastern District Road Supervisor Stan Crismon to the commission meeting and arranged for county crews and Laughlin gravel employees to coordinate work, with the quarry owner sharing in the cost by providing free rock to county employees.

While some county roads have adjoining property owners such as Laughlin who pay for the county to do work on their roads, that’s not the case everywhere. Farnham said a decision will need to be made soon on what to do about maintaining the county’s road system.

“We’ve got all these new subdivisions we’ve taken in and a lot of them have asphalt roads,” Farnham said. “When those start tearing up, like Longview Road already has, we’re going to be in a heap of trouble.”
Ransdall said he’s received some criticism for not upping Pulaski County’s road and bridge tax rate to the maximum allowed without a public vote, but Farnham said he supported that decision.

“I am firmly opposed to raising taxes without a vote of the people, and I think it’s the citizens who make the decision whether to raise taxes or not,” Farnham said. “We’re growing so much, we’ve got so many extra roads. We’re not wasting material, but we’ve got a lot to take care of.”

“We’re working on a shoestring budget, and it’s got to stop,” Farnham said.
Farnham said a major difference between the eastern district and western district is that many of his eastern district constituents are from urban areas and aren’t used to living on unpaved roads.

Commissioner Dennis Thornsberry didn’t like that answer.

“I have a simple answer for that; if you don’t want to live on a gravel road, don’t buy a house on a gravel road in the county,” Thornsberry said.
One additional revenue source, Ransdall said, may be a Missouri Department of Transportation road-funding program that may allow a state cost-share to help maintain certain roads that provide access to state-owned property such as river accesses.

While the Pulaski County road and bridge department is over budget, Ransdall said that doesn’t include FEMA reimbursement funding for the January ice storm of $145,349 for disaster relief, including rentals of chippers and bucket trucks, and $119,282 for salaries.

County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer said she’d tally those FEMA funds into the budget reports by Monday.

2855
Local News / Re: Commissioners at it again, cut from Daily Guides pages.
« on: September 21, 2007, 08:12:09 PM »
I am not sure I GET what I just read. I need to get my cyper to understand that report.


Sheriff told to fix jail cell
Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina Sheriff J.B. King presents a list of jail repair issues to County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer and Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall at Thursday morning’s commission meeting.
Darrell Todd Maurina

Pulaski County Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall isn’t happy that the county is paying $35 per day to send inmates to other jails because plumbing and other jail problems have cut the county’s jail capacity by four inmates.

Ransdall summoned Sheriff J.B. King to Thursday morning’s county commission meeting and asked him to provide a list of what repairs are needed to fix the problems. King produced a detailed list of problems in the jail and gave it to Ransdall, but said he understood the list would require review.
“I’m just going to hand you this list since it probably isn’t fair to ask you to discuss it this morning having just seen it,” King said.

However, that discussion didn’t happen at the commission meeting.

“Some of these things I know you can’t get the parts and can’t get them fixed, but some of them you can,” Ransdall said. “I’m going to give this back to you; you get things fixed or come back to us if you need help, and take care of it. It’s costing us not to.”
Ransdall said it makes no sense to send inmates to other jails when repair work would make the unused cells usable.

“My calculation is it’s costing $140 a day to put the prisoners elsewhere,” Ransdall said. “If you pay $1,000 to get this fixed, that’s eight days of housing the prisoners elsewhere.”
 
  
 

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Religion Opinion / Re: Judy Tillett
« on: September 20, 2007, 01:22:37 PM »
On I-44..
Are yours in sight of I-44?

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Religion Opinion / Re: Judy Tillett
« on: September 20, 2007, 02:31:12 AM »
I pay 200 for one and 300 for another.
 
We have gotten quotes for billboards that are artwork based and we got quoted $500-$1000 per month.

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: September 20, 2007, 01:15:00 AM »
I have noticed that about you. LOL

I do not understand public reaction to my column's. I write something I think will promote a firestorm of comment and nothing happens. Then some minor comment I made blows skyhigh and we get 20 replies. I just do not get this.
         JB
 
 

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Local News / Re: Commissioners at it again, cut from Daily Guides pages.
« on: September 18, 2007, 03:50:52 PM »
I know it to be a fact (Not Just Opinion) we do not want Berrier in the position.

 

I can understand Birds comment about the lesser of two evils (Berrier vice Ransdall), but of course that is only his opinion. 

2861
Local News / Re: Commissioners at it again, cut from Daily Guides pages.
« on: September 18, 2007, 03:48:33 PM »
But Farnham has a voice and he can use it to point out the errors in the other Commissioners judgement. Where's the beef?
 
Ransdall's vote is supposed to be a tie breaker only.  When he hooks up with Thornsberry, he automatically negates our third commissioner

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Sneak Peek Sheriff's View / Re: Sneak Peek Sheriff's View
« on: September 17, 2007, 12:57:13 AM »
The Sheriff’s View #38, week of Sept. 17 to 21, 2007
Welcome aboard for one more column full of thrills and chills. Actually this column may be full of very calm news. In many respects this has been a quiet week. But after some of the weeks we have had lately we will accept the quiet with joy. We have several employees who tried to sneak in a small vacation this past week and it appears they chose wisely on their proposed vacation dates.
On the Dispatch front we logged in at 6,255 calls for service as of Saturday morning the 15th. Last week we stood at 6,076 so the week’s total was only 149 calls. This represented a definite drop in business for us. We love the recession figure and hope that it will continue. The drop in cases may have come at a very good time especially if it will continue because this week we are sending our two Dispatch supervisors to a special training school in Jefferson City. They will be gone four days and covering for the two of them will be hard. But it will not be impossible. We have been doing a lot of cross training the past two years that I have not talked about in the column. We have two Dispatch qualified road officers who are also MULES certified and in a pinch they can jump on the radio and take care of Dispatch. If we do that to cover Dispatch then we short the road for a few days. We used to have a Dispatch employee who was also a certified jailor. But she left us some time back and moved to Texas.
The movement of employees from one job skill to another is the perfect example of our department giving the best bang for the tax dollar that we can produce. When I write that Dispatch has only five people to run the show that means that any absence of more than two days by any employee leads to overtime concerns. Sending two people to the same school at the same time puts us in a real bind. But the school is needed and it only occurs once a year so it is now or never so to speak. When I talk about robbing Peter to pay Paul in our department that is not a whine or a complaint. That is just the way we have to do business to operate. We know we need more people to operate Dispatch and anyone with a brain can figure out that five people cannot run a 24/7/365 business without major problems from time to time.
If the County does not want to pay for what is needed we will do the best we can but somewhere we will fall short. Using road Deputies to keep Dispatch going is a good example. I do not want to place the remaining two full time Dispatchers on 12-hour shifts four days in a row since that leads to a lot of overtime. So we will use a road Deputy for two days and the Dispatch crew will do 12-hour shifts on only two days. This way we keep Dispatch going, we do not short the road to badly, and we accumulate less overtime. The bottom line is that we get the job done with what we have. As the business CEO it is my job to seek improvement in the business structure for the future. So I write about problems like this in the hopes that the light bulb will glow and we will get the manpower that we need to do an adequate job. I do not see this as “whining”; I am merely briefing the public on the current situation.
Since I have been writing about training I guess I should mention that our full time Detective will also be going to training this next week in criminal investigation classes along with two of our reserve detectives. I will attend a three-day class starting Monday morning. I must have this class to satisfy the Federal Government with some of their new ideas on mandated training. In two more weeks I have to do a second two-day class along the same line. So we will be busy.
This past week we had two murder trials on the third floor of the Pulaski County Courthouse. The first murder trial was a change of venue from Phelps County. The verdict there was guilty of murder second and armed criminal action. A 40-year sentence was imposed. The second murder trial got under way on Friday and it is currently in progress. While these trials were underway the normal courthouse business continued. So this past week and next week we must have additional Deputies to act as a bailiff. I did three days of bailiff duty last week. We were able to obtain the service of one off our fine reserve Deputies as a bailiff all of last week. And hopefully the same thing will occur next week as the second murder trial continues. We have a lot of Reserve officers who give us a tremendous amount of free time to help Pulaski County. Without them we would not be able to accomplish our mission. I would like to extend a special expression of “thank you” to all of our Reserve Deputies. Without your efforts we would be lost and we would fall flat on our face.
I seem to have hit the magic word count once again and I must close for this week. Please drive careful and stay legal. We are running out of room at the Inn and we do not want your business. But if you insist on dropping in for an extended visit you need to know that the jail light is on.

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Business Opinion / Re: Giggles and Wiggles
« on: September 17, 2007, 12:04:46 AM »
I have a nice high chair I would donate to the church. Looks like brand new.

2864
Religion Opinion / Re: Judy Tillett
« on: September 17, 2007, 12:00:41 AM »
Talking about what you are going to do for this community is nice, but actually doing something is much nicer.

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Religion Opinion / Re: Judy Tillett
« on: September 16, 2007, 11:51:45 PM »
This could be a local school kids drawing.

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Religion Opinion / Re: Judy Tillett
« on: September 16, 2007, 09:23:12 PM »
Yes,  I am saying they are overestimating, way over estimating. It would require that they retail 3,000,000.00 a year in gross sales of Pornography related materials. All combined don't do anywhere near that. Think about it. They are not taxing any thing but porn and the personal items people buy from them. Lap dances are not included nor are liquor sales. As usual the Commissioners do not have their facts straight. They throw out those kind of amounts to get people on board.
 
 
 
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are you talking about the porn tax or the 1/2 cent sales tax? 

It was said at the last commissioners meeting that  a porn tax would generate 300K, are you saying that they are over estimating?

The 1/2 cent sales tax would allow to hire more officers and give them an adequate raise.  It would also help with maintenance and equipment supply.  It would also free up some of the money that is now alloted to the sheriff's department to be used for other things in the county.

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Religion Opinion / Re: Judy Tillett
« on: September 16, 2007, 07:29:02 PM »
It wouldn't generate any where near that amount of money.
 
Ransdall is an acting like an (No name calling).  A "porn tax" to support the sheriff's department, ok that goes against EVERYTHING Pastor Tillet is wanting.  The only way that would help the sheriff's department would be if people bought MORE porn.

And to top it off it would only possibly bring an extra 250K-300K a year.  Whereas, a 1/2 cent sales tax would be more than enough to cover the expenses of the sheriff's and release the funds of the sheriff's department to got to road and bridge or other areas of the county.

2868
Restaurant Opinion / Re: Mcdonalds Jeff City Mo Blvd
« on: September 16, 2007, 12:15:08 AM »
I think Lawrence Ray likes McDonalds. NOT!
 
Get a Lawyer thats your best bet

2869
Sports Opinion / Re: Waynesville Versus Farmington.
« on: September 15, 2007, 02:55:44 AM »
87 yards thru air for Lyle Cox, 186 total yards for Waynesville. 326 yards in total offense for Farmington.
 
Tigers take on Springfield Hillcrest Hornets next week, at Springfield.

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Sports Opinion / Re: Waynsville Versus Farmington.
« on: September 15, 2007, 02:47:31 AM »
The Waynesville Tigers have lost 18 to 14.

2871
Sports Opinion / Re: Waynsville Versus Farmington.
« on: September 15, 2007, 02:47:03 AM »
1 minute 29 seconds left the Tigers have turned over the ball.

2872
Sports Opinion / Re: Waynsville Versus Farmington.
« on: September 15, 2007, 02:45:42 AM »
 Lyle Cox has been sacked six times in this contest.

2873
Sports Opinion / Re: Waynsville Versus Farmington.
« on: September 15, 2007, 02:43:25 AM »
Tigers have lost the ball to Farminigton. Quarterback Lyle Cox was intercepted. Tigers get the ball back with 1 minute 55 seconds left on the clock. The tigers have 75 yards left to go.

2874
Sports Opinion / Re: Waynsville Versus Farmington.
« on: September 15, 2007, 02:38:20 AM »
Waynesville now trails by 4 points with 2 minutes 26 seconds left. Tigers have 83 yards left to take the lead.

2875
Sports Opinion / Re: Waynsville Versus Farmington.
« on: September 15, 2007, 02:19:31 AM »
Quarterback Aaron Baker runs 87 yards to put the Farmington Black Knights on top. Score is now Farmington 15 to Waynesville's 14 with 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter. This is the first time this season Waynesville has trailed in a ball game. 75 yards in penalties so far in this game for Waynesville..

2876
Sports Opinion / Waynesville Versus Farmington.
« on: September 15, 2007, 02:12:36 AM »
Defense was the strong point of both teams tonight. Latest score is Waynesville 14 Farmington 9. 11:49 left in game. Waynesville penalties have plagued the team tonight.

2877
Local News / Re: Commissioners at it again, cut from Daily Guides pages.
« on: September 15, 2007, 02:09:22 AM »
You got me on that one, you truely are the whiping boy for the Commissoners. They beat you like Michael Vicks yard dog.


    Wait just a minute here, I 've got a stack of newspapers that prove everything wrong in this county was or is my fault. Are you trying to take the main title away from me?

    JB

2878
Local News / Re: Commissioners at it again, cut from Daily Guides pages.
« on: September 14, 2007, 07:04:10 PM »
I spoke to Ransdall and he said that I had botched the INTERNET tax because I said it would not fly on my message board. I only said it would not fly because it would not fly. The INTERNET is tax free until congress says otherwise.
Now think about what I just said. Ransdall has said he sees no support for the LE tax and yet when I said his INTERNET tax wouldn't get any money, he used my statement to say the Internet tax has no support. So in one case he cites my board as the determining factor in it having no support, yet he doesn't cite my message board as a place the LE tax has support, rather the opposite. He pretends that the LE tax has no support. I asked him if he thought it was odd that almost everyone on my site supports the LE tax, and then asked who is it you claim is against it? His reply,"The type of people that don't support it are not INTERNET types."
 
I might add that Chris Heard (City of St. Robert assistant city administrator) was there also and said they can get monies from INTERNET sales tax. I still await the arrival of funds fellas. There may be some hope of collecting sales tax for this county on sales made on INTERNET websites based in Missouri, but very little if any would arrive. Where's the Beef fellas? It been six months since we talked fellas..


02Tundra is correct about RAnsdall.  He did come right out against the LE tax.  Of course he also came right out and stated he had some ideas to get more money into the coffers for the Sheriff.  That never came to pass.  Thornsberry is out of my district so I never had a chance to vote against him.  IMHO, these two are out for power and self gratification and not actually representing the people they are supposed to.  Much like Crismon and Thornsberry had an alliance before.  Ransdall is a professional politician, having been Waynesville Mayor and Representative of the 148 District prior to his current position.

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Local News / Re: Commissioners at it again, cut from Daily Guides pages.
« on: September 14, 2007, 06:52:22 PM »
Our other choices were Tim Berrier and Tony Crismon, those two were unacceptable. Berrier only won because he was the lesser of the two evils. Ransdall was the only one of the bunch who would not embarrass the county too much. You can ask JB, I almost supported Berrier for JB's sake. That went against all common sense I have ever had.
 
People knew this about Ransdall before he ran and people still voted for him!  I haven't been impressed, but to be fair, he has done a few things in a deliberate manner. 

He's refused to put the LE tax on the ballot to allow voter to decide for themselves

He continues to make sure everyone know he used to be the Representative of the 148 district.

I'm just fooling around--got ya!

2880
City Government Opinion / Re: Waynesville does not really want industry.
« on: September 14, 2007, 05:56:51 AM »
Yup, and now it is squashed.

But this wasn't an industrial park, it was a business park.  Luge even stated that they probably shouldn't have called it "industrial park".  That scared people off.

The proposed buildings weren't big nasty factory and junk collecting vendors.  They were nice businesses that would have nice offices and many jobs.