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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Residents petition to relieve truck traffic on CR 2020

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  • Residents in the Northwye area have resubmitted a petition to Phelps County Commissioners in hopes of alleviating heavy truck traffic on County Road 2020, north of Interstate 44 and Rolla.
     
    Don Chaney, along with Jim and Mary White, attended the commission meeting Tuesday morning to resubmit the petition that contains 20 signatures of residents along County Road 2020.
     
    Chaney said he would like to see an extension of County Road 2000 east to Highway V for a continuous outer road that trucks could use instead of County Road 2020.
     
    Building a continuous outer road north of I-44 from Highway 63 to Route V was ranked late last year as the third top transportation priority in Phelps County by commissioners.
     
    “I support that wholeheartedly,” District One Commissioner Larry Stratman said of extending the outer road. “There’s just one thing missing in the equation — money.”
     
    Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp said such an outer road could translate to economic development along that road.
     
    Verkamp noted Preston Kramer, area engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, has offered to design the project for the county, but what was holding the project back is finding available funds.
     
    “We just want to make sure it hasn’t been forgotten,” Chaney said.
     
    The petition signed by residents along County Road 2020 states that the road is “too narrow and is not accommodating for large trucks to travel. The road is becoming so busy, it is dangerous and very hard to back in or out of our driveways.”
     
    In other business
     
    Also at Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners received updated sales tax figures from County Treasurer Carol Green. Phelps County’s sales tax deposit in January was down by 16.61 percent compared to January 2012, however, it was noted that the reduction for TIF payments to the City of Rolla had not started until May of last year.
     
    In addition, commissioners received notice of proposed mine plan boundaries in Tick and Dry Fork creeks in the northwest portion of Phelps County. Commissioners noted that this operation may help the county when it is looking for vendors needed to supply materials for chipping and sealing roads.
     
    It also was noted that the county is soliciting bids for the sale of vehicles from the sheriff’s department. Bids will be opened Jan. 29.
     
    Commissioners also reviewed the 2013 budget, which is expected to be adopted Tuesday, Jan. 22. Last week, the commission heard from several department heads regarding their requests. Among them was Public Administrator Kathy Oliver, who noted that while her proposed budget for 2013 is about the same as last year’s, in 2007, she had about 108 clients and now she has about 160.
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    She also noted that she is out of office space and while she noted that budgets are tight, she said a full-time employee in her office would be ideal.
     
    District Two Commissioner Gary Hicks said last week, “It doesn’t sound like a good revenue stream for the office” and added that the public administrator is “one of the necessary services that the county funds, but there’s not enough funds.”
     
    County Clerk Carol Bennett said Tuesday that Oliver has room in her existing budget that could allow her to add part-time staff this year, as one possible solution.

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