Helping residents through outreach

April is National County Government Month, and starting April 10 the Phelps County Commission will hold outreach meetings for the 2018 mission of “Serving the Underserved." Presiding commissioner for Phelps County, Randy Verkamp, encourages all county officials, schools, employees and residents to participate in the upcoming engagements.

Phelps County is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo) that unites county governments across the U.S., and this year’s focus on serving the underserved is a result of the never-ending war on poverty that is not a distant problem.

“More than 43 million people, or 13 percent of the U.S. population, live below the poverty line,” stated NACo President Charles Brooks in a March press release.

In like manner, the U.S. Census Bureau in their 2017 report on county poverty levels reported Phelps County as having a 19.6 percent poverty rate within the 44,744 population of the county, further representing this year’s vital mission for the community.

The 2018 Phelps County Commission Outreach Meetings are open to everyone and will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the specified dates and locations:

— Tuesday, April 10 — at the Doolittle Community Hall.

— Thursday, April 19 — at the Rolla City Hall.

— Thursday, April 26 — at the St. James City Hall.

— Tuesday, May 1— at the Newburg Houston House.

— Tuesday, May 8— at the Edgar Springs City Hall.