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Today is the 73rd day of 2018 and the 84th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1794, inventor Eli Whitney received a patent for the cotton gin.

In 1900, the Gold Standard Act was signed into law by President William McKinley.

In 1950, the Federal Bureau of Investigation instituted the "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list.

In 1990, General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev was elected as the first (and last) president of the Soviet Union.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), composer; Arthur O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881), poet; Albert Einstein (1879-1955), physicist/Nobel Prize winner; Lee Petty (1914-2000), race car driver; Hank Ketcham (1920-2001), cartoonist; Diane Arbus (1923-1971), photographer; Michael Caine (1933- ), actor; Quincy Jones (1933- ), record producer; Wolfgang Petersen (1941- ), filmmaker; Billy Crystal (1948- ), actor/comedian; Grace Park (1974- ), actress; Jamie Bell (1986- ), actor; Stephen Curry (1988- ), basketball player.

TODAY'S FACT: Albert Einstein was offered the Israeli presidency after the death of the country's first president in 1952, but Einstein declined, saying he was not suited for the position.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1967, the AFL and NFL held their first common draft of college football players. The Baltimore Colts selected defensive tackle Bubba Smith of Michigan State with the first pick.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "(I do not) carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. ... The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think." -- Albert Einstein

TODAY'S NUMBER: 79 -- record number of Grammy nominations for producer Quincy Jones.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (March 9) and new moon (March 17).

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County approves hazard mitigation plan

The St. Francois County Commission approved a resolution adopting an All-Hazard Mitigation Plan when it met in regular session Tuesday morning at the courthouse annex in Farmington.

Associate Commissioner Patrick Mullins explained the purpose of the resolution before the vote.

“The Southeast Missouri Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission has contracted with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to complete the five-year update to the St. Francois County Hazard Mitigation Plan,” he said. “The focus of the plan is on actions that local jurisdictions — specifically the county, cities and public school districts and college can take to mitigate against the impact of natural disasters on the public, students, infrastructure and economy.”

According to Mullins, as of Nov. 1, 2003, any Missouri county declared a federal disaster area must have an approved plan in place to be eligible for hazard mitigation grants.

“The funds may be used to fund projects that will reduce or eliminate losses from future disasters, as well as providing long-term solutions,” he said. “Some examples would be safe rooms, sirens, generators, underground electric wires and certain utility poles.”

Mullins noted that the commission has been working with SEMA since its first Southeast Missouri Region Disaster Mitigations session held in June 2010. Besides active participation in the plan’s development, the county is required to have a representative attend meetings and complete necessary documents. In addition, the county must provide its portion of the match for the grant funding development of the plan.

“In-kind matches are allowed and no out of pocket expenses are required,” Mullins said. “In-kind labor on Aug. 31, 2010 was $4,789.61 out of the $7,000 needed. The rest was made up by other local jurisdictions. Now the in-kind labor is $8,000. Time sheets will be used at the rate of $21.57 [an hour].”

After being told that the draft All-Hazard Mitigation Plan had to be adopted by the commission prior to March 26, Mullins explained that the last minute vote was caused by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) being “bogged down” because of recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey that hit Houston, Texas, and Hurricane Irma that devastated Puerto Rico.

“Nothing binds the county to this,” Mullins said. “There are no funds necessary and no commitments have to be made.”

He added that by adopting the plan he hopes the county will be able to get as many as two emergency generators — one for the courthouse and the other for the courthouse annex — with an 80/20 match grant.

In other action, commissioners opened bids for county department computers; approved a bid for box culverts; approved bids submitted through the annual bid process; received the sales tax collection report; approved the Senior Citizens Committee minutes and resolution; accepted the recommendation of the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department to reject a bid for data storage; and approved a position change and addition in the assessor’s office.

The next regular meeting of the commission will take place at 10 a.m. March 20 on the third floor of the courthouse annex.