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Minutes from 1/5/04

The Honorable County Commission of Madison County, met pursuant to adjournment, with the following officers present. Ken Pate Presiding Commissioner, Roy Roberts First District Commissioner, Larry Mungle Second District Commissioner, and Joan Whitener Clerk of the County Commission.

A Transportation meeting was held prior to the County Commission meeting. Those present for the Transportation meeting were; Mark Grimm from Gilmore & Bell, Shannon Creighton from Gilmore & Bell, Larry Mungle County Commission, Bill Robinson MODOT, Sikeston, Barry Horst MODOT, Phillip M. Beyer D.O. Physician, Stan Balsman SEMO Regional Planning, Seeno Ayyagari, Bonnie Wright Alderman Ward III, Fredericktown, MO., Tim Morgan City of Fredericktown, Chauncy Buchheit SEMO Regional Planning, Ivan Kranjec, Farmer & Madison County Farm Supply, Donna Kranjec, Jim McCaul McCaul & Associates Engineering Co., Roy Roberts Commissioner, Ken Pate Presiding Commissioner, and Martha McGraw Mayor of Fredericktown.

The purpose of the Transportation meeting was to discuss opening up the Transportation Development District and to also discuss the bypass road.

Mark Grimm from Gilmore & Bell stated there was a certain process to go through and time involved to get this accomplished. Grimm stated the Transportation District when formed would be a separate legal entity and can impose sales tax and property tax. He stated if everyone agrees the Transportation District could easily be formed with 100% of property owners consent a petition would be filed with the Circuit Court.

Part of the bypass road would not be in the District.

Representation of board members could be five to fifteen elected by the property owners.

The bypass road would be a 50-50 agreement, total cost $8 million with $4 million raised through sales tax and monies from the TIF. Buchheit stated $1 million would be needed July 1st, 2004 through bond sales.

MODOT Representatives stated they would do some design work on the road, and public hearings and meetings will be held regarding the bypass road.

Ken Pate asked who all were interested in forming the Transportation District, and who wants to be a part of it and benefit from it. The County, City, Seeno, Dr. Beyer, and Ivan Kranjec are all interested in being a part of the Transportation District.

There was discussion on the Kranjec property. Jim McCaul Engineer stated that hopefully MODOT could design an entrance road off of Highway 72, which would allow better access to the Kranjec property. Maps were passed around and property ownership was pointed out.

MODOT will do some design work on the bypass road and when they are finished another meeting will be planned.

Grimm suggested having everything ready to go before the next meeting so there will not be any more delays. The next meeting is planned for January 26,2004 at 9:00 a.m. That meeting date will be confirmed later.

No further business, the Transportation meeting was adjourned.

Road & Bridge

Gregg Pruett reported trash on road 249 and Ken Pate reported a trash pile on the Bloomfield Road. Road & Bridge Department will clean up the trash piles. Pruett reported the Road & Bridge Department have hauled 17,196 tons of inch minus rock in 2003.

Commissioners agreed to go out for bids for rock, oil, asphalt, Gas & Diesel fuel for year 2004.

Bids to run in the newspaper weeks of January 14th and 21st, 2004 and opened January 26th, 2004 at 10:30 a.m.

Charlie Grubb from Erb Equipment was present with information on some prices for used equipment. The Road & Bridge Department is interested in a used wheel loader and backhoe. The backhoe will be repaired in order to keep a little longer.

The Commission consulted with Grubb regarding doing a demo on a grading system that involves a tractor and large blade. The demo has been set up for Wednesday, January 7, 2004.

Information was received from Spradling, Spradling, & Southard, Attorneys in Cape Girardeau. The lawsuit that has been filed against Madison County involving the issue of County road 431 and the grading of it has been dismissed by the Plaintiff Patrick O’Gorman. The Road & Bridge Department will maintain the road and remove the gates across the road.

The Commission agreed to have the County budget hearing January 19, 2004 at 10:00 a.m.

Bills were presented and approved to be paid. No further business, meeting adjourned.

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