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Below is the February 4th edition of Clay County House Representative Bob Nance’s Capitol Report.

February 4, 2010

On the 100th Anniversary of the Boys Scouts of America

“I think the character that you learn in Scouting—working together, being honest with each other, being close knit … and depending on one another, on our camping trips and doing things—all these things build character in a young man that he takes with him into adulthood and makes him a much better citizen. And that’s why Scouting to me has always been an organization I’ve always wanted to help. I think it’s one of the best youth organizations that we … have in this country.”

James A. Lovell Jr., Mission Astronaut, Apollo 13

Better Bridges and Roads:

MoDOT has named the bridge replacements and repairs for the District for 2010.

The westbound bridge over 69 Highway in Excelsior springs is scheduled for completion by November 30th.

The bridge over Fishing River in Ray County on Highway 10 is scheduled for November 30th completion.

The smaller bridge on Clay County “N” highway will be closed from July 29th through November 21st for replacement.

The bridge over Tryst Falls on 92 Highway will be closed April 1st until May 25th.

In 2010, 18 miles of Highway 13 will be resurfaced from the Caldwell County Line to highway 10 in Richmond.

Highway C from Highway D to Elmira will receive a “chip and seal”.

Route O will receive an overlay between May and September.

Route A will have three bridges “Design Build” this year.

A bridge at K highway and 13 Highway is also scheduled and a bridge on Route E near the Caldwell County Line.

State Budget:

Budget Chairman Allen Icet responded to questions on the budget recently.

“Many believed we had seen the worst of the economic downturn and that this year would be better— but they were wrong. Unfortunately, this year we face a grim economy and one far worse than last year during the budget crisis.” The Senate, House, and Governor must work responsibly with Missouri’s tax dollars as this year’s budget is crafted.

At the Capitol

HB 1521, which is a “Silver Alert” for seniors, was forwarded to Senior Citizen Advocacy Committee.

HB 1544 was passed out of the House on Tuesday. The bill extends the state’s eligibility to receive federal extended unemployment benefit money to provide unemployed individuals compensation beyond the current unemployment benefit period that ended December 5, 2009. The state will not incur any costs of the extension of benefits.

Marti Cowherd visited the Capitol representing the Ray County Family Practice on Tuesday. Justin Mohn of Excelsior Springs is working as an Intern for Senator Jolie Justus. He is in his junior year at the University of Missouri.

In the District:

Congratulations to the Lawson and Orrick School Districts on being recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Central Regional Professional Development Center as 2009 Distinction in Performance Award Recipients.

In Your Service,

Bob Nance

Emergencyy declaration signed for Missouri farmers to allow extra hauling capacity in their vehicles due to wet weather.

For more information, contact DeAnne Rickabaugh, MoDOT Motor Carrier Services, (573) 526-8992.

Oct. 30, 2009 – For immediate release

Heavy Harvest Hauls Allowed

MoDOT Eases Truck Regulations for Row Crop Transportation

 

JEFFERSON CITY – Throughout a soggy Missouri, farmers are rushing to harvest row crops and get them to storage before unseasonably heavy rainfall ruins this year’s production. The Missouri departments of Transportation and Agriculture are working to help Missouri’s farmers cope with the situation.

At the request of MDA, MoDOT issued an emergency declaration that eases certain state transportation regulations through Nov. 30. While the declaration is in effect, farmers are allowed to load their trucks up to 10 percent heavier than the legal licensed weight when transporting row crop commodities from the farm to a local storage facility. Farmers may also operate their vehicles beyond the normal hours-of-service limits when hauling to storage facilities and returning the empty truck to the farm.

These heavier loads are not allowed on Missouri interstates, nor are they allowed on any bridge with a weight restriction lower than the gross weight of the loaded vehicle. When traveling over bridges, the drivers must limit their speed to 45 mph and drive down the center of two lanes.

A copy of Emergency Declaration 09-11 must be carried in each commercial motor vehicle that operates in response to the relief effort. It is posted on MoDOT Motor Carrier Services’ Web site, www.modot.org/mcs.

Because many highways are under repair and might have narrow lanes, drivers are expected to review their respective routes for work zone restrictions before beginning each trip. Consult the Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org or call MoDOT customer service at 1-888 ASK MoDOT (275-6636).

This is the latest e-newsletter from Senator Bill Stouffer. Senator Stouffer is a Missouri state senator who covers a small part of eastern Clay County.

The Stouffer Report:

Enjoy the Free Ride on the Fourth

A rare treat will happen over the Fourth of July weekend. Not only will we be celebrating the birth of our nation, but there will be an opportunity for you to enjoy one of rural Missouri’s treasures without having to pay to get there.

MoDOT will offer free ferry service on the Missouri River at Glasgow over the Fourth of July weekend (Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5). Letting folks ride for free across the river is being offered as a special incentive to encourage visitors to come to Glasgow, ride the ferry and see how the new bridge is coming along. The ferry runs from 6:30 in the morning until 6:30 in the evening, seven days a week.

The idea of the free ferry rides started when a constituent of mine asked if MoDOT would be willing to do this. I am pleased they were able to make it happen. I think this will bring more folks to the Glasgow area for the holiday weekend. I also want to thank MoDOT for making this partnership such a success over the past year.

The Missouri River Bridge at Glasgow was closed last August, so crews could start to tear out the bridge truss, girders and deck and replace them with a wider bridge. MoDOT expects to have the new bridge opened to traffic by August 4, 2009. They will still have other work to do on the bridge, which they hope to complete by the end of the year.

Glasgow is a great community with a lot to offer, especially on a patriotic day like the Fourth of July. In the early 1500s, the area now known as Glasgow was home to the Missouri tribe. In 1836, it was settled by 13 men who named the settlement after one of its founders, James Glasgow. The town was considered to be the second great river port, behind St. Louis, due to its location and available access to the Missouri River.

Among the gems you can find in Glasgow is the Lewis Library, the second-oldest library in the state and the oldest library building in continuous use west of the Mississippi. The library was built in 1866 by Colonel Benjamin Lewis and his brother, James. The building also served as the first site of Lewis College, until the college moved to another location in 1891. There are also city parks, swimming pools, camp sites, restaurants and unique places to shop.

I hope folks take advantage of the free ferry rides on July 4th and 5th and visit Glasgow. Seeing how rural Missouri — the backbone of America — celebrates the birth of our nation’s independence is something everyone should experience.

Senator Stouffer serves the counties of Carroll, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Lafayette, Macon, Ray, Saline, and a part of Clay.