Dolan-West Dolan Fire Protection District breaks ground for new headquarters
About 60 people attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Dolan-West Dolan Fire Protection District Headquarters Station Aug. 1 at the building site on Eighth Street at the north edge of Freeman.
The building will be approximately 10,100 square feet and can house as many as six vehicles, as well as offices, kitchen/day room, bunk rooms and a large training room. Part of the building will also be constructed as a tornado shelter for area residents.
The new fire station comes as a result of a $1.8 million bond issue voters approved in April. Elite Construction has completed the design for the building and will lead the construction project.
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Aside from the building, the bonds will provide for the purchase of other equipment, including a new engine and a tanker, both of which are expected to arrive by August or September of 2018. The completion of the building is projected for the spring or early summer of 2018.
Harrisonville reminds residents of permit requirements due to recent floods
Due to recent flooding, the city of Harrisonville is reminding residents to obtain local permits before repairing or rebuilding flood-damaged structures.
The permits are required as part of the local government’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, providing eligibility for flood insurance, flood disaster assistance, state and federal grants and loans and buyout funds for flood-prone property.
Chris Arthur, of the city’s building division, said that local floodplain management ordinances require that permits be obtained for any construction or development activity in a floodplain area, including the repair or reconstruction of structures damaged by flooding.
The city said special conditions apply to substantially damaged buildings — those in which the total cost of repairs is 50 percent or more of the structure’s pre-flood market value. If a building is found to be substantially damaged, regulations require that repairs not begin until compliance with the local floodplain ordinance is demonstrated. In some cases, it may require repairs that include elevating or flood-proofing the structure to reduce the potential for future flood damage.
The cost to repair must be calculated for full repair to pre-damaged condition, even if the owner elects to do less. The total cost to repair includes structural and finish materials as well as labor. If labor and materials have been donated they must still be assigned a value. If local building codes require the structure to be repaired according to certain standards, these additional costs must be included in the full repair cost for the structure.
Arthur said that state and federal assistance may be available to property owners to reduce the chances of future flood damage. Mitigation assistance may cover costs of relocation, or for elevating or purchasing flood-damaged structures. Flood insurance may also provide up to $30,000 to protect a structure from future flood damage.
Property owners and residents with flood-damaged buildings are asked to contact Chris Arthur at 816-380-8912 for more information on repair and reconstruction permits.
Cass Regional recognizes employee for second quarter award
Gretchen Hellwig, a full-time employee in the medical/surgical unit at Cass Regional Medical Center, was named the organization’s Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2017.
Chief Nursing Officer Twila Buckner made the announcement Aug. 3 during a reception.
Hellwig, an employee at Cass Regional since 2012, was nominated for the award by an array of Cass Regional Medical Center employees. She was chosen as Employee of the Quarter for representing the qualities stated in Cass Regional’s vision and mission statement. Hellwig received 16 nominations.
“Gretchen is an excellent seasoned nurse,” Social Worker Cheryl Stice said. “She interacts well with patients and staff. She is a team player, often doing more than her share to obtain the ultimate goal.”
Hellwig said the best part of her job is working on the inpatient side of nursing.
“Working as a charge nurse, I am able to be active in patient care and help educate and share my experiences with newer nurses,” Hellwig said. “I enjoy teaching.”
Hellwig resides in rural Butler with her husband, Craig, and they have four children. Her family includes her sons Jacob and Tucker, her daughters Hallie and Carly and son-in-law Wyatt.
As Employee of the Quarter, Hellwig received a paid day off, a designated parking space for the quarter, an Employee of the Quarter recognition pin, an Employee of the Quarter crystal star award, a cake and balloons.
Osage Valley Electric Cooperative to hold 79th annual meeting
The 79th annual meeting of the members of Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Association is scheduled Aug. 24 at the Benson Center in Clinton.
At the annual meeting, members exercise their rights as member/owners of their electric cooperative. The members learn how their cooperative is doing financially, elect three directors to serve a three-year term and enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Each registered member who attends will receive a commemorative gift and $5 credit on their electric bill. Additional electric credit certificates and other prizes will be given away throughout the evening. Two lucky winners will win $250 worth of free electricity. Members must be present to win.
Sandwiches will be served between 5 to 7 p.m. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. and the business meeting will convene at 7 p.m.
Musical entertainment will be provided by The Sons of Britches.
The offices at Butler and Clinton will only be open from 9-11 a.m. on Aug. 24 in order to prepare for the meeting.
Members are asked to bring their registration card that will be in the August issue of the Rural Missouri.