Public Works Director Jason Mercer discussed projects completed in each department in the last two weeks during the regular meeting of the Gallatin Board of Aldermen held Nov. 28, at city hall.
Water — four service leaks dug up; 10 meter leaks repaired; new valves installed in backwash basin; new fence on dog pound kennels; new roof on dog pound; water well easements mowed and cleaned; several service orders completed; new desks put together at city hall.
Sewer — right-a-ways mowed and manholes marked; repair to small C.T. basin at sewer plant; preventative maintenance program began on all lift station pumps; three call outs on sewer problems at residences, all were with the resident’s service line. Mercer said the sewer plant was running great with all tests within the parameters.
Street — new sand spreader installed; sand mixed for winter; new chain installed in old Swenson spreader; rebuilt old Flink spreader; 67 new stop signs installed; "No Soliciting" signs installed on all entrances to town; "Reserve Parking" signs installed around the square; three trucks with plows and spreaders readied for winter.
Electric — Christmas lights installed; new street pole installed in front of city hall; 15 street lights repaired; three residential services brought up to date with new wiring; climbing pole installed in power plant for training; large bucket truck repaired (hydraulic leak), many locates completed; many service orders completed.
Police Chief Mark Richards submitted a report on activity from Nov. 14-28 with the following reports taken and tickets given: one fire alarm; one dog bite; five cows out; one no city dog tag; three trespassing; one possession of a controlled substance; one possession of drug paraphernalia; five check the welfare; two assist EMS; one peace disturbance; two domestic disturbance. There are three dogs in the pound.
Chief Richards stated that the police provided traffic control at Christmas in the Park this past Saturday. All of the Christmas trees have been placed around the square. Chief Richards commented that the police participated in a statewide seatbelt enforcement campaign last week. In general drivers in Gallatin consistently wear their seatbelts.
Bills in the amount of $26,388.68 were approved for payment.
Discussion was held on the handicap ramp located on the corner of Main and Grand.
Carrie Holcomb and Rachel Waterbury with the Dockery Park Board presented the 2012 budget.
Discussion was held on the 2012 budget and purchasing a new skid loader.
The next meeting was changed from Dec. 26 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Comments by aldermen were made regarding transformer issues on West Grand.
The board entered into closed session pursuant to hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting employees.
The above are the unapproved minutes of the regular meeting for the city of Gallatin held on Nov. 28, at city hall. Present were Mayor Barb Ballew, aldermen, John Whitfield, Dan Lockridge, Steve Evans and Carol Walker; administrator Zac Johnson; City Clerk Autumn Acree; Police Chief Mark Richards; Public Works Director Jason Mercer; Police Chaplain Austin Bonnett; Carrie Holcomb and Rachel Waterbury.
As Trooper Larry Allen was traveling north on I-35 at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 28, a gray Pontiac was identified as a stolen vehicle by the license plates.
Trooper Allen followed the car as it exited I-35 and traveled south on Highway 69, as he awaited the arrival of additional officers before stopping the car.
At the Altamont junction, the trooper activated his lights to stop the Pontiac, but was forced into a pursuit when the car failed to stop. The pursuit began on Highway 6 and continued to Altamont. The pursuit was discontinued through the town of Altamont but began again when the car turned north on 165th Street.
When the Pontiac reached 160th and Oval, it crashed into a guard rail but continued to cross Lake Viking lots until it reached Lake Viking Terrace, with officers pursuing all the while. The Pontiac continued to travel another three miles, even with damage to the front end and a blown tire, but came to stop near Lake Viking Terrace and Cessna.
The driver fled on foot into a wooded area and was apprehended by Trooper Aaron Griffin. One male and one female passenger were apprehended at the vehicle, at which time it was discovered that a child was in the back seat, along with other stolen items and drug paraphernalia.
The three subjects, all from the Kansas City area, were transported to the sheriff’s office and have been charged. The driver, Keith Anderson, has been charged with felonies of tampering with motor vehicle, endangering welfare of a child, property damage, resisting arrest, risk of serious injury, and misdemeanors of possession of burglary tools and drug paraphernalia. His bond has been set at $45,000.
Passenger Richard Enochs has been charged with felony tampering with motor vehicle, with bond set at $35,000.
Nena Nix has been charged with misdemeanor tampering with motor vehicle and felony endangering welfare of a child, with bond set at $35,000.
The troopers were assisted in the pursuit by Daviess County Sheriff Ben Becerra.
Dr. John Yeats, the newly elected director of Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC), will be the guest speaker at morning worship (10:40 a.m.) on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Gallatin First Baptist Church.
Dr. Yeats was elected as the executive director of the MBC at the October convention. He will serve as the 20th executive director in the history of the MBC. All are invited to attend the service.
Dr. Yeats comes to the MBC from the Louisiana Baptist Convention where he served as director of communications and public policy. He also edited the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger for eight years and served as director of communications for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. He has been the recording secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) since 1997 and has pastored churches on a full-time or interim basis in Montana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana.
He will be accompanied by his wife Sharon, who has been in ministry with her husband throughout their marriage. They have three grown sons with families.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced that Route J in Daviess County is scheduled to close for bridge deck repairs on Friday, Dec. 2, (weather permitting). (This is a change from the original date of Thursday, Dec. 1.)
Repairs will be completed on the Dog Creek bridge located three miles south of MO 6 at Altamont. The road will be closed between Titan Road and Unity Avenue from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The work is scheduled to take one day to complete. Motorists will need to choose an alternate route during this time.
The Route J Dog Creek bridge is scheduled to be replaced in May of 2012 under the Missouri Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program. The bridge will close to traffic for six to eight weeks next spring during construction. Four bridge replacement projects are scheduled in Daviess County in 2012 under the Safe & Sound program. For a complete list of these bridges and their upcoming closure dates visit the Northwest Safe & Sound website at: www.modot.mo.gov/northwest/safeandsound/index2.htm#Daviess.
It’s a changing world
This week an 18-year-old high school senior at Shawnee Mission East (Kansas) shared a rude comment about an authority figure (Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback) to a handful of her friends. That is so everyday. But in our society, her comment made on Twitter and the response to her opinion went “viral,” even elevating to front page status on the Kansas City Star and into national discussion.
This uproar focuses on freedom of speech, and I’ll leave that to the legal eagles. But what grabs my attention is how this incident describes a new, ever widening dividing line between the “haves” and the “have nots.”
This controversy wouldn’t exist, at least in degree, if it weren’t for Twitter. This social media generally exchanges short word texts between participants.
Twitter is not the latest fad in social media. It is an established, widely used electronic communication. Many internet web sites offer the Twitter icon making its use as convenient as one click. Most even show a count of how many “tweets” or messages that viewers have made, reflecting the popularity of any particular topic …a poll in and of itself, as spontaneous as they text.
So, how important is Twitter to us rural folk living out here in the tundra of Northwest Missouri?
Well, maybe not so much if the measure is usage. There’s a website that measures such things. It counts the number of Twitter accounts within a selected geographic area. I cannot vouch for its accuracy, but I have no reason to doubt. It shows just nine people who tweet in the Gallatin area; there are only 36 in nearby Chillicothe.
So, to depend on Twitter to communicate in rural area we call home is kinda like whistlin’ in the dark. The “haves” are in the larger urban areas where wireless access is the expected infrastructure for the younger generations and others embracing new technologies in all ways. The “have nots” are folks like most of the rest of us, I guess.
This is not to say us “have nots” have no interest in how new technologies impact our cultural traditions and constitutional rights. In fact, we must be more vigilant – regardless of where we live – about such things happening around us. Examples abound.
Earlier this month the Supreme Court was asked whether police can monitor a car without its owner’s knowledge. The question: Is a car a zone of privacy?
The litigation focused on a 2004 police investigation when officers put a GPS device on a car for 28 days. This electronic surveillance led to the discovery of 97 kilos of cocaine and a conviction. An appeal threw out the conviction because the device was attached to the car without a warrant, infringing upon the Fourth Amendment on unreasonable searches.
So, what does this have to do with me, you say? Well, think beyond the scripts we watch on television like NCIS. Think beyond this particular matter now before the Supreme Court. Personify it a bit. What if the Gallatin police put a GPS on your pickup without you knowing it? Or, should a father be allowed to track his 21-year-old daughter’s activities with a GPS? What about a divorcee, tracking the activities of her spouse in order to argue for or against child custody? If you were the one being tracked, would you care?
How GPS devices should be used does seem like a matter for the Supreme Court. Some say driving a vehicle can only be done in a public way, meaning it’s easily observed and out in the open. It’s like when you put out your trash for pickup. It’s your private stuff, yes, but when put in public space your private stuff does not necessarily remain private.
So, isn’t a GPS device just a more efficient means of observing what can be viewed in public anyway? What’s wrong with using such a low-cost device, especially during the early stages of suspicious criminal activity?
On the other hand, if it’s OK to put a tracking device on a vehicle without a warrant then any officer can do it to anybody for no reason. Nobody would be immune. That means “Big Brother” could possibly track your religious, political and economic choices without probable cause!
And yet, there’s more. If you’re sitting in your car having a conversation, is that conversation private? If you say yes, then does your privacy extend to the four corners of your car …meaning that putting a GPS device on your private property constitutes trespass?
And yet there’s more. Do we treat GPS devices different from other electronic gadgets? After all, security cameras are fixed in one position for one specific reason. Cell phones can be turned off. But GPS devices gather information beyond stated intent. GPS devices are so efficient that even criminals, especially wary of police investigative efforts, were observed without discovery for 28 days in this specific case before the Supreme Court.
How far do you push the envelope on using GPS devices?
Oh, sorry, I digress. I only meant to write about the impact of one 18-year-old who told her friends that the governor “sucked.” And maybe that’s what has really changed, how one little “tweet” perhaps flippantly stated in today’s mindless world can provoke such a media and political tsunami – and soon be lost in all the noise of today, and certainly in another wave of more noise for each tomorrow.
Thanks for reading. I think.
Funeral services for Richard Smith will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Community of Christ Church, Fanning, Kan. Burial will be at Fanning Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Harman Rohde Funeral Home in Troy. Memorials: Fanning Cemetery.
Richard Allen Smith, 57, Troy, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at the Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
Richard was born on Aug. 23, 1954, in St. Joseph to John Marvin Smith Sr. and Rosa Schneiter. He was a lifelong resident of Troy and worked for Carnation Can in St. Joseph for 20 years and farmed.
Richard married Jackie Simpson on Sept. 29, 1979, in Fanning, Kan. She survives of the home.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bernard; and sister, Rose Anna Guy.
Other survivors include two sons, Corey Smith and Ryan Smith, both of Troy; six brothers, John E. Smith, Tom Smith, Harry Smith, Paul Smith, John Marvin Smith, Jr., and Sherman Smith, all of Troy; sister, Mary Agnes Murphy of Jamesport; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services for Ora Piper will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Burial: Shambaugh-Cope Cemetery, Weatherby.
Ora Helen Piper, 84, Cameron, died on Nov. 26, 2011.
Helen was born on Sept. 19, 1927, in Weatherby, to Leo and Beulah (Leard) Collins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond Piper; daughter, Deborah Piper; and sister, Lily Scott. She was raised by Uncle and Aunt, Cleve and Edith Heimbaugh.
Helen was a member of the First Assembly of God, Cameron.
Survivors include two sons, Kirby Piper, Winston, and Gary Piper, Cameron; one brother, Arthur Gipson, Plattsburg; one sister, Thelma Brunsky, Kansas City, Kan.; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Greetings from Poosey.
Mrs. Lillith, Poosey’s oldest resident, still washes her “delicates” by hand and hangs them on a clothesline strung across her back yard. She still checks her watch to see how long she’s been on the phone, and she beats her own rugs.
Mrs. Lillith only stopped raising her own laying hens a few years ago when the town passed an ordinance against livestock within the village limits. Truth be known, the city fathers would have allowed her to keep her chickens but she’s a law-abiding citizen and was getting tired gathering eggs anyway. “After 101 years,” she said, “you can buy an egg or two and it won’t kill you.”
Our town’s oldest gal isn’t a skinflint or a kook; she was simply raised in a generation where you took care of yourself with as little help from anyone else as possible. What Tom Brokow has aptly labeled “The Greatest Generation,” earned its wisely frugal ways by living through both the Great Depression and World War II. As a result the members of that age group are the only complete (and sadly dwindling) generation of Americans living today who not only lived through our nation’s toughest economic times, but whose character was formed by the hardship.
I’m not a doomsayer but it doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that things might get economically worse before they get better, and the pendulum of reactions are swinging everywhere between “Let’s try to save a bit,” to the more radical, “How many guns can I collect to save my family from the hoards of mongrel invaders sure to come swarming over our boarders?!”
As usual, the sane reaction is probably somewhere in the middle.
Suffice it to say as the world economy continues to shift we’ll have to adjust to the wobbles. We can. We will. We always have. The question is whether we can keep our integrity in the process, or, like The Greatest Generation, actually be improved by tough times.
I was raised in a house with neither fried potatoes nor oatmeal. My mother had lived through both the war rationing of the 1940′s and the lean times of the 1930′s, and swore that after eating oatmeal every morning and fried potatoes every night she didn’t care if she saw another oat clump or fried spud as long as she lived. As a result I grew up deprived, I guess. But what I lacked in starch and fiber, I more than made up for in being raised by a child of tough times.
Mom cooked all of the chicken, you didn’t do laundry until you had a tubful, candy was for special occasions only, Christmas purchases were not extravagant, and you never called anyone on the phone just to chat. You took good care of your automobile, you carpooled back before the term had been invented, you walked whenever possible, and if you had to hire someone to do any work around your house it had better be labor that required a skill you didn’t have. As a result, we were not deprived, we were blessed.
No, my generation didn’t learn the lessons as well as our parents and with each succeeding branch of the family tree we’ve lost more and more of these can-do skills, but it’s not like self-sufficiency and frugality cannot be learned by a new generation. We are after all still a resourceful breed.
I once asked my grandfather who had lived through two world wars and one great depression how his generation was tough enough to have not only weathered the triple storms, but to come out as the leaders of the free world. He laughed and said, “Oh there wasn’t nothin’ special about us. It was our times that made us what we was.”
“It was our times that made us what we was.”
Much will be said in next 12 months about what the government must do, what it must not do, and who’s the best to lead us. But oh how refreshing to have a President who will simply say, “Here’s what WE must do, you and I.” If you want someone to take ownership of an idea you can’t do it for them, you must ask for their help. Grandpa was willing. His father was willing. And despite the fact that she deprived me of fried potatoes, Mom was willing. We can do it again. It’s a part of who we are.
You ever in Poosey, stop by. We may not answer the door but you’ll enjoy the trip.
We hope every one of our readers had a very thankful Thanksgiving with family and friends, but what will you be doing about Christmas which is less than a month away? I received an e-mail which I suppose many of our readers received, also, but it made me think about Christmas.
Many people had their Thanksgiving celebration cut short as they went to work at midnight, or even earlier when many stores were opened for early Christmas shoppers on Black Friday. I hope the bargains were worth it.
The Birth of a New Tradition was the title of the e-mail which read that Asian factories were in high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply-produced goods—merchandise which had been produced at the expense of American labor. We hope this year Americans will give gifts of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that nothing can be found that’s produced by American hands. It’s time to think outside the box and Chinese-produced wrapping paper.
Everyone gets their hair cut. How about a gift certificate from your local American barber or hairdresser?
Gym membership. It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health issues.
Car detailing. Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small American-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate.
Some extravagant givers might like to give a flat screen television to a special person. Who wouldn’t like that?
Perhaps your gift might be having someone clean their driveway of snow or their lawn mowed for the summer or some rounds at the local golf course.
There are lots of restaurants who would love to sell you a gift certificate. This isn’t necessarily about national chains but about your local hometown American restaurant with their financial lives on the line.
How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle provided by a local shop run by an American. How about a gas card from a local dealer who gets their gas from an American dealer?
Thinking of a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would love the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. Maybe her computer needs a tune-up and I know there is a local young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
If you are looking for something more personal, local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, pottery beautiful wooden boxes and many other things.
Who doesn’t like some homemade goodies? Everyone likes homemade cookies and candy or maybe something you have in the pantry that you canned during the summer out of your garden.
These are a few ideas how you can keep your Christmas dollars in the United States. Think about it.