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With roof done, focus now shifts to repairs inside Gasconade County Courthouse

Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 12:37 pm

Workers put the final touches on one of the small domes on the Gasconade County Courthouse roof.

Gasconade County officials offered a suggestion to area residents who might be looking for a tax deduction as the end of the year comes into focus: Don’t forget the renovation work that needs to be done inside the Courthouse.
While donations by individuals, businesses and civic organizations were key to building a fund to begin the renovation of the Courthouse roof, similar contributions would be helpful with financing the restoration work needed inside the Courthouse, especially on the second floor, which has long sustained damage from the leaky roof.
County Treasurer Mike Feagan said officials had been approached by a resident asking if a donation would be taken even though the roof work is all but finished. The final inspection on the new roof is scheduled for Dec. 14.
Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel Thursday morning said donations, indeed, would be welcomed. And as a possibly enticement for contributions, he pointed out that donations to the Courthouse Restoration Fund is tax deductible.
In other matters at the County Commission session:
• Southern District Associate Commissioner Jerry Lairmore, R-Owensville, was recognized for 20 years of service to the county.
• The administrative panel approved the reappointments of Hermann City Administrator Mark Wallace, Owensville City Administrator Nathan Schauf and Lairmore as Gasconade County’s representatives on the board of the Gasconade County Enhanced Enterprise Zones (EEZ).
An EEZ is a specific area that has been designated for efforts to increase jobs.
The EEZ board operates under the umbrella of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission.
• Miskel again reminded Lairmore and Northern District Associate Commissioner Jim Holland, R-Hermann, of the importance of having all the county’s representatives to MRPC’s Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) attend that body’s Dec. 14 meeting.
At that session, the TAC will consider lists of transportation projects deemed to be priority items from all 8 counties with the Meramec Region.
Gasconade County’s three voting members of the TAC are Lairmore, Schauf and Owensville Mayor John Kammler.
Miskel is an alternate representative.
The TAC will distill all the counties’ priority lists into a master list of projects that will be considered by the full MRPC Board of Directors. That board might or might not make changes to the TAC-approved list. The final project list approved by the MRPC board will be forwarded to the Missouri Department of Transportation to consider as it programs projects within the region into the state’s latest version of the 5-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).
A contingent from Hermann City Hall is expected to attend the TAC session and lobby to have a new Frene Creek bridge on Market Street made part of the regional list of priority projects.
City Hall already has won a small victory in that MRPC and MoDOT representatives last month agreed to designate a new bridge over Frene Creek as the county’s Number 4 priority.
Historically, the counties in the region have been allocated only three priority projects to be considered by the TAC.