Welcome to Boonslick Regional Planning Commission!

 

Hopewell Hill on Highway 47 Opens

Hopewell Hill is very well known to those who have driven on Highway 47 in Warren County over the years.  Sharp curves and a lack of shoulders made many feel the road was extremely unsafe.  MoDOT recently closed Highway 47 at Hopewell Hill to traffic temporarily as work was done to complete the new 3/4 mile section of the route.  The new section of MO 47 has 11′ wide lanes with 4′ paved shoulders.  The existing 12 curves have been softened to 3 curves.  BRPC Program Coordinator Chuck Eichmeyer drives this stretch of highway to get to work.  Click on the photo below to see a video of a driver’s view of the “new” Hopewell Hill.

Hopewell Hill Photo

 

BRPC Newsletter

In an effort to keep BRPC’s membership up to date with projects on which staff members are working and activities for the region, we have decided to publish a newsletter.  Initial plans are to publish it monthly; however, we will evaluate the process and make adjustments as deemed necessary.  We hope you find it to be informative.

August Newsletter Picture BRPC Newsletter, August 2014

 

Hazard Mitigation Update Planning

The Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, in association with Boonslick Regional Planning Commission is beginning the process of updating the county’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The purpose of the plan is to reduce or eliminate long term risk to the people and property of the county from the effects of natural hazard events. This approach will ensure that the county’s local governments remain eligible for all possible disaster recovery assistance.

A Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee kick-off meeting will be held at the Montgomery County Ambulance Station, 603 Stoddard Memorial Drive, New Florence; at 6:30pm on September 16th.

All incorporated municipalities and school districts within the county must participate in the planning process and legally adopt the updated plan. The general public is invited as well.

 

Current Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate for the Boonslick region continues to remain lower than the high levels of several years ago.  Rates for the Boonslick region and the State of Missouri are just above the rate for the Unites States.

June 2014 Unemployment Rate

 

Senator Roy Blunt Visits BRPC to Discuss Infrastructure Bill

Senator Blunt

Senator Roy Blunt was in the region on Thursday, April 17, 2014 to discuss an infrastructure bill.  The bipartisan legislation creates a $50 billion dollar infrastructure fund that can be leveraged to $750 billion.  The link to the bill is:

http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/e7235c00-4bfb-40b1-b25f-91fd6a67a1a7/1-17-14%20Infrastructure.pdf

 

 

FirstNET

For additional information including specific meeting times, dates and locations, you may contact the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission at (636) 456-3473 or click here to go to our FirstNET page.  Information on the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (FirstNET) may be found at http://FirstNet.gov

 

Strategies for Community Relocation

Boonslick Regional Planning Commission has had the experience of moving three towns – Rhineland, Silex and Winfield, Missouri – as the result of floods.  Below is the link to a publication which was developed as a guide to help communities recover from such a disaster.

 

Business Continuity Planning

Will your business survive a disaster?  Twenty five percent of businesses never re-open following a natural disaster.  Ninety percent of businesses that are affected by a significant event are forced to close within two years.  Boonslick Regional Planning Commission can help you with each step of creating a business continuity plan.  There is no cost to you except the time it takes to complete the form.  Click here for more information

Services Available for Local Businesses

Businesses will find helpful information on the Business USA website.  A variety of available services and resources are provided.

 

 

Wheels to Work is a program designed to help individuals who need transportation to their current job or to a job that would be available to them if they had a car. Boonslick Regional Planning Commission has partnered with United Way and will provide low interest loans for this purpose. Loans are available up to $5,000 with a 3 year fixed rate of no more than 5 percent interest. Please contact BRPC or the Missouri Career Center at (636) 456-3473 if you have questions about this program. Loan Application

 

Missouri Department of Natural Resources Awards Funding for On-Site Wastewater Improvements

Missouri DNR has awarded a $1,000,000 grant to the Missouri Association of Councils of Government for the creation of a revolving fund. The program will provide loans to homeowners seeking to make improvements to, or replace their on-site wastewater systems. Information and loan application packets are available on-line at Missouri Association of Council of Governments, or you may contact Boonslick Regional Planning Commission at (636) 456-3473.

Services

The Boonslick staff provides an array of professional services such as grant preparation and administration, solid waste administration, community planning, transportation planning, environmental planning, GIS and mapping, data management, disaster relief, and current issue forums. Activities include:
  • Transportation and Traffic Analysis
  • Community Planning
  • Environmental Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Grant Writing and Administration
  • Project Development, Management and Administration
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Data Library
The Commission also provides employment services, job training and education in cooperation with the State of Missouri. The Missouri Career Center programs include:
  • Adult and Dislocated Worker Training Programs
  • Youth Training Programs
  • Labor Market Information
The Boonslick Regional Planning Commission takes an active role in community and economic development issues. For further information on any of these services, or to send comments regarding this website, call Executive Director Mike Sutherland at (636) 456-3473 or send an email to msutherland@boonslick.org .
Boonslick Regional Planning Commission is an equal opportunity employer with equal opportunity programs.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Missouri TTY Users can call (800) 735-2966 or dial 7-1-1.

MISSION STATEMENT

To improve the quality of life in the Boonslick Region (Lincoln, Montgomery & Warren counties) through community, economic and workforce development initiatives; conserving and protecting natural resources; protecting the citizens through emergency planning and preparedness activities; promoting efficiency in governmental programs through sound planning practices; and promoting collaborative approaches to regional challenges.

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