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.
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.
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 are close to those for the State of Missouri and the United States.
Senator Roy Blunt Visits BRPC to Discuss Infrastructure Bill
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:
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
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