Welcome to the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission.
Green Hills Regional Planning Commission is one of nineteen organizations operating
as a sub-state planning and development agency serving the State of Missouri.
The Commission is organized as a voluntary association of local governments, and
retains a staff of professionals who work on projects intended to foster improved
quality of life throughout the 11 county "Green Hills" region.
- Missouri Community Betterment Regional
April 23, 2014
First Christian Church
1700 Princeton Road
Trenton MO 64683
$12.00 per person- participation fee
10:15-10:45 MCB GUIDELINES-JAN SIMON
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Tommy Wright, Chief of Police, City of Trenton
12-12:45 REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION SERVICES Randy Railsback, GHRPC
12:45-1:30 USDA COMMUNITY GRANTS, Neil Miller Area Director
1:30-2:15 NORTHWEST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, Mary Hende
SMALL BUSINESSES IN YOUR COMMUNITY, Annette Weeks, NW Facilitation
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- MoDOT Approves 20 year Long Range Plan
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved
a new long range transportation plan yesterday, but cautioned that without additional
resources the Missouri Department of Transportation has very little chance of
delivering it. That's because MoDOT revenues - largely tied to state and federal
fuel taxes - are falling and MoDOT's available construction budget will soon be
well below the $485 million per year that is needed to keep the state system of
roads and bridges in the condition they are in today.
The federally required
plan is designed to guide transportation decision making for the next 20 years.
It was first presented to the commission in November and has been out for public
review for the past three months. The plan, called "A Vision for Missouri's Transportation
Future," was developed after an intense seven-month public engagement period that
resulted in 12,000 project suggestions and operational priorities.
on the input received, four goal areas were established:
Take care of
the transportation system and services we enjoy today;
Keep all travelers
safe, no matter the mode of transportation;
Invest in projects that spur
economic growth and create jobs; and
Give Missourians better transportation
choices (more viable urban and rural transit, friendlier bike and pedestrian accommodations,
improvements in rail, ports and airport operations).
"Over the past several
months, the public told us we got it right," MoDOT Director Dave Nichols said.
"Eighty percent of the folks we heard from told us they agree with this vision
of transportation in Missouri."
The biggest change from the draft plan
to that approved by the commission was a revised revenue forecast necessitated
by uncertainty at the federal level. Previously it was forecast that distribution
of federal funds would be flat going forward. Now, it's more likely that Missouri
will realize a 19 percent decrease in federal funds. From 2005-2010, MoDOT's annual
construction budget was about $1.3 billion. This year it's $685 million and by
2017 it will have fallen to $325 million - the lowest since 1992. The reasons
for the funding downturn are many. Fuel tax revenues have become a diminishing
revenue stream as cars become more fuel efficient and as people drive less, while
the costs of doing business are increasing. Inflation has decreased MoDOT's purchasing
power by more than 50 percent. What was 17 cents (state fuel tax per gallon) of
purchasing power in 1992 - the last time fuel taxes were increased - is now about
eight cents and decreasing each year. The costs of asphalt, concrete and steel
are as much as 200 percent more than they were in 1992. And employee healthcare
and retirements costs have also steadily risen. The looming insolvency of the
Federal Highway Trust Fund in August or September is a big reason, too.
complete plan can be viewed at www.missourionthemove.org. Hard copies are also
available at MoDOT's Central Office in Jefferson City and at the District Offices
in St. Joseph, Hannibal, Kansas City, St. Louis, Jefferson City, Sikeston and
Springfield. "Transportation is an issue that touches everyone," Commission Chairman
Joe Carmichael said. "Missourians have told us what they want, and it's more than
what they have today. But the reality is that we will not be able to afford it.
We'll continue to look to them for help in sharpening the vision for transportation
in our state and finding ways to deal with our funding challenges."
cities in the Green Hills Region recieve demolition grant funding
Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has approved $1,584,115.00 in
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist 13 communities with demolition
The City of Hale was approved for a Community Development Block
Grant in the amount of $49,250.00 to demolish 10 residential structures that are
vacant and dilapidated. The City is committing to $6,000.00 in cash, $4,413.00
in-kind work, and $5,000.00 in property owner fees for a total project of $64,663.00.
The City of Chillicothe was approved for a Community Development Block
Grant in the amount of $125,000.00 to demolish 41 residential structures that
are vacant and dilapidated. The City is committing to $38,839.00 in cash, $46,116.00
in-kind work, and $20,500.00 in property owner fees for a total project of $230,455.00.
The funds will be used to demolish vacant dilapidated residential structures
throughout the community. In addition to demolition activities, funds will pay
for asbestos inspection, demolition inspection, asbestos abatement, and administration.
The grant application was prepared by Green Hills Regional Planning Commission
(GHRPC) and the city has pre-selected GHRPC to administrate the program.
CDBG Demolition Only program has been very successful in the GHRPC region. Since
the program began in 2000, GHRPC has helped 24 communities received CDBG funds
to demolish dilapidated structures. Demolition projects remove dilapidated structures
to provide space for in-fill housing and remove blight from residential areas.
Green Hills Regional Planning Commission provides Community and Economic Development
assistance to an 11 county region.
For more information on demolition
projects please contact GHRPC at 660-359-5636.
Green Hills Rural Development Pamphlet Available
The GHRDI has designed
a new pamphlet explaining it's role in economic development and the services it
offers. Download your copy here.
Environmental - Norborne Water
Community Betterment Regional Meeting
April 23, 2014 (see notice,
right, for details)
January 1 (New Years
January 20 (MLKJ Day)
February 17(Presidents Day)
May 8 (Truman's Birthday observed)
May 26 (Memorial Day)
July 4 (Independance
September 1 (Labor Day)
October 13 (Columbus Day)
11 (Veterans Day)
November 27 & 28 (Thanksgiving)
December 25 &