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Porcshe Moran
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Boone County "Week in Review"

For week ending March 20, 2010

Columbia, Mo. (March 18, 2010)

THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED...

Commissioner Promotes US Census: On Monday, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Ken Pearson participated in a rally to promote the 2010 US Census. Pearson spoke at the rally, which was held in Jefferson City, about the importance of the Census for the state. The all-day event also included remarks by state lawmakers and US Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, and live performances. Census Mail Out Day was also on Monday.

Public Works Proposes Grant for Homeowner Workshops: On Thursday, The Boone County Commission approved a grant proposal submitted by Boone County's Stormwater Management Program. The grant will be submitted to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  If the grant is chosen by DNR,  the County will develop three workshops for streamside homeowners. These workshops will target stream side erosion problems and illustrate proper streambank stabilization techniques.  If funded, the first workshop will occur this fall.  Other project partners include the City of Columbia, ASP Incorporated, Missouri Petroleum, the Department of Conservation and DNR.  

COMING UP...

Census Assistance: Census workers will be available to answer questions and help people fill out their census forms Friday, March 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in room 139 of the Roger B. Wilson Government Center, 801 E. Walnut, Columbia, Mo. 65201.

Census forms have been delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. When you receive yours, just answer the 10 short questions and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided. If you don't mail the form back, you may receive a visit from a census taker, who will ask you the questions from the form. Census Day is April 1, 2010.

The 2010 Census will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for things like hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, bridges, tunnels and emergency services. The data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Food Inspection Public Hearing:The Boone County Commission will meet with area food handlers to discuss the proposed food service inspection fee Monday, March 22 at 2 p.m. at the Centralia City Hall Community Building. At the current time, the City of Columbia/Boone County Health Department is not recouping any costs, from County restaurants, associated with the state mandated inspections. The proposed fees will cover an estimated 50 percent of the cost of the inspections. The proposed fee is annual and based on facility risk assessment and annual gross receipts of food sales. The fees are proposed to be due on or before June 30, 2010 and would be paid to the Boone County Collector.

Candidate Filing Deadline: Filing for the August 3, 2010 primary will end March 30 at 5 p.m. in the office of Wendy S. Noren, County Clerk, Boone County, in the Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut St. Room 236, Columbia. For more information go to http://www.showmeboone.com/BCContentsFrame2.Asp?DEPT=CLERK&PAGEFN=/clerk/announcement.asp.

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Media Contact:
Porcshe Moran
Tel. 573-886-4312
pmoran@boonecountymo.org

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