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Boone County Week in Review

for the week ending Saturday, May 7, 2011

COLUMBIA, MO, May 6, 2011

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Roland named Boone County Employee of the Quarter
Lisa Roland

Lisa Roland has been named as the Boone County Employee of the Quarter. She was selected by the Boone County Suggestion/Employee Recognition Committee.

Roland has served as Accountant/Deputy Treasurer with the Boone County Treasurer’s office since 2003. During her tenure with the County, Roland has twice served as Boone County’s interim Treasurer, the first time after former Treasurer Kay Murray retired in 2010 and the second time following the death of Treasurer Jan Fugit in 2011.

Roland has also served as budget oversight for several of Boone County’s capital improvement projects, including the $9.5 million courthouse renovation, the construction of the Sheriff’s Department annex and the current renovation of the Boone County Government Center.

The project that Roland cites as her most significant accomplishment with Boone County was her work to help automate and develop the interface for the investment program her office uses to track the County’s investments. Before this project, Roland said, this work had to be performed manually and was very time consuming.

According to the Boone County Suggestion/Employee Recognition Committee, “Lisa is always accessible, kind and professional with the public and her coworkers. Lisa is a team player who has demonstrated proficient knowledge and leadership skills when called upon to handle extra duties.”

Outside of the office, Roland said that most of her time is spent being involved in her daughters’ schooling and sports activities. She also serves as the treasurer of Cedar Ridge Elementary PTA and the Columbia Council of PTAs, and as president of the El Chaparral Neighborhood Association.

Roland and the other nominees for Boone County Employee of the Quarter were recognized by the Boone County Commission and the Suggestion/Employee Recognition Committee at the Commission meeting on Thursday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Boone County Government Center.

Sheriff’s Department conducts sobriety checkpoint

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Thursday, May 5, from 7 to 11 p.m., on Obermiller Road at Roemer Road. The checkpoint was held in conjunction with the Hallsville Police Department with the support of the Boone County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. The Missouri Safety Center and the Missouri Department of Transportation Office of Highway Safety funded the operation.

Approximately 166 vehicles were stopped at the checkpoint, which resulted in six arrests for driving with a revoked or suspended license, two arrests for driving while intoxicated, two arrests for possession of marijuana, two arrests for no operators license, one arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia, one arrest on outstanding warrants and one summons for a child-restraint violation.

Photo essay: Renovation of the Boone County Government Center 2011

View a photo essay on the current renovation work at the Boone County Government Center.

www.showmeboone.com/commission/webpublish/pressReleases/photoessay01/content/index.html

Drug Take Back Day brings in over 64,000 prescription tablets and medications

Approximately 64,000 prescription tablets and medications (with a total weight of 174 pounds) were turned in by citizens during the third Prescription Drug Take Back day held on Saturday, April 30. This exceeds previous collections by more than 20,000 tablets. Collection sites were located throughout Boone County in Ashland, Hallsville, Sturgeon, Centralia and four locations in Columbia; Rockbridge and Hickman High Schools, as well the MU Student Center and VA Hospital.

This was the third Drug Take Back event sponsored by the Boone County Sheriff's Department and the Youth Community Coalition. This event additionally was in conjunction with the National Drug Take Back day coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Again, a wide range of medications were turned in, such as steroids, opioids, pain control medications, psychiatric medication and a host of other medications that, if used in manners other than prescribed, can be extremely addictive and even lethal.

All medications collected in this event were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for proper disposal. The Boone County Sheriff's Department greatly appreciates the support and assistance of all the volunteers, the Columbia and surrounding school districts, Youth Community Coalition and the law enforcement agencies from Ashland, Centralia, Hallsville, Sturgeon and the University of Missouri.

Public Works holds training day

Boone County’s employees in the Public Works department attended a training day on Friday, April 29. Instruction included classes on: first aid/CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)/AED (automated external defibrillator) taught by the Red Cross; a presentation on chip and seal; safe-driver training; the Missouri One Call System, or DIG-RITE; SPCC/EPA/DNR inspection; hydroseeding; quarry safety and rock nomenclature; and excavation safety.

Public Administrator attends training

Cathy Richards, Boone County’s Public Administrator, attended the Missouri Association of Public Administrators at Tan-Tara Resort, Lake of Ozarks, Monday, April 25, through Thursday, April 28. The public administrators of region 3 hosted the meeting, which also observed MAPA’s 30th anniversary.

Week in preview

Boone County observes Truman Day

The Boone County Government Center will be closed on Monday, May 9, in observance of Harry S. Truman’s birthday.

Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, was born on May 8, 1884, in Lamar, MO. His birthday has been a Missouri state holiday observed on or near May 8 since 1949.

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Media Contact:
Lamar Henderson
573-886-4312
lhenderson@boonecountymo.org