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2A Jan. 29, 2004 Second Front Page The Cuba Free Press Missouri Sunshine Law upgrade is prop0sed.00 by Nixon and Hart] "'=" business,by the use of a "phone by e-mail which, in.! Columbia, Mo.--Attorney University of Missouri School Missouri's Sunshine Law has "t Reqmre e mall cm'respon General Jay Nixon and state of Journalism, Nixon and served our citizens well," dence between a majority of tree' or 'e-mail tree" where a cases, will save the publi Rep. Jeff Harris of Columbia have unveiled legislation that will greatly improve access to information regarding govern- mental decision making. At a news conference at the Harris proposed the Sunshine Upgrade Act, a bill that opens electronic records and meet- ings and prohibits secret votes via telephone or computer. "For the past 30 years, Nixon says. "But in those three decades, technology has changed the way we communi- cate." The Sunshine Upgrade Act calls for these additions: the members of a public body be transmitted to the custodi- an of records and, upon request, be made available to the public; • Prohibit voting on public • County appealing judges' ruling that it must increase sheriff's department pay Continued from IA sion when he presented the order that there might be "room for negotiation" with Sheriff A1 Engelbrecht Jr. in the amounts of the pay increases, but the sheriff later indicated he wouldn't bargain. "We were going to make an offer, but when Al refused to negotiate with us, we decided not to make that offer," Associate Commissioner Nell Swyers explained• While the commission rejected the court order in its entirety at Monday's meeting, it was still unclear this week how they'd go about the appeal process. Prosecutor Sid Pearson met with the commis- sion Tuesday afternoon to offer his legal advice in moving ahead with the county's appeal. The Wayne County Commission is also currently appealing a similar court order from the same judges, requir- ing that they raise pay for their sheriff's department staff. • Shooting near Sullivan leaves one man dead and one woman seriously injured Continued from IA Both victims, still breath- ing, were taken to St. John's Hospital in Creve Coeur for treatment of their wounds. Belfield was pronounced dead at 8:44 a.m. Friday morning, having suffered critical abdominal injuries. Stabener was still listed in critical con- dition at the hospital early this week. Police believe the distur- bance which led to the shoot- ing was connected to Hardy's past relationship with Stabener. Hardy, who police say admits firing the shot, claims that the shooting was an act of self-defense--that Belfield had kicked in the door to his home, threatened him to quit harassing Stabener, and physically assaulted him that night. He also claims Belfield came out of the residence towards him holding a large knife, and that he fired the shot in fear for his own safety. Two witnesses report the vic- tim had no weapon, but authorities seized as evidence a knife found near where Belfield was shot and fell to the ground. However, no fin- gerprints were found on that knife. As this week's paper went to press, Sheriff's Department investigators were still in the process of collecting and reviewing the • evidence, as the case is still under examina- tion. Hardy has been charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action against Belfield and first degree assault and armed criminal action against Stabener. He is being held at the county jail on $550,000 cash only bond. • School board members feel ,it's better to wait for June or August for levy vote Continued from IA up or we're going to have to make some big changes in edu- cation," McLain said, "We're fortunate to spend out of the reserves, but I almost feel the need to see what the legisla- tion is going to do." McLain brought up the January 22 Cuba Free Press editorial's suggestion of mak- ing extreme bare bones cuts before asking taxpayers for additional revenue, but found it to be an unlikely avenue. "It's unthinkable if we let things deteriorate for several years. It would cost a bunch of money to get back to where we are now. Twenty cents is not enoughmwe're still into our fund balances," McLain said. Superintendent Waymon Boast mentioned that even if R-2 cuts all of its programs and athletic programs, it would only amount to $191,000, not enough for the $575,000 to $600,000 the dis- trier will be short in the oper- ating fund. With a 30-cent increase, the operating fund would increase by an estimat- ed $285,000, still not enough, but definitely helpful. The board is still consider- ing a tax increase for the June and August elections. • The board Jerry McLain ..... the 2004-05 budget yr.; ' ' guarantee in reported savings for • The the need for mae start forming come up an agenda Mat: gui the: the • • Grant project sought by city could benefit low-income families in the,Cuba area alSO. Code-bearing legible maps must be created and a predict- ed score on a rating system of need, impact, leveraging and feasibility is necessary. Different program types include targeted area, demoli- tion only and scattered site-: the latter's application can be submitted at any time. Targeted area projects, a maximum of $500,000 and minimum of $50,000, can be designated for any sort of housing or public facility including rehabilitation, down payment assistance and demo- lition. However, maintenance of the home and financial counseling help is required. Public facilities projects include streets, drainage, side- walks, water, sewer, storm sewer, lighting and engineer- ing. Demolition only programs are limited to development, demo inspection, asbestos inspection and administration. Scattered site programs pro- vide applicants an opportunity to meet needs not available in other types. Continued from IA location, but require a survey of the area to determine inter- est of property owners• For rehabilitation and con- struction activities,100 percent of beneficiaries must be Low to Moderate Income (LMI). Fifty- one percent LMI is required for public facilities. Slum and blight determination is out- lined in the grant application City Council notes ross, • Troop #463 Scoutmaster Chris was pointed in the di Recreation Commission to reqt for Hood Park. • Cuba Fire Department Chief Mike Plank presented the council with bids for five sets of bunker gear. Fisher Fire ed Equipment's bid for $4,455 was approved, The other bids were from Battalion Three Bums and for $4,920 and from Towers Fire Apparatus and Tilly, Inc., and Sprenkle Company for $5,125. • Plank also reviewed last year's activity. The CFD had a total of 296 calls, up from 239 the year before; 128 were in the city, finances, with that the utility billing • manager should• not ants. He received four proposals after takepayrnents. advertising•in December and recommend- Associates. • • The council approved a list of records • corridor. He asked the city not allow con- tractors to cut corners with fire protection. Plank also asked the city to think about the city making sure rental property is ade- quate according to carbon monoxide inspection. • Comptroller Tonya Farace was approved as a back-up election official in City Clerk Christine Nash's absence, MML state statute requirements to determine what order a candidate will appear on a ballot were sent--a random drawing will be used the first day of filing. City Attorney Steve Paulus will prepare an ordinance for the next council meeting. • Alderman Judy Schroeder reiterated her concern about doing business with place at the would like the snow route policy pub- draft copy of the Cuba that the city and ills was • The ,neWal of the agree- up from 74, The biggest increase in types • The first readings of Bill No, 1297,and of calls was with motor vehicle accidents, 1298 were approved for the annexation of 78 total, because of the incorporation of the city ta.king in the interstate. Busiest time of the Kamler; Hayes and Sanders property, day was from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weakest and the Ijames property. The second read- • Koch received an e-mail from travelers time for manpower. Total combined hours ings of both will set untilthe next meeting, who enjoyed and were impressed by the for runs and training was over 7,000 hours. • The council approved the rezoning of Cuba murals.He also said the tourist cen- the Kolb property on W. Spencer from ter's map display has been installed. He Plank expressed concern about the Resdential R-1 to Commercial C-1 (Bill No. asked for permission to speak with dis- impending expansion along the interstate 1301) and it was proclaimed General gruntled people at thePark Board meeting Ordinance No. 954. regarding the established camping fee. • Bill No. 1302, an ordinance banning * Koch mentioned a memo received from firearms from city building, was approved Nash addressing 3rd/4th class city differ- and proclaimed General Ordinance No. ences and redistricting. He wants to look 955. • Alderman Don Conaway relayed con- cerns from residents living on Shenandoah and water issues close to the new subdivi- sion. Public Works Director Bob Baldwin said an engineered drawing is required for annexation. Mayor Koch said the city will into redistricting after the election accord- ing to MML guides. • Construction of the MoDOT Route 66 improvement will tentatively start on March 8 or 15 depending on the weather. • Mayor Koch said the council needed to approve $2,500 out of the toudsm tax to be doing some improvements. Baldwin change the city limits signs. It was said they are trying to get a larger drain approved. pipe. • In executive session, the council • Schroeder asked about CPA Joe approved to suspend Jim Hughes without Leathers' request that the person accepting pay until further notice.. public body attempts to, by avoiding group discussion, take votes without the benefit of a public meeting; • Allow a public body to respond to requests for records in the format received• For example, a public body may respond to an e-mail request time and money becauS puters have made it mud ier to sort and • Require that, if a body has a "virtual ml over the internet, th body post a notice of thai ing on its website in a( to a physical notice at its Road workers, meet county commissioners1, The county's road and bridge workers union met with members of the county com- mission Monday to discuss union proposals for the 2004 budget year. No action was taken at that time, but the two sides are to meet again for a second round of negotiations next week. Operating Engineers Local 2 has proposed having the county pay 100 percent of union employees' health and life insurance, instead of only a portion of their premiums; a wage increase of $1 per hour and an option of getting over- time pay rather than time off; one full personal day per month of service, inste just a half-day; and havi county clerk's office d monthly union dues thr0 payroll deduction on theil checks. Some of the prot have already been rej before by the commissi years past. "The bottom line fol county] is money, and we keep going further into ! said Presiding CommiS Ed Worley. "Whether' talking about raises, day or anything else, we ha' look at what it will co€ county and what is ] able." t &t Death was from expos Coroner Paul Hutson said this week there were no signs of foul play in the death of a Cuba woman, whose body was found near Brush Creek along Four Mile Road. The body of Jamie Dennis, 26, was found last Tuesday morning and immediately icology reports likely wiJ be announced for s# weeks, authorities belie* fell victim to cold we exposure and hypotherr "There were no signs 0 ily injury that would i d anything [other hypothermia]," Hutson )AY St4 Pc Lch ca ] reported to police• Though tox- ed. Molestation charges file[ LlgaDABe • New molestation charges deviate sex with a bo have been brought against a than 14 years old on J$ dat Leasburg man already regis- tered in Crawford County as a sex offender. The Prosecutor's Office filed first degree statutory sodomy charges against James T. Hopkins, 66, last week. He is 2004, at a residence in C Hopkins is a registe# offender and has four felony convictions fo offenses involving mine# defendant is being held alleged to have engaged in $60,000 cash bond. d T Man facing rape charge' Be A Steelville man faces alle- Steelville Police DepartJ ( following the report of tlae dent, the alleged victi • w taken to a hospital . "rape kit" was conducted' =ram questioning and submitted to a "suspect the hospital as part investigation process. The girl was ram= about the incident Children's Advocacy Ce Sullivan, and the vide0t( that interview was take  evidence by police. gations of the rape and sodomy of a 13-year-old girl• Felony charges of first degree statutory rape and first degree statutory sodomy were filed Jan. 21 against Randy Gillam, 39. Police allege Gillam had sexual intercourse and deviate sex with a 13 year old at his home on Dec. 19, 2003. 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