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The Cuba Business Press 9A February 5, 2004 Day Dawning" for MoDOT first-ever &apos;State of address' the director of the of Transportation agency's recent improve- asked state officials to search to improve the state's aging system made last week to a joint state legislature, was set up assed last year that estab- State of Transportation of Missouri's transportation 8Ound, but not as sound as it be," MoDOT Director Henry told legislators. "Many of are in poor condition. At the •.. are becoming unus- than we can get money to years ago, 17 percent of state budget went to trans- Now only 7.5 percent of state 'gOes toward vital improvements bridges, transit services, of transportation." called on legislators to solutions, including toll law doesn't allow the use of funds for toll facilities. fear that giving MoDOT the t0 use tolls will mean a tollbooth corner," Hungerbeeler said. you that will not happen. already filed lists only six ape- In every case, they are proj- currently funded and may Without some additional form of substantial revenue. He also advocated legislation prohibit- ing open containers of alcohol in vehicles as well as a primary seat belt law, which would allow law enforcement to ticket motorists solely for not wearing a scat belt. Safety is the department's number one objective, Hungerbeeler said. "Too many people are dying on Missouri's roads. Over the past three years we have lost 3,463 Missourians to traffic accidents. If we lost that many people in airplane crashes, it would be totally unacceptable• We need that same level of concern regarding the unacceptable number of motorists who don't make it to their destinations safely." He outlined a plan to significantly reduce the number of fatal highway crashes by 2008. MoDOT is more efficient than ever, Hungerbeeler said. "We have saved $53 million over the last three years by stream- lining our operations and we epect to save another $21 million this year." The savings were achieved in part by staff reductions of about 300 over the past three years. He also cited the departments low administrative costs, which at about three percent is one of the lowest figures in the country Hungerbeeler also emphasized the agency's commitment to diversity in its construction program. "Between 1996 and 2002, the department awarded nearly half a billion dollars in contracts to disadvan- taged business enterprises," he said. "In 2002, MoDOT contracts with these busi- nesses amounted to approximately $73 L. STEELMAN AND J.D. ROHRER Steelman h¢00mwed President of the County Bar presented Judge Steelman a Texas for his many years the Missouri Bar of the 42nd and the citizens of Missouri. was admit- Missouri Bar in Served as a State for four terms. as Minority in the Missouri for Judge Steelman Chairman of the State Committee 1968. had a suc- as a trial attor- ney. In 1976, Judge Steelman was appointed as the Circuit Judge of the 42nd Judicial Circuit, which includes Reynolds, Dent, Iron, Crawford and Wayne counties• Judge Steelman was known as a firm but a fair Judge. Aider the presentation of the Texas size gavel, a "light hearted" remark was made that the million, almost twice as much as in 1996. We are committed to doing even better." The department is committed to all transportation modes, not just highways, Hungerbeeler added. "MoDOT administers funds for 37 public transportation agencies and 200 specialized programs for the eld- erly and disabled, but we have a signifi- cant need to offer more public transporta- tion options in our large cities and rural areas alike. "Unfortunately, those transportation areas funded from state general revenue have been cut 37 percent since 2002. The result is more than 1.8 million fewer tran- sit trips and the elimination of our port improvement program. The truth is Missouri has not provided the funding nec- essary to adequately address most of these other modal needs." He also listed accomplishments in avia- tion, such as installing automated weather information systems, navigational aids and runway pavement improvements, despite aviation funding which is down over 25 percent since 9-11." An independent Blue Ribbon Panel examining MoDOT recently recommended that a clear message be sent indicating a new day has dawned at the agency, Hungerbeeler said, "I believe that the new day is well on its way. And I believe that, if we all work together, then we will truly witness a new day dawning on Missouri's transportation horizon." The full text of Hungerbeeler's speech is available at www.modot.org. Wagnaar joins Cuba Banking Center as Investment Executive Andrew Wagnaar recently joined Prime Vest Financial Services, Inc., an independent, registered broker-dealer locat- ed at the Bank of Sullivan's Cuba Banking Center. Wagnaar, who is a registered representative with Prime Vest, is able to provide investors with knowledgeable insight and guidance to help meet their investment goals. Prime Vest is an experienced brokerage firm with a national reputation, head-quartered in St. Cloud, Minnesota• Prime Vest provides mutual funds, stocks and bonds, tax- deferred annuities, and other investment products to the cus- tomers of financial institutions. Wagnaar has more than five years of investment industry experience and prior to joining Prime Vest was Managed Account Specialist with the wealth management group at Banc of America Capital Management in St. Louis, Me. PrimeVest Financial ANDREW WAGNAAR Services, Inc. is an independ- ent, registered Broker/dealer. Member NASD/SPIC. Securities and insurance products offered by PrimeVest: *Not FDIC/NCUSIF insured *May go down in value *Not Financial Instiution guaran- teed *Not a deposit *Not insured by any federal govern- ment agency. Crawford County Bar Association was happy that   ..... C A great !deal Judge Steelman did not have . 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