My fellow Missourians
My In District activities started this week attending the memorial service for a true patriot, Dick Keifer. He was a lifelong resident of Osceola and left a legacy. He will be missed, but not forgotten.
Then Monday afternoon I spent two hours in a John Deere Gator with a rancher in Hickory County. We were looking at fences and property lines that have issues with adverse possession. In Missouri there are two fence laws; some counties have the local option and some are under the general fence laws. There is a lot of gray area and misunderstanding of Missouri Fence Laws.
On Monday afternoon I attended the ground breaking ceremony of the Osceola Hwy. 13 and 82 overpass bridge. The interchange project will begin the week of Jan. 13. The completion date is set for Nov. 1, 2014. The $7 million project includes a new Route 82 bridge which will carry traffic over Route 13 and new ramps connecting Route 13 to Route 82. The project also will relocate Business Route 13’s intersection with Route 82 west of its current location and relocate a connection road’s access to Route 82 on the east side of the interchange.
Pictured from left: Becky Baltz, Southwest District MODOT Engineer; Kenny Lehman, President of Lehman Construction; Ron Hogan, Osceola Chamber President; Larry Hutsler, Osceola Mayor; and State Representative Warren Love).
Most of the work in Jefferson City this week was House Bills being presented in committees. The joint meeting of the Agri-Business and Agriculture Policy Committees discussed a line item from the budget entitled Biodiesel Incentive Program presented by Blue Sun, a biodiesel plant in St. Joseph. Blue Sun specializes in identifying promising technologies in renewable fuels and taking them to commercial reality. The process at the St. Joe refinery produces very high quality biodiesel, which is even further improved by the state-of-the-art distillation system installed last year at the refinery. The Blue Sun St. Joe plant is a 30 million gallon per year facility.
On Thursday I presented HB 1178 to the Local Government Committee. It would establish a formula for the counties and small towns in the Truman Lake area to distribute and share in the PILT (Paid In Lieu of Taxes) Funds that come from the federal government. It was good to have concerned citizens from Osceola and Deepwater to witness in support of HB 1178.
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Warren D. Love, State Representative
Serving the good people of the 125th District