BOARD OF DIRECTORS
April 15, 2015
Osage Centre – Cape Girardeau
Board Voting Members Present:
Mr. Drew Christian, Southeast Missouri Regional Planning & Economic Development Commission (SEMO RPC) (appointed alternate for Chauncy Buchheit)
Mr. Charlie Herbst, Cape Girardeau County
Mrs. Barbara Lohr, City of Jackson
Mr. Scott Meyer, City of Cape Girardeau
Mr. Tom Mogelnicki, Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority (CGCTA)
Mr. Harry Rediger, City of Cape Girardeau
Mr. Jim Roach, City of Jackson
Board Ex-Officio Members Present:
Technical Planning Committee Members Present:
Mr. Rodney Bollinger, City of Jackson
Mr. Joe Killian, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)
Mrs. Kelley Watson, Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority
Ms. Molly Hood, City of Cape Girardeau
Mr. Ryan Shrimplin, City of Cape Girardeau
Call to Order
Vice Chairwoman Lohr called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.
Moment of Silence
A moment of silence was held in memory of Fran Rediger, wife of Harry Rediger and Syd Buchheit, wife of Chauncy Buchheit.
There were no introductions.
There were no public comments.
Adoption of Agenda
The agenda of the April 15, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting was unanimously approved for adoption upon motion made by Mr. Christian and seconded by Mr. Meyer.
The minutes of the March 18, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting were unanimously approved upon motion made by Mr. Christian and seconded by Mr. Herbst.
Communications from the Chairman
Vice Chairwoman Lohr informed the Board that she will be stepping down from her position on the Board. It is anticipated that the newly elected Mayor of Jackson, Dwain Hahs, will be appointed to serve in her place. In the meantime, she requested that the Board appoint Mr. Roach as Vice Chairman.
Vice Chairwoman Lohr introduced RESOLUTION NO. 2015-02, A Resolution expressing support of an increase in the Missouri State Motor Fuel Tax. Mr. Roach expressed concern with approving the resolution without official support from the City of Jackson. Mr. Rediger suggested the Board approve the resolution contingent upon the City of Jackson’s Board of Aldermen approving a resolution of support. The City of Cape Girardeau’s City Council recently passed a resolution in support of a tax increase up to six (6) cents per gallon. Mr. Mogelnicki made a motion to approve RESOLUTION NO. 2015-02 contingent upon the City of Jackson’s Board of Aldermen approving a resolution of support. Mr. Rediger seconded the motion. The motion passed with a vote of 6 in favor, 0 in opposition, and 1 abstaining (Ayes: Herbst, Lohr, Meyer, Mogelnicki, Rediger, Roach; Abstain: Christian). Mr. Killian stated Senator Libla has submitted a substitute bill which proposes a one-year motor fuel tax increase of two (2) cents per gallon, with no index. This was done to avoid any challenges concerning the legality of the tax increase that might prevent it from being approved.
Mr. Meyer made a motion to appoint Mr. Roach as Vice Chairman of the SEMPO Board of Directors. Mr. Rediger seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Killian informed the Board that Governor Nixon recently signed a bill into law that increases the weight limits for agricultural haulers, which poses a challenge for MoDOT unless funding is approved to cover increased maintenance and repair of roads and bridges. Ms. Hood asked who enforces the weight limits. Mr. Killian indicated that enforcement is handled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Mr. Meyer thanked Vice Chairwoman Lohr for her years of service to SEMPO and the City of Jackson, and requested that a resolution in her honor be prepared for the next meeting.
Upon motion made by Mr. Rediger, seconded by Mr. Mogelnicki, the meeting was adjourned unanimously at 2:30 p.m.