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Battle over water ‘nothing new’

The battle over water levels in the Missouri River dominated last month’s annual meeting of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association in Columbia. River-related issues, the most controversial of…

Coordinating health plans could ease city budget process

The Richmond Finance Committee could change how it manages city employee benefits again before fall 2010 budget talks begin. Last October’s budget included a 5 percent family medical coverage increase…

Y’all come: country show to benefit Mexico mission

Dave Allen, emcee for Sunday’s benefit country-music show at the Farris Theatre, didn’t know what he was in for when he responded to a classified ad. For a professional gear-jammer,…

Orrick makes effort on lime sludge

Orrick’s lime-sludge removal has been moving on schedule. Had it been otherwise, the city might’ve received some additional DNR motivation. The fact that Orrick had never conducted a lime-sludge dredging…

Historic building’s future could come down to special hearing

The fate of the former Mediacom building on Richmond square could be decided at a special hearing this spring, the city’s planning and development director says. “The city will work…

Allwood maps course for $5.1-million bond issue

Richmond Finance Committee members say they now have a better idea how the city’s $5.1-million, 30-year wastewater loan could impact taxpayers. Finance Director Melanie Allwood said Monday that the city…

Keeney Creek flooding issues still unsettled

Linda Lauck isn’t sure where her Keeney Creek flooding crusade goes from here. However, the Orrick resident believes that helpful fallout from a spur-of-the-moment meeting Tuesday with a state official…

New unemployment limit hits budget

Changes in Missouri’s unemployment benefit limits could cost Richmond a few extra thousand dollars. Finance Director Melanie Allwood’s first of two semi-annual budget adjustments called for $12,880 in adjusted unemployment…

Plan for school officer pact nearing review

The Richmond School Board and city council could have a school resource officer (SRO) contract framework for consideration as early as next week. The contract the Richmond Finance Committee looked…

Some glitches in city-county 911 transfer

Richmond’s March 1 dispatch and emergency 911 handover to the Ray County 911 Board didn’t go as smoothly as planned. Public Safety Committee Chairman Bob Bond wanted to know Monday…