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PRESS-NEWS JOURNAL, CANTON, MO. PNJ photo by Dan Steinbeck SHARING INFORMATION - Missouri Department of Transportation District 3 Engineer Paula Gough talks to media and legislators Friday about goals and past successes in highway plans. Reports: Highway info given (Continued from page 1) work, those roads will be closed and MoDOT will announce alternate routes. Funding is an issue with MoDOT. Bond fund- ing ends in 2010. This was the program that expedited road construction, includ- ing U.S. 61 four-laning in Lewis and Clark Counties. Gough said MoDOT is preparing projects, so if any federal stimulus money be- comes available, MoDOT will have projects ready to go. "We&apos;re careful to com- mit to what we can deliver," Gough said. In addition to the end of bond funding, declines in car sales and lowering of fuel prices contribute to the financial shortfall, as those are rev- enue streams for MoDOT. Legislators and region- al planning representatives present indicated discus- sion is being made to seek new funding. MoDOT pushes for primary seat belt law Dan Steinbeck PNJ Editor In Missouri, someone driving whose only viola- tion is not fastening the seat belt, can not be the only reason law enforce- ment can stop the driver. There's a push in the Missouri Department of Transportation to change that, with a "primary safety belt law." Marisa Brown, a spokesman for the North- east district of MoDOT, said such a change could save an estimated 90 lives each year. "That's about the fig- ure iother states after they passttl such a lfi; ' 'MS: ' Brown said. : ..... In the years 2005-07 there were 2,731 vehicle oc- cupant fatalities, and 1,675 were not wearing seat belts. This figure also includes 249 victims, where it was unknown if they were wearing a seat belt. In Lewis County, in the same periods, there were 11 fatalities, and four of those were not wearing seat belts. In a publication of Mo- DOT, unrestrained drivers is listed tops of a high-risk list. The web site savemol- ives.com has other informa- tion about the issue. There seems to be a financial in- centive for MoDOT too. The web site said a primary seat belt law would provide a one-time federal incen- tive of $16-20 million, The web site also said Medicaid costs could drop by $10 million annually Youth singers are invited to audition The Quincy Area Youth Chorus invites treble singers in grades 3-12 who want to enrich their school music experience to join. Auditions for the Con- cert Choir and Kinderchor will be Saturday, January 17, at 10 a.m. in Christ Lu- theran Church, in Quincy. Treble singers include boys with unchanged voices. Singers from a 75-mile radius of Quincy may per- form twice a year as an ensemble in October and April concerts. Rehearsals are either Saturday morn- ings from 10-noon or Sun- days from 3-5 p.m., begin- ning January 24. Auditioning children will be asked to sing a song with which they are famil- iar, rhythmic repetitions, and pitch matching. To sign up for an audition time or for more information call the Quincy Symphony office at 217/222-2856. and would save employers $800 million annually. Brown has personal in- terest to see it passed. She experienced the death of an 18-year old friend years ago, in a car traveling less than a mile. The car was in an accident and Brown's friend, who wasn't wearing the seat belt, died. Brown said teens need to be targeted to buckle up. "Only 62 percent of them (young drivers) buck- le up." There often is an at- tempt in legislature to repeal Missouri's motorcycle hel- met law. Brown thinks this would be counterproduc- tive.  (   '"We ;'qiil'nbt  gee  that number of (projected) lives saved if we repeal the hel- met law." News This Week THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009 - PAGE 3 . T-minus 1 week for board filing ,Dan Steinbeck All Ewing offices are 1 School board - Terry has filed for the sub district .-, PNJ Editor Less than a week re- mains for people to file for the April 7, 2009 election. Here are the known candidates as of January 13: City of Canton - In- cumbent Jarrod Phillips and Debby Hetzler have each filed for the one first ward alderman post. Incumbent Richard Dodd and chal- lenger Eddie Vice have filed for the second ward alderman. Kevin Schmidt, who had filed for third ward aldermand, withdrew his candidacy. Incumbent Sharon Upchurch filed for the third ward alderman post. Former mayor Terry Fretwell filed as mayor again. All City of Canton posts are for two-year terms. City of Ewing - In- cumbent mayor Dean Wagy and challenger Linda Lu- eckenhoff filed for mayor. Aron Sedelmeier, who is currently finishing an un- expired term, re-filed for ward one alderman. Incum- bent Bobby Lair re-filed for second ward alderman. for two-year terms. City of LaBelle - Incumbent mayor Larry Hackamack has re-filed for mayor. Incumbent Ce- cil Morrow has re-filed for the one south ward al- derman post. Incumbents Amy Hoffman and Gene Huebotter filed for the two north ward aldermen posts. Janet Hackamack has filed as city collector. All LaBelle posts are for two years. City of LaGrauge - Ed Cox, who had filed for mayor, has withdrawn. Ron Powers has filed for mayor. Incumbent Mike Lowe has re-filed for north ward councilman. Rita Cox filed for middle ward alder- man. No one had filed yet for south ward councilmen, or city marshal. All LaGrange posts are for two-year terms. City of Lewistown - Incumbent Wesley Sharpe filed for the north ward al- derman. Bill Geisendorfer filed for south ward alder- man. Lewistown posts are for two year terms. Lewis County C- Faulconer and incumbents Robert Reed Miller and Terry Lay have filed for the two open posts. The C-1 posts are for two-year terms. Lewis County Ambu- lance - John Waterman, who already holds the seat, has filed for the sub-district 5 post. No one has yet filed for the sub-district 2 post. The ambulance board posts are for three-year terms. Clark County Water Supply District - Incum- bent Grover Gam_m in sub- district 1 has re-filed as has Kirby Clark, and in sub- district 2, incumbent Da- vid McCutchan and James Hudnut had filed. Lewis County Public Water Supply board - In- cumbent Roy Smyser filed for re-election. Lewis County Health Board - Jan Sellers, Beth Kenney, and Terri Schmidt, all incumbents, have re- filed for the posts The terms are for a four-year term. Lewis Co. Nursing Home - Lary Bronestine 2; Frances Spratt has filed;., :., for director for District 5. , :,.; Lewis Co. Airport -, :i: Dennis Owens, Scott Mill- er, John Bloom, and Randy: , Bronestine have each filed: . ,, for the four four-year term-:  posts. :  :. LaBelle Fire Board - Phillip Murfin has filed.:,,: for a six-year term. Charles: ;: Arnold, Jr. has filed for a, .:, four-year term. :, ::,. No one has yet filed-, for posts for a two-year term and another four-year,: ..: term. , :.,:. Canton R-V Fire,.,:, Board - Incumbent Larry.:--: Arnold has refiled for one of two six-year post terms. Canton Special Road District - Roger Hetzler, ' has filed for this post.  There are apparently no'' candidates yet announced., for two Canton R-V Schoot B oard posts i each for three-*:; year terms; Canton Special" Road District for a three-" year term; or for the five candidates for the town of: '"" Monticello board. ' :' Filing for all the offices' " continues through January  .... 20, 2009. Future highway plans depend on funds :;::; Dan Steinbeck PNJ Editor er ways to get around, re- building interstates 44 and 70, possibly with center truck lanes; tackle needed major projects; and meet regional needs. Plans in the northeast district include: Beginning construc- tion of an interchange at Routes 61/U in Moscow Mills. Survey and begin the design of the Hannibal Expressway (Hannibal By- pass). Complete the U.S. 36 law. Complete an environ- mental impact study for the Route 47 bridge at Wash- ington. State wide, there are 46 major projects listed on the want list. The agency also noted that 50 of some 802 state bridges needing attention are under contract for re- pair or replacement, and more contracts are coming this year. The Department plans to review 27,000 of rural What's coming up for the Missouri Department of Transportation? With successful proj- ects like the completion of four-laning U.S. 61 in Lew- is and Clark Counties and continued improvement on the Highway 36 four-lane construction, MoDOT is not planning to rest. While funding for some projects is an issue, the planning doesn't stop. , Five general goals4n four-lanes between Monroe minor roads to see what dude bettor,: mai-ntenaneei. City and Macon,, improvements can be made pf roads and bridges; do' a Work to improve the to them. btter job of providing oth- Missouri primary seat belt The DepaJ-tment is us- ing rumble strips on some, ' the center line of two-lane : :; highway, and may pursue this more. ' Engineering, educa:' " - tion, and enforcement of':":" laws are factors that Me--: DOT is using to address the "' i needs for this year and the .'- .( coming years. State highway fund=-': ing changes are unknown, :'!"' but bond money to expe- dite construction of some :('! projects ends next year.! :' Likewise, the new federal'- '' highway funding plan is un- " <:' known. These factors will determine a 10t-:of -whi' :'-.. t 4 projects are Completed.' 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