I wish Commissioner Schroeder would have been a little bit more louder about her views—or reasons why she voted one way or the other—when she was in office during public meetings…After reading this article I think she did some really good things for Franklin County but we never really knew it because we only heard one or slightly two other voices from the Franklin County Commission. For instance, I too think they should not put a landfill in a flood plain—or table the application until the other landfills had been tested completely for leaks while holding onto the hefty deposit from Ameren.
4 months ago
I agree with you GoatRoper…Besides January, I wonder when the other half of the 14 low level records were set in Washington.5 months ago
Mudder it may end up costing us more if they used a Cop (Certificates of Participation) to finance it…well at least Commissioner Griesheimer may have lowered the interest owed on the "donated" statute.5 months ago
Another failed project brought to you by the former Commissioner Ed Hillhouse and gang. Just like the unfinished county roads he left us paying millions of dollars for, now we’re left paying for that goofy statute of Ben Franklin that looks like something that should be sitting outside a fast food restaurant (no wonder the donations have dried up). Meanwhile Hillhouse yuks it up while his two cohorts are making excuses for him while they pack their stuff up because they we’re voted out…good riddance. 5 months ago
Listen some of Hunt’s peers, police officers, were concerned about Hunt’s actions in regards to the raid. Probable Cause is important. Hunt should have ordered his men to stakeout the place longer and gather more intelligence before prescribing his own brand of justice. They should have gotten a warrant or received sufficient information of drugs being there or arrested the suspect as he left the trailer for the outstanding warrants.
And as far as not intervening in future investigations…imagine if federal authorities felt like not warning us or stopping possible terrorist attacks because they were upset about funding or disliked the party of the president or disliked how everyone was behaving while they tirelessly try to protect a country full of spoiled brats who watch TV all day long, take advantage of the stock market and old folks retirement funds, get wasted every day, don’t vote or don’t go to church. Now that might sound absurd but what about a group of police officers who say we don’t assist in police matters in certain areas because one of their officers was found guilty of breaking the law. Sounds ridiculous does it not.
6 months ago
I want to first say thank you to our firefighters for risking their lives to keep our community safe from fires--as well as providing other numerous services like reporting to the scene of an accident and rescuing kittens out of trees. Having said that though, I noticed the firefighter in the picture, on the right, and he is lacking full bunker gear (i.e. respirator equipment, gloves, hat and goggles). Now I know it’s 1 am when most people are asleep, but safety should never be resting where there is a fire. The fireman lacking equipment also violates the OSHA mandate of “two-in, two-out”--part of the “total respiratory protection program.” Wearing the respirator equipment protects against atmospheric inhalation hazards. I am also aware that a few of their personnel is in New York helping with the Sandy recovery. I just want the firefighters to know that we care about their safety as they are protecting us.
Minimal Safety Levels (from OSHA respiratory regulation standard):
“The two-in, two-out rule establishes the minimal safety level that must be established before conducting interior firefighting. That minimum safety level requires four trained and equipped firefighters to be assembled on the fire-ground before entering an IDLH atmosphere. Once the four firefighters are present, a team of at least two firefighters may enter the building equipped with self-contained breathing apparatus, commonly referred to as air packs. These air packs must be positive pressure units with a rated duration of at least 30 minutes and certified by the National Institute of Safety and Health. The two firefighters who enter the building must remain in direct contact with one another. To qualify as direct contact, the firefighters must stay within hearing or seeing distance of each other at all times. Radios may not be substituted for voices or visual contact. However, radios can and should be used for communication on the fire ground, including communication between the interior fire attack team and the exterior firefighters or the command post.”
“The other two must remain outside the structure to account for, or keep track of, the interior team(s) and to perform a rapid rescue of the firefighters in the building. The outside team must be properly equipped and trained for structural firefighting and rescue. This requirement assures that they have training, clothing, and equipment to protect them and, if necessary, safely and effectively rescue firefighters form inside the structure. The two who remain outside may be engaged in other activities when the interior attack team is inside the building. However, any task that they perform while on standby rescue status must not interfere with the responsibility to account for those individuals in the hazardous area. The standby firefighters can only take on duties they can abandoned without placing any employee at additional risk if they need to make a rescue. One of the two outside firefighters must be assigned the role of accountability. The other one may take on other roles such as incident commander or equipment operator.”
6 months ago
I agree, I too am glad their fixing some of these roads around here that need to be fixed…I was wondering though if the city budgeted for K.J. Unnerstall Contractor for flaggers and safety gear for workers…I noticed some of the workers not wearing any hard hats or reflective vests when doing work on W. second Street by the post office (gloves and hearing protection I did not notice)…since some of the funds are federal --I guess federal safety guidelines, as well as Missouri safety guidelines, would fall in suit. http://www.nsc.org/products_training/Training/workplacesafety/Pages/RoadwayWorkzoneSafety.aspx7 months ago
I would rather see this money being spent here at home fixing our community and supporting jobs here at home—than money being spent for contract jobs where nothing was built or accomplished overseas…check out: “The Commission on Wartime Contracting”
“The Commission estimates that waste and fraud together range from $31 billion
to $60 billion.”
7 months ago
Remember ole Mayor Richard Stratman when he argued with the council over the cost of a traffic light--above Blue Jay Street—over the experience of the bidding contractors…that was a different era before Washington became a growing economic presence in the Franklin County area. 7 months ago
Luckily the suspect encountered a deputy and not the highway patrol; otherwise he would have had half a dozen bullets pumped into him before drawing his weapon.8 months ago