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Public comment being accepted on Maries County Hazard Mitigation Plan until Feb. 20
MARIES COUNTY—Public comment is being accepted until Feb. 20, 2024, on the Maries County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan update is available for review on Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s website, http://www.meramecregion.org/publications/. The 2024 plan update is located under the Hazard Mitigation Plans by county along with the county’s approved 2019 plan. A hard copy of the plan is also available at the Maries County Courthouse in the county clerk’s office.
The purpose of the plan is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards. It is required that the county have this plan in place in order to be eligible for several Federal Emergency Management Agency grant programs.
Several entities participated in the planning process to update the plan, including Maries County, the cities of Belle and Vienna, as well as the Maries County Sheriff, Maries-Osage Ambulance District, Vienna Fire Protection District and Maries County R-1 and R-2 school districts.
The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) facilitated focus group meetings and assisted these entities in developing the plan. Following a public comment period, a final draft will be created and sent to FEMA and SEMA for review and approval.
If you need assistance locating the plan or have questions, please contact Tammy Snodgrass or Kathryn Hawes at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, respectively.
Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. Mary Heywood, representing the unemployed, serves as MRPC chair. A professional staff of 34, led by Executive Director Bonnie Prigge, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.