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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Missouri Gasconade Commissioner Jerry Lairmore Slams County's Struggling Unemployed ?

Missouri Gasconade County UNLAWFUL PAY-RAISE LAWSUIT Long Over, But NOT FORGOTTEN!!!


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Missouri Gasconade Commissioner Jerry Lairmore Slams County's Struggling Unemployed ?

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Gasconade County Commissioners' Report
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Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010

   The Gasconade County Commission met with Presiding Commissioner Ron Jost, Northern District Commissioner Matthew Penning, Southern District Commissioner Jerry Lairmore present at Courthouse beginning with Pledge of Allegiance.



GENERAL DISCUSSION

   All Commissioners were present at the GCCS meeting Monday, December 27 at the Courthouse. All agree it was a good, positive meeting and was a major step forward as the neighboring properties will be deeded to Gasconade County.

   Commissioner Jost also announced census numbers have been released and Gasconade County lost population since 2000, from 15,342 to 15,096.

   Commission held its first budget hearing as required by law. Lietzow announced individual budgets were passed out Monday, along with everyone getting a copy of General Revenue. Those are due back to County Clerk's office Tuesday, January 4; also between that time, her office will work with Treasurer Joey Gross to close out books for 2010 and project revenue for 2011. All these numbers will be summarized on Wednesday and reported to Commission at the session Thursday in Owensville. Her hope is they   will plan to meet in special session Monday, January 10, to work on it. Lietzow said it doesn't look like General Revenue will end up $100,000 ahead of the Jan. 1 balance. It looks closer to being $75,000.

   All of the following county elected officials except, Paul Dopuch, Surveyer, appeared for budget discussion and for the Commission to hear from all about their questions and c o n c e r n s : P u b l i c Administrator Fay Owsley, Associate Circuit Judge John Berkemeyer, Coroner Ben Grosse, Prosecuting Attorney Ada Brehe-Krueger, Sheriff Randy Esphorst, Treasurer Joey Gross, Circuit Clerk and Recorder of Deeds Joyce Gabathuler, Assessor Joe Mundwiller and Collector Shawn Schlottach. The Commission asked Lietzow to repeat the information she had just given them, so she   did. Judge Berkemeyer's first comment that possibly the group of elected officials, without the Commission, should meet before the Jan. 4 budget submission deadline, just to discuss each other's needs. It was later agreed to meet after this meeting ended, so everyone could check their calendars and schedule. Based on Lietzow's assessment of General Revenue, Berkemeyer said with the challenge of cutbacks, small counties such as Gasconade County struggle to make it and he fears county mergers as a future option, not necessarily anyones' choice.

   Schlottach said her collections will be down nearly $9,000 for General Revenue due to the tax charge for personal property and real estate is less, along with Ameren's protested payment. As she has said before, buying two year tags for license, gives people chance to move around and find a way to not have to pay. Her expenses are significantly higher due to delinquent tax sale parcel notices are required to be mailed certified, which is over $5 instead of 44 cents. She also mentioned to all for information, she heard postage is likely to go up 2 cents in 2011.

   She touched on a new law, SB711, that affects her office, Clerk Lietzow's and Assessor Mundwiller's as being just another unfunded mandate for General Revenue. Mundwiller's funding portion will be covered by extra withholding done by Collector Schlottach from collections; he added that state reimbursement for his office has already dropped from $6 per parcel to $4 and he is to expect that to be down to $3 in 2011 and he foresees the day General Revenue will have to supplement the Assessment fund. He has maintained a healthy balance to hold that off as long as possible.

   Berkemeyer asked if he is seeing any new construction beginning yet and he said no, that he expects in this reassessment year of 2011 to lose value for the first time, including more losses in personal property.

   Judge Berkemeyer said he sees virtually no change in his office budget, but that it only covers his expense reimbursement. His salary is paid by state and the remainder of his office expense is covered by Clerk Gabathuler's budget after their merger. Gabathuler said her salary, too, is paid by the state, as well as two of her employees and two of Judge Berkemeyer's, but if anyone would leave employment, the state has frozen hiring so no replacement could be hired.   Both she and Berkemeyer each have one county paid employee. Regarding her budget for 2011, she said she would have to ask General Revenue for more money for her recorder's system lease fees because her discretionary funds will no longer cover it.

   Lietzow said her elections budget will be reduced by $75,000 due to no elections in 2011, but she reminded the Commission she will owe almost $7,000 for voting equipment maintenance fees that she cut out of her 2010 budget. She will try to cover as much as she can from her discretionary Election   Services fund. Penning asked if the Commission will get to see discretionary fund budgets and Lietzow said yes they would be submitted to the Commission along with all budgets. Lietzow also reminded the Commission of several items they mentioned over this year that would need to be considered at budget time such as, finish basement shelving, fill in outside steps, fix roof, boiler room door, personnel policy update.

   Prosecutor Brehe-Krueger added that the salary contribution she makes to General Revenue from her discretionary funds will likely have to end soon, because her funds are not being replenished as before. She asked the Commission if they see the county gaining in any way.   Lairmore said because of his involvement with IDA board and GVEZ board, he sees industry wanting to come into Gasconade County, if they are offered incentives, so he does see the economy starting to come back up. What he sees as a major problem is all those drawing unemployment because they do not want to work and they are not scrutinized enough by state or federal agencies to be validated.


Grosse said he will need to budget for more autopsies. The Commissioners said they know he will use his best judgement. Grosse said he tries to avoid that expense as much as possible, but unfortunately some cases he feels he has to have that and Judge Berkemyer agrees it's needed to prove a case. Berkemeyer also mentioned that he has learned the public defender system is on overload and he is afraid that the county will have to start paying bills for   these attorneys and that could get very costly.     

Gabathuler brought up a situation that the Commission needs to address that just happened this week in her office. They had a volatile, mentally unstable person in their office two times and they were afraid yesterday she would come back. In an effort to be prepared, they tried the panic buttons in their office and they did not work. Batteries were replaced and that did not fix the problem. It was later discovered that the main receiver box in the Sheriff's office was not working properly and was shut off, unplugged, more than once to reset, but it didn't help. EMD Dan Dyer was contacted and he agreed they had done everything they could and he would check to see the last test date and told Clerk Lietzow, the Commission would have to look at possibly replacing the   system which was purchased in 2002. The Commissioners agreed with Dyer and they will discuss further with him while working on the budget.

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TROUBLED PAST?

btccfan2002  February 19, 2010 
An update on the bizarre story from Gasconade County where residents accused the county commissioners of "stealing" money from the its coffers. A few days earlier, a judge ruled the commissioners could keep their money because Missouri's statute of limitations on it (even if it was a criminal event) had run out.
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13 comments:

  1. Southern District Associate Commissioner Jerry Lairmore needs to be defeated at the polls in November, 2012. A man who calls his colleague a "lieing son-of-a-bitch" during a county meeting, a man who calls a citizen of the county who regularly attends commission meetings a "jackass" and a man who "sees as a major problem all those drawing unemployment because they do not want to work and they are not scrutinized enough by state or federal agencies" (as reported in the official meeting minutes of the county commission) is a man who is NOT WORTHY to represent the fine citizens of this county's southern district! Absolutely pathetic! But I am NOT surprised by Mr. Lairmore's arrogant and condescending attitude! I have seen it displayed on many occasions! Lairmore should resign and join the ranks of the unemployed. Perhaps then he would change his attitude toward them!

    Dick Schaefer

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  2. I guess we 'jackass, unemployed, sons-of-bitches' should work for nothing on the up-keep of Mr. Lairmore's private road, that way, he can show all them big industry fellers that we really do want to work.

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  3. That's a good idea, Anonymous! If we could be employed by some large company bringing their manufacturing operations into the county because of the positive and effective efforts of Jerry D. Lairmore, that would indeed be a wonderful thing! Let's see now, how many such operations has Mr. Lairmore brought into Gasconade County? By my count, he has brought ZERO businesses into the county! Perhaps Lairmore should work on this instead of slamming the unemployed citizens of our county!

    Homeless and Unemployed In Gasconade County

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  4. Mr. Lairmore,

    You have called one of your fellow commissioners a "lieing son-of-a-bitch". You have called a citizen attendee of county commission meetings a "jackass". And you have called your unemployed constituents "lazy frauds".

    I call you an "arrogant, unprofessioal, condescending bully". And I also call for YOUR IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION!

    Dick Schaefer

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  5. ... "he sees as a major problem is all those drawing unemployment because they do not want to work and they are not scrutinized enough by state or federal agencies to be validated."

    I hope these citizens whom Mr. Lairmore considers to be "low-lifes" will remember what he has said about them when the November, 2012 rolls around!

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  6. I can't believe he said this just two days after Christmas! Where's the love, where's the charity, Jerry?

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  7. Hi Richard I like your website,hope you keep getting bigger! This guy works hard for his buddies business dealings, just look on Exclusive Realty's website. The 200,000 dollar school in Owensville is now for sale for over 500,000. Sweet deal for two rich guys.

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  8. WOW, what a bargain, the price has dropped, now it's $400,000. LMAO

    $ 400,000 Owensville (Gasconade County)
    Commercial , Rental , and Land
    Building and ball fields - excluding bus barn and two houses on either end of property.

    For more information contact:
    Exclusive Properties, Inc.
    1874 Hwy 28
    Owensville, MO 65066
    573-437-8500
    http://www.exclusivepropertiesinc.net

    Listing Number: 8267
    Type: Commercial
    School: Gasconade Co. R-II Acres: 0 M/L Square Feet: 0 Approx.
    Bedrooms: 0 Bathrooms: 0 Half Baths:
    Garage/Carport Capacity:
    Year Built: ZIP Code: 65066
    Listed by: Dixie Epstein - Exclusive Properties, Inc.

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  9. Unemployed in BlandJanuary 28, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    I had breakfast at A. E. Newman's home this morning. It was a nice gesture toward the unemployed here in Bland. I will be voting for Newman in 2012. He seems to really care about those who are currently down and out.

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  10. Unemployed in OwensvilleJanuary 29, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    Neat YouTube video!

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  11. Employed in HermannJanuary 30, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    I hate to see the unemployment rates for January and February!

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  12. A lot of people will be losing wages and business income during this blizzard! This will be a "hit" to Gasconade County.

    Can you update us on what Commissioner Lairmore is specifically doing to bring jobs to our county? Maybe he is doing something but we just don't know about it.

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  13. It's just a dirty shame! Politicians talk big and promise everything. So many of them ultimately deliver NOTHING!

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