Here’s the full text of Missouri’s Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, straight from the Missouri Secretary of State’s website. I referred to this text extensively in today’s story in The Quincy Herald-Whig on Northeast Missouri dog breeders’ reactions to the petition-backed November ballot measure. It’s a PDF, so you’ll need Adobe Reader to open it.
Month: September 2010
Below is the text of a Hannibal Fire Board memo to members of the Hannibal City Council, outlining its reasons not to renew Fire Chief Tim Carter’s appointment as chief, which is set to expire today. The Quincy Herald-Whig obtained a copy of this memo Tuesday.
The memo went to councilmen in an envelope marked “Confidential” and was accompanied by a printout of a relevant e-mail. Near the end of Tuesday’s open city council meeting, councilmen mentioned that the memo appeared to be anonymous, but City Clerk Angel Vance appeared to indicate that the memo came from the Hannibal Fire Board.
The council met in closed session for a couple of hours Tuesday night. Fire Board Chairman Barry Louderman also met for 25 minutes with Carter, who was not admitted to the closed meeting.
Carter, who’s been on administrative leave since last November, was to face impeachment charges in July alleging fraud, insubordination, neglect and other wrongdoing. The reasons for his suspension and for dropping the impeachment charges at the last minute have never been made public, but the memo below appears to echo those charges.
Reasons for not renewing Tim Carter as Hannibal Fire Chief
- “Maverick” personality style – not a team builder, e.g. believes that since going for the “white shirt,” he has been ostracized.
- Disregard of subordinates’ perceptions, e.g. their opinions did not matter – they should be told what to do.
- Multiple Probation extensions during his time as Fire Chief.
- His belief that essentially “the ends justify the means,” e.g. providing blatently (sic) false statements on a FEDERAL Grant Application, e.g. disregarding Asbestos Inspector’s instructions during renovation work.
- Disregard of MO DNR Regulations resulting in a fine to the City of Hannibal.
- Attempted to commit City funds without authorization or budgetary approval of $100K.
9/23/08 Carter informed of decision to reappoint him as Fire Chief – per Minutes, but City Clerk records show 9/22/08
Unacceptable Conduct Reasons for “At-Will” Dismissal 9/24/10
No. 1 “…any action that is detrimental to the City of Hannibal’s efforts to operate effectively.”
e.g. Disregarded a MO DNR asbestos related requirement resulting in a FINE.
e.g. Failure to disclose to his firemen a POTENTIAL exposure to toxic materials.
No. 3 “Dishonesty when providing information….”
e.g. Making over a half dozen false statements on a FEDERAL Grant Application.
e.g. lying to the Fire Board as to his presence at Station No. 3 during the removal of potentially asbestos-containing materials.
While tonight’s events brought the saga to a head, it doesn’t appear to be over. Far from it. Expect this one to show up in City Council again soon.
Lots of construction and expansion is going on at Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis (including a tele-medicine initiative that we covered as part of a broader story on rural broadband Internet access in July). But one of their biggest changes isn’t a physical one.
The hospital has dropped “Memorial” from its name and started doing business as simply Scotland County Hospital, with a new logo to boot. Although the hospital is still legally known as Scotland County Memorial Hospital District, a release from the hospital says the change in its common name is to alleviate confusion among other hospitals in the region with the same initials.
In addition, the hospital has changed its mailing address from a rural route and box number to match its new physical address, 450 E. Sigler, Memphis, MO 63555. The associated Memphis Medical Services is located at Suite A at the same address. The new addresses are effective immediately, but the U.S. Postal Service will continue delivering mail addressed to the rural route through August 2011.