Public comment is being accepted until March 31, 2019, 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 2019 plan update is located under the Hazard Mitigation Plans by County along with the county’s approved 2014 plan. . A hard copy of the plan is also available at the Maries County Courthouse.

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 the Maries County Commission, Maries County Sheriff’s Department, Maries County Emergency Management, City of Belle, City of Vienna, Belle Volunteer Fire Department, Vienna Fire Protection District, Vichy Volunteer Fire Protection District, Maries County R-I School District and Maries County R-II School District. 

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.

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. A professional staff of 25, directed by the MRPC board, 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.