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November 4, 2012

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 12:01 PM

Daylight Savings Time is over (can anyone remember when it was fast time), 2012 is almost over, and let us all give thanks to the election laws of this land that the election will be over in forty-eight hours.

I met briefly this past week with the Malden Board of Public Works. The BPW is finalizing plans for the new wastewater treatment plant to be constructed in the Malden Industrial Park. The plant is projected to cost something over $2,000,000. The BPW approved a bid for $168,000 worth of PVC pipe to connect inflow with outflow and that expenditure is just the beginning. The new plant is being built to bring our wastewater outflow up to the current required standards of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. A portion of the cost, yet to be determined, will be shared by the Dunklin County Sewer District Number One. I note that the City of Poplar Bluff has a bond issue on their ballot this Tuesday to pay for their new treatment plant. Sewage treatment is expensive and in these United States is almost always a function of government. When wastewater systems don't work or become overburdened, as in New Jersey and New York City after Hurricane Sandy, then we are literally in a big mess.

We have all followed the news in the past few days and seen the destruction and loss of life caused by Hurricane Sandy. The storm hit the most heavily populated, and you would think the best prepared, area of our nation. They dealt, at least in the movies, with Godzilla. They will deal with this natural and non-fictional monster of a storm. It will take a while to get the response organized, restore power, clean up debris, clean up after the flood of seawater and raw sewage, and get the mass transit they depended on restored. Can Malden draw a lesson from Hurricane Sandy? Yes, we can.

Almost everyone remembers the Ice Storm of 2009. I read in the Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic that mutual aid workers sent to help restore power in the Northeastern U.S. said that the property damage is terrible, but the damage to the electrical delivery system does not compare to the ice storm that affected our area. No one wants the dubious distinction of having the worst disaster. We sat in the dark for varying amounts of time, but our actual damage was thankfully limited. The lesson we can learn is that these events happen with regularity and differ only in place and degree. When they happen people living in the effected areas scramble for fuel for generators, clean water, food, and shelter. If you are not prepared, you need to start preparing. The City of Malden will not save you, the State of Missouri will not save you, the United States Government will not save you at least for the initial period of organizing your salvation. How long that period of time will be depends on the disaster and its extent. Think New Madrid Earthquake.

Malden has an Emergency Management Plan. I suggest that you read it. You might have suggestions to make it better. Pick up a copy of what you should have in your home to be at least minimally prepared to care for you and yours when and not if a disaster hits our area. You will need more than a red plastic can to put gasoline in for your generator, assuming you have one.

The Malden City Council will meet for November on the nineteenth at 7:00 P.M. at the Malden City Hall. Please join if you can. We appreciate your point of view. You can watch us spend your money wisely or foolishly depending on what you believe.

The financial report is as follows:

October 26, 2012

Balance $1,299,208.67

Revenue $28,381.66

Expenses $35,388.99

November 2, 2012

Balance $1,292,201.34

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