COMMISSIONERS: The Oregon County Commissioners go over materials they were presented with at their annual training session last month in Jefferson City. They are, back row from left: Southern District Commissioner John Wrenfrow and Northern District Commissioner Buddy Wright. Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren Is seated.
OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County Commissioners Leo Warren, Buddy Wright and John Wrenfrow attended the County Commissioners of Missouri 23rd annual Training Session Feb. 1-3 in Jefferson City.
Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren said all three commissioners have to attend 20 hours of training every year.
The commissioners attended a roundtable discussion of all 3rd class counties. Iron County Presiding Commissioner Terry Nichols presided over the meeting. Warren said the group discussed issues that involve counties near the same size as Oregon County. He said there are more 3rd class counties in the state than any other class. A county is categorized by population and assessed evaluation.
The commissioners attended a session with the Missouri Department of Transportation the second day of the training. Wrenfrow said the session featured changes in practical design and funding for off-road bridges. "The session informed us that MoDOT is loosening-up on some bridge building requirements that should make the process less expensive for county governments," he said. In the past the cost of the engineer had been nearly as much as the cost of building the bridge, according to Wrenfrow.
The commissioners attended a session on eminent domain where Terry Jarrett was the featured speaker. Jarrett is the chairman of the Missouri Task Force on Eminent Domain.
Warren said he supports the issue when there is a direct, truly public purpose such as right-of-ways for power and other such lines. "On this issue we need to make sure individual property rights are preserved," he said. Wright and Wrenfrow said they agreed with Warren on the issue.