COLUMBUS — Commissioner Richard Hilderbrand, who is the Cherokee County Commission liaison to the Joplin Regional Prosperity Initiative Steering Committee is asking area residents to go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/JoplinRegion and fill out a short survey to help develop a long-range strategy for the region.
Hilderbrand handed out a flier with the survey link at Monday's Cherokee County Commission meeting.
The commission also passed a resolution condemning a portion of the recent National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. Opponents of section 1021 of the act, including retired Marine Corps four-star generals Charles C. Krulak, the former Commandant of the Marine Corps and Joseph P. Hoar, former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command, have said it would basically repeal Posse Comitatus which prevents federal troops from being used for domestic law enforcement.
Several opponents of the act say it allows the federal government to use American armed forces to arrest and indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or trial.
The commission unanimously passed a resolution condemning the act and making it illegal for the U.S. Military to conduct investigations of, or to arrest civilians in Cherokee County and for Cherokee County law enforcement to assist in such investigations.
The resolution is largely symbolic.
In addition the commission heard from John and Sunny Pierce and Leslie Irwin and her son Danny Irwin Jr.
The Pierces are in a dispute with the Irwins over access to property owned by the Pierces and have filed a petition with the commission asking them to establish a road from N.E. Center Star Road back about half a mile to their property.
The 40 acre plot was purchase from Sunny Pierce's parents in the 1990s and has been in their family since the mid-1950s. The Pierces maintain the Irwins, whose property encircles theirs on three sides have blocked access to the property down a lane which has existed since the house was built. The Irwins maintain they put up a fence and gate on the property to protect cattle and prevent illegal dumping on the property. They say they have tried to work with the Pierces and have had no success.
The commission found the petition to open the lane as a public road has legal standing and are moving forward with the process to determine if the lane should be opened. This includes the Pierces posting a bond to cover the costs involved and the appointment of three disinterested land owners to view the potential road as well as a survey.
No decision was made on the road at Monday's meeting.
The commission also heard department head reports.