CHARLESTON - Three letters of recommendation to the Missouri Housing Development Commission on behalf of the Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center were approved by Mississippi County commissioners during their regular session Thursday.
The first is in support of the center's application for funds to expand services to homeless victims of domestic violence, assisting in preparing them to find and maintain permanent housing.
The second is in support of a Homeless Prevention Grant application that would provide emergency aid for rent and utilities. Susanna Wesley officials have reported plans to serve 20 senior citizens known to suffer hunger because they need energy assistance if this grant is approved.
The third letter states the county commission's support for the center's application for a program which would provide partial funding for the construction of homes to be sold to low-income families in East Prairie.
In other county business:
* Commissioners are seeking four 89-foot long rail cars to build two bridges.
Two cars will be used for a bridge on County Road 532 at Maple Slough. The other two will be placed on County Road 420 at the St. James Ditch. The rail cars cost roughly $7,500-$7,800 each last year, according to Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg.
* Blumenberg suggested the county ask if solid waste grant money from the Department of Natural Resources can be used to purchase a limb grinder to be shared by the county and its municipalities. "You can't take limbs to the landfill and you can't put them in your dumpster," Blumenberg said.