Walensky tabbed to join organizations

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The city of Cassville has tabbed its public works director, Steve Walensky, for two boards in hopes of getting more attention put on the city at a statewide level.

The city council approved Walensky to represent the city on two organizations: the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments and the Missouri Clean Energy District.

Walensky said he has death with the council of governments for three years, specifically with the Transportation Advisory Committee, which finalizes transportation projects to submit to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

"The Southwest Missouri Council of Governments is like a focus group, and the Transportation Advisory committee puts most of the suggestions up to MoDOT that would be considered for Cassville," he said. "One of those suggestions I have is to put a pedestrian path on the bridge over Flat Creek in town, so pedestrians can walk across it or bicyclists can ride across it. Safety is the No. 1 reason, because pedestrians or bicyclists trying to cross that bridge can cause traffic to back up, which can cause a wreck."

The committee has two members from each of the 10 counties in MoDOT's Southwest District, and right now, Presiding Commissioner Cherry Warren is one and Jason Mackey is the other. Warren would have to appoint Walensky to a spot on the committee.

Along with trying to become a member of the Transportation Advisory Committee, Walensky will also become a representative to the Missouri Clean Energy District board, at the request of Mayor Bill Shiveley.

"I've still got to get my feet wet with the MCED," Walensky said. "I have not had a chance to participate with it prior to now."

According to a letter sent from David Pickerill, executive director of the Missouri Clean Energy District, the organization and the program hope to provide an economic benefit to Cassville through clean energy.

"We hope to be on the cutting edge of the trend toward energy savings and provide countless government entities and businesses the opportunity to upgrade their facilities," he said. "We hope to recruit a diverse and talented array of individuals in order to grow and expand the MCED project for the benefit of everyone involved."

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