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Area resident urges Commissioners to educate public on their Constitutional rights

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HARTINGTON – Leah Noecker wonders what America’s founding fathers would think if they were alive today.

“If they were here today, they would witness masks on faces, forced isolation of healthy people and persuasion to take an experimental injection to move about at will,” the Hartington woman said. “If you need a pass to prove you are free then you are not free.”

She spoke for about 15 minutes to the Cedar County Commissioners at their meeting last week about the Constitution and how the COVID-19 pandemic has taken away many liberties.

She believes the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and mainstream media are over-inflating the number of COVID deaths, and the emergence of a cure was quickly censored to push a harmful vaccine.

“If our government was truly worried about new variants, the southern border would be closed,” Noecker said. “We need to suit up with the whole armor of God because the final COVID variant is called Communism.”

She urged each county commissioner, along with Sheriff Larry Koranda, to each write a column for the Cedar County News to educate people about the Constitution and individual rights.

“This is America’s last chance for freedom,” she said. “All it takes for evil to prosper is for good people to do nothing.”

The commissioners – excluding David McGregor who was absent – visited with Noecker briefly about her comments before moving on to other county business.

Carla Schmidt, county road superintendent, presented a draft of a notice to landowners regarding mowing and obstructing the right-of-way.

She said there’s been increasing inquiries and confusion about who is responsible for mowing road ditches.

“There’s some landowners that do it because they want their place to look really manicured and want weeds to stay away, but there’s others that don’t want to do it,” she said. “It keeps getting brought up.”

To educate landowners, Schmidt plans to send notices with tax statements this Fall and include the statutes - with one dating back to 1879 - indicating the responsibility falls on landowners.

The statutes provide that the county can mow weeds, trim trees, or remove any obstruction from the right-of-way and then assess costs to the landowner.

At their meeting last week, the county commissioners also approved a 15-foot variance for Pete Rosberg to build a shop on his property in the Lewis & Clark Estates. Adjacent property owners were notified, and no one objected to the variance, said Zoning Administrator Tim Gobel.

The commissioners also:

• Heard Gobel’s report on recently approved building permits including for Chris Tramp, 24-foot-by-26-foot shed; Daniel Heimes, 35-foot-by-100-foot hoop barn for storage; David Fischer, 30-footby-80-foot green house (hoop style); and Riverside Holding, for two storage sheds, one 40-foot-by-60-foot and the other 26-foot-by-76-foot.

• Heard a report from County Clerk David Dowling related to progress on courthouse repairs including steps, tuckpointing, a roof leak and elevator repair. The roof leak was fixed with the replacement of shingles for a cost of $400, and the elevator cost $16,000 to repair. Work on the steps and tuckpointing is ongoing.

• Discussed the possibility of updating the employee handbook to include holiday pay and dress code. No action was taken.

•Reviewed a letter from the Missouri Sediment Action Coalition.

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