The Bates County Commission has been “actively” working to improve the roads in Bates County by working with the Township Boards and having the County Road and Bridge personnel replace metal culverts with new ones and using plastic culverts in areas that the metal culverts don’t hold up very long.  We were able to provide an additional $2,000 to each of the Townships to use to better prepare the roads for the winter.

This past year the Commission replaced two (2) large metal culverts in the Papinville area.  These culverts were installed by the Army Corps of Engineers when Truman Lake was built.  Their bottoms had rusted out and were starting to show signs of collapse.  The culverts were replaced by both the Road and Bridge personnel and local farmers.  A great “joint” effort involving the community.

This past year the Commission decided to start having the Road and Bridge personnel build the concrete box culverts.  The need to replace the concrete boxes had gotten to the point, something different had to be done.  We hired two (2) additional persons to work on the concrete crew and they were able to build seven (7) new concrete boxes since September.  We purchased a concrete bucket that will allow dispersal of concrete easier than moving the delivery truck.  Also, a “Retriever” to pull the edge of the roadway back to the road bed, similar to what MoDOT uses for the shoulders on the highways. 

This past year the crew replaced seventy-six (76) metal culverts, replacing them throughout the County.  They mowed over 500 miles of road easement, sold and delivered 120 culverts to the Townships.  They replaced and made 110 road signs that had been either damaged or stolen.

We have worked on the drainage issues around the Courthouse.  Taking the rainwater away from the building and running it into a pit in the Courtyard to reduce the runoff to the street.  Next project for the Courthouse is getting it “Tuck pointed” to keep the moisture from entering.  All the concrete around the building will be removed and dirt and grass will be placed back against the building to keep the water from flowing to the building.   

The Commission for the past two years, 2020 and 2021, have replaced two (2) bridges that MoDOT inspections revealed needed to be replaced.  These bridges are funded 80% by MoDOT and US Department of Transportation and 20% by the County.  We are currently having another bridge built under this program.  We have advised the Engineering Company, Great River, to start working on replacing another bridge for 2023, if MoDOT will allow us to move forward.

MoDOT is going to close “B” Highway, east of Rich Hill, to replace two (2) bridges that have “structural issues”.  MoDOT did not have an alternative route designated nor provide funding to Osage Township to assistance to improve a County Road that would be used by everyone.  The Commissioners stepped up and provided additional funding to help build up the road and worked with local farmers to get material to raise the road.  This was done to provide not just traffic a more direct route to the Communities east of Rich Hill, but to provide any Emergency Services a better access also. 

         Ken Mooney                                                     Jim Wheatley                                          Trent Nelson

Northern Commissioner                                  Presiding Commissioner                        Southern Commissioner       

Butler/Help Wanted $13.00 per hour



The City of Butler is accepting applications for persons interested in working for the Oak Hill Cemetery from approximately the first week of April until Labor Day. 

The job duties include weed-eating and other miscellaneous duties for the City of Butler.  The starting wage is $13.00 per hour.  Seasonal employees are not entitled to regular City employee benefit package.  Successful candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. 

The normal summer working hours are 8:00 am through 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Some overtime may be required.  Applications may be picked up and returned to Butler City Hall, 22 West Ohio, Butler, Missouri.  If you have any questions, call 660-679-4182. The City of Butler is an EOE.                                                                 

Papinville Historical Association Tour of Harmony Mission

The Papinville Historical Association is hosting a tour of where Harmony Mission was located and Bates County first got started on Saturday, April 30th. They could not have the tour last year because of the flood. The Papinville Historical Association is hoping the weather will cooperate this year.  Many of you have pre-registered for the tour and they will be calling you to make sure you can still do the tour.

The first tour will leave the Papinville Museum at 10am and the second tour will leave at 1:00pm.  Be sure to be at the Papinville Museum 30 minutes before the tour leaves to pay for your tickets.  Adult tickets are $12.00 and children 10 and under are $7.00 for the tour.

The tour will begin at the Papinville Museum to look at the dioramas of the Osage Village and Harmony Mission.  You will ride a wagon to the locations of Harmony Mission, learn about the mission and where the building was located, eat a boxed lunch on the Harmon Mission grounds and have time to walk the grounds.

After the tour arrives back at the Papinville Museum there will be ice cream and cake to celebrate the 201st birthday of Harmony Mission and Missouri.

Beverly Sullins will tell the story of Asenath Barrows, wife of Freeman Barrows, the first County Clerk of Bates County.  Beverly will answer questions and give a tour of the museum and school.

If you would like to go on The Papinville Historical Association tour and have not made a reservation, call 417-395-2594 or 417-395-4288, leave a message and your phone number if they do not answer and they will get back to you.

The Papinville Historical Association will be adding more events for the day so keep listening to FM 92.1 and reading the Mid-America shopper for updates.

If you would like to see the Harmony Mission location where Bates County started make plans now to attend the Papinville Historical Association tour on Saturday, April 30th with the tour beginning at the Papinville Museum.

Absentee Voting Saturday, April 2nd

The polls will be open on Tuesday, April 5th. Remember to Vote. A reminder that the Bates County

Clerk’s Office at 103 W. Dakota Street, Butler will be open on Saturday, April 2nd  from 8:00 a.m. to

Noon for the purpose of absentee voting.  Polls will be open on Tuesday from 6 am until 7 pm.