An application for a Workforce Training Initiative Grant for a new Construction Trades and adult education building at Salem High School is still alive, economic development director Sally Burbridge told the county commission Monday.

The City of Salem, R-80 Schools and Healthy Dent County are working through the Meramec Regional Planning Commission to obtain funds for the facility, starting with a grant application in April. Their request is one of five statewide approved to submit a full application due Sept. 30, she said.

A public workshop to gather input for the full application is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at Salem Community Center @ the Armory.

Another application was submitted July 15 for a Delta Regional Authority Workforce Training Grant with notifications of funding expected Sept. 15.

MRPC is taking the lead, forming a working group of economic development, education and workforce development officials and employers to develop a proposal for the four MRPC counties in the Delta Region—Dent, Crawford, Phelps and Washington.

Burbridge said she was notified July 31 that Salem was not selected for a Recreation Economy for Rural Communities Grant, a planning assistance program offered through the Environmental Protection Agency.

Communities can take advantage of the program to revitalize downtowns, she said. Promoting outdoor recreation can also create jobs and offer new opportunities for people to connect with the natural world, she said.

In other business, Jamie Homeyer requested that commissioners appoint her county auditor when incumbent Tina Whitaker retires in December. Her successor will serve until an election is held next year. Whitaker announced her retirement last week.

Under commission reports, First District commissioner Dennis Purcell said grading was planned Monday on county roads 6370 and 6190 with brush cutting on 4220. A flat tire is being repaired on another brush cutter.

Second District commissioner Gary Larson reported that grading was underway on county roads 2315, 2313, 5305, 4410, 4405 and 5320, with the latter two rescheduled from Thursday. Crews will be hauling rock to 4430, 2313, 2315 and 4380 and cutting brush on 2070, 2075 and 2315, he said.

At Thursday’s meeting, Purcell said crews would be grading county roads 5170, 5180, 5650 and 4235, hauling material to 5680 and 5650 and cutting brush on 6180 and 4220.

Larson reported that crews would be grading on county roads 5280 and 5300, cutting brush on 2080, working on loader No. 3, screening brown rock and working on chip and seal repairs in various areas.

After Purcell left to attend a meeting at MRPC about a Federal Land Access Program application, the commission heard a report on the new jail project and approved change orders.