President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has urged the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) to erect a motorcycle terminal or parking station for motorcyclists.She said it will avoid potential hazard when picking up and dropping passengers.The President’s request to Acting PCC Mayor C. Cyvette Gibson was in support of an appeal by Montserrado County District # 4 Representative Henry Fahnbulleh to reduce restrictions on motorcyclists from plying the principal streets of Paynesville.She was speaking during the dedication program of the Duport Road Beautification Park yesterday in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.President Sirleaf commended Mayor Gibson for the transformation of the City of Paynesville and the fencing of the Duport Road cemetery.The President said the fencing of the cemetery would dignify the dead.“Progress always brings desire for more progress, so whenever we see something like this, we think ahead for another thing to be done,” President Sirleaf said.She thanked the staff of PCC, the contractors and most especially the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) for funding the construction of the Duport Road Park.President Sirleaf appealed to members of the Legislature at the program, among them Senator Prince Johnson and Representatives Thomas Fallah, Henry Fahnbulleh and Bill Tweahway to back the confirmation of Acting Mayor Gibson.Representatives Fallah and Fahnbulleh in separate remarks commended Acting Mayor Gibson for the transformation of Paynesville and appealed to their colleagues for more budgetary support to Paynesville which has the highest population of over 115,000 in Montserrado County.Acting Mayor Gibson thanked the Special Project Team, staff and contractors as well as the residents of Paynesville and NASSCORP for their support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The House passed the conference report on the Highway Bill in an overwhelming vote today, sending the measure to the Senate for consideration, potentially as early as tonight.Included in the bill are several provisions important to the American Soybean Association (ASA), most notably a reversal of the $3 billion in proposed cuts from crop insurance in October’s budget bill.Overall, the bill reauthorizes highway and transit programs for five years at a cost of $300 billion. The multi-year reauthorization would provide certainty for state and local governments to maintain and move forward with transportation projects. It also provides new flexibilities and streamlines environmental review and permitting processes aimed at accelerating projects.The bill also establishes new national freight policies and programs aimed at improving freight movement and strengthening U.S. economic competitiveness.One issue important to the ASA that is not favorably addressed in the highway bill is the ability for states to allow increased truck weights on federal interstates.The House of Representatives voted 187-236 to defeat an amendment offered by Rep. Reid Ribble which would have provided states the option to increase truck weight limits on federal interstates. This was a disappointing outcome and a missed opportunity for Congress to improve transportation efficiency and the competitiveness of U.S. farmers and businesses.The bill does include a modified version of the Port Performance Act. The Conference Report establishes a Port Performance Statistics Program under the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS); however the specific metrics that were in the Port Performance Ac passed by the Senate were not included. The provision does require BTS to establish a working group to include private and public sector participants to develop an agreed upon set of metrics to be included in an annual report. BTS will have 60 days to establish the group and develop the metrics.The measure also includes reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.In addition to revenues from the gas tax that go into the Highway Trust Fund, the bill includes other funding offsets such as revenue generating provision impacting the Federal Reserve and banks and the sale of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.