Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill addressed the MACTO conference in Columbia on October 6, 2021 (Brian Hauswirth photo)

Boone County’s Atwill says labor shortage is a statewide and long-term issue

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill addressed the MACTO conference in Columbia on October 6, 2021 (Brian Hauswirth photo)

Boone County’s presiding commissioner praises the organizers of last week’s statewide transportation conference in Columbia.

More than 150 city and county officials from across the state traveled to Columbia to hear presentations on topics including work zone safety and gravel road maintenance. Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill delivered the opening address.

“This is a very good opportunity for people that work in these different counties to get together and see how they have faced the different challenges that actually are common to all counties,” Atwill says.

Boone County’s presiding commissioner also says all 114 Missouri counties are being impacted by the labor shortage, and he says it’s a long-term issue. Atwill tells 939 the Eagle that immigration is an option.

“But it’s a very limited option, even if you have more legal immigration, you wouldn’t fulfill the need for more employees in almost every capacity,” says Atwill.

He addressed the Missouri Association of County Transportation officials at Columbia’s Holiday Inn Select. Road supervisors, county engineers, public works directors and county commissioners attended.

Cole County’s Bryan Boyce is MACTO’s executive director.

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