CHARLESTON - Mississippi County will apply for three recycling trailers from the Bootheel Solid Waste Management District to place around the county.
Commissioner Martin Lucas said during the regular County Commission meeting held Wednesday instead of Thursday due to Veterans Day that it is time to apply for grants through the Bootheel Solid Waste Management District.
Lucas suggested applying for a single trailer which would be moved around the county for the county's in-kind contribution.
After some discussion, however, commissioners agreed to go ahead and try for three trailers as recommended by Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg.
Wyatt, Bertrand and Anniston all could use a trailer, commissioners agreed, recalling Wyatt used to have one from the Stoddard County Shelter Workshop that was well-used before being moved to the prison.
The recycling trailers are divided into four sections for aluminum, paper, glass and plastic although if one section stays empty, it can be used as overflow for one of the other three products.
Lucas said the main purpose of recycling is to reduce the volume going into landfills. "We're running out of landfill space," he said.
Commissioners also discussed the leaf pickup program for Charleston, which has been very successful, funded by a Solid Waste District grant as well as the education program which seeks to foster recycling habits in children.
A letter from the Bootheel Solid Waste Management District reminding the county of its annual contribution of $1,111 to the district was also reviewed and the contribution approved.
Each of the six counties pays this amount, according to County Clerk Junior DeLay. In addition to Mississippi County, Scott, New Madrid, Stoddard, Pemiscot and Dunklin counties are part the district.
In other Mississippi County business:
* The audit of the county is still in progress. "We still hear from her probably three times per week," DeLay said.
One of the latest questions from the auditor: Why were the coroner's expenses higher this year than last?
"I laughed," DeLay said about his response. "I said, 'Go figure - more people died.'"
* The Missouri Film Commission will have to look elsewhere to find a cemetery for a multi-million dollar feature film as the county-maintained Oak Grove Cemetery doesn't fit all the requirements.
According to an e-mail from Kathie Simpkins, East Prairie administrator, a director is looking for a five-acre or larger cemetery that is not manicured ("the more unkempt the better") and has graves dating back from at least the turn of the century with interesting statuary and headstones at odd angles, gravel or dirt roads, large trees, at least 500 graves and preferably more than 1,000, room to build a four-room single-story frame shack and is far enough from a highway so traffic noise is not a problem.
"Ours wouldn't qualify because we manicure it too well," Lucas said.
* Commissioners discussed spraying thistles at various places around the county.
Commissioner Homer Oliver mentioned one type that is "the most prolific thing I've seen."
Lucas said he wonders if thistle seeds in bird seed mixes are being spread around the county.
Thistles don't die off during the winter, Oliver said, and are easier to spot as the grasses die down.
"Johnson grass has about had it," he said.
* Commissioners reappointed Don Moxley of Bertrand to the Senate Bill 40 Board for another three-year term.
"He's been on (the board) a long time," Oliver said.