BENTON - With the new year, a new position will open up at the Scott County Courthouse.
Commissioners confirmed during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday that Jim Schwaninger has resigned from the position of county economic developer effective Nov. 19.
"There's going to be a new job created," said Commissioner Jamie Burger.
Burger explained commissioners plan to combine into one position the grant-writing functions formerly performed by the county economic developer with geographic information system duties and development and maintenance of the county Web site.
"We won't hire anyone until next year," Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel said.
In his resignation letter, Schwaninger wrote that he has "enjoyed the past three years" working with county officials but did not offer a reason for his resignation.
Schwaninger did advise in his letter that he will continue to serve as a private citizen representative on the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission and its Southeast Missouri Economic Development Alliance committee.
In other Scott County business:
* The steering committee for the proposed countywide rural water district picked officers during their meeting Monday, according to commissioners.
Larry Brazel will serve as president of the steering committee, Tim McIntyre as vice president, and Phil Lyon was chosen for secretary-treasurer.
"We had about 20 people on the steering committee agree to do a survey in their area of the county," Priggel said.
The goal is for each person to get about 20-25 surveys filled out and returned to the county clerk's office by Dec. 1.
The county had already received five surveys back by Tuesday, each with a positive response. "Everybody seems to be for it," Burger said.
"Some people have already brought money in," Priggel said.
Also, Priggel noted, "we are receiving some cash donations to pay for the formation of the district." The county will not pay for the district, Priggel said, excepting the cost of the vote to form the district.
If the surveys are favorable, officials hope to put the formation question on the April ballot.
Only people within the proposed water district will vote on it.
* County residents may drop off old passenger vehicle tires Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 at the county shed in Benton for a county tire roundup, according to Commissioner Walter Bizzell.
Tire dealers and other commercial enterprises are not allowed to drop tires off; tractor and truck tires are not allowed; and there must be no rims or other metal on the tires.
* Debbie Evans from the assessor's office presented a list of questions to ask the company commissioners will speak with first about setting up the county's geographic information system.
"We're going to try to move it forward," Burger said. Commissioners hope to clarify some "gray areas" before making a decision.
* Commissioners will meet with the county's Johnson Grass Board at 9 a.m. at their regular Dec. 2.
* The required annual meeting of Scott County Public Facilities, the entity created to handle the lease-purchase of the county jail, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 7.
* The courthouse will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.