BENTON - Most of the cost for new aerial photography of Scott County would be the shooting the largest municipalities, according to a geographic information system expert.
County Economic Developer Jim Schwaninger briefed county commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday on his Thursday meeting with Don Hagan, consultant for Midland GIS Solutions.
Schwaninger said Hagan told him the cost for aerial photography for the county may run around $60,000 with $40,000 of the cost being photography for Sikeston, Scott City and Chaffee.
Municipalities with populations over 3,000 are photographed in half-foot resolution at 100 feet of altitude, according to Schwaninger, with rural areas being shot at an altitude of 400 feet.
In other county business:
* Commissioners have accepted the completion of Phase I of the tax increment financing project at the Sikeston Outlet Mall. This phase consisted of the renovation of existing stores to draw in new businesses, according to Schwaninger.
TIF projects allow developers to be reimbursed for infrastructure improvements with sale tax revenue generated from within the redevelopment area that would otherwise be paid to the county and other taxing entities.
Phase II of the project would put a restaurant in the Outlet Mall's parking lot and Phase III would include the construction of additional retail buildings near the Burger King restaurant.
* Commissioners will submit a letter of support for the recertification of Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri members Karen Beck and Johnny Ray Conklin.
The letter was requested by Ken Boyer, president and CEO of the WIB Board.
* An open house celebration for the new Scott County Health Department building will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday.