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Scott County looks for public disaster assistance

Wednesday, May 29, 2002

BENTON - Scott County officials are scrambling to gather figures to determine if public entities will be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Joe Burton, Scott County E-911 administrator, discussed the county's status with commissioners during Tuesday's county commission meeting.

Burton said Scott County, along with Mississippi and New Madrid counties, is among the 24 added to the presidential disaster declaration for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency following a review of the damage.

Burton said 147 homes in Scott County were affected by the flooding with about five of those considered "destroyed," the highest level of damage.

Residents may now be eligible to apply for grants or low-interest loans to assist with disaster-related expenses. Individuals seeking assistance should call 1-800-621-FEMA for more information. Burton said a FEMA assistance center will be open Thursday at the 911 center in Morley as well.

Burton said he is gathering data from other road districts and municipalities within the county to determine whether public entities will be eligible for assistance to repair roads and other public property damaged by the flooding.

There must be a minimum of $107,000 in material, equipment and manpower costs above and beyond normal operating costs to even be considered, Burton said. He said he hopes to be able to fax the preliminary figures to the State Emergency Management Agency by this afternoon.

In other Scott County news:

* The contract securing the Peckham, Guyton, Albers and Viets firm from St. Louis as technical assistance consultants for a proposed Tax Increment Funding project at the Sikeston Outlet Mall was signed Tuesday, according to Scott County Economic Developer Jim Schwaninger.

"The county's going to take the lead role on this project," Schwaninger confirmed.

Schwaninger said PGAV will be responsible for setting a time table for the TIF with the next step being the formation of an advisory TIF commission.

Six TIF commissioners will be appointed by the county, two by the school district, and one will be selected by the remaining taxing entities such as the city of Miner and the library district.

Commissioners said there is no risk to the county and the county will not lose any money because of the TIF.

A deposit of $50,000 has already been made by the developer, Phil Boyer of Sikeston, to cover PGAV's fees, the county's attorney fees, and to reimburse the county for any time spent by the county clerk for the project.

Excepting out-of-pocket expenses, PGAV's fee is not to exceed $35,000.

As the Outlet Mall is the county's greatest source of sales tax revenue, the county will benefit from any additional tax revenue generated by the project, according to Schwaninger.

"We do need the sales tax in the county," said Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner.

* The meeting scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday at the courthouse to examine the feasibility of forming a drainage district east of Highway 61 is for those "willing to work to find solutions," according to commissioners.

* Commissioners reviewed recently-passed resolutions which add a new requirement before county officials will accept a subdivision, with or without roads: the flood insurance map number and flood zone number must now be listed on the plat before any subdivision will be accepted.