CHARLESTON -- With the ice, snow and cold weather preventing any road repairs, Mississippi County commissioners did not have much business to attend to during their regular meeting Thursday.
"Nothing going on but bad roads," said Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg.
Commissioners discussed the current state of the roads as well as plans for the coming road and bridge repair season, noting that falling sales tax revenue will likely mean fewer and scaled-down projects. Officials noted, however, that the Sunshine Truck Stop in Charleston is back open for business. "That will help," said Commissioner Homer Oliver.
In other business addressed by commissioners:
* Commissioners authorized Richard Wallace, road and bridge department supervisor, to get and place a utility pole at the Oak Grove Cemetery.
The pole will be used to run electricity for both the cemetery's irrigation system and for flag pole lights, according to commissioners, who figured on digging a 10-foot-deep hole for the pole.
Blumenberg said they will probably have to go to Dexter for a pole, but the county may be able to get one from the electrical coop which is taking utility poles down along Highway BB. "They'll probably give us one," Blumenberg said.
Commissioners also agreed to authorize Wallace to proceed with trading in the cemetery's lawnmower on a new one as part of the regular replacement cycle.
* Blumenberg said Charleston City Manager David Brewer reported the Charleston city council approved hiring attorney John Oliver to represent the city as respondents in the St. John's Bayou Basin/New Madrid Floodway Project hearings along with the county and East Prairie.
Blumenberg said the three governments can split the attorney's bill three ways.
Commissioners also agreed to contact State Sen. Peter Kinder to see if he can influence the Department of Natural Resources to approve the project.