BENTON - New software in the recorder's office will actually end up saving Scott County money, according to Recorder of Deeds Tom Dirnberger.
Following Dirnberger's recommendation, county commissioners awarded the bid for new indexing software for the recorder's office to the low bidder, Document Imaging of St. Louis, during Tuesday's regular meeting.
Document Imaging bid $17,375 to edge out the only other bidder, Document Solutions of Springfield, which entered a bid of $21,123.
Dirnberger said the company which produced and serviced the indexing software currently in use is going out of business.
Adding in the cost of a service contract on the assessor's office reader-printer, the total cost will be $19,175 over a three-year period as compared with the $24,500 it would have cost during this period with the old software company, according to Dirnberger, "plus you're getting the new software."
In other Scott County Commission business, Connie Busby, economic development director for the Bootheel Regional Planning and Economic Development Commission, met with commissioners to explain how sponsoring a grant may affect future Community Development Block Grant eligibility.
The grant in question will be used to set up a bagging and corn meal production plant at the Port Authority.
Under the provisions of the CDBG, the company, Cape Milling, will be required to hire 30-35 employees of which 51 percent must be low- to moderate-income people, Busby said.
Busby explained that if the jobs have not been created by the end of a two-year period, the county will be ineligible to apply for future CDBGs until the matter is closed.
Commissioners signed a funding approval, agreeing to sponsor the CDBG.