BENTON - Returned surveys from the steering committee for the proposed countywide rural water district in Scott County seem to indicate overwhelming support for the project, according to county commissioners.
Larry Brazel, president of the steering committee, said during the Scott County Commission's regular meeting Tuesday that about 50 percent of those he surveyed said they are ready to sign up for the water district and about 50 percent said they probably will.
One person said he was not interested, "but that's not to say he wouldn't be in the future," Brazel said.
"Ninety percent of the surveys so far are favorable," Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel said. "I've been surprised. I thought more people would not be interested."
"As long as we have around 80 percent, I don't think we'll have any problems," he added.
A meeting is tentatively set for Dec. 6, "after reviewing all the surveys that are due back Dec. 2," according to Commissioner Jamie Burger.
In addition to getting feedback on the level of support the water district has, the survey is also "getting the word out," Priggel said.
Brazel said he is personally ready to pay his $150 hook up fee anytime: "I'd be glad to."
In other Scott County business during Tuesday's meeting:
* Commissioners and Debbie Evans from the assessor's office met with Don Hagan, GIS consultant for Midland GIS Solutions of Sunrise Beach, to go over the list of questions county officials had about setting up the county's geographic information system.
The airborne global positioning technology used by the aerial photographers he would like to work with for Scott County's GIS project produces "very, very precise" results, Hagan said. "Very, very crisp and precise."
Not all companies are using it yet, Hagan said: "It's very expensive."
He recommended using black and white photography. "Black and white photography is crisper," Hagan said, while color "tends to muddy the maps."
Additionally, it is easier to see color-coded lines on a black and white image.
Hagan also cautioned that while the company could shoot the entire county in six-inch pixel high resolution, the image files would be huge.
* Commissioners and Harlan Duncan, road and bridge department supervisor, opened bids for a boom mower but will determine more specifically the county's needs before making a decision.
Commissioners said they would like to see vegetation trimmed back farther from county roads.
"We need something stout for sure," Priggel said.