BENTON - Scott County Road and Bridge Department crews are nearly finished with the replacement bridge on County Road 268 near Perkins and should have it open by Thursday or Friday, according to Harlan Duncan, road and bridge department supervisor.
Commissioners discussed the project's status and upcoming bridge projects with Harlan during their regular meeting Tuesday.
Once that bridge is opened, Harlan said, crews will then close another bridge a few miles east at the intersection of Country Road 268 and Country Road 265.
A third bridge between these two is also slated for replacement. Officials agreed to use pilings instead of pouring new footings for more longevity for these projects.
In other Scott County business:
* Assisted by County Clerk Rita Milam, commissioners selected the colors for the walls, ceiling grid, doors and door frames of the courthouse elevator.
A plastic laminate will be used for the elevator car's walls, and a baked enamel for the metal ceiling, doors and door frames, according to architect Ron Galemore.
The elevator will be delivered March 10, Galemore said.
Commissioners also decided on "CR" for the designation for the courthouse level, which is between the courthouse's first and second floors and opens to the opposite side of the regular three floors.
* Commissioner Jamie Burger was appointed to another two-year term on the County Extension Council. The new term begins March 1 and expires Feb. 28, 2005.
* Joe Burton was reappointed director of Emergency Management for the county and Roger Manwaring as assistant director.
The terms run for four years.
* Norman Lambert discussed the four last homes not in compliance with the county flood plain ordinance as required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Commissioner Martin Priggel noted "how hard it is to correct it" if a home is not built in compliance with the ordinance.
"Before they build, they need to check with us for flood plain permit," Milam said.
* Commissioners noted recent donations of flags for the new jail.
U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson donated a U.S. flag, State Rep. Peter Myers donated a Missouri flag, and the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club of St. Louis donated a POW/MIA flag, according to Burger.