Extra space will be used to store some court records
BENTON - An upstairs room at the new Scott County jail will provide some much-needed relief for the Associate Circuit Court.
Associate Circuit Court Judge David Mann met with Scott County commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday.
Mann said he had spoken with Sheriff Bill Ferrell briefly about some storage space for court records. "He said he wanted to put them in a file cabinet instead of a box," said Mann.
Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner, asked if moving a half-dozen file boxes would help. "Half a dozen boxes won't even make a dent," Mann replied, describing how even rear exits and hallways are blocked with the stacked file boxes.
Commissioner Jamie Burger then said Mann can go ahead and move "whatever it takes to get you room."
"I wouldn't move everything, just enough where you will have some room," Burger continued. "Whatever you need to move to get some space. ... You be the judge."
Commissioners asked if storage shelves might work and discussed purchasing four-drawer file cabinets from the state surplus depot.
Mann said standard-sized cabinets will probably be all they need as almost all documents now are letter sized with longer documents just being folded to fit a letter-sized file, but would need to consult with his head clerk, Barbara Criss, to make sure.
Priggel said Mann would also have to work out security issues with the sheriff.
In other business during Tuesday's County Commission meeting:
* Commissioners are hoping the Southeast Missouri County Commissioners Association will issue some sort of statement after their meeting scheduled in Potosi today reacting to the "sales tax holiday" bill passed by the state legislature.
The bill would give retail shoppers a few tax-free shopping days beginning in August 2004 to help parents prepare children for school, but will cost counties much-needed tax revenue unless they opt out between Aug. 28 and mid-July 2004.
"We'll discuss all the legislation that took place this session and I'm sure that will be one of them," said Priggel.
* Commissioners accepted the low bid of $850 for this year and an option on five more years at $225 for termite control at the courthouse from Steve Penrod of Pro-Pest in Sikeston.
The only other bid, from Terminix in Sikeston, was substantially higher, according to county officials.
* Scott County was added to the list of counties eligible for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Burger reported.
Commissioners said the county suffered damage to the roof of the 911 center from high winds and damage to roads and culvert from flash flooding.
* A public hearing for the proposed drainage district on the east side of the county is scheduled for 3 p.m. June 19.
The petition to consolidate County Court Districts 2, 5, 6, 10 and 15 as "Consolidated Drainage District No. 2 of Scott County" will be heard before David A. Dolan in the Circuit Courtroom.