Mississippi County News
CHARLESTON - Mississippi County Rural District No. 1 will get bigger pipes.
Mississippi County Commissioners reviewed a letter from the Department of Economic Development during their regular meeting Thursday advising the district was approved to use remaining Community Development Block Grant funds toward larger mains for the water system.
The project ended up being smaller than projected, leaving about $400,000 in unused funds. The district needed the DED's approval along with approval from Rural Development and the Department of Natural Resources to apply the money toward the larger pipes, however.
The larger pipes will allow the system to take on more users in the future without dropping water pressure to unacceptable levels.
Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said now only $27,000 of approved funding will not be used by the water district.
In other Mississippi County news:
* Commissioners have found the last two pieces of equipment the county's road and bridge department will need to implement a "chip and seal" process for county roads.
A used oil distributor priced at $18,750 by the Jefferson County Road and Bridge Department appears to be in good shape, Blumenberg said. It should last the county indefinitely, the commissioner said. Jefferson County also has a used sweeper available for $3,900.
"We'll have everything we need then," said Blumenberg. "We'll get that going next year."
Blumenberg estimated the county will be able to chip and seal the roads for between half and one-third the cost of other blacktops, "and we can keep these highly-traveled roads up."
* Blumenberg looked over the road and bridge department budget for money to pull out an eight-foot culvert under County Highway 418 in the St. James Ditch and put in a rail car bridge.
"We need to get that in," said Blumenberg. "It takes about $25,000 to put it in."
* Officials discussed an incident in which the closing mechanism on the courthouse's door was broken by a woman apparently upset about having to return to court after the case was continued.
"She was here for a jury trial," County Clerk Junior DeLay said. "She left, slammed the door."
* Missouri Department of Public Safety Title 5 Formula Grant Project has tentatively awarded a $100,000 grant to the Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center in Charleston.
The funds will be used for a program called "Partnership for Kids," according to DeLay.
The grant will be approved pending revisions to and clarifications in the grant application.
* The county's aggregate assessed valuation is down $1,470,068 with the loss being mostly in personal property and state railroad/utility categories.
"Real estate's up," DeLay said, noting real estate values rose to $73,695,550 from 2002's $72,408,300.