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County officials will learn more about security

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

BENTON - Scott County officials will take advantage of an opportunity to learn more about homeland security.

County Economic Developer Jim Schwaninger advised commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday of the SEMA Homeland Security Road Show scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Sikeston Higher Education Center in Sikeston.

The opportunity for local governments to learn more about homeland security funding is being offered by the State Emergency Management Agency, the Missouri Association of Councils of Government and the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission.

The program is to include a review of what funding has been received, how funding awards are made to local agencies, and the progress that has been made in Missouri's homeland security efforts.

SEMA officials are also slated to discuss the emphasis placed on homeland security response teams that have been established throughout the state, information on community emergency response team grants and citizens councils, and details regarding how local governments can use homeland security funds that are available.

"It will probably be worthwhile to go," said Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner.

* Commissioners agreed to submit a letter of support for a special area land treatment project in the Ramsey Creek watershed by the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Brett Burger, SALT technician, advised in a letter reviewed by commissioners that through the Ramsey Creek SALT Project, the district will promote better conservation practices to landowners.

Burger adds that the program will have a wider impact in addition to benefiting landowners.

* "Quite a few" budget requests have already been submitted, according to County Clerk Rita Milam. "I'm pleased with the way they're coming in."

All budget requests must be received by the county clerk's office by Jan. 15.