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County approves purchase of buffer

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

BENTON - Scott County Courthouse floors may be a bit shinier next time you see them.

County commissioners approved the purchase of a new 2,400 RPM floor buffer for $1,475 from Beaver Janitorial in Sikeston during their regular meeting Tuesday.

The courthouse's old buffer recently stopped working while being used at the jail. "He was using it and it quit," said Capt. Jim Chambers of the Sheriff's Department.

The new higher-speed buffer will be better for putting wax down, but as slower RPMs will be needed for stripping, stripping may need to be done by hand unless the old buffer can be fixed. The county's old buffer ran at 1,500 RPMs.

"That's a good one - a lot better," said Don Jones, county maintenance supervisor, on the selection of the new buffer.

Commissioners also asked Chambers if anyone is ever held at the jail on work release programs.

Chambers said they haven't done so since the 1980s. "Knowing they were coming to jail, they'd have dope in their pocket," said Chambers. "Every time they'd have contraband."

Prisoners doing weekend time and 10-day stretches are held at the jail as well as some sent to the jail for "shock time" by the circuit drug court, Chambers said.

In other Scott County government news:

* The St. John's Ditch cleanout is progressing well, according to commissioners. "They anticipate finishing before the end of the month," said Commissioner Jamie Burger, "barring any unforeseen problems."

* Scott County Economic Developer Jim Schwaninger updated commissioners on economic development efforts around the county and the recent video arraignment meeting.

Each courtroom will have its own DVD recorder with the court clerk being responsible for running the equipment, Schwaninger said.

Officials are looking at purchasing simple video carts like those used in schools or wall mounts for the monitors and DVD recorders.

The medical room at the jail was determined to be the best location there for the video arraignment equipment, Schwaninger said.

He said there was also a question of whether to use case numbers or some other code to identify DVDs which will be forwarded to the Office of the State Court Administrator along with other procedural questions.

* Joe Lane of the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission advised "CDBG does have planning money for water districts," according to Schwaninger. "They range from between $5,000 and $20,000."

Commissioners discussed placing ads for administrative services, which would be one of the initial steps in the block grant application process.