BENTON - After a wait spanning decades, funding is finally secured for an outer road between Nash Road and Scott City.
Scott County commissioners confirmed during their regular meeting Tuesday that funding for the Scott City project was included in the federal transportation bill recently passed by Congress. The transportation bill commits $5 million for the project in addition to the $100,000 in Delta Regional Authority funding previously approved.
The project, which will include a bridge over Ramsey Creek, will connect what is now a dead-end outer road running south from Route AB/Nash Road along the east side of Interstate 55 to Highway K at Scott City.
"It should alleviate some of the congestion at the stop lights at Scott City," said Commissioner Jamie Burger. "It's been something that's been needed in Scott City for 30-plus years."
The congestion is related to the I-55 interchange and the Highway 61 interchange in addition to there presently being no alternate route to Nash Road from Scott City other than the interstate.
Burger said the new route will be a benefit for public safety vehicles and should enhance economic development by providing better access to Scott City's Rhodes Industrial Park. Officials have estimated it could help generate as many as 1,000 new jobs.
Burger showed a newspaper article from 1978 related to the project.
"It's been kind of an ongoing thing," said Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel.
In other business during Tuesday's meeting:
* County Developer Joel Evans said Tuesday's election results should appear on the county's Web site, www.scottcountymo.com, within minutes of the votes being counted.
Other new content and design changes will soon be posted as well, he said.
"The Web updates will be done Monday, hopefully," Evans said. "It will be a little more aesthetically pleasing and it will change every week."
The county's slogan, "Where north meets south and east meets west," will still appear at the top of the page but in a new format: "Now it's a scrolling marquis," he said.
Articles on current events will be one of the new features. "It shouldn't be any problem to keep three current stories up on it," Evans said.
The site will also include a link to Location One which will, with help from local real estate agents, list available commercial buildings in the county at no cost to the real estate agents, the county or for those seeking buildings.
* Commissioners accepted the sole insurance bid of $89,845 from St. Paul Travelers through Brooke Insurance in Sikeston.
"That's a little less than a 3-percent increase from last year," said Priggel.
The insurance covers the county's buildings, heavy equipment, personal property, computer equipment, general liability, administrative liability, law enforcement liability and employment practices liability.
* The sole bid for a computer-based dispatching console from Dittronics Inc. of Benton for $24,906.60 and four computers at $948 each was accepted by commissioners.
Joe Burton, Scott County E-911 administrator, will study Dittronics' bid for a call recorder and make a recommendation Thursday. "See if we can get a grant to cover that recorder," Priggel said.
Commissioners also accepted the sole bid of $2,389 from Scheffer's Office Furniture and Business Machines of Sikeston for cubicles and furniture for the new dispatch center at the county jail.
The price includes installation which should be complete within 4 to 6 weeks.