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Blodgett man is first county developer

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

BENTON - Joel Evans of Blodgett was selected by Scott County commissioners to be the first county developer.

Commissioners announced their decision and introduced Evans to county staff during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday.

Evans, who has a degree in business administration, is presently teaching computer classes for the Kelly school district. Commissioners said Evans will start immediately as county developer on a part-time basis and will go to full time on June 20.

The newly-created job combines the duties of the economic developer position which preceded it with the responsibility of operating and maintaining the county's Web site and geographic information system.

In other Scott County news:

* Mark Winkler, area coordinator for the State Emergency Management Agency, met with commissioners and Joe Burton, county E-911 director.

Winkler said this annual visit is likely to be the only time commissioners are happy to see him. "The other times you're usually not glad to see me because of the disaster," he said.

He advised commissioners of the recent "major shakeup in our agency" which brought in a new director, deputy director, Homeland Security director and Department of Public Safety director.

Winkler said the Office of Domestic Preparedness has already approved SEMA's $46 million spending plan and that grant letters and applications for the next round of Homeland Security grants should go out next week.

He also invited commissioners to attend a "WMD exercise" scheduled for 6 p.m. April 25 at the Sikeston Power Plant.

* Illegal dumping around the county continues to be a problem, according to commissioners.

"It's not just Scott County, it's everywhere," said Commissioner Jamie Burger.

One of the worst locations in the county for this activity is on the right-of-

way for County Road 428 where the county spent $660 last week hauling trash off.

"We've picked up the big things and hauled them off," said Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel.

"They've already put more back in there," said Burger. "It's like we just made room for them to bring more in."

Priggel said county officials had hoped they could bury the remaining small pieces of rubbish but were advised by the Department of Natural Resources they are not allowed to.

"We can not bury anything," said Harlan Duncan, road and bridge department supervisor. He said landowners "can do anything they want to, but we can't."

Duncan said DNR will supply surveillance cameras to gather evidence but the county will be the entity to prosecute.

* Commissioners approved a resolution as requested by the Scott County Farm Bureau mandating the use of ethanol-blended and bio-diesel fuels in all appropriate county vehicles.

Priggel said the additive is "more environmentally friendly" and should only raise fuel costs by about a penny per gallon.