BENTON - With winter behind and spring settling in, bids for various materials needed by the highway department were the focus of Tuesday's session for Scott County commissioners.
MFA Agri Services in Benton offered the lowest price for Johnson grass herbicide at $19.50 per gallon and was awarded the contract. A variety of name brand and generic herbicides with prices ranging up to nearly $50 per gallon were offered with other bids submitted from UAP in Benton and Kelso Milling Company in Scott City.
Commissioners picked overall low-bidder Koch Pavement Solutions of New Madrid over Coastal Energy Corporation of Willow Springs to provide asphalt oil. Koch will deliver MC-800 oil at 86 cents per gallon and MC-250 at 91 cents per gallon.
Delta offered the lowest bid for pre-mix asphalt and was approved by commissioners.
Halter Gas Company was the sole bidder to supply the highway department with fuel and lubricants for its vehicles and was awarded the contract for another year. Halter also furnishes the storage tanks used by the county.
Strack of Cape Girardeau was selected the county's primary vendor of gravel and other rock as their prices were the lowest for most gravel and rock.
Officials said other bidding vendors may also be used as secondary sources, however, in the event that Strack runs out of a particular product.
A bid from J.M. Burger was also approved as the firm is the sole supplier of red clay gravel. "We don't use much of that," said Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner.
In other business covered by the Commission:
* Commissioners agreed to address a six-foot diameter culvert restricting flow under County Road 224 near New Hamburg as requested by Eddie Westrich.
The culvert was an emergency measure to replace a bridge that was washed out. When the culvert was put in, county officials promised to return and put a larger one in if it turned out to be too small, explained Priggel. "I don't want to restrict the water more than it was before," he said.
Westrich said he would prefer a larger culvert over a second culvert alongside the existing one as a single culvert catches less debris. "I feel a 10-footer would be more manageable there," said Westrich.
Later in the meeting, Cletus Menz also visited the commission regarding the same culvert.
* Overall, the county is down $6,000 for the year's tax revenues as compared with 2001, according to Commissioner Jamie Burger, due to "the state of the general economy."
The county received $127,434 in March from the law enforcement sales tax, down from $11,000 in March 2001, Burger said.
The cost for boarding Scott County prisoners in Mississippi County during March was $35,700, up from $28,924 for February, according to Burger. The March prisoner boarding bill was $3,400 for Butler County and $6,965 for Cape Girardeau.
General revenue received $129,541 in March, down from $12,610 received last year during the same month.
Rita Milam, county clerk, explained the amounts received by the county do not reflect taxes generated from a particular time period, but only what the Department of Revenue receives during that period.
* Jim Schwaninger, economic developer, updated commissioners on his efforts "looking at funding opportunities for additional projects that will help us keep and attract businesses."
Schwaninger said he is currently researching possible funds available through the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the federal Delta Regional Authority which has $3.4 million earmarked for 26 Missouri counties.
* Commissioners approved the remaining $400 budgeted for the Industrial Development Authority.
IDA officials had originally requested only $600 but recently discovered outstanding bills that need to be paid.
* Tom Dirnberger, county recorder, advised commissioners he was gathering bids for a new official recording stamp as the one remaining stamp is nearly worn out.