CHARLESTON - Mississippi County commissioners may soon be able to lay to rest a matter which has led to regular notices from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Mississippi County commissioners agreed during Thursday's meeting to hire Sam Smith of Smith and Company in Poplar Bluff to take soil samples from the county airport where underground fuel tanks were removed and draft a closure report for the DNR.
The contractor originally hired to remove the fuel tanks finished the job in 1998 but never filed a closure report, according to county officials. The result for the county has been regular correspondence from DNR regarding the site's status.
In other Mississippi County commission business:
* A request for $5,000 to help the Mississippi County Soil and Water Conservation District cover the cost of printing new plat books was approved by commissioners.
The total cost for Rockford Map Publishing Inc. to produce 1,000 of the 2003 plat books is $12,000. The plat books are priced to retail at $25 and come with a wall map.
In exchange for the county's help, the water and soil district promised to supply the county with as many plat books to distribute as they need. "We'll get at least 200 books for our $5,000," said Jim Blumenberg, presiding commissioner.
* Blumenberg said he had received an inquiry regarding the old county landfill located near Scott City by a person interested in purchasing the land for use as a pasture.
Eighty acres of land was purchased by the county for use as a landfill in August 1973, according to officials. Of the 80 acres, 30 acres had permits for landfill use.
"Very little of it was ever used," said Junior DeLay, county clerk. DeLay produced records showing a little over 17 acres between two sites on the land were used.
Being an older landfill design, the facility had drains but no liners, according to county officials. The landfill was closed by the county in August 1986. "It was poorly managed," said Blumenberg.
The entire area is covered in trees now, according to Blumenberg. DeLay said a Scott City man paid the county $10,000 to harvest timber from the land in 1983. "It might not be a bad proposition to have the timber man take a look at it," said Blumenberg.
Commissioners agreed that since the county would retain liability for the landfill even if sold, the county should keep those areas.
Blumenberg said if the county were to sell some of the land not used for a landfill, it would have to go through the regular bidding process.
* Commissioners will contact DNR officials to see if the county can use New Madrid County's county engineer to participate in DNR's remonumentation program.
DNR pays up to $175 toward each section corner marker through the program, according to commissioners.
County officials said Mississippi County had typically spent around $2,000 each year on the monuments before losing its last county engineer when Martin Lucas left the position to become county commissioner.