BENTON - The Board of Trustees for the Scott County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund is complete.
This Board consists of five citizens of Scott County; two appointed by the presiding commissioner, two appointed by the sheriff, and one appointed by the coroner. Current and former employees of the Sheriff's Office and the Prosecuting Attorney's office cannot serve as Board members.
Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel appointed Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn for a three-year term and Commissioner Jamie Burger for a two- year term. Sheriff Rick Walter selected Phil DeWitt of Sikeston for a two-year term and Ronnie Kirn of Scott City for a one-year term. Dennis Lowe, pastor at Unity Baptist Church in Benton, was named by Coroner Scott Amick for a one-year term.
All terms following these first year appointments will be three year terms, appointed by the respective office holders. The Board will meet as often as necessary to transact any business and keep minutes for all meetings. A copy of the minutes will be filed with the County Clerk.
"The Board will oversee how money from the fund is spent," explained Burger.
Funds from the Scott County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund, which was approved in October, will only be spent with the majority approval of the Board and for the following purposes:
* Narcotics investigation, prevention and intervention;
* Purchase of law enforcement related equipment and supplies for the Sheriff's Office;
* Matching funds for federal or state law enforcement grants;
* Funding for the reporting of all state and federal crime statistics or information; and
* Any law enforcement related expense, including those of the Prosecuting Attorney, approved by the Board that is reasonably related to investigation, charging, preparation, trial and disposition of criminal cases.
Also in Tuesday's regular meeting, commissioners met with current insurance agent Charles Carroll of Brooke Insurance and Financial Services in Sikeston. Carroll gave the commissioners an update on the county's insurance, including property, liability and equipment. He also responded to their concerns, chiefly regarding liability.
"If the county is liable in any way, you are protected," he said. The current policy protects public entities, elected and appointed officials, employees and volunteer workers. For instance, if someone got hurt picking up trash, they would be covered by the policy, whether they volunteered or were appointed by a judge.
The county is currently accepting bids from other insurance agencies. All bids are due July 28.
In other news, the commissioners indicated they were quite pleased with last Thursday's luncheon with Scott County mayors and superintendents at the Clinton Building in Sikeston. There was high attendance and the meeting was very informative, according to Ziegenhorn.
"The main concern was what to do with the trash," Ziegenhorn said of the round table discussions. "The county roads are starting to look like a landfill."
Ziegenhorn noted that some of the clutter is caused by heavy appliances, such as refrigerators and stoves.
The county has made attempts to clean the roads, according to Burger. Two roads were cleaned and while one stayed clear of clutter, the other had different results.
"A couple of days after we got it cleaned up, it was back like it was," he commented.
Concerns with the increase of Union Pacific trains passing through the county were discussed at the luncheon, as well as the need for more jobs to get area college graduates to come back home. "We need to have more opportunities," Ziegenhorn said.
Luncheon attendees also had the opportunity to meet with Joel Evans, county developer, and learn what his job duties would be.