CHARLESTON - The "new" is finally wearing off Mississippi County's courthouse.
County officials discussed surface rust that is appearing on the courthouse's exterior steel doors. "And paint is, I noticed the other day, starting to peel, bubble up," County Clerk Junior DeLay said. "They probably need to be brushed and painted."
Commissioners agreed it would be best to hire a professional painter for this task. "It's not a big job," said Commissioner Homer Oliver.
"But it's something that you need to stay on top of," said DeLay.
Officials decided to request an estimate from Chris Brown of Charleston.
"He does really, really good work," Oliver said, adding that Brown does thorough surface preparation before painting.
Lucas agreed the "preparation in the key."
In other county business:
* Personnel acquainting themselves with the new state-of-the-art assessment mapping system developed for the county by Midland GIS Solutions of Sunrise Beach are already saving time in locating information.
The system, which became fully operational this week, is to be used by the Assessor's Office to manage around 10,000 land parcels in the county.
The project began in July 2002 with the purchase of new high-resolution digital aerial photographs.
Aligned to the photography are information overlays. Digital information layers are already added for current land ownership boundaries, roads, right-of-ways, city limits, streets, lots, blocks and school and fire districts.
"This mapping system will greatly assist our personnel in keeping up with the changing land ownership that happens each year in this county," said Bill Thompson, county assessor.
"This program was also developed so Mississippi County personnel will be able to handle all of the annual land maintenance changes in-house," said Matt Sorensen of Midland GIS Solutions. "As personnel become more familiar with the program, many more applications will become available."
* Commissioners will seek more information on the Bootheel Water Initiative before throwing their support behind it.
"We just need to know more about it," said Oliver after officials reviewed a letter from the project coordinator, Kent Freeman.
Oliver said local conservation programs may be adequate for the county's needs.
* An invitation to join the commemoration of the 24th anniversary of National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 21 at the Southeast Correctional Center was considered.
* A $499 payment from the general revenue fund for editing to the assessor's maps was approved.
* Commissioner Martin Lucas and Oliver reviewed a list of used Missouri State Highway Patrol patrol vehicles but delayed making a decision as Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg was unable to attend Thursday's meeting.
Among the vehicles listed is a 2001 model for $11,750 or a 2002 for $13,000.
All of the Highway Patrol's used patrol vehicles for sale have under 50,000 miles and can be viewed on the Highway Patrol's Website.
"I was impressed with the maintenance program," Oliver recalled of a visit to the Highway Patrol's car lot and maintenance garage.