Scott County News
BENTON - Scott County Commissioners awarded a $269,975 contract to renovate the courthouse's heating and air conditioning systems to Associated Sheet Metal of Jackson
Commissioners accepted the bid on the recommendation of Tom Strickland of Strickland Engineering in Jackson during their regular meeting Thursday.
Associated Sheet Metal was the only bidder on the project.
"The contractor is going to get a proposed schedule to us right away," Strickland said.
"He said he wanted to get started as soon as he could," Commissioner Walter Bizzell recalled.
Strickland said he will make sure "insurance, bonds are in place" and have contractors sign the contract.
A tentative meeting was set for June 8, and once the project is underway, Strickland, commissioners and the contractor's job supervisor will meet every two weeks to review the project, occasionally joined by subcontractors.
Subcontractors listed on the bid for the project are Kirn Plumbing and Heating for refrigeration and gas piping; Dutch Electric for electrical work; and Malden Roofing for roof repairs.
Commissioners asked about running duct work to the old jury room so it will be ready for renovations in the future.
They also discussed the possibility of workers coming in even earlier than 6 a.m.
In other business addressed Thursday, commissioners approved applying for a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program to serve as the host county for an assistant prosecutor dedicated to working drug cases along with an agreement with New Madrid County which had formerly hosted the program.
The $46,000 in federal funds offered through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy are for funding an assistant prosecutor position which focuses on methamphetamine and other drug cases.
Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel said this will make things harder on drug dealers in Scott County.
The assistant prosecutor presently filling the position, Lora Cooper, will continue to work two days per week for New Madrid County in addition to working as special drug prosecutor in Scott County.
New Madrid County commissioners agreed to contribute $8,250 for the remainder of this year and $16,500 in 2005, according to Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd.
Boyd explained that the HIDTA requirements were tightened leaving Cape Girardeau and Scott counties as the only qualified recipient counties.
As Cape Girardeau declined, the benefit to this area would be lost without Scott County's involvement.