BENTON - This year's Local Law Enforcement Block Grant funds for Scott County from the U.S. Department of Justice will go toward the purchase of digital recording equipment, according to Sheriff Bill Ferrell.
Ferrell said during Tuesday's county commission meeting the new equipment will enable his department to record only when movement is detected and will store events up to 30 days.
The equipment will also enable the department to burn onto a CD events captured on camera needed for evidence.
The federal grant of $13,659 requires a local match of $1,518 from the county for a total of $15,177.
The federal share last year was $16,472 with a match of $1,830 from the county for $18,302 was used to purchase ITI software for computer aided dispatching, booking with digital photo capability and other features.
In other business during Tuesday's meeting, commissioners agreed to send a letter to state legislators listing "issues of concern for us," Commissioner Jamie Burger said.
Among the issues are: discussions by the Missouri Department of Transportation to transfer some state roads to counties along with the burden of maintaining them; the State Tax Commission's cut in parcel reimbursement for the assessor's office; the Department of Correction's cuts in the prisoner reimbursement rate; and moving third-class counties like Scott up to second-class status which commissioners estimated may cost the county an additional $200,000 per year in additional requirements such as a county auditor.
"We are asking for no more non-funded mandates," the letter reads.
Commissioners also note in the letter that with the county and state budgets not running concurrently, state cuts come in the middle of the county's budget year which makes it even more difficult on them.
"We're trying to do everything we can to keep the county living within its means," said Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel.
"When the state cuts our funding, it affects our ability to provide services for county residents," Burger added.
Commissioners also met with Scott County Economic Developer Jim Schwaninger and reviewed items to be presented during the Commission's quarterly update at a meeting with county mayors, school superintendents and other local leaders scheduled for noon Thursday at the SEMO Port Authority office.
Also on the agenda for Thursday's meeting is an overview of the Port Authority to be presented by Dan Overbey, executive director, as well as updates from around the county by attending officials and a presentation by John Chittenden of Waters Engineering Inc. in Sikeston on a county rural water district feasibility study.