BENTON - Winter weather roared back into Southeast Missouri today but county road and bridge crews were ready .
According to Scott County Commissioner Jamie Burger crews worked Tuesday preparing the sand-salt mix and servicing road graders for the county's roads in anticipation of bad weather's arrival.
Work to clear the roads should keep crews busy for awhile with the snowfall predicted to continue.
Crews were also working in Sikeston and the Highway Department crews began putting down salt brine
Powerlines were reported down today in Pemiscot County leaving some residents without power.
Schools were reported closed throughout the Bootheel due to wintery weather.
It wasn't just snow on the Commission's agenda during their regular Tuesday meeting.
The contract for a countertop in the new jail's control room was awarded to the low bidder OFM Inc. of Sikeston by Scott County commissioners.
OFM's bid, which includes 1 1/8 inch thick countertops with a 6-inch backsplash and installation, was for $1,359. The counters will run along the wall on half of the octagonal room.
The only other bid was from S&W of Chaffee for $3,738.
In other Scott County commission business:
* County officials said they have received word from the county's group health insurance provider, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, advising they can expect a 29-percent rate hike if they renew the current plan.
* "We've had several complaints on all the deer hides and carcasses people are throwing out on road sides and in county ditches," said Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel.
Priggel said hunters need to dispose of hides and carcasses properly. "They do cause a health hazard out in the county."
* Larry Brazel of Lusk Chapel was reappointed to a three-year term on the Levee District 2 board.
* Pre-bid meetings for the new county jail's communications systems, furniture, computers, and telephones were held for vendors to go over specifications and gather information on the county's needs.