BENTON - Scott County commissioners have begun the process of filling two key county positions for the coming year.
Commissioners said during Tuesday's county commission meeting that they have received applications for the new economic developer position to be funded by a Rural Economic Assistance Program grant.
The county will receive $30,000 per year for two years beginning Jan. 1 to hire the full-time community-economic development professional. The county will provide office space and other support.
"We have six very good applicants," said Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner. "We hope to have them all interviewed this week."
The county has also started to receive applications for the county highway department supervisor position.
The current supervisor, Terry Herndon, announced several months ago that he will retire from the position at the end of this year.
In other Scott County commission business:
* The contract for electrical repairs and renovations at the courthouse was awarded to the low bidder, Kluesner Electric of Oran, according to commissioners.
Kluesner's bid was for $25 per hour plus an apprentice at $15 per hour.
Commissioners said they will probably also ask for the old prosecutor's office on the second floor behind the circuit courtroom to be repaired as well. "It's been vacant since the fire," said Priggel.
* Commissioners will compare bids from a Scott City vendor and a Jackson vendor submitted for two new computers and a network printer for the Sheriff's Department before making a decision Thursday.
Rita Milam, county clerk, advised Sgt. Jerry Bledsoe to include bid specifications with the returned bids so they are also on file for review during audits of the county.
"I sent all four of them the same bid package," confirmed Bledsoe.
Bledsoe said the good email and phone support from his recommended vendor, Innovative Idea Integration of Jackson, saves money on service calls. "I've had good experience with Innovative," said Bledsoe. He added the vendor also seemed to be providing more for the county's money. "From what I see, they're giving us better equipment."
Priggel said if enough reasons are there to buy outside the county, they will do so, "but we need to give the people in the county a chance," he said. "We need to have bids in the county."
* County officials discussed methods of getting the word out to those in the county not living in a municipality that all new construction and renovations over 50 percent require a flood plain permit from the county clerk's office.
* Will Bucher of Oran was appointed to the county Johnson Grass Board. There are still two seats remaining on the board to be filled.