BENTON - The $55,000 Scott County will receive through
the recorder of deeds office under recently passed
legislation is a rare but welcome example of larger
counties in Missouri subsidizing the smaller counties,
according to Tom Dirnberger, county recorder.
Dirnberger discussed changes in recorder office fees
mandated by Senate Bill 288 with commissioners during
Tuesday's county commission meeting.
Under the bill's provisions, Scott County will receive
$55,000 per year as a third class county with a
separate recorder and circuit clerk, according to
Dirnberger. In 75 of Missouri's 114 counties, the
circuit clerk also serves as ex officio recorder of
Dirnberger showed commissioners figures that
calculated if the county were to receive fees on 8,700
recorded documents from June 30 through July 1, 2002,
$15,225 would go into general revenue and $10,875 to
the recorder technology fund from the fees. The county
would then receive a $28,900 refund from the state
pool created from $2 collected on every recorded
document to bring the county's total to $55,000.
Dirnberger said the money will be in addition to what
the collector already brings in.
The county will apply for the refund July 1, 2002, and
will hopefully receive a check 30-60 days after that,
There were 7,952 Scott County recordings from June 30,
2000, through July 1.
In other Scott County news:
* Commissioners appointed Terry Cole to fill an
unexpired term on the Sikeston Special Road District
Commission on the recommendation of Norris Edwards and
Tom Marshall, district commissioners.
Cole replaces his father, William Cole, who recently
died. The late Cole was elected in the last election
leaving over two years remaining for the three-year
* Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner, said all
three applicants for the county road and bridge
department superintendent interviewed well Thursday.
Commissioner Jamie Burger said commissioners will
decide Oct. 23 on a replacement for Terry Herndon who
will retire at the end of the year from the position.
Commissioners said the new supervisor will begin Dec.
1 to overlap with Herndon for a smooth transition.
* Preliminary detailed plans from Waters and
Associates in Sikeston for the replacement bridge on
County Highway 427 south of Morley were reviewed.
* State Rep. Peter Myers, 160th district, asked Scott
County commissioners to offer a proclamation
designating a portion of Interstate 55 as a memorial
to James Froemsdorf who was murdered approximately 15
years ago while on duty as a trooper for the Missouri
State Highway Patrol near the 134 mile marker on I-55.
The proclamation will help secure the Missouri
Department of Transportation's approval of a memorial
sign at the location of Trooper Froemsdorf's death,
Myers also discussed the Republican's redistricting
plans with commissioners. Myers said Scott County may
be split between two districts again.