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County will receive $55,000

Wednesday, October 17, 2001

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

deeds.

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,

said Dirnberger.

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

term.

* 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 explained.

Myers also discussed the Republican's redistricting

plans with commissioners. Myers said Scott County may

be split between two districts again.