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Brick not chosen for low price

Wednesday, December 5, 2001

BENTON - The brick type selected by Scott County commissioners for the new county jail is expected to cost about $3,000 less than allowed for in the project, but was not picked for its low price.

"We tried to match it as close as possible to the other two buildings," said Jamie Burger, commissioner, referring to the judicial building and sheriff's office across the street from the old jail.

Commissioners chose from among brick samples presented by Bob Stearnes during Tuesday's county commission meeting.

Interior colors were selected by commissioners as well.

Commissioners also discussed renovations and repairs for the courthouse.

A leak along the north wall in the main courtroom was repaired but not before large areas of the wall's plaster were discolored.

Commissioners are "trying to get all the gutters bird-proofed and leaf-proofed," according to Burger, to prevent water from backing up and springing leaks.

Don Jones, county maintenance supervisor, showed commissioners places on the roof covering the north wing which have bubbled up. Jones said the bubbles will lead to cracks and leaks.

Commissioners are still gathering information and ideas for the renovation and use of the old prosecuting attorney's offices.

Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner, said because it is not feasible to the make the rooms handicap accessible, they can only be used for storage or office space for officials who do not receive the public.

In other Scott County news, Taryn Merideth, who began as Scott County Victim Advocate on Nov. 19, presented a list of expenditures to commissioners for reimbursement from grant funds.

The victim advocate position is funded through the Missouri Department of Public Safety, according to Merideth, with office facilities provided by the county as part of their match.

Merideth said as victim advocate she will assist crime victims in a number of ways including preparing them for court and going to court with them; assisting with filing ex parte orders; explaining the criminal justice system; crisis intervention; providing emotional support; notifying them of court proceedings; assisting with victim impact statements and providing restitution information.

Staff is to be provided by volunteers. "That's part of my grant - to recruit volunteers," said Merideth.

Anyone interested in learning more about victim's services or volunteer opportunities should contact Merideth at the Scott County Courthouse in Benton.