BENTON - Kenny Bridger asked Scott County
commissioners once again to pay him for the new
heating and air conditioning unit he installed in the
old county jail in August.
"I want to know if you all had a change of heart,"
said Bridger during Tuesday's county commission
Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner, said they
still have not heard back from the attorney general.
Bridger said the attorney general would only return an
opinion, not a decision, but Priggel repeated the
commission's belief that if they pay for the unit the
commission will be held responsible for the way it was
Bridger then questioned commissioners on a couple of
He first asked about a contract to haul dirt for the
county that went to a first cousin of Commissioner
Jamie Burger's father.
Rita Milam, county clerk, said auditors have advised
the county that as long as they "give everyone an even
chance to bid on the same thing then you've fulfilled
the bidding process no matter who it is."
Milam said some public officials have found it
appropriate to abstain from voting when they know a
contract will be awarded to someone close to them.
Milam later produced a document showing the bids for
the dirt-hauling contract with per-hour prices.
Priggel said the commission is simply interested in
getting the best bid. "I don't think you are," Bridger
Next, Bridger questioned a car purchase which he said
was similar to the disputed HVAC purchase. "It's the
same situation," said Bridger.
"No, it isn't," said Walter Bizzell, commissioner. He
said the major difference was that they did not
participate in the bidding on the HVAC and were only
informed after the fact.
"We don't let people bid for us," said Bizzell. "We
don't ever let other people do our bidding."
Bridger said county purchases have been made in ways
that were "OK for others but not for me." He repeated
his statement made during his previous meeting with
commissioners that he is not concerned about the money
itself. "My pride is hurt," said Bridger.
Commissioners are "just mad at (Sheriff) Bill
Ferrell," according to Bridger, and taking it out on
him because he put the air conditioner in.
Priggel denied the allegation. "We have a procedure to
follow and it has to be followed," he said. "The way
(the HVAC) was bid was illegal."
"We're trying to watch every bill that comes through
here," said Burger.
Bridger suggested the county return the new HVAC unit
and that he put the old one back on.
Commissioners said they could not permit that as the
old one may not work now. "It's been out back in the
junk pile," said Bizzell.
Milam said it would take her office some time to
fulfill Bridger's request for more county records.
"Its going to take several days to copy 10 years of
audits," she said.
On his way out, Bridger asked commissioners if he was
permitted to speak with the sheriff, referring to a
letter from the prosecuting attorney.
They said they had no problem with it as the letter
instructing Bridger to stay away from the sheriff's
department is specific to his going there to do work,
commissioners agreed, and does not prohibit Bridger
from personal visits.
In other Scott County business, commissioners
discussed a county-wide tire roundup sponsored by the
county and the Bootheel Solid Waste Management
District to be held during the first two Saturdays in
Tires will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1
and Dec. 8 at the Scott County Highway Department.
Only pickup truck and passenger car tires without rims
or debris will be accepted.
Commissioners explained the tire roundup is being held
to help county residents legally dispose of their old
tires. Tires will not be accepted from dealers or
For more information on the tire roundup call the
highway department at 545-3951.
County officials also agreed on the highway department
yard at Morley as a central collection site for used
disposable irrigation pipe.
Officials explained the Department of Natural
Resources would dispose of the pipe gathered at
central collection sites through their solid waste
"It will have to be rolled up good and tight and
tied," said Priggel.
There will be no charge to drop off the pipe at the