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Commission discusses remodeling

Wednesday, November 21, 2001

BENTON - Scott County commissioners discussed remodeling the former county prosecutor's offices that have remained vacant since a 1998 fire but are still "gathering ideas before we put anything out for bids," according to Commissioner Jamie Burger.

"We're looking at heating and cooling right now and some electrical work," Burger said during Tuesday's county commission meeting.

Commissioners said that they are considering making one of the offices there available for the county's economic developer, Jim Schwaninger.

In other Scott County news:

* Pickup truck and passenger car tires without rims or debris will be accepted from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 at the Scott County Highway Department in Benton, according to county officials.

The tire roundup is being held to help county residents legally dispose of their old tires, commissioners said. Tires will not be accepted from dealers or service stations.

Terry Herndon, county highway engineer, said when he first heard of the tire roundup program, he had doubts it would reduce the number of tires found alongside county roads and in ditches, "but it's sure helping."

The countywide tire roundup is sponsored by Scott County and the Bootheel Solid Waste Management District.

For more information on the tire roundup call the highway department at 545-3951.

* Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner, said "about a dozen rolls" of "poly pipe," disposable irrigation pipe, were collected so far at the highway department yard at Morley just south of Wheeler Truck Trailer Equipment Company on U.S. Highway 61.

The deadline for dropping off the irrigation pipe is Dec. 15, so county residents "should make an effort to get it in by then," said Priggel. "It's free."

The pipe must be rolled up and tied to be accepted at the collection site.

* County Collector Mark Hensley reported an unusually high number of taxpayers are not waiting until the last moment this year.

"Everything is going real well. The mail has been heavy," said Hensley.

He advised those who have bought a house recently to make sure they have updated their records to ensure they receive their tax statements. "If you have not received your tax statements, please notify my office," Hensley said.

* County officials will need right of way easements signed to accommodate the Off-Systems Roads Bridge project slated to replace the bridge on County Highway 427 southeast of Morley.

Priggel said there are three property owners to be contacted - one in Scott County, one in East Prairie and one in Wisconsin.

* Commissioners appointed Paul Burger of rural Benton to a three-year term on the county Johnson Grass Board, filling the last vacancy on the board.

Burger abstained from the vote as the appointee is his first cousin.

* The Scott County courthouse will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving, according to Rita Milam, county clerk.