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Map will be taken to Jefferson City

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

BENTON - A 100-year old map of Scott County accidentally discovered last summer will be taken to Jefferson City.

Joan Feezor with the local records program for the Office of the Secretary of State said during Tuesday's county commission meeting that she will email the conservators first and "see that they think" and is willing to take the map to the state capitol "to have the conservators look at it."

Rita Milam, county clerk, said county officials want to preserve and make prints of the map.

Conservators "would probably do some surface cleaning," said Feezor, "some mending of loose pieces."

She also said the highway department in Jefferson City has cameras that can photograph and reproduce the map.

The 1901 county map was discovered in July by Judge Hense Winchester's clerks while cleaning and moving old file cabinets in the probate vault.

The map appears to have been hand-drawn on a textile material. The top and bottom of the map are attached to wooden dowels with which it can be hung on a wall or rolled up.

"This is a good map," said Feezor. "Pre-Little River Drainage District."

In other Scott County business:

* Commissioners said they may look into the health insurance plan for state workers to see if it has changed any since last year.

County officials and employees are eligible for coverage under the state plan but were able to find a better plan with lower premiums on their own last year.

* Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel said Ron Galemore had advised the county would "start seeing something within a month" on the courthouse elevator project.

Other renovations being considered for the courthouse, such as removing the boiler heating system, were also discussed.