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Misuse of levee addressed

Wednesday, December 12, 2001

BENTON - Larry Brazel, Oliver Kirkpatrick and Terry Dehart, Levee District 2 board members, met Tuesday with Scott County commissioners to determine how a section of County Road 341 which runs along the top of a levee could be closed.

"We've got trash dumpers and four wheelers," said Brazel.

Kirkpatrick said he recalled running across a statute during a previous research project that stated that unlike other roads, a road that runs along the top of a federal levee can not become a public road when graveled and maintained by the county.

He also said it was illegal to hunt from the levee.

Commissioners said they are not opposed to vacating the road so it can be closed. "We'd like to give it up, anyway," said Jamie Burger, commissioner.

Vacating and closing the road would be problem "only if a property owner down there needed it for access to the property," said Terry Herndon, road and bridge department supervisor. "The only people you'd make mad are the dumpers and the hunters."

Herndon said roads on top of levees are usually not county roads, anyway. "They're maintenance roads, that's what they are," he said.

Kirkpatrick said the local landowners would not have a problem with the road being closed, but someone else might. "Any taxpayer could object to it that's in that township." He predicted someone would protest and stop the road from being closed.

The levee district board members agreed to look up the law which precludes county roads being on levees. "We'll try to get something to you," said Brazel.

Commissioners also reappointed Kirkpatrick to a three-year term on the levee district board and discussed drainage.

In other Scott County news:

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A pre-bid meeting to write up specifications for heating and air conditioning for the old prosecutor's offices and second floor at the courthouse was scheduled for Dec. 27 by commissioners.

The specifications are being drawn up "so everybody will be bidding on the same thing," said Walter Bizzell, commissioner.

Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner, said county officials will try to keep using the boiler heating system for the first floor through winter.

* Commissioners reappointed Scott County representatives on the SEMO Port Authority Board.

Mike Marshall was reappointed to a four-year term and Bob Kielhofner to a two-year term.

* "This is the last week on the poly-pipe," said Priggel. The deadline is Saturday for dropping off disposable irrigation pipe at the county highway department yard at Morley just south of Wheeler Truck Trailer Equipment Company on U.S. Highway 61.

The pipe must be rolled and tied to be accepted at the collection site, according to county officials, but there is no charge.