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Scott County Commission agrees to wait on renovation

Wednesday, May 1, 2002

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Scott County Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggle looks over a March 13, 1924, issue of the Scott County Democrat.
BENTON - After meeting Thursday with Kenny Bridger, the sole bidder to renovate the Scott County Courthouse's heating, venting and air conditioning system, Scott County Commissioners have agreed to wait on a contract before making their decision.

The contract is being drawn up by Tom Strickland of Strickland Engineering in Jackson, who drafted the work summary for the courthouse renovation.

Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner, said during Tuesday's county commission meeting that when the additional cost of paying prevailing wages on the project is considered, Bridger's bid appears to be reasonable.

An ongoing dispute between commissioners and Bridger over a HVAC unit placed at the county jail has made negotiations awkward, but Priggel stated at the last Tuesday's meeting that he was not opposed to Bridger being awarded the bid as long as it is within reason.

Commissioners say the unit at the jail was purchased without their approval and have refused payment. Bridger says he was instructed by the sheriff's department to install the unit and should be paid.

In other Scott County news:

* Tom Lett, president of the Scott County Historical Society, asked commissioners if there is any space at the courthouse to store copies of the Scott County Democrat dating back to the 1920s.

Lett said it would be best if they could be placed where people could come view them for family history and other research projects. The society has approximately 25 or 30 boxes of the newspapers, according to Lett.

Commissioners advised they don't have anywhere to store the papers where they can be sure they won't be damaged by moisture, but may have a place for them once the courthouse renovation now in progress is complete. "We're probably about three months away," said Jamie Burger, commissioner.

Jim Schwaninger, economic developer for the county, said the Missouri State Library has preservation grants the society may be able to get for the newspapers. "We got one for the Depot," he said. The Sikeston Depot's grant was used to preserve a collection of 50,000 photographs, according to Schwaninger.

* Schwaninger updated the commission on economic development efforts and pending grant applications.

Schwaninger also advised commissioners he plans to attend a economic development seminar in St. Louis that may have some useful information

* A State Emergency Management Agency representative met with county officials for a follow-up "community assistance visit" regarding the four residences in unincorporated Scott County still in violation of the county floodplain ordinance.

Priggel said commissioners plan to meet with the residents to examine options for bringing their structures into compliance.

* The 1901 Scott County map found last summer behind filing cabinets in a courthouse vault has been returned to the county from Jefferson City encased in plastic along with prints of the map.

"It's here if anyone wants to come look at it," said Rita Milam, county clerk.

Commissioners agreed to have the map framed for public display.