BENTON - Scott County was approved for a $15,000 grant to assist with the cost of a Geographic Information System.
"It was a grant for software and training through the National Association of Counties which is the first step for the county to set up a computerized Geographic Information System," said Scott County Economic Developer Jim Schwaninger during Tuesday's county commission meeting.
Schwaninger said he has also applied on behalf of the county for a grant through the Delta Regional Authority and will submit an application for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to help cover the cost of digitizing county plat data. The county has 21,500 plats, according to Schwaninger.
The entire cost for the GIS project was estimated to run between $150,000 and $225,000, Schwaninger said.
In other Scott County commission business:
* Commissioners "didn't find anything real surprising" during their annual inspection of county roads, according to Commissioner Jamie Burger. Roads are, however, "in better shape than we expected," he added.
County officials are planning hot-mix overlays for high-traffic areas which have cracks and other signs of blacktop wear.
Commissioners are as yet undecided on whether they will approve any new blacktop overlays over gravel roads this year or not.
The county is seeking sealed bids on three miles of hot-mix asphalt overlay. The deadline to submit bids is 9:30 a.m. July 29.
* Commissioners reported the Federal Emergency Management Agency's inspection of flood damage to public facilities in the county is still in progress.
* A recent news article showing the reimbursement received from the state of Missouri for boarding those convicted of a felony and sentenced to the Missouri Department of Corrections or placed on probation at $256,000 since January 2002 is correct, said Sheriff Bill Ferrell, but may include reimbursements on prisoners sentenced during the previous year.
Ferrell said the reimbursement does help offset the $228,000 paid out by the county since January to board prisoners in other facilities but explained the figures are not necessarily specific to the same prisoners and are not linked to out-of-county costs.
The county receives no reimbursement for prisoners who are held but not convicted.