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Signs of the times

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Communities get street signs

BENTON - The Salcedo and Crowder communities will finally get street signs.

At their regular session Tuesday, Scott County commissioners authorized Joe Burton, E-911 administrator, to gather prices on streets signs from area vendors. "There were some that never did get installed," said Martin Priggel, presiding commissioner. "We need to get that taken care of."

Priggel said when the E-911 system was implemented in Scott County, the county left the task of placing street signs within a town's city limits to that town. Salcedo and Crowder - towns, but unincorporated towns - were accidentally left out.

Burton said the last street sign he had made cost $60. "That was by far the most expensive sign I've had made," said Burton.

Burton said he will also look into purchasing materials so the county can produce their own street signs. He said the signs have typically been blue for county-maintained roads and green for all others.

In other Scott County Commission business:

* Commissioners will tour the county roads with Harlan Duncan, road and bridge department supervisor, to prepare for this year's road and bridge maintenance.

Also, the FEMA inspection is still in progress, according to Commissioner Jamie Burger.

* The cost of boarding Scott County prisoners in Butler, Mississippi, Cape Girardeau and Madison county jails in May totaled $50,397 - an increase of $12,112 as compared with May 2001 boarding costs, according to Burger.

Now that room is not available for Scott County prisoners at the Mississippi County jail, which also transported prisoners between the two county facilities, commissioners said Scott County's cost to board jail prisoners outside the county will rise significantly.

Commissioners said a great deal of the sheriff department's manhours are used transporting prisoners back and forth from outside holding facilities for court appearances.

* County residents Arlie and Barbara Houck asked commissioners to consider a county leash law.

The Houcks said the Country Cove subdivision east of Benton where they live has many intimidating dogs roaming loose. "That's a dangerous place to take a walk," said Houck. He said walkers need a bag of bones and a stick to be safe.

Burger said the county would prefer to follow the state's lead with a statewide leash law which includes funding to help with enforcement.

Houck also showed commissioners a jar of used bottle rockets he said he gathered from his yard after last year's Independence Day and requested occasional patrols in their neighborhood by the sheriff's department.

* County officials will open bids July 16 for the construction of a replacement bridge on Highway 427 south of Morley.