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Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

FEMA approves money to help Scott County

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

County officials expect to receive $47,000

BENTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved approximately $63,000 to help Scott County with flood damage to public facilities.

"That's a rough number," said Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel during Tuesday's county commission meeting. About $42,000 was approved for repairs already completed to roads, ditches, bridges and culverts and approximately $21,000 for repairs yet to be done.

FEMA will pay 75 percent of the approved amount with another 10 percent coming from the State Emergency Management Agency. County officials said they expect to actually receive about $47,000.

Commissioners hope to know by the end of this week whether five projects that did not fall under FEMA's guidelines will be accepted by SEMA for state hazard mitigation.

The projects include reimbursement for additional out-of-county prisoner expenses; a buyout of flooded homes; excavation on the St. John's Drainage Ditch; construction of a small levee along County Highway 472; and the repair of breaches in a levee near Mini Farms.

The deadline for the application to be postmarked was July 19. The county sent theirs July 17 and hope to hear back from SEMA by the end of this week or early next week.

In other Scott County news:

* County Clerk Rita Milam said her office will be open from 8 a.m. till noon Aug. 3 for absentee voters. Absentee voters may also cast their ballot during regular business hours at the county clerk's office until the election.

* Commissioner Jamie Burger said the new county jail will soon be under a roof. "Work on the upper roof was started on Monday and should be completed by the end of next week, weather permitting," Burger said. "The exterior brick work will be done in a week and a half."

Once the exterior brick is finished, the remaining exterior areas of the building will be covered with dryvitt, according to Burger.

Burger said cost of boarding Scott County prisoners out of county during last month was $75,768. "We got two more bills in," he said.

The new total places the cost for June up $25,371 from May's total.

"That's more than we used to put in the whole budget for a year," said Commissioner Walter Bizzell regarding the June total.

* Jim Schwaninger, county economic developer, updated commissioners on the progress of the Sikeston Outlet Mall Tax Increment Funding project and on the Delta Regional Authority grants.