CHARLESTON - A $90,000 contract with Midland GIS Solutions of Maryville to set up the county's computer-based digital mapping was approved by Mississippi County commissioners during their regular meeting Thursday.
County Assessor W.R. "Bill" Thompson explained it will not be a full Geographic Information System but is a good base to later add a GIS onto. Although the county will be "parting this out" instead of buying a complete package, Thompson said he feels "its bringing in the parts we need."
Commissioner Martin Lucas said the cost is comparable to what it would have cost the county to have the maps redrawn in ink.
Thompson said county parcel data will be current as of the day the project is completed. It will then be turned over to the county which will be responsible for updates.
In other Mississippi County commission business:
* Commissioners agreed to purchase equipment for what they believe will be an inexpensive way to repair dry, alligatored sections of blacktop.
The single-pass process uses an oil distributor shooting a thick coat of latex oil followed closely by a rock spreader, a sweeper and a rubber-tired roller.
The result is a hard blacktop surface less than an inch thick. "What you're getting is a seal coat," said Richard Wallace, highway department supervisor.
Figuring on about 3,000 gallons of oil at 88 cents per gallon, and $580 for a mile's worth of rock, commissioners estimated they would be able to do one mile of 20-foot wide road for about $3,500.
Lucas said the irregular, angular shape to the rock used by crews in road crews in Arkansas where official researched this process helps lock in the gravel.
Estimating they would need a total of 700 tons to do 10 miles of blacktop, commissioners discussed using the winter to haul and stockpile the special gravel.
* Commissioners reviewed a letter from the Department of Natural Resources about tire dump at East Prairie that has been a problem since 1993. In the letter, DNR officials advised the fine for the illegal tire dump is $11,348.
Presiding Commissioner Blumenberg said the land is owned by Cecil Hammontree who claims it was a city operation and that he didn't make any money off it.
County officials estimated there are around 16,000 tires there.
Blumenberg said with the spread of the West Nile Virus, the tires being a breeding ground for mosquitoes becomes an important issue. "We're just trying to get it addressed," said Blumenberg.