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Officials are implementing safety measures

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

County sending updates to the Missouri Association of Counties twice a year

BENTON -- When it comes to safety, Scott County officials are checking the list and sending it twice.

During their regular meeting Tuesday, Scott County commissioners discussed the information packet they are preparing to send to the Missouri Association of Counties, the county's workers compensation insurance provider.

Using the watchlist provided by MAC of things the county can do to keep workers comp claims down, commissioners are implementing safety measures and documenting them.

Commissioners discussed sending updates on things the county is doing to promote a safer workplace to MAC twice per year.

"We'll see what kind of reception we get from this one," Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger said.

"This will just kind of keep them abreast of what we're doing," Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said. "We're continuously trying to keep workers comp lower."

Burger said commissioners are now asking the sheriff's and highway departments to hold monthly safety meetings and other county departments to hold safety meetings quarterly.

In other business Tuesday:

* Commissioners are asking the Sheriff's Department to keep an eye out for motorists who are littering and dumping trash.

"If they see offenders out there: stop them and have them pick up trash where they threw it out," Burger said.

"Some of our gravel roads and side roads are hit hard," Commissioner Ron McCormick said, noting not only trash is thrown out but large junk is dumped such as old appliances and furniture.

"We need them to monitor some of these roads," Burger said.

The problem is due to "a handful of people who just don't care," he said. "It is frustrating if you are trying to keep your place clean and people are driving by and throwing McDonald's bags in your front yard."

"Community service will go a long way in cleaning up the county," Burger said.

"I've seen people stop and pick something up, throw it in the back of their truck," Ziegenhorn said, "which is really admirable."

* County commissioners will not meet Tuesday as they will be taking the IS-

400 level National Incident Management System training course.

Earlier this year, commissioners completed the IS-300 level course and have previously completed IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700 level courses.

"We will be totally caught up with NIMS after next week," Ziegenhorn said.

Ziegenhorn said completing the NIMS courses keeps the county eligible for Homeland Security grants.

* Sheriff Rick Walter presented commissioners with documents showing how much money his department is bringing in for the county from jail phone commissions, commissary commissions and by serving civil papers.

Burger said commissioners are often asked why county patrol vehicles are seen so often in Sikeston.

"Most of the time it's serving these papers which is bringing in revenue to the county," Burger said.

"And Sikeston is benefitting because they have extra patrol cars down there," Walter said.