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Water district additions move along

Friday, June 22, 2007

BENTON -- Scott County's Public Water District 1 could soon grow.

At Thursday's regular meeting, commissioners discussed the addition of households near Salcedo to the district.

"I feel that we've got an affordable offering to those 11 households," said Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger. "But if one household decided not to do it, it will put the burden on the other 10."

Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn and Joel Evans, county developer, have been meeting with affected households.

"Public Water District 1 has really tried to cooperate with us about the 11 households that need water hookups," Ziegenhorn said. They are close to having a proposal ready for the households.

At the meeting, Commissioner Ron McCormick discussed updates needed to the trailer bought to be the mobile command center for the county. He and Joe Burton, Scott County emergency management director, are listing what needs to be done, including some renovations for space.

"We can do a lot of it ourselves," McCormick said. They will have a list of needs, with estimates, at next Thursday's meeting.

Burger noted his concern with having an efficient layout.

"We want to be able to use this thing on the inside and have everything we need on the outside," he said.

McCormick also briefed commissioners on repairs for the fountain at the war memorial, which was not holding water. He recently examined it with Adam Howell, who had fixed the plumbing before.

"We searched and searched and there is no leak," he said.

They determined the problem was a crack in the bowl, which had been patched once. County maintenance will re-patch the crack, McCormick said.

Ferguson Medical Group representatives Kelly Rushing, CEO, and Gordon Jones, who practices there, discussed drug tests they offer with commissioners. In May, random drug testing was added to the county personnel policy.

"We're going to draw our own plan up then put it up for bids," Ziegenhorn said, adding he'd like to contract with a county business.

County Assessor Teresa Houchin also met with the commission to discuss the purchase of two new computers for her office. She will check with county businesses then meet again with the commission Tuesday to present options and ask for approval.

One appointment has been made for Board of Equalization hearings, Houchin said. Hearings are July 10 through 24.