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Residents cook up way to pay for signs

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

BENTON - Having received the go-ahead from Scott County commissioners in July to lower speed limits in their subdivision, the Mini Farms Homeowners Association has cooked up a way to pay for the signs they need.

"We're raising money for our homeowners association," said Donna Morris, secretary of the Mini Farms Homeowners Association during Tuesday's county commission meeting.

Morris and Terry Eakins, treasurer of the Mini Farms Homeowners Association, showed county officials copies of "Recipes from your Neighbor's Kitchen" cookbooks put together by the Mini Farms community. The book costs $10 with the money going to the association, which will pay for the new speed limit signs.

Morris said they have been pricing speed limit signs and are looking at purchasing about seven.

Eakins and Morris also advised commissioners they are gathering signatures on a petition and letters of support from local officials and legislators to lower the speed limit on Highway HH near Mini Farms subdivision from 55 to 45 mph. "Because they drive 75 anyway," said Eakins.

Morris said traffic count maps from 2000 show a daily average of around 2,122 vehicles at the intersection of North Ingram and Highway HH.

In other Scott County news:

* Jim Schwaninger, county economic developer, is checking with judicial officials to schedule a meeting for the county's video arraignment system.

Schwaninger said the meeting is needed to establish procedures and protocols for the system. Officials will also designate who will operate and be responsible for the equipment and determine where monitors and cameras will be located in the three courtrooms and at the jail.

Commissioners should review state contract prices on the equipment "along with what other vendors might offer," Schwaninger advised.

Most of the equipment prices researched so far seem to be in line with what they expected, Schwaninger said, but they will look for alternatives to $1,000 carts such as using wall mounts. "We can use the money saved on the carts for VCRs," Schwaninger suggested.

State statutes require that if video arraignment is used, the arraignments must be taped, Schwaninger said.

Each site must have a split screen so the judge can see himself and the defendant, and the defendant can see himself and the judge on the monitor. Also there must be a phone for private communications between the defendant and the defense counsel.

Schwaninger said the equipment will benefit the county by enabling officials to use video conferencing.

* Schwaninger updated commissioners on the county's application for Delta Regional Authority funding to pave County Highway 266.

Officials selected Lambert Engineering to complete a preliminary engineering study which is to be submitted along with the application. The deadline is Sept. 6

"Our preapplication was approved and we were invited to submit a formal application," Schwaninger reported.

The county is asking for $127,500 toward the project, which has a projected cost of $267,750.

The project would pave County Highway 266's 5.1 miles of gravel roadway. The road, located roughly between Oran and Chaffee, connects Highway P at Perkins with Highway 77.

Paving the road will provide a safer route for emergency vehicles, according to Schwaninger.

The road will also improve agricultural access to destinations such as the SEMO Port Authority, Schwaninger said.

* The Department of Corrections has finally made a payment of reimbursement funds owed to the county.

"They paid $70,000," Presiding Commissioners Martin Priggel said.

As of June, officials estimated DOC owed the county about $200,000 after not sending any reimbursement since the beginning of the year.