BENTON - The first order of business in picking up the GIS ball in Chaffee will be double checking on an invoice.
Bill Cannon, mayor of Chaffee, explained during Tuesday's Scott County Commission meeting that John Chad, Chaffee's city administrator, had been coordinating the use of city resources along with the county's to establish a countywide geographic information system.
Chadd, however, recently resigned to take a job elsewhere, according to Cannon, leaving him and the city's council members to pick up where he left off until they hire a new city administrator.
"We had 22 applicants," Cannon said of the search for a replacement. The Chaffee city council has narrowed it "down to about five now."
Unfamiliar with the details of the GIS project, Cannon asked commissioners about an invoice the city received that he recalled as being for $7,000 with no explanation of what the bill is for.
Commissioners advised Chaffee should have a bill for the city's portion of the needs assessment study for the GIS.
"It should be $4,000," Commissioner Jamie Burger said. He said anything above that should be brought to his attention so he can look into it.
Cannon and commissioners also discussed authorizing Smith and Company of Poplar Bluff to release Chaffee's aerial photography to Midland GIS Solutions for the GIS base map.
Cannon said Chaffee definitely needs a GIS in place and city officials intend to continue to support the project along with the county.
In other business during Tuesday's meeting, a Truancy Court Fund was established to facilitate a contractual agreement between the 33rd Circuit Court and the Sikeston R-6 school district.
Scott County Commissioners established the fund after a discussion with David A. Dolan, circuit judge, and Glenda Enderle, county treasurer.
Under the agreement, the school district supplies money to offset costs for services relating to individual student truancy such as counseling; communication monitoring; progress reporting; academic support and tutoring; sanctions and incentives; referral and access to community resources and transportation.
Payments from the fund will be approved by commissioners like other county funds.