BENTON - Sorry, dude: Scott County officials passed up the Dell for a Compaq computer to replace an Assessor's Office workstation that crashed recently.
Scott County commissioners approved the purchase of a Compaq computer for $1,090.73, which was recommended as being the best bid by Assessor Teresa Houchin during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday.
The Compaq's price did not appear to be as low as the Hewlett-Packard's at $1,077, but the Compaq included overnight shipping while the HP or Dell for $1,128 would have take much longer to receive.
County Clerk Rita Milam noted this is a busy time of the year for the Assessor's Office.
In other business during Tuesday's meeting:
* Commissioners awarded the bid to build a bridge on County Highway 227 between New Hamburg and Chaffee to Morris Hampton of Dexter.
Although it was the only bid, commissioners said his price of $54,440 for a concrete bridge with steel I-beams and supports is reasonable. Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel said Hampton recently completed another bridge for the county at Diehlstadt on County Highway 353.
The old bridge will be removed July 6, according to Commissioner Jamie Burger: "The road will be closed then and hopefully completed by Aug. 30."
* Commissioners decided to request a photo of the courthouse and the county's logo be used for cover art on the new plat books.
Officials can expect a proof copy "sometime toward the end of the month," Milam said. "I sent them some more maps of the cities."
* Houchin said counties may begin to receive a higher reimbursement rate on parcels, maybe even back to $6.20 per parcel, but with a freeze on the parcel count.
* County Economic Developer Jim Schwaninger updated commissioners on the status of various grant applications.
He said the Delta Regional Authority was declaring many projects ineligible, including a plan to bridge Ramsey Creek for an alternate route north and projects that had received approval last year.
Schwaninger said it may be because there are less funds available this year.