BENTON -- Scott County will now have a better way to track what grants County Developer Joel Evans gives assistance.
During their regular meeting on Tuesday, commissioners signed off on a Grant Application Assistance Request form, which will assign project IDs and provide other information about grants within the county.
"We're going to sign off on the forms that we've given (Evans) the authority to proceed," said Jamie Burger, presiding commissioner. With the current system, there have been some questions over whether that authority has been granted in some instances.
"We need to get better at tracking them," Burger said.
In other action on Tuesday, commissioners reviewed the lone bid for satellite telephones, as well as the monthly service charge, activation fee, terminal and other accessories. The bid was submitted by Bootheel Wireless in Sikeston, and totaled $36,751.04.
The equipment comes as a part of the $50,500 federal Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program Interoperable Communications Grant the county received approval for earlier this month. The phones would be used in case of an emergency situation.
The bid was a bit higher than the $21,000 commissioners had estimated. However, some items included in the proposal weren't on the specs -- for instance, there were two additional phones and hands-free kits, Burger pointed out. "There are some things on here we don't need that they added on as options," he said.
Evans said he would talk to Bootheel Wireless to get the costs adjusted for only the items commissioners wanted. After the adjustments, the cost should be about what had been estimated.
Evans also reported that the lien for charges incurred in the upkeep of the Forrest Hills Memorial Cemetery in Morley has been filed.