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Port Authority improvement bid awarded by commission

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

BENTON -- Scott County Commissioners awarded the contract for streets and water and sewer improvements at the SEMO Port Authority to Fronabarger Concreters of Oak Ridge during their regular meeting Tuesday.

Fronabarger's bid was for $341,007.

"They were the low bidder," said Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel.

The contract was approved by the Port Authority Board on Monday.

Scott County Commissioners must also approve the contract because the Community Development Block Grant which will pay for most of the infrastructure improvements is going through Scott County, Priggel explained.

The improvements are being made to facilitate the new SEMO Milling Company plant.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the plant is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Irvin Garms, chairman of the SEMO Port's construction committee, Connie Duke from the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission and Port Authority Director Dan Overbey met with commissioners for the contract signing in addition to the contractor.

In other business Tuesday:

* Federal Emergency Management Agency officials visited with county commissioners and dropped off brochures on building safe rooms, weather alert radios, ways to reduce windstorm damage and other information related to tornadoes and storms.

"They just came in to say they were visiting the county and wanted to let us know," Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said. "I think it was more or less a courtesy call since they were in the area."

Ziegenhorn said FEMA's temporary living trailers formerly seen traveling south are now coming back up from New Orleans to house those who lost their homes to a tornado in Caruthersville.

Today is the last day for FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center which has been held in the First United Methodist Church's Family Life Center lobby, commissioners noted.

The center will be open until 7 p.m.

Homeowners, renters and business owners are encouraged by FEMA officials to apply for federal disaster assistance by calling toll free at 1-800-621-

FEMA before coming to the center.