CHARLESTON - The first phase for Mississippi County's rural water system is officially finished.
County commissioners reviewed correspondence from William Green and Associates, the engineering firm for the project, regarding Phase 1 of the water district during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday.
The letter asks that the county pay the remaining $20,000 still owed to the contractor who put in the water system.
The money had been withheld as the engineering firm found during a March inspection some minor cleanup items that needed to be completed.
The items have since been corrected and the project is now 100 percent complete, according to William Green and Associates. Any further problems will be handled under the contractor's one-year warranty.
In other business during Thursday's meeting:
* Commissioners reappointed Mildred Walhausen of East Prairie to another term on the county's Senate Bill 40 board.
Commissioners will contact Layton Pickard of Charleston and Richard Conn of Wyatt to see if they wish to be reappointed to their positions for another term.
"We still have one vacancy on account of a resignation," said Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg referring to the position vacated by Christy Story of Charleston.
Commissioners will also contact Dorothy Bruce, Paul Page and Dick Brown to see if they wish to be reappointed to serve another term on the county's Industrial Development Authority board.
"Plus we have a vacancy," said County Clerk Junior DeLay.
* Commissioners reviewed a letter from the Missouri Department of Transportation advising MoDOT is going to schedule a pavement study on the county airport's runway.
DeLay said there are cracks developing in the runway with grass growing in them.
* A public hearing for a budget amendment was held for "minor cleanup items to close out two grant funds," according to DeLay.
The first budget amendment adds $1,100 to both the expenditure and revenue sides of the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Grant budget.
The other amendment is for the Local Law Enforcement Grant fund adding $15.76 to both the expenditure and revenue sides of the budget.
* Darren Cann, Mississippi County's prosecuting attorney, is still seeking an assistant prosecuting attorney, according to commissioners.
"He's having trouble finding somebody," DeLay said.
Neal Frazier, the former assistant prosecutor, vacated the position in March when the special gun prosecutor grant ran out, according to DeLay.
Frazier joined the military to serve as a judge advocate general.
* Sales tax receipts are down 2.5 percent for the year to date as compared with last year, according to Blumenberg.
Commissioners are hopeful the reopening of Boomland in Charleston, which was damaged in a fire in October, will bring sales tax receipts back up again.
* Commissioners agreed to go ahead and replace irrigation sprinklers at the courthouse without waiting to be hooked up to city water.
The irrigation system presently uses well water which has been clogging up the sprinkler heads with rust.
* "Blacktopping is on schedule," reported Commissioner Martin Lucas.
The road and bridge department will begin their week of vacation on Monday, however, and will begin removing the old Four Mile Pond bridge upon their return to duty.
* "We got the tank out of the airport," said Blumenberg. "They moved it out to the (road and bridge department) shed."
"We're out of the gasoline business at the Mississippi County airport," Blumenberg added.