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Katrina has an effect on Scott County

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

BENTON - Devastation from Hurricane Katrina is having a trickle-down effect on Scott County.

County officials are still hoping to have the county's E-911 equipment moved to the new dispatching center at the jail and up and running by Oct. 1.

"The holes are drilled and all the prep work is complete," Commissioner Jamie Burger said during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday.

Officials are confident all the equipment will be on site in time but are not sure if the phone company will be ready to do their part of the installation due to Hurricane Katrina.

"SBC is having to send so many of their people south," Burger said.

Also, those who have applied for a passport any time since July may have a longer wait than the usual 6-8 weeks, County Developer Joel Evans said.

He explained the county's circuit clerk advised him all new passport applications in most of the Midwest go through the New Orleans office which has been closed due to the hurricane.

Officials are arranging the passport applications to be temporarily processed elsewhere.

Evans also reported on his making contact with the Missouri Department of Economic Development regarding a statewide effort to make commercial space available for business in the Gulf Coast area closed down by the hurricane.

The county's bake sale to raise money for hurricane victim relief was a success, according to Evans, raising "just $4 short of $1,000, and we're still getting donations."

In other business discussed Tuesday, sales tax for August was up $3,847 as compared with August 2004, according to Burger.

For the year, sales tax is up by a total of $22,920 or 2 percent at this point over last year, Burger said.

Burger again attributed the increase to auto sales spurred by dealer incentives. "There seems to be a lot of new automobiles out there," he said.