CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County is a step close to having its mobile communication unit for use during emergencies.
County officials have purchased the communication unit's power source: a Honda 4500 generator.
Commissioner Homer Oliver said during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday that the generator is a little larger than commissioners discussed previously but should "more than adequately serve our purpose."
Oliver said this generator will enable officials to equip the mobile communication unit with an electric heater instead of using an LP gas heater as originally discussed.
Officials next need to find a trailer to house the communication unit and will work with Charles Telker on the purchase of the radio equipment, Oliver said.
In other business Thursday:
* Commissioners put off a decision on renewing the county's health insurance until their next meeting.
The cost to renew the Blue Cross-Blue Shield policy is "about a 10 percent increase for light coverage" over this year's premiums, according to County Clerk Junior DeLay.
Premium increases of 4.3 percent to 25 percent have been reported around the nation, according to DeLay.
The renewal proposal was from Mitchell Insurance in Sikeston. Oliver suggested the county could rotate insurance agents as all of them submit the same price for Blue Cross-Blue Shield coverage.
* Work on County Line Road for this year's blacktopping season is complete, according to Commissioner Martin Lucas.
"They sealed it," he said. Lucas reported sealing oil was also used on County Road 413, also known as Miller Road.
* Construction of the new bridge at Four Mile Pond on County Road 518 is progressing well, according to commissioners.
The bridge should be complete "by hopefully the middle of November," Lucas said. "They're doing the pilings now. Once they get that done it will go pretty quick."
* Lucas said some maintenance is needed on some of the smaller ditches on the west side of the county.
"We need to really get some spraying on them next year," he said.
Oliver said they should be sprayed about every three years.
Chainsaws will be needed on some of the trees that have grown up as chemicals won't work with so much of the trees under water, according to Oliver.