Mississippi County news
CHARLESTON -- With no substantial premium savings for increasing the deductible to $10,000, Mississippi County commissioners approved a property insurance plan with a $5,000 deductible.
Commissioners approved the new property insurance plan through Hartford Insurance during their regular meeting Thursday.
County Clerk Junior DeLay advised commissioners during their regular meeting Dec. 13 that by switching to Hartford and increasing the county's deductible from $2,500 to $5,000, the county could lower the annual property insurance premium from the $31,122 paid to MOPERM in 2007 to $19,394 for 2008.
DeLay said increasing the deductible to $10,000 with Hartford, however, would drop the premium less than another $1,000 to $18,435.
DeLay also confirmed the deductible is per occurrence and not a separate deductible for each property per occurrence.
The property insurance plan values the courthouse building at $3.9 million, its contents at $487,000, and its computer equipment at $173,000. There is also a coverage of $50,000 for losses due to crime.
The jail building is insured at a value of $4,558,000, contents at $64,000 and computers at $36,500. The jail also is covered for loss of business income valued at $300,000.
In other business Thursday:
* Commissioners awarded the contract for excavation work on Ditch 30 to the sole bidder, J.R. Benson of the Big Book community.
The bid of $16,900 is for the restoration of 4,600 feet of the ditch's west bank to a 3:1 slope to repair a slough, according to Commissioner Martin Lucas.
Commissioner Homer Oliver said the county should also seed the bank with grass as soon as possible.
* Complaints from county residents about cigarette smoking inside the courthouse by officials and employees was discussed by commissioners.
DeLay said he recently sent out an e-mail memo to all offices following the complaint.
"It's a non-smoking facility and I want it stopped," Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said.
* Commissioners approved renewing the annual service contract with Joss Inc. of New Madrid for software and hardware maintenance on the county's mainframe computer.
The cost is quarterly payments of $4,500, according to DeLay.
The county's tax billing, assessment and recording data is all on the mainframe, DeLay said.
* A new 17-lot subdivision, Big Book Estates, located off Highway 105 between Charleston and East Prairie was accepted by commissioners.