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Scott County: Promotion items are set to be distributed

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

BENTON -- Postcards and posters promoting Scott County and its Web site will begin appearing around the county.

County Developer Joel Evans advised County Commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday that almost all of the promotional items purchased with grant money have been received and are ready for distribution.

Evans said he plans to mail out 6,500 of the postcards to randomly-selected addresses around the county. The county has a total of about 13,000 addresses.

Mousepads ordered along with the other materials will come in "hopefully this week," Evans added.

Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said he would like to see some materials distributed outside the county to bring people here.

Commissioners also noted that one of the two signs to be placed at the county's northern and southern boundaries on Interstate 55 is up.

"The sign looked good but I was disappointed about where it was at," said Commissioner Jamie Burger.

The sign appears to be more visible while veering off on the interchange to Interstate 57 than for motorists continuing north into Scott County, according to Burger.

Evans also reported the "Best of Scott County" feature on the Web site, which asks visitors to submit their choice for things like the best burger or best view in the county, is getting a great response. "I think that will continue to grow," he said.

Voting for the best sites seems to be skewed toward the southern end of the county so far, Evans said. "Hopefully the north will be represented as well."

Evans said results from the first poll will be posted in January.

In other Scott County business Tuesday:

* Commissioners reappointed Larry Brazel of Lusk Chapel to another three years on Levee Board Number 2.

Reappointed to serve three-year terms on the county's Senate Bill 40 Board were Janet Grooms of Morley, Jim O'Neal of Morley and James Eberhard of Sikeston.

Mike Marshall of Sikeston was reappointed by commissioners to represent Scott County for another four-year term on the SEMO Port Authority board.

Commissioners also appointed Mark Kluesner of Oran to the at-large position on the board.

"It is our turn to appoint the at-large person for 2006-2007," Burger said. "That at-large position is rotated every two years from one county to the other."

The SEMO Port Authority Board is comprised of four representatives from Scott County, four from Cape Girardeau County and the one at-large member.

"We'd like to thank all the people giving their time to serve on the boards for the county," said Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel.

* County officials are slated to open several bids Thursday.

At 10:30 a.m., bids for a copy machine for the Sheriff's Department office will be opened.

At 10:45 p.m. bids will be opened for two new law enforcement vehicles.

Finally, at 11 a.m. officials will open bids for providing food service and commissary services at the jail, although action is not expected until Tuesday on these bids.

"We'll have to do some studying on that," Priggel said.

Ziegenhorn said some of the bids may be "apples to apples" but he is sure others won't be.

* Evans said he will meet with House of Refuge officials about two grants the facility may be eligible for.

The grants, one for rural domestic violence and child victim enforcement and the other for legal assistance for victims, seem to be "tailor made" for the House of Refuge, Evans said. "They seem to fit perfectly."

Evans also reported on the grant search to fund the purchase of a corpse cooler for the county coroner.

He said it is hard to find public money for a permanent fixture on private property. "I think the jail will be an appropriate facility for it," Evans said.

Officials also hope to be able to purchase a table for preliminary examinations. For full examinations, bodies could be taken to other facilities.

* Sales tax receipts for the year are up 2.8 percent for 2005 from 2004, according to Priggel.

Burger said an increase in sales tax revenue is being seen nationwide "and we're seeing that here, too."

* Evans said the county is publishing the request for bids on providing the county with satellite phone services. "We are going to open bids Tuesday," he said.

* A emergency management meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center in Sikeston.