Scott County news
BENTON -- Anyone who wants to get a look at the new Scott County Mobile Command Unit will have their chance at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo.
"The Jaycees are going to use our emergency management trailer at the rodeo grounds," Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger said during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday.
County officials plan to pull the trailer, which was purchased from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and remodeled for use by the county, to the rodeo grounds this afternoon. The trailer will be used by the Jaycees as a meeting room for their sponsors. "We don't know much more than that," Commissioner Ron McCormick said.
"It's basically complete except for communications equipment," Burger said.
He said they expect communications equipment ordered for the trailer to arrive and be installed within a week.
"We are buying things that are common," Burger said "It's not like they are special order stuff so they should be readily available. Ron McCormick, Joe Burton and Joel Evans have worked very hard on this to make it cost effective and useable."
In other county business discussed Tuesday:
* Eight of the 10 Salcedo residences county officials have worked to get hooked up for Public Water Supply District No. 4 have committed, according to Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn.
"I guess we're moving along," he said. "We're hoping we get it started and established this year."
Ziegenhorn said they are not trying to pressure the other two into committing but if they don't sign on the cost will increase for those who have signed up.
* County residents should contact county officials if they know of any trash or junk on ditch banks or other illegal dump sites that need to be addressed.
A grant from the Department of Natural Resources which became effective July 1 will reimburse the county for up to $10,000 in cleanup efforts.
"Primarily we can use it for dumping and landfills after we pick stuff up," Ziegenhorn said. "Last year we did a lot of cleanup around Haywood City and areas like that."
* During a presentation from another drug testing company, commissioners said the county's employee drug testing program will probably just be for pre-employment, to test employees following an accident and for the county's DOT-licensed drivers "which pretty much pertains to just the highway department," Ziegenhorn said.