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County Web site draws election night interest

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

BENTON -- New technology is working out well when it comes to Scott County's elections.

Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday that the county's Web site experienced heavy traffic following the August primary election from people seeking election results.

Ziegenhorn said there were 30,000 hits recorded on the county Web site on election night and a total of 50,000 for election day and the day after.

"We were very pleased," he said. "There was a lot of interest in the county for the races we had."

Ziegenhorn said he expects even more Web site traffic for the general election in November.

Ziegenhorn also said the county's new voting machines reportedly worked out well.

"The polls closed at 7 p.m. and by 8 p.m. we knew who the winners were," he said. "I think everybody was pleased with the new machines."

In other business Tuesday:

* Commissioners discussed plans for a ceremony to dedicate renovations and the addition of names to the Scott County War Memorial located on the southeast corner of the courthouse lot with County Developer Joel Evans. Evans said he thinks some streets will need to have traffic blocked off to hold the ceremony which is planned for Veterans Day.

In related business, Commissioner Jamie Burger suggested that instead of restoring the memorial's fountains, they could mount some bronze eagles in the fountain basins using the drain holes.

Evans said he had previously considered the same idea and even had a design drawing with eagles mounted in the fountain catch basins.

Plugging the drain holes would not result in too much water collecting there, Evans said. "Probably an inch of water would stand in it," he said.

Evans asked if a water line could be put in to possibly restore the fountains in the future although there was some question as to whether a working drinking fountain there would actually be used or not.