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BENTON -- Scott County Commissioners hope those eligible to sign up for Public Water Supply District No. 4 take the 11 Salcedo households into consideration before saying no.
"I just hate to see people pass on No. 4 here and then 10 years later wonder why they can't sign up for a reasonable rate," said Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger. "They need to take advantage of it and think real seriously about it."
Over time, water supply can change and water can become harmful, Burger continued. ""We spend a lot of money making everything safe around our house but very seldom do we ever wonder about our water," he said.
Down the road, hookups could be up to 10 times more the initial rate of $150 per household.
"It's going to be a lot more expensive then," Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn agreed.
In the Salcedo area, 11 households originally passed on district No. 1 about 10 years ago. Commissioners are in the process of adding them to the district.
There will be an informational meeting for those residents at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clinton Building in Sikeston. The affected households will be notified beginning today.
"We're hoping to get all 11 parties to attend," Ziegenhorn said. "Hopefully we'll have answers to all their questions."
To keep costs down, it is important for all of the households to sign up, Ziegenhorn continued. Some financial assistance is available, however, as the county has received a grant that will pay $5,000 of the expenses per household.
Also at Thursday's regular commission meeting, Commissioner Ron McCormick reported progress on board appointees for Scott County's enterprise enhancement zone.
"We're hoping it's an active board," Ziegenhorn said. The five members will have staggering terms, and there will be two other appointees: one each representing the school district and the taxing entities of the county.
"It's an area in the county that has been set aside for industry," McCormick explained. Businesses are invited to open there, with knowledge of tax abatements that help them save money and begin operation.
EEZs are aimed toward manufacturing, not retail, industries.
The board will have a large task ahead of them. "They'll determine set rates that will be in effect for a long time," Burger said.
The board will also determine boundaries for the zone, which must be a continuous line, that commissioners want to stretch from Scott City to Sikeston, Ziegenhorn added.
Sikeston has an EEZ, Industrial Park. And the entire state of Arkansas has one to promote industry, Burger pointed out.
He said: "This will put us on even competition with surrounding states."