BENTON -- Scott County will continue its property and liability insurance with Newton and Company LLC of Sikeston, at a lower rate than last year.
During the commission's regular meeting on Thursday, members reviewed two bids.
Newton and Company's bid was $88,210. "That's $6,963 less than we paid last year," Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger noted.
Company representative Charles Carroll said the rate drop was due to a rise in the law enforcement liability deductible from $5,000 to $15,000, as well as decreasing values of some of the equipment.
"Our bid is based on your exact bid quotes you wanted on the property and equipment," he said.
The other bid, from the Missouri Public Entity Risk Management fund, totaled $157,728.
Commissioners voted to accept the low bid. They also asked to increase the courthouse's value $1 million, which will up the premium about $1,000.
Also at the meeting, Joe Burton, the county's emergency management director, advised commissioners of cuts in Department of Homeland Security grant money allotted to Missouri.
"They slashed it from $42 million last year to $7 million this year," he said. "(State officials) haven't decided how they're going to distribute that county-
Burton also told the commission he will spend Aug. 14 at the Sikeston Public Schools teacher orientation to discuss their preparedness for emergency situations. "SPS are really pushing big time their disaster plan," he said.
County Developer Joel Evans presented commissioners with two resolution proposals for approval. The first was the creation of the Board of Directors for the Enhanced Enterprise Zone; and the second established the Enhanced Enterprise Zone.
Commissioners approved both resolutions.
Commissioners discussed the progress of the county's mobile command unit.
'I looked at the outside of it this morning, it looked good," Burger said. All the trailer lacks now is the communications equipment. Commissioners asked Evans to devise a list of further needs and their costs.
The trailer will be at the rodeo next week, Evans added. "People need to come by and take a look at it," Ziegenhorn encouraged.
The 911 Advisory Board also met.
Burger asked jail administrator John Nelson and senior communications center staffer Missy Bruce how sharing duties was going.
"It's all fine," Bruce responded.
Commissioners recently presented the South Scott County Ambulance District with a proposal to increase fees. No further discussion has taken place, although Burger said they left with an understanding commissioners could answer any questions.
Also discussed was the high cost of the center, especially with commissioners already looking to make cuts after deciding not to ask for a law enforcement tax extension on the November ballot.
"911 can't come in here and cost us $250,000 of the general revenue that we don't have," said Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn. "I don't know the answer, other than a cell phone tax."
"I think we're the only state now that's not doing a cell phone tax for 911," Burton said.