BENTON -- Scott County's new highway superintendent is now on his own.
During their regular meeting Tuesday, Scott County commissioners thanked Harlan Duncan, former highway superintendent, for his years of service to the county.
Today is Duncan's last day with the Scott County highway department, according to Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger.
Duncan was employed by the county for about 13 years. He first served as a skilled worker for the department from May 31, 1991, to Feb. 28, 1999, and then returned to be superintendent for the department beginning Dec. 3, 2001.
"We appreciate all your years of dedicated service," Burger said to Duncan while presenting a certificate commemorating Duncan's service.
Duncan was a very knowledgeable superintendent, according to Burger.
"He knew all the roads, all the people," he said. "To replace that knowledge is always tough. Experience is worth so much."
Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn noted Duncan agreed to stay with the department longer than he originally intended at the commissioners' request so he could work alongside the new superintendent, Norman Brant, "to help kind of get him started with the daily routine -- we appreciated that he did that."
Commissioner Ron McCormick said while he didn't work with Duncan very long, Duncan was always available to answer any questions he had regarding Scott County's roads.
"I appreciate that kind of commitment," McCormick said.
In other business Tuesday:
* Commissioners approved two bids brought in by Tom Dirnberger, county recorder.
A software service contract was awarded to Micro-Computer Systems of Scott City, the low bidder, for 24 hours of service and support at $75 per hour for a total of $1,800.
Also bidding was Microfilm and Imaging of Kansas City which offered its services at $135 per hour.
The second bid, for the conversion of 700 to 750 plats to digital images, was awarded to Graphics Elite LLC of Cape Girardeau, the low bidder, which offered to do the conversions for $2.50 per image.
Also bidding for this work was Records Management Solutions of Shrewsbury which offered to do the job at $2.75 per image.