[Nameplate] T-storm ~ 77°F  
High: 90°F ~ Low: 72°F
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

County officials encourage new heavy industry

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Scott County Commission news

BENTON -- While some areas may take a "not in my backyard" stance toward industry, Scott County officials would like to put out the welcome mat.

During the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday, Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger asked County Developer Joel Evans to contact "Buz" Sutherland, executive director of The Southeast Missouri Economic Development Alliance, and ask if he would come meet with commissioners, "to just kind of bring us up to speed on what they're doing."

Scott County officials missed the last SMEDA meeting due to a scheduling conflict, Burger said. He noted Scott County is one many participating member entities in its six-county area that does not provide funding for SMEDA.

While some communities may discourage heavy industry from setting up in their area, "we welcome smokestack industry," Burger said.

"Any industries in any of the six counties would help Scott County," Evans agreed.

In other business Tuesday:

* Commissioners asked Evans about the cost of storm warning systems for communities within the county and if there is any grant funding available to assist in the purchase of some.

Evans advised weather sirens cost in excess of $10,000.

"I think there's a need," he agreed, and said he has contacted the State Emergency Management Agency regarding sirens for Oran, the Mini-Farms area, Blodgett and Salcedo.

"They referred me to USDA for funding," he said. "Most of the communities in Scott County qualify for only minimal funding."

* New pavement laid by the Illmo Special Road District at Commerce was an unexpected but well-appreciated improvement, according to county officials.

The road district paved County Road 321 in Commerce from where it enters their district to Roth Drive past the RiverRidge Winery, according to county officials.

"Some of the existing blacktop was in pretty good shape so they didn't have to cover it," Burger said. "They did overlays on the bad areas and covered the gravel areas so it is all hard surface. That is so good for a retail outlet to have a hard surface road coming in to them from both directions."

* Annual depository agreements for the county's bank accounts were signed with First State Bank and Trust in Sikeston.

"It was accepted back in April, it's just now that the contract was signed to take effect," said Glenda Enderle, county treasurer. "This one will go from June 14, 2007, to June 14, 2009, and there's an option between with bank and the county that it can be extended an additional two years upon agreement by both parties."

* Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn left the meeting early to attend the funeral of Durward Dover who died June 1. Dover served as presiding county commissioner for two terms after Louie J. Hirschowitz and before Bob Kielhofner, according to county officials.

Burger said the county has lost two former presiding county commissioners this year as Hirschowitz died March 30.

* Scott County employees will have a tent at the Relay for Life event scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday at the Sikeston Senior High School track.

Evans asked if there is a framed print of the Scott County logo to decorate the tent with during the event.