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Motorists are urged to watch for road crews

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

BENTON -- Scott County Commissioners are asking motorists to slow down and keep an eye out for county highway department crews as they drive.

Commissioners noted during their regular meeting Tuesday that the county's road crews are currently engaged in a variety of jobs on and near county roads.

This work includes "mowing, paving, patching potholes," according to Commissioner Ron McCormick.

Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger said county equipment has flashing strobe lights so people can easily see them from far away.

"And we have adequate signage," Burger added. "We need people to slow down and give the workers some space."

In other business Tuesday:

* Commissioners and County Assessor Teresa Houchin discussed the Missouri State Tax Commission's Board of Equalization Workshop they are slated to attend from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday in Jackson at the Cape Girardeau County Administrative Building.

The workshop is for county clerks, assessors and county commissioners. Burger said he and his fellow commissioners hope to learn something about conducting Board of Equalization hearings as material covered during the workshop will include responsibilities and duties related to BOE hearings; issues on appeal; conducting BOE hearings; evidence; and preservation of BOE records. County Boards of Equalization make decisions on appeals of property valuations and classifications set by the county assessor.

"We've had close to 80 or 100 people call and they're all coming," Houchin said.

"I thought this would be a good time to educate ourselves," Burger said.

Commissioners will meet at for a short time beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, then end that day's regular County Commission meeting early to go to the seminar.

* A bid of $24,200 from Gadberry Sales of Sikeston for two of the county's belly dump trailers was accepted by commissioners.

"They were two trailers we've had since '93. We really didn't need them anymore so we sold them," Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said.

The only other bid on the trailers was from Danny Brock of Benton who offered $14,333.32.

* Ziegenhorn asked about the county's share of surplus housing authority money it received when the county and Sikeston housing authorities were merged and how it can be used.

Burger advised the money can only be spent in low to moderate income areas and is for county development projects.

* County employees may have some changes coming in the near future.

"We're in the process of reviewing the personnel policy to update it," Burger said. "We need to really think about this, anything we need to change, update, address."