BENTON -- Having a county developer is good for Scott County, according to Scott County commissioners.
County Developer Joel Evans presented his 2006 mid-year activity summary to commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday.
"He's been doing a wide range of projects, things he's worked on under our direction," said Commissioner Jamie Burger. "A lot of these things are coming into play. It just takes time as you address each and every one of these issues."
Burger said Evans has been helpful in a wide variety of county projects. "Everything from the water project in south Salcedo to the increase in rail traffic that is proposed by the railroad going through the center of the county and Sikeston. We're still looking into filing a formal complaint like the city of Sikeston has," Burger said. "Even the Ramsey Creek project has been something that Joel has been involved in with the drawing of the maps and several other concerns we have had."
Commissioners are especially pleased with the work Evans has done on the county's Web site, according to Burger.
"The Web site average monthly hits for 2005 was 50,580 and in 2006 to date it's at 122,136," he said.
Burger said they were also impressed with how fast Evans was able to get election results posted following the August primary election.
"By 8:30 p.m. everybody knew who had won," he said.
Commissioners are also happy with Evans' proactive grant application activity.
Burger said the county used to wait for state and federal grant opportunities to come along but Evans is able to actively pursue them.
"It's always such a task to find those grants and then acquire them," he said. "I think it's been a great benefit to the county because it has brought in a lot of grant dollars and allowed us to do some things that we wouldn't have been able to pay for out of general revenue."
In addition to helping government entities, Evans also puts effort into "just helping local business," Burger said, offering as an example recent assistance offered to S&W Cabinets in Chaffee. "They're applying for some funding through AmerenUE because they're expanding their facility and hope to increase their employment."
In other business Tuesday, commissioners met with auditors regarding the beginning of the county's biennial state audit.
The deadline for the audit's findings is Sept. 30, according to Burger.