Scott County commission news
BENTON -- Scott County Commissioners are impressed with the way county officials and communities worked together during this week's ice storm.
"Overall, I think the county personnel worked that storm very, very well," said Ron McCormick, commissioner. "I'm proud of the highway department, the sheriff's department and Joel (Evans, emergency management director) -- they all did an amazing job."
McCormick and Evans manned the communications center. Throughout the county, in which pockets were still without power on Thursday, seven warming stations were set up. "They were lightly utilized," Evans reported. Additionally, the training facilities at the sheriff's department were prepared for people to stay the night, although no one did, said Evans.
In case of more outages over the weekend or in the future, Evans said KZIM radio and its affiliates broadcast the information about the warming stations. Those looking for a warm place can also call the sheriff's department -- 545-
3525 or 471-3530 -- for more information.
Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger applauded those involved for a job well done. "Every time we'd think everything was lined up another peril would occur, but they seemed to have an answer to every problem that arose," he said.
In other business, the 911 advisory board met Thursday for its monthly meeting. Burger also applauded the E-911 staff for their work related to the storm. "You all worked well together to make the best of a very bad situation," he said.
Evans asked commissioners' approval to purchase new chairs to replace the dilapidated ones in the communications center. He also asked for new headsets, as the center is down to just two.
"I think that, for sanitary reasons, each person that works there needs their own headset," said Evans. He said that employees having their own could possibly even improve the care of the headsets.
The devices would cost about $100 each, so total cost would be approximately $1,000, Evans said. David Jones, communication liaison from the South Scott County Ambulance District, who is also on the board, said the district may provide some financial assistance for the headsets. He'll know more and report back after the district's meeting next week, Jones said.
In other business:
Sheriff Rick Walter transferred $60,000 to the county, revenue generated from various sources such as commissary and jail phones. "Those funds go a long way in helping offset some of our costs," said Burger.
Commissioners will meet with the county's elected officials during Tuesday's meeting to go over safety rules and procedures. "The sheriff and road and bridge department will also do that," said Burger.
They will also go over information of what sort of improvements have been made since the county has been placed on the Missouri Association of County's "Watch List" due to the high percentage of worker's compensation claims.
"We think it will have an impact on the way they're assessing us," said Burger. He noted that some recommendations have been completed, some are in the works, and still others are not affordable.
Commissioners also reflected on the conference they attended in Jefferson City last week.
"We talked a lot about 911," said Dennis Ziegenhorn, commissioner. "Every county has basically the same problem."
There was much discussion about the formation of regional centers, something Scott County is working to establish. "We just don't think we're going to get any help out of the legislature, so we'll have to address it ourself," said Ziegenhorn. They will meet with Pemiscot county officials at a later date, in addition to any others that are interested in joining services.