CHARLESTON -- The Mississippi County assessor has reversed his position and apologized for remarks made about the county's geographic information system vendor.
County commissioners reviewed a copy of the written apology sent to Midland GIS Solutions in Maryville during their regular meeting Thursday.
County Clerk Junior DeLay said John Teale, president of the company, contacted him earlier this week "and told me he had received a letter of apology from our assessor."
The apology is dated March 28, addressed to Teale and signed by Assessor W.R. "Bill" Thompson.
"Although I maintain that I have a right to voice my opinion, in the interests of civility, I apologize for any remarks I may have made concerning your product and will refrain from making any future remarks," Thompson wrote.
DeLay said Teale also discussed with him the allegation that the contract with the county was not fulfilled.
According to DeLay, Teale explained the issue had been previously addressed and that the mylars had not been provided because an agreement had been reached to offer other services or features instead of the mylars. "He said there is documentation to that effect," DeLay said.
In other business Thursday:
* Commissioners discussed transferring money from the general revenue fund to help the county's road budget.
"We are going to have to address some roads," said Jim Blumenberg, presiding county commissioner.
DeLay said there is an emergency fund line item in the budget totaling $45,000 as state statutes mandate setting aside 3 percent of revenues as emergency funds.
"What it basically amounts to is a cushion," he said.
* Lightning during the storms Tuesday struck the courthouse phone system, according to DeLay, knocking out the answering system and causing other problems.
"We couldn't even call out yesterday morning," DeLay said.
The answering system now advises callers to "listen carefully because the menu has changed," DeLay said.
The lightning strike also deleted all voice mail messages, he said.
* Commissioners will speak to the person who is purchasing four acres from Bill McNeary to see if the land will be subdivided before agreeing to build a road there as requested by McNeary.
"We just don't want to build a road and then vacate it in a year or two," Blumenberg said.
He estimated it would cost between $2,000 and $2,500 to build the 900 foot road.
"If we make it, it's going to be a public road," Blumenberg said.
He said a dead-end road also is difficult for road graders to turn around on during maintenance.
* Commissioners approved issuing a letter of support for the Rescue Squad's Rural Development grant application.
The grant funding is being sought to purchase additional rescue equipment including turnout gear and communication equipment, according to DeLay.
* One of the old county courthouse's capitals -- the decorative piece at the top of the columns -- will be displayed in a garden by the Mississippi County Historical Society.
Commissioners approved giving the item to the Mississippi County Historical Society as requested by member Joe Dark.
* Pay estimate No. 1 for Phase 2 of the county rural water district was approved.
* Commissioners approved biennial depository agreements with Focus Bank and Citizens Bank.