Scott County Commission
BENTON -- Scott County commissioners are getting positive feedback on the idea of setting up a county archive facility along with offers of help.
During the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday, Joan Feezor of Charleston offered to assist the county as a volunteer in beginning the process of establishing the facility and in offering technical advice.
Feezor said she could help with tasks such as determining how many records are generated each year and which records are active and inactive.
Active records are "those the official needs to keep in their office area," she explained. Feezor said she can also help come up with a disposal list "for those which have absolutely no value."
"What I would like to see is a joint effort where I assist you in the hopes that when the county gets a building, there could be a grant written for a position," she added.
Feezor said she has previous experience in records salvaging and assisted Cape Girardeau County officials in setting up their archive facility.
"I helped them get their records ready for moving," Feezor said, "and then I went in and helped them process records."
"As we get further along in the process we will be in contact with you," Commissioner Jamie Burger said.
The president of the Scott County Historical Society, who has a degree in historic preservation and has worked for library archives, said she is also in favor of a county archive facility being established: "I'm here to support that," Margaret Harmon said.
"We get at least 10-12 people a week that come into Benton Library," Harmon said. "I believe we do need an archive. ... Members of the historical society have all said how nice it would be."
Harmon said the historical society would be happy give the county archive their records as well.
She noted genealogy research is the second-most popular use of archive facilities and that another top interest is cemeteries, noting there are 95 cemeteries in Scott County "including some very historical ones."
In other business Tuesday:
* Scott County commissioners want to get the reimbursement from the state for prisoners held by the county that go to the Missouri Department of Corrections raised back up for the 2007-2008 budget.
"Four years ago it was $22.50, then they cut it to $20 per day. We're asking for that reimbursement to go back to $22.50," Burger said.
Commissioners sent a letter Tuesday to Gov. Matt Blunt which notes that state law provides for a reimbursement rate of $37.50, although historically the state has not funded it at this level.
"Our county continues to subsidize the state each year," the letter states. "This is a tremendous burden upon the county and places us at a point where we are evaluating if the county can afford to hold these prisoners."
* County Developer Joel Evans advised commissioners of a $100 contribution recently received from the Benton Methodist Church for the Scott County War Memorial's restoration fund.
The church is also offering to help with the memorial service scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in ways like providing refreshments.
Evans said Bizzell Lawn Care & Nursery Co. is donating landscaping materials for the project and the Scott County Master Gardeners are donating their time and labor for the landscaping
"They've spent a lot of time on the design of it, too," Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said.
* A tire roundup for the county is scheduled from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. Saturday.
During this time, residents may drop off passenger vehicle tires that have been removed from their rims at the county highway department's shed.