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Officials 'disastisfied' with county roads and bridges

Friday, January 5, 2007

CHARLESTON -- Another road grader operator could smooth things out in Mississippi County.

During the regular County Commission meeting Thursday, Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said he is "very dissatisfied" with what the county road and bridge department was able to achieve in 2006.

"We have to get some stuff done," he said.

The county needs to hire another road grader operator, Blumenberg said. While the road and bridge department presently has three grader operators, one was often busy with other tasks leaving only two of the county's road graders operating most of the time.

He noted the county has five road graders and said they need to have four running most of the time except during the summer.

Blumenberg also suggested the county should contract the big excavating and mowing projects as it is cheaper than using county personnel and equipment.

In other business during Thursday's meeting, commissioners approved a collector's bond of $750,000 for Collector of Revenue Faye P. Elliot's new term along with a daily deposit order that will be sent to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

"It's an order by the Commission to apply the depository law to the county collector," County Clerk Junior DeLay explained. "The depository law just requires the collector to make daily deposits."