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Grant will be used to buy new bullet proof vests

Friday, December 8, 2006

Mississippi County news

CHARLESTON -- The Mississippi County Sheriff will use law enforcement grant money to purchase new bullet proof vests.

During the regular County Commission meeting Thursday, Sheriff Keith Moore said his department will receive $8,099.92 in Local Law Enforcement Block Grant funding from the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

Moore said the money should be enough for close to 10 vests. Bullet proof vests are only supposed to stay in service for five years before being rotated out, he said.

A total of 208 applications were received for the LLEBG program with $1,562,000 requested and only $1,087,000 in funding available.

In other business Thursday:

* Commissioners reviewed a letter from attorney Jim Hux requesting an easement on a client's behalf for land located on Highway 105 adjacent to the county airport.

Hux explained in the letter that his client's concern is that after he purchases the land, a future County Commission may deny access to the airport.

"You can't grant an easement across county property to county property," Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said.

Commissioners did agree to put in writing that the land would continue to have access to the airport as it does now.

* Duke Presson of East Prairie presented commissioners with two requests.

Presson's first request is related to drainage near County Road 420 which only has a drainage ditch on one side.

"And it needs mopping out," he said. "The water can't go nowhere."

Blumenberg said he will ask Richard Wallace, county road and bridge superintendent, to look at the ditch and see what can be done.

Presson's second request is for the county to send its beaver trapper to the top end of Lee Row Ditch.

"We have a beaver dam in the culvert again," he said.

Blumenberg said beavers are bad in the county this year.