Assessment maintenance plan will be amended
CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County commissioners will put off signing the assessors' assessment maintenance plan until after they approve a budget.
Having researched how binding an assessment maintenance plan is, County Clerk Junior DeLay advised county commissioners during their regular meeting Thursday to pass the county's annual operating budget before approving the annual assessment maintenance plan.
DeLay said he was advised there is language in the assessment maintenance plan that could require the county to provide funding as listed in the plan.
Accordingly, he advised commissioners to first approve the county's budget and then amend the assessors' assessment maintenance plan to match the budget's figures before approving and signing it.
DeLay also noted budget requests from county offices must be submitted to the county clerk's office by Tuesday.
In other news Thursday:
* Annual service agreements with the Charleston and East Prairie nutrition centers and Mississippi County Transit were approved by commissioners.
Under the terms of the agreements, the agencies receive a share of the Senior Citizens Sales Tax in return for providing services.
Each of the nutrition centers receive 39.5 percent of the the tax's revenues while Mississippi County Transit receives 8.5 percent.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which receives the other 12.5 percent of the revenue from the tax, has not yet submitted their service agreement contract for approval, DeLay said.
In addition to serving hot, nutritious meals to seniors at the centers and delivering meals to homebound and disabled seniors, the centers also offer a variety of services including programs on nutrition and other educational programs; flu shots; hearing tests; exercise classes; tax return assistance; blood pressure and sugar screenings; and social activities.
The East Prairie Nutrition Center service agreement notes the center provided 17,875 meals in fiscal year '93-'94 and 44,724 meals in fiscal year '06-'07.
The Mississippi County Transit service reported it provided 26,806 one-way trips and a drove a total of 200,076 miles last year.
* Commissioners discussed which ditches should be a priority for contracted mowers.
The mowing is being considered by commissioners as part of the county's noxious weed control efforts.
The county has a total of 81.33 linear miles of drainage ditches it is responsible for maintaining, according to Commissioner Martin Lucas.
Lucas suggested getting bids based on mileage rather than specific ditches and then directing the contractors to mow various ditch sections that need to be mowed.
* Commissioners approved a budget request of $32,000 for the county University of Missouri Extension office, the same amount as approved last year, following the annual report from staff members.