BENTON -- The project to update and renovate the Scott County War Memorial has moved forward another step.
During their regular meeting Tuesday, Scott County Commissioners accepted the sole bid of $5,544 from International Bronze Manufacturers of Albertson, N.Y., for bronze plaques to be added to the memorial which is located on the southeast corner of the courthouse lot.
"I'm ready to do something on this," said Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn. "I think time is running out on getting it finished on time." County officials hope to have the project completed by Nov. 11 so a dedication ceremony can be held on Veterans Day.
The bid includes providing six custom bronze plaques at $789 each for a total of $4,734 which will list the names of those from Scott County who were killed in action during our nation's wars as well as six emblem plaques for the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard services and a POW plaque at $135 each for a total of $810.
The vendor will also refurbish the memorial's two existing bronze plaques at no additional cost.
While no other bids were received by the county for bronze plaques, county officials said International Bronze Manufacturers offered the lowest price among the monument companies they checked with.
"The other companies that we researched ran from $8,000 to $10,000 for a similar product," said County Developer Joel Evans. He said the plaques are a specialized product due to the curve in the memorial.
Commissioners agreed to leave the memorial's fountains, which are not working presently, in place. Evans suggested putting a screen in the fountain drains so trash isn't stuffed in them.
In other business Tuesday:
* Commissioners continued their discussion on using the county's jail inmates as roadside cleanup crews.
"I want to do it," Commissioner Jamie Burger said. "I'd like to see them out there next Monday morning."
Officials are still hashing out how to pay for the supervisors that will be needed to monitor the inmate work crews, however.
Sheriff Rick Walter said at least one of the supervisors "needs to be either a deputy or an employee of the county sheriff's department."
On the other hand, Walter said he really doesn't have enough deputies to dedicate one to supervising an inmate work crew.
One idea he is considering is using sheriff's department reserves.
Walter said there is not a big risk when using inmates who are serving county time.
"They're not going to run off," he said -- especially if they have a chance to shorten their sentence.
Burger asked about possibly using profits from the jail's commissary to pay for a supervisor.
Walter said he is not sure if there is enough revenue from the commissary to pay for another full-time employee. Also, profits from the commissary must be used for recreation, education or religious activities, he noted.
Money generated from prisoner phone calls, however, doesn't have the same restrictions as commissary funds.
As the program would be "helping the general welfare of the county," Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel said, "I have no problem using general revenue money for this."
Walter agreed to look into how his department could arrange supervision.
* Commissioners set tax levies for real estate and personal property tax.
General revenue will stay at 10 cents per $100 assessed value.
Road and bridge tax was raised slightly from 29.92 cents to 29.93 cents per $100 assessed value.
Johnson grass tax remain at a penny per $100 assessed value.