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Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Officials focus on drainage problems

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Jeff Heuer and Scott Sander of S&L Builders of Scott City carry in the new reception window countertop.
BENTON -- Beavers are keeping Scott County drainage officials busy.

Jamie Burger, presiding Scott County commissioner, discussed drainage problems caused by the industrious rodents during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday.

Burger said the county has installed pipes and culverts under county roads in an effort to improve drainage but landowners met with commissioners to discuss another factor affecting drainage: "We have an ongoing problem with beaver dams in ditches."

"The water has gotten away as best it can, but when culverts are dammed due to beaver dams or just obstructions in general -- debris, trees -- it's hard to get water away," the presiding commissioner said.

Burger said the drainage districts are doing a good job but have lots of ditches and limited resources. He said the county has a contract with a trapper who is successfully removing beavers from ditches in the county.

Water not moving through ditches is a concern for county officials because when water sits under roads, it can cause culverts and pipes to fail and roads to fall in, according to Burger.

In other business Tuesday:

* The combination of nice weather and the beginning of Daylight Saving Time Sunday will mean more activity by county highway department crews, according to Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn.

"Our highway department is going to be on the road a lot more with graders and trucks and doing our blacktopping," he said. "There will be warning signs but people need to be aware for their safety and the safety of our highway department."

Ziegenhorn said the county will also resume its program of using county jail inmates to clean up litter alongside roads.

"Hopefully we'll see a lot of orange suits on the county roads picking up trash," he said.

* Commissioner Ron McCormick noted improvements at the county Judicial Building are under way.

"The remodeling is about done and it really looks good," he said.

In addition to putting up a new partition and replacing the reception window counter, improvements include the addition of a new workstation, new lighting and the replacement of four windows that were allowing weather damage.

"They found where water was coming in around windows and causing mold," McCormick said.

* Absentee ballots are ready for the April 3 election, according to Rita Milam, county clerk.

Milam said her office's hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"They can either come in and vote or send us a written request and ask us to mail them a ballot," she said.

* A global positioning service vendor presented commissioners with brochures and information about putting global tracking systems on county equipment, "whether it be cars, trucks, motor graders or tractors," Burger said. "I know Butler County has done something like that with their highway department."

Burger said the information on GPS units for county equipment is "something for us to think about."