CHARLESTON -- The next person caught illegally dumping shingles in Mississippi County can expect a $1,000 fine.
Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday that shingles were illegally dumped near at least four county roads recently.
"We've got shingles all over from people doing this roofing," he said.
Blumenberg said he recently spotted an East Prairie contractor near a county ditch with a trailer load of shingles that he believes the contractor was about to dump into the ditch until he was spotted.
Commissioner Homer Oliver said when you see someone hauling a load of shingles on county roads, "you know he's going to dump them."
Blumenberg said homeowners need to realize they are responsible for making sure the shingles are disposed of properly. "Those shingles belong to the owner," he said.
While the county does have a motion-activated camera, in this case there is not a specific dumping site to monitor, Sheriff Keith Moore said.
Moore said his department will take action if they have a witness who spots illegal dumping in progress, however, and gets a license plate number.
Commissioners agreed to set a $1,000 fine for persons caught illegally dumping shingles in the county.
In other business Thursday:
* Bill Green of Corporate Real Estate Solutions, Mayor Charles McKinley of Bertrand and John Hooper, a real estate broker, met with commissioners to discuss a redevelopment district proposal for the Bertrand Interstate 57 interchange, possibly using tax increment financing.
"We're interested in it," Blumenberg said. "Anything is better than nothing if it brings in revenue and creates jobs."
TIFs are "as close to a win-win situation as you will get with an economic development program," Green said, as it always means additional revenue for taxing entities that was not there before the project.
Oliver said that, other than the county's land, the interstates are the best assets the county has.
"If you put (a TIF district) in place, you've got something to sell," Green said.
Green said he still has more work to do on the project before specifics can be discussed.
* An East Prairie businessman is having problems doing business with County Assessor W.R. "Bill" Thompson and doesn't know where to turn.
"Where do you go to file a complaint against the assessor?" asked Chuck Davis, a real estate agent who ran against Thompson in the last race for the county assessor position.
"The State Tax Commission," suggested County Clerk Junior DeLay.
DeLay said he doesn't think the Missouri Sunshine Law allows officials to limit record requests to one per day.
Davis said he was trying to get parcel information from the assessor and was advised he could only do so by submitting the request on a form that he can only receive in person. Additionally, Davis said he was told he could only file one request for a parcel record per day.
The records are then released three days following the request, Davis said.
Davis said after he asked Thompson if the process was the same for everybody else, he was told to leave the assessor's office.
Commissioner Martin Lucas said if he needs parcel information now he goes across the street to the title company instead of requesting the information from the assessor.
"I don't want to have to wait three days for the information," he said.
"This is a policy handed down by the state that I can use or not use at my discretion," confirmed Thompson when contacted about his procedure for releasing public records.
"In this particular incident the gentleman became annoying," Thompson added, explaining the man was disrupting business in his office.
Thompson said the record request form was provided by the state and has the number one on it.
"I'm assuming that's making one request," he said. With around 10,000 parcels in the county, "we do have to limit it to something."