BENTON -- Scott County commissioners haven't forgotten the tragic events and attack on the United States, seven years ago, and they want to make sure county employees and residents have not, either.
At Thursday's regular commission meeting, they made plans for a tribute to mark the day. "At 9:11, we are going to have a remembrance of 9-11 on the interior steps," said Jamie Burger, presiding commissioner.
Dennis Lowe, pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Benton, will speak briefly to those in attendance.
"It's for courthouse employees, as well as any other citizens who want to come," said Burger. "We would like to get a good crowd."
Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn agreed, saying the service is "something good for us to do. It's something we don't ever want to forget."
Commissioner Ron McCormick added that people are still seeing the effects of the attacks. "We know there's a war going on and there are still aftermaths of that, and we sometimes forget what actually happened that day," he said. "And for the people that were directly affected or killed that day, those families still live with it every day."
In other business on Thursday, commissioners discussed work in progress at the former 911 building in Morley.
"We are going to change that building back over to the Scott County Highway Department that it had been originally," said Burger.
Roughly 1,700 pounds of recycled paper were hauled away Wednesday. Work will continue through today to haul off debris, which Burger estimated would fill eight or nine trucks.
Burger noted the current facility in Benton will not be closed. "We'll use (the building in Morley) for seasonal equipment, such as blacktop equipment, that we don't get out of the bays every day," he said.
The added facility will enable the county to store equipment inside that is currently parked outside, due to a lack of space, said Burger.
The work being done, as well as the material hauled off, will be turned in to the Bootheel Solid Waste for reimbursements toward the $10,000 grant the county has been approved for, added McCormick.
"These are expenses that can be credited toward the grant," explained Ziegenhorn. "We can use labor, mileage and the material."
In other news, commissioners approved a bid during Thursday's meeting for a 10-ton air conditioning unit to replace the one that went out in the judicial building.
Presley Sales and Service Inc. in Sikeston placed two bids, one at $5,344 and another, for a cast-iron unit, at $5,795. Other bids came from O'Guin Mechanical Services in Sikeston, at $5,775; and Vaught's Electrical, Heating and A/C in Sikeston placed at bid for $6,920.83. All the bids included installation and removal costs.
Commissioners voted to approve the low bid of $5,344 for the unit from Presley.