CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County sheriff's deputies will not be punching the time clock with the department's other staff members.
Sheriff Keith Moore presented his thoughts on the new computer-based time clock system during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday,
Commissioners approved the purchase of the $3,000 time clock system during their regular meeting Oct. 2 which Moore did not attend.
Moore said he thinks the new time clock system, which is to be used by his department beginning with the next 28-day pay cycle, will be great for those staffing the Mississippi County Detention Center.
"For me and my six deputies, it won't work," he said. "For my road deputies, it's not going to work."
Moore said, for example, if a deputy is called out for a shooting, "he can't come in and slap a time clock and then go on the call."
Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said the deputy county clerk who works on payrolls shouldn't have to make corrections on payrolls submitted by county offices. "They should have their stuff in order," he said.
Moore agreed to document hours worked by his road deputies and mileage.
Blumenberg said the documentation must be correct -- "something that's ready to cut a check on" -- or the clerk will send it back for him to correct before issuing the paychecks.
Also discussed with Moore during Thursday's meeting were other issues related to operations at the sheriff's department including the amount of overtime appearing on the books. "The auditors came down on us," Blumenberg said, referring to the results of the recent state audit of the county.
Blumenberg also discussed the sheriff department's budget with Moore.
"Is there any way we can cut the mileage back?" Blumenberg asked.
"We're cutting, trying the best we can right now," Moore said. "I think as far as fuel, we're skimping the best we can."
Charlie Marcum, chief deputy, said mileage listed for the deputy who also patrols for the Housing Authority is high due to attending training seminars but his fuel costs should be down as the Housing Authority supplied the fuel for those trips.
That same deputy also makes trips to the SEMO Crime Lab, he added.
Blumenberg said some mileage and fuel reports filed by road deputies are satisfactory but there are several that are not completely filled out that should provide more detailed information.
"We got to do something on that mileage -- I don't know how we're going to do it," he said.
In regards to the tight budget, Blumenberg said: "It's nobody's fault; everything is going up." But, he later added, "it's getting ready to cave in and there needs to be some changes made. ... It's a scary situation."
In other business Thursday, County Clerk Junior DeLay presented reports from the Missouri Department of Transportation on the condition of bridges maintained by the county.
"They just completed the biennial inspection report," DeLay said.
DeLay said MoDOT provided the county with a detailed report, as usual, but did not send a synopsis or summary report this time.
"It may come later on," he said.
In the cover letter, the MoDOT inspector urged county officials "to address individual issues as time and funding allows."
The county used to have 56 bridges it was responsible for maintaining, according to DeLay. Blumenberg said he thinks the number is now down to 48 as a couple were closed and a few were replaced with culverts since the last inspection two years ago.
Commissioners agreed to have Richard Wallace, county road and bridge superintendent, look over the report.
"He can go through it and if he finds a problem he can let us know," Blumenberg said.