CHARLESTON -- With the year ending soon along with the tenure of two county commissioners, there wasn't much business for the Mississippi County Commission Wednesday other than paying bills and signing paychecks.
The commission's regular weekly meeting was held Wednesday instead of Thursday due to Christmas.
Issues are already being brought to Steve Jones, commissioner-elect for the second district, by what will become his constituents on Jan. 1, however.
"They've already started calling me," he said Wednesday while attending the meeting.
It looks like the first business Jones will deal with as a county commissioner will be a drainage issue between two farms off Highway 102 near East Prairie.
Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said any decision on whether to place a culvert or dig a ditch there will be left up to the commission that will be in place as of Jan. 1.
Jones said he will talk to all who would be affected by drainage work there which is needed due to water damaging a county road. He said he hopes to find "a good solution so we can get a good road."
In other business discussed Wednesday, commissioners discussed the possibility of the county hiring an excavator operator long enough to complete USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection Program projects on county Ditches 3, 10 and 14.
As the projects could take nearly a year to complete, commissioners agreed they can not spare an existing road and bridge department employee for the duration of the project.