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Scott County officials set to decide on phone system

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

BENTON -- Scott County officials should know Thursday whether they will be able to hook the county's new building into its main phone system or not.

Dennis Ziegenhorn, county commissioner, said during Tuesday's regular meeting that four vendors will present proposals Thursday for putting a conduit in under South Winchester, which is the name for Highway 61 within Benton's city limits.

The building located across the street from the courthouse "was a really good purchase for the county," Ziegenhorn said. "It's going to save the county a lot of money."

The building is being remodeled to create an office for the county's public administrator, Pam Dirnberger, who is currently renting office space in Sikeston.

"We're going to have her moved up here by Jan. 1," Ziegenhorn said.

The building also has enough room for storage, he said, "and we have room for additional office space over there, too, if we ever need it."

Ziegenhorn said the Commission is now trying to determine if it will be cost effective to connect that building to the county's existing phone system at the courthouse.

"We're going to have interviews with people interested in boring underneath the road," Ziegenhorn said. "It should be be less expensive than having a separate phone and Internet system over there."

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