County in search of DRA funds

Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Mark Householder from Ultimate Flooring in Sikeston measures for a carpet bid during the Scott County Commissioners' meeting.

BENTON - Scott County commissioners discussed finding a county project eligible for Delta Regional Authority grant funding during their regular meeting Tuesday.

Last year, the county was approved for $100,000 in DRA funding for a county project which would build a bridge over Ramsey Creek and build an outer road near Scott City.

"It's just sitting there waiting," said Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel of the funding.

The project has been held up by the county waiting on additional money it was supposed to receive through the federal transportation bill which Congress has yet to pass.

In other county business Tuesday:

* Commissioners reviewed a letter from Deborah L. Cooper, vice president and chief programming officer for the Missouri Foundation for Health, advising the county's funding proposal was declined.

The county had requested a $600,000 grant to help fund the county's geographic information system.

A GIS can display a variety of information layers over an aerial-photography base map.

* The county was approved for a $21,608 grant through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

The annual grant is divided between the Delta Area Economic Development Corporation, the Sikeston Rescue Mission and the Bootheel Food Bank, according to commissioners.

* Commissioners appointed Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn for a two-year term as the county's representative on the University Extension Council as Commissioner Jamie Burger is not eligible for another term yet.

Burger's term ends Feb. 28.

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