By MARK EVANS
Saline Creek Road will be the next focus of the Ste. Genevieve County Commission, following completion of the Lawrenceton Cutoff/Roth Road project.
Commissioners agreed with road and bridge foreman Scott Schmieder’s suggestion that the 6/10 of a mile stretch will need regular asphalting. Because of a steep hill, often used by heavy trucks, chip and seal paving would probably not hold up long.
“If we chip and seal it a month later it will be peeling off,” Presiding Commissioner Garry Nelson said.
The commissioners asked Schmieder’s opinion. He said asphalt was definitely his recommendation.
“There are too many semis on it,” he said, adding that the county also uses it to haul rock over.
“I don’t want to come back and have to patch it in a year,” Nelson said. “We may as well spend another $40,000 and get it done right.”
First on the list of upcoming gravel roads to pave is Charter Church Road. However, the county is still waiting on some fences to be moved and trees removed.
With this holding the project back, as well as the expense of the Lawrenceton/Roth project, Nelson noted that it “would about blow the budget.”
It will probably be more feasible to make Charter Church the first paving project of 2022. “If we can get Lawrenceton Cutoff and Saline Creek done, I’ll be a very happy gal,” First District Commissioner Karen Stuppy remarked.
Meanwhile, Schmieder said it was hoped that Vern Bauman Contracting could begin the paving of Lawrenceton Cutoff and Roth Road this week. Wet weather has been delaying the project.
The large project includes massive work on the Roth Road-Highway Y intersection. Some 1,200 ton rock was needed for the dangerous intersection (not 12,000 ton as was previously reported)
Schmieder said his crew had also been working on the slab on Donze Road.
Nelson told Schmieder that if there is an “iffy” day, when it is a little too wet to do much else, he could put some rock on Gillespie Road, where it needs some.
“That way we can get it off our plate,” Nelson said.
Meanwhile, Schmieder reported that the grader was running well, but that the backhoe will need a roller. He said an representative of Erb Equipment would be down to examine it. It was also leaking fluid, he said.
INDUSTRIAL-61 NO. 2 ON LIST
Nelson, who left the meeting a little early to attend the Southeast Missouri Transportation Advisory Council (TAC) meeting in Perryville, gave an update on the TAC priorities.
The commissioners had submitted the Industrial Road-US 61 intersection as its top priority for a Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) project. After balloting, the project finished second in priority among projects nominated by the seven counties in the Southeast region.
The project would call for adding turn lanes onto 51 for truck traffic, to reduce dangerous passing.
Adding a caution light at the US 51- Missouri Highway C intersection in Bollinger County was voted the region’s top priority.
The county’s second priority was stoplights at I-55 and US 32 and the third choice was changes to keep trucks from bypassing scales and taking OO to 61, through Bloomsdale.
LONG REPORTS ON STORAGE SHED
Shawn Long, executive director of the Ste Genevieve County Library, reported back on getting quotes for a metal storage shed to go behind the library.
Long had previously told the commissioners that the library was being overwhelmed by non-circulating books.
He found four prices, two around $4,000, and the lowest for $3,020, including cinder block base and installation.
He had previously explained that it will be used to store books for up to five or six weeks, prior to special book sales and give-a ways. Old books are recycled only as a last resort.
“I don’t like to admit that we recycle books,” Long said, but we can’t store them.”
Shelving for the shed would cost an additional $500, Long said.
Excess furniture may also be stored in the shed which Long said will resemble the other community center buildings.