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Commissioners Go Over Upcoming Summer Projects



Summer projects are continuing for the county road and bridge department.

At last Thursday’s county commission meeting, Road and Bridge Foreman Scott Schmieder reported that he would be meeting today with Bobby Wooten of McCann Concrete and Les Budrovich of Budrovich Crane Rental of Scott City to go over details of the upcoming box culvert project on Ditch Road. The commission wanted to make sure the concrete box culverts to be installed on Ditch Road will arrive on the anticipated installation date, July 25.

During the Monday meeting, Schmieder had reported that phone “locates” had been done around the site to determine where underground cable might be.

Meanwhile, Schmieder said his crew had been patching roads and mowing. He also reported that work on the Saline Creek Road’s ditch was nearly done and that work on Avon Road was finished, thanks to the cooperation of landowners.

When time permits, he said either some chip and seal paving would be done, or some bad spots dug out and replaced.

First District Commissioner Karen Stuppy asked whether he might soon be tackling Bodine Road. Schmieder said he hoped to.


With the county fair just a week away, Stuppy reported on repairs and cleanup on the fairgrounds, that were wrapping up. She said one bleacher board was loose and “sticking up” and needed to be replaced before the fair. Nelson left a phone message for Collin Rodgers of Brockmiller Construction, who had overseen the repairs. Stuppy said a hole that needed filling was being fixed when she visited the site.

Old tires were being removed that day.

When some errors in the fair program booklet were brought up, Stuppy noted that the new fair board had only been together a few months and that things “will be improved” by next year.


The new emergency generator at the courthouse was again discussed. A brief outage earlier in the week caused it to be used again. However, courthouse computers did not stay on during the outage.

This will need to be addressed before the Aug. 2 primary election. Avoiding any election-day mishaps was one of the key reasons for seeing a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation grant to help pay for the transformer.

The generator successfully supported several courthouse offices and the elevator during the outage.

Meanwhile, Emergency Management Director Felix Meyer said he is getting prices for the privacy fence to go around the generator.