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By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
Scott Schmieder, county road and bridge foreman, reported last Thursday that work was getting started on 2023 paving projects.
He said work was underway on Cave Road, as well as Smith and McDaniel roads.
Meanwhile, bids were opened for paving Coffman Road (from Avon Road to the county line), Avon Road (from Hwy. F to Coffman Road) and Frye Road (from Straughn Road to Hwy. H).
Vern Bauman Contracting bid a total of $541,467, to Jokerst,Inc.’s $543,600. The bids will be examined, to make sure they meet specs and are “apples to apples,” that is, bidding on the exact same specs, before the contract is awarded.
Schmieder said his crew is also mowing and was just finishing up work on the county fairgrounds and would be doing some duropatching.
Meanwhile, it was announced that Fischer’s Fun Farm had won the historic Franklin Bridge. Fischer’s was the only bidder, paying $7,521 for the pony truss bridge that sat on Franklin Road just outside of St. Mary from 1920 until this spring.
The commissioners approved Sheriff Gary Stolzer’s purchase order for our new driers for the detention center, for $27,000. He noted that the current driers are more than nine years old.
• First District Commissioner Karen Stuppy reported on a joint tourism meeting, and a community center board meeting she had attended.
• The commissioners approved Public Water Supply District No. 1’s request for $188,665 of its American Relief Plan act (ARPA) money for waterline extensions, the district will have used 68.9% of its ARPA money.
• The commissioners approved requests by the recycling center for $1,453 for new forklift tired,plus servicing of the big baler and the trucks. Some gravel is also needed for the parking lot.
• A meeting was planned for this Monday, with prospective members of the new 911 sales tax board.