Mt. Vernon Register-News

March 20, 2014

Bridge projects moved forward

The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — County Highway Engineer Brandon Simmons estimated a bridge project south of Opdyke should start in early April.

A bid letting was held recently for the Goshen Lane Bridge. The bid of $82,917 was submitted by Dees Construction, based in West Frankfort.

Simmons said the work should begin as soon as three weeks and should be completed within 30 days after startup.

Simmons also reported bid lettings for Log Cabin Lane Bridge, Falcon Lane Bridge and the DuBois road pavement preservation project will be released in April.

The Highway Committee on Wednesday night approved the federal aid agreement for the DuBois road project, which will include microsurfacing from Illinois 148 to Riddle Lane.

Program Lane Bridge letting — a project which was scheduled for 2015 — has been moved up to May; and the Panzier Lane Bridge letting is scheduled in June.

In other business, the monthly fuel bid submitted by SynEnergy was accepted. The county will pay $3.1874 for biodiesel and $2.9244 for gasohol.

Simmons discussed new bridge projects on the radar for 2015, including Old Centralia Road in Rome Township, Tolle Road in Field

Township and Malecki Road in Farrington Township. Under the proposal, the townships would pay 20 percent and the county 80 percent of the total costs associated with each project.

Simmons also requested the purchase of a dump truck from the state’s surplus equipment program. A new truck would cost approximately $116,000, according to an estimate provided. Simmons is also looking to equip the truck with a brine system, giving the county four trucks to use during inclement weather.

Following two more weather-related events earlier this month, the county has now spent $121,960 on snow removal. Simmons said the county’s salt supply was nearly depleted when he received another 400 tons this month.

During a Public Safety Committee meeting held preceding highway business, a resolution for the lease/purchase of security equipment for the jail was tabled; and a resolution for a mutual agreement with the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System was approved.

The committee also went into executive session briefly to discuss collective bargaining. Upon returning to the public session, a motion was made for a $300 per person clothing allowance be given to deputies, dispatchers and non-union employees. The allowance will replace a voucher system that required additional time and effort from jail administrators, according to Major Scott Burge of the sheriff’s office.