(ATLANTIC) Cass County Engineer Charles Marker updated the Cass County Board of Supervisors on the recent activity in the Secondary Roads department.
Marker said they recently sent out proposals for a quotation to construct bridge #154 north of Cumberland.
“What we propose to do at that bridge is have a contractor come in and drive the steel pilings, the steel back walls. We moved what are called double T’s; pre-stressed concrete deck, up to that location from one of the bridges we had done this year so we’ll just set those on top of driven new supports underneath it,” said Marker. “We sent that out to four contractors and we hope to hear from them shortly and we’ll have bid on that project.”
Marker said they are also negotiating for the right-of-way on a bridge on the Nishnabotna River by the Research Farm. He said as soon as the right-of-way is cleared they will be ready for the State bid letting.
Meanwhile, Marker said their tank and sprayer are out working and it is currently down at the Griswold shed to do some spraying down there. Marker said they are attempting to do as much property as possible, but financially they cannot do it like they used to 20-years ago.
“We do have 750 miles of roads, not counting level B roads, in the county. And, when you double that for each side of the road that gives you 1500 miles of roadways to spray,” said Marker. “Approximately 10-years ago we used to do spraying of weeds and trees by contract and because of financial purposes we couldn’t afford to do that anymore so it was dropped and that’s why now you’re seeing about 10-years of growth that has caught up on us.”
In other news, the Supervisors appointed Cass County Emergency Management Director Mike Kennon as the counties Safety Coordinator. Supervisors Chairman Duane McFadden said their insurance company recommended that the county have a Safety Coordinator to prepare the safety programs to be presented to the employees. Kennon will be registered to take safety classes in October.