The Phelps County Commission Sept. 25 discussed repouring the center slab and footing of a bridge on County Road 3620 at the end of State Route DD near Boys and Girls Town of Missouri east of St. James as a way to address the bridge in need of repair.
County Road Superintendent Walter Snelson said this may be the cheapest option, but noted that the bridge would have to be closed for some time.
District One Commissioner Larry Stratman suggested contacting the Missouri Department of Transportation with a plan for the center slab and noted that it may need to be engineered before proceeding with the work.
Stratman also asked if this work would raise the current weight limit of 3 tons. Before the 3-ton limit was set, the previous load limit was 10 tons.
In other business
• The commission heard about about an accident with no injuries involving one of the county’s graders that reportedly backed over and damaged the front tire of a parked motorcycle.
• Commissioners received a petition from 12 residents in the Arlington Township west of Newburg to vacate a section of County Road 7530 between the north right-of-way line of State Highway P and a point 225 feet south of the south right-of-way line of the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad. Commissioners took no action on the petition Tuesday.
• County commissioners approved attaching unpaid tax bills from three residents in the Shady Oaks Sewer District and three residents in the College Hills Sewer District to their county property tax bills.
• The commission agreed to a request by Phelps County resident Wanda Crain to place a light coat of millings on a section of County Road 5320 in front of her home between her two driveways and have the county road department grade it. Stratman said he worried about having a private contractor perform work on a public road but was told the contractor was insured. Crain made the request to cut down on the dust from the road. Snelson said the county road specifications don’t accept millings in subdivisions, but Snelson was told if only a light coat of millings was placed, it could be scraped off and chipped and sealed in the future.
• The commission also reviewed elevator inspections for county government buildings. The county received no violations for its elevators, according to the report.