Phelps County Commissioners heard an offer during their Thursday meeting from a company that can help control dust on gravel or dirt roads.
Mike Maphies, of Scotwood Inc., spoke with the commissioners about the company’s products.
Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp told Maphies that the county has tried using calcium chloride on county roads in the past but said that the end result is usually either potholes or a worn out road that cannot be graded. Verkamp said he felt the county has not been getting its money’s worth.
Maphies told the commission that magnesium chloride could be used, which is less corrosive and cheaper in this part of the state. Maphies said the chemicals used last for about six months, but because of their residual effect, the application rate on the road for the next time may be less.
Maphies offered the county a free demo on a one-half mile section of road to show how the company’s products work as long as the county can prepare the section of road ahead of time. Maphies also agreed to get together some prices for the county.
“If we try it and it works, it would overcome some major anxiety,” Verkamp said.
It was noted that if the county were to end up using Scotwood’s applications, either the county could pay for the work or residents along roads could pay for it if they wanted dust controlled on their roads.
In other business
The commission received word that the Missouri Department of Transportation had approved the change order for the Beaver Creek bridge on County Road 5240 south of Rolla. The contractor was given a notice to proceed starting Feb. 5 and will have 45 days to remove the girders, remove and repour the cap on the center pier and reset the girders and then finish the rest of the work necessary.
Also at the meeting, the commission received paperwork showing the county’s and school districts’ apportionments of national forest and mineral receipts. The county’s share of mineral receipts totals about $36,348 and the total for school districts is approximately. $109,044. The county’s share of National Forest receipts totals roughly $24,008 and the total for school districts is about $72,026.