After not meeting since Feb. 5, the Phelps County Commissioners had a busy agenda, including opening several bids Thursday morning.

The commission opened sealed bids from six vendors for rock and gravel for use by the county road department. All three commissioners unanimously decided to award a contract to all six vendors based on the location of the job in the county.

The commissioners said they wanted to avoid awarding a bid to only a few companies if the rock and materials have to be hauled all the way across the county. This way, the road department can use rock at a job site based on the nearest supplier.

Additionally, some of the vendors only supply certain types of rock needed that others do not.

The six vendors that were awarded contracts are Melrose Quarry and Asphalt Supply, LLC, Rolla; Willard Quarries Inc., Lebanon; Ron Parsons Dump trucking, St. James; Havin Material Service Inc., Union; Capital Quarries Company Inc., Rolla; and Smith Sand and Gravel LLC, Rolla.

The county had solicited bids for brown rock (crushed or uncrushed), crushed limestone clean rock (washed or unwashed) for use in chip and seal and crushed limestone base rock as well as shot rock.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, sealed bids for grader blades for the county road department were opened, but no action was taken.

The county received five bids from four different vendors which are listed below:

Dowd Supply Co., Poplar Bluff, $8,327;

Viebrock Sales and Services LLC, $8,729.10;

Fabick, Columbia, $8,644.50;

Erb Equipment Company, Cuba, which submitted two bids, $9,359.90 and $10,059.90.

County Road Superintendent Walter Snelson questioned some of the bids’ measurements. The bids for grader blades were taken under advisement.

In other business

The county also received one bid that was opened Thursday for a 2004 Taurus that the sheriff’s department is selling. Butch Tomnitz submitted the only bid of $250 for the vehicle. No decision was made.

Sgt. Steve Childers, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), informed the commission that the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is telling patrol troopers that a county road labeled as County Road 2000 where it meets U.S. Highway 63 in the Northwye area is County Road 2040 according to MoDOT’s maps. However, the commissioners disagreed with MoDOT’s map. Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp said he would contact MoDOT about the discrepancy. Childers said the discrepancy is causing problems when troopers write tickets or crash reports and could be an issue in court.

The commission heard from Edwin Van Weelden, of Anytime Fitness, who talked about some benefits Anytime Fitness can offer to county employees, including ones through United Health Care, the county’s new insurance provider. The commissioners invited Van Weelden back on Feb. 28 to speak with department heads.

Commissioners also received and reviewed a 2011 Meramec River assessment proposal and stream crossings posing barriers to aquatic organism movement and Bourbeuse River watershed documents.