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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • County commissioners wrap up meeting tour

  • Usually, Phelps County Commission meetings are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, but in a rare night meeting held Tuesday night at the county courthouse, about 23 people, who may not normally have the chance, got to see the commission in action.
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  • Usually, Phelps County Commission meetings are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, but in a rare night meeting held Tuesday night at the county courthouse, about 23 people, who may not normally have the chance, got to see the commission in action.
    Commissioners have been holding meetings at night for the last five consecutive Tuesday evenings around the county for County Government Month, which was celebrated in April.
    First, the commission went to Doolittle, followed by Edgar Springs, St. James and Newburg. The commission ended its tour May 7 back in Rolla.
    During the meeting, the commission awarded bids for asphalt overlayment and patchwork.
    At the commission’s May 2 meeting, bids from three different asphalt vendors — Rolla Asphalt LLC, of Rolla; Melrose Quarry and Asphalt Supply, LLC, of Rolla; and N.B. West Contracting, of Sullivan; — were opened and taken under advisement by County Road Superintendent Walter Snelson.
    With Snelson’s recommendations, the commission agreed to award the following bids:
    • Asphalt product UPM for patchwork — N.B. West (unit price of $110 at its Sullivan plant).
    • Cold mix for patchwork — a joint award to N.B. West (unit price of $62 at its Sullivan plant) and Rolla Asphalt (unit price of $66 at its Jerome and Cuba plants).
    • BP-1 for patchwork — Rolla Asphalt (unit price of $54 at its Jerome plant) and (unit price of 53.50 at its Cuba plant) and N.B. West (unit price of $49 at its Sullivan plant).
    • Asphalt overlay BP-1 to Rolla Asphalt with a total bid of $185,136.
    The county’s special road and bridge fund includes $200,000 for asphalt patching and $203,082 for asphalt overlayment.
    The commission also conducted the following business or discussion:
    • Agreed to solicit bids for a security wall system for the county collector’s office,
    • Discussed a diagnostic performed May 6 on the railroad crossing on Country Club Road,
    • Agreed to sell a K-9 insert from the sheriff’s department to the City of Rolla for $1, and
    • District One Commissioner Larry Stratman said he has been discussing with Sheran Ashby, a broker with Ashby’s Covenant Insurance, about what is needed for the county to comply with new regulations in the Affordable Care Act.
    Additionally, several county officials and circuit court judges spoke about their offices during the commission meeting and what services they provide, including County Treasurer Carol Green, County Collector Davis Haas, Public Administrator Kathy Oliver, County Assessor Bill Wiggins, Associate Circuit Judge Ken Clayton, Circuit Clerk Sue Brown, County Recorder Robin Kordes, Chantae Alfred, representing the Phelps County UM Extension Office, Circuit Judge Bill Hickle, Prosecuting Attorney John Beger and Capt. Rick Hope of the sheriff’s department.
    Page 2 of 2 - During Hope’s talk, he noted that new digital radios for the sheriff’s department will be installed sometime around June 24 and the department will go live with the switch from using analog to digital radios shortly after that point.
    Hope said while the Rolla Police Department has already switched to digital radios, other municipal law enforcement agencies in the county have requested grants for their digital radios.
    Rolla City Councilman Lou Magdits asked Hope if “bath salts” and heroin were still problems in the county.
    Hope said because manufacturers of “bath salts” are constantly changing their chemical makeup, it’s difficult for the law to keep up. He noted there have been at least two seizures of “bath salts” at the Pleasure Zone and other businesses have taken “bath salts” off their shelves.
    In regards to heroin, as well as prescription drug abuse, Hope said he has noted he has seen several overdoses of these drugs.
    Mayor’s remarks
    During the county commission’s night meetings at the various incorporated communities around Phelps County, city officials would often update county officials on the happenings in their cities and it was no different at the Rolla meeting.
    Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks III shared some of the highlights and projects going on in Rolla. Some of the projects include micropaving streets, improvements to the Highway V and Interstate 44 interchange, infrastructure upgrades at the Rolla National Airport, a new, improved environmental services facility, new work at the Veterans Memorial Park and plans for a new animal shelter.
    Jenks also noted the recent groundbreaking held for a new Brewer Science facility at the airport and said two other entities are looking at locating at the airport but did not name them.
    He also noted new retail development, including Dollar Tree, Dollar General and CVS Pharmacy and a new 17,000 square-foot expansion of Mo Sci in the Hy Point Industrial Park.

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