Phelps County Commissioners last week made a motion to apply for the use of federal funds to replace a bridge on County Road 7050 west of Rolla as an emergency situation.
At their Sept. 5 meeting, the commissioners asked the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to obligate some of its Bridge Replacement Off-System (BRO) funds on a new structure after a cell in the existing structure failed in mid-July.
By applying for the funds under an emergency situation, Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp said his hope is that the county can use its own forces for the work to replace the crossing on County Road 7050, located off County Road 7000, less than a mile south of Martin Springs Drive.
Verkamp said if the county can justify that by using county road crews, a replacement bridge can be built "more economically and more rapidly," state and federal highway officials would look favorably on that choice.
County commissioner were told last week by Kenny Voss, MoDOT planning engineer, that the step to select qualified consultants could not be skipped when applying for funds under an emergency situation.
In other business•The commission learned that Sheriff Rick Lisenbe has appointed Timothy "Stoney" Byrne to replace the late Don Chaney as a representative on the Law Enforcement Restitution Fund Board.
• Andy Helms introduced himself to the commission as the new chief juvenile officer for the 25th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Division.
•The commission approved a WIC (women, infants and children) contract for the Phelps/Maries County Health Department in the amount of $250,993.
• County Treasurer Carol Green, Assessor Bill Wiggins, Verkamp, Collector Davis Haas and Recorder of Deeds Robin Kordes were appointed as Phelps County delegates to the Missouri Association of Counties annual conference.
• The county is seeking bids on gasoline and diesel for use by the county highway department and gasoline for the sheriff's department. Any bids received will be opened Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. in the commission chambers at the county courthouse.
• In addition, the county also is seeking bids on office supplies. Bids that are received will be opened at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.