A dedication ceremony is scheduled for this Thursday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. for a new bridge built over Beaver Creek on County Road 5240 south of Rolla.

A dedication ceremony is scheduled for this Thursday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. for a new bridge built over Beaver Creek on County Road 5240 south of Rolla.
Phelps County Commissioners Tuesday morning informed the Daily News that they will dedicate the new bridge. Representatives from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the engineer on the project Great River Associates, and the contractor Brenneke Construction, LLC, as well as neighboring landowners have all been invited.
Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp said nearby landowners who donated right-of-way for the bridge replacement project need to be thanked.
The bridge opened to traffic in late April after being closed since September 2012. The bridge was supposed to be finished by November 2012, but because of a discrepancy in the engineering plans among some other problems that arose, construction was delayed.
The new bridge replaces a low-water crossing at the site.
County Road 5240 is a connector between U.S. Route 63 and State Route O.

In other
business•Also at Tuesday’s commission meeting, the commission discussed a letter that explains how the county’s floodplain management ordinance relates to the cleanup and repairs made to flood-damaged structures.
The letter states that special conditions apply to substantially damaged buildings, meaning those for which the cost of repairs is 50 percent or more of the structure’s pre-flood market value. If a structure falls under that category, the structure must be elevated if it is not already 1 foot above base flood elevation (BFE).
Property owners who have flood insurance may be eligible for Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) funds, which can be used to demolish and/or elevate the residence. Property owners also have the choice to obtain a quote from a local contractor if they disagree with the estimated cost of repairs.
• In related action, the commission approved floodplain permit applications for Bill Macon, Don Ware, Lisa Warga and Ed and Sue Larson.
• In addition, the commission approved a motion to exceed the county’s contracted amount for floodplain administration above the current limit of $4,000. Currently, $3,955 has been spent from that contract. No new cap was set.
• Sheran Ashby, of Ashby Covenant Insurance, the county’s health insurance agent, told commissioners that the county’s 2014 insurance renewal offer from its current provider, United Health Care, will likely be available in October. “The biggest thing we’ll be rated on is tobacco use and smoking,” she said, adding that starting next year, because of the Affordable Care Act, insurance providers cannot know an individual’s health conditions when deciding whether a person can be covered. Ashby also recommended the county implement a wellness program.
• Commissioners approved an amended WIC (women, infants and children) contract for the Phelps/Maries County Health Department in the amount of $264,638.73.
• The commissioners approved a budget amendment for the Phelps County SB-40 Board for the Developmentally Disabled in the amount of $8,000 for “unexpected repair costs.”