A Rolla engineering firm received the highest average score from the Phelps County Commission out of six consultants that submitted statements of qualifications for engineering work on the County Road 7050 bridge west of Rolla.
Each commissioner ranked the firms individually and then their scores were averaged.
Archer-Elgin Engineering Surveying and Architecture of Rolla came out on top with 95.33 percent.
The other five consulting firms that submitted qualifications scored as follows:
Benton and Associates of Rolla: 94 percent
Allgeier, Martin and Associates Inc. of Rolla: 92.66 percent
Great River Associates of Springfield, Mo.: 91.33 percent
Volkert, Inc. of Jefferson City: 87.33 percent, and
Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc., of Lenexa, Kan.: 85.33 percent.
Commissioners gave points to the firms based on their experience and technical competence, capacity and capability and past record of performance. Cost was not considered in the rankings.
The commissioners opened the statements of qualifications Oct. 17 and had ranked the firms by Oct. 22. No final decision on the selection of a firm was made as of Thursday's commission meeting.
The commission plans to use some of the county's federal Bridge Replacement Off-System (BRO) funds under an emergency situation to replace the County Road 7050 bridge, located off County Road 7000, less than a mile south of Martin Springs Drive/South Outer Road.
Under the BRO system, counties can use a soft match, a credit earned by counties that can be used in lieu of the 20 percent local match on bridge projects.
However, the county is still waiting on receiving its soft match from previous bridge projects, which County Clerk Carol Bennett said would likely be needed to help fund a new replacement crossing on County Road 7050.
The existing crossing failed July 12 and since then, the weight limit has be reduced to 3 tons, not enough for a fire truck, school bus, trash hauler or a liquid petroleum delivery truck to cross.
There is a low-water crossing nearby that can be used in emergency situations.
The road serves 17 residences.
Construction of a replacement bridge over Little Beaver Creek is estimated at $200,000, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
County officials have applied to use BRO funds under an emergency situation, which commissioners hope will allow the county to use its own forces for the construction work.
Commissioners stated in previous meetings that they don't believe a replacement crossing can be built before this winter.
In other business
• Also at Tuesday's commission meeting, commissioners received a copy of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) federal financial report, which shows that a total of $92,227.93 in federal funds has been allocated to the county program for three years. The county's share is about $15,470, which mostly include providing office space in the courthouse, Bennett said.
Page 2 of 2 - • Commissioners awarded fuel bids for the sheriff's department to Wallis Oil/Mobil on the Run, which offers an 8-cent-per-gallon rebate with the Exxon/Mobil Fleet card at the St. James and Rolla Mobil on the Run stations and a 5-cent-per-gallon rebate outside of the county.