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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Firm to meet on low-water crossings

  • The engineering firm chosen to conduct a study that would prioritize the replacement needs of 10 to 15 low-water crossings in Phelps County will meet with county commissioners next week.
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  • The engineering firm chosen to conduct a study that would prioritize the replacement needs of 10 to 15 low-water crossings in Phelps County will meet with county commissioners next week.
    Representatives with Benton & Associates Inc., which has an office in Rolla, are scheduled to attend the commission meeting Thursday, Jan. 30.
    Benton & Associates Inc. has applied for a BEAP (Bridge Engineering Assistance Program) grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) for the project.
    On Dec. 2, MoDOT gave the go-ahead to the company for the project. County commissioners and County Road Superintendent Walter Snelson have been making a list of crossings they would like to see included in the study.
    According to a project tracking form for the BEAP study, Benton & Associates representatives will perform a site visit to roughly 10 to 15 low-water crossings in the county and gather information about the structures' conditions and site specific information relevant to its use.
    The firm is then supposed to provide a report that summarizes the recommendations and ranks the structures in order of need. The estimated cost for the study is $4,300.
    The crossings included in this study will be those which have intentional openings under the supporting slab or paved crossings which are about 3 feet, or more, lower than the approaching roads.
    In other business
    • Also at the Jan. 21 commission meeting, County Clerk Carol Bennett informed the commission that a piece of equipment from the county road department ran over a camera sensor belonging to the Meramec Regional Planning Commission. The cost to replace the sensor is more than $700 with shipping costs. Bennett said this could be submitted as a claim to the county's liability insurance provider.
    •County Treasurer Carol Green reported that the county's share of sales tax receipts for January 2014 is up by 5.5 percent compared to January 2013. The county's share deposited this month totals $194,895.02, up from the January 2013 receipts, which amounted to $184,726.82. When comparing the time frame from February 2012 to January 2013 and February 2013 to January 2014, known as a rolling 12-month change, the rate is up by 1.03 percent.
    • At the Jan. 19 commission meeting, commissioners awarded a bid to Alarmco, of St. Robert, for security DVR cameras for the jail. Alarmco submitted a bid of $17,447.80, which was less expensive than the bid submitted by CSE Enterprises, Inc., of Rolla for $19,850. The bids were opened Jan. 2.

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