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[January 04, 2014]  Below is a copy of the minutes of the Logan County Board Road and Bridge Committee meeting on Oct. 7.


Road and Bridge Meeting
Logan County Safety Complex
October 7, 2013

Present: Bill Martin; Andy Meister; Gene Rohlfs; Chuck Ruben

Absent: Bob Farmer; Rick Aylesworth

Guests: Curt Fox; Bret Aukamp

Mr. Martin called the meeting to order at 7:32 pm.

The list of claims for payments was reviewed. A motion was made by Mr. Aylesworth, seconded by Mr. Ruben to approve the list of claims for payment. Motion passed.

Monthly report on current maintenance and construction: Mr. Aukamp reported sealcoat machinery is parked and the project appears to be complete. Patching and sign repairs have been done. The Waynesville bridge was also repaired. Excavating along Primm Road has been done to address drainage concerns. Culvert extension was also done on Nicholson Road in the Epperson area. Mowing roadsides started last week. All County shoulders will be done before this project is complete. There is no construction ongoing right now. Review of plans continues for high speed rail improvements. Stickers have been ordered for the new seasonal weight limits. Kris has been working with IDOT on getting some older projects finalized. Consultant selection is beginning for the Salt Creek bridge project. More information will be forthcoming. Mr. Aukamp will be out of the office on Thursday and Friday attending the Fall Engineer's Conference.

Old Business:

1) 5th Street Road: Mr. Aukamp reported four more parcels right-of-way acquisitions were obtained this month. There are six remaining to complete.

2) FY 2013-2014 Budget: From this committee's request, the Highway Department will be receiving $50,000 in additional funding. This is still a deficit budget and could completely eliminate the existing fund balance in short order. Staffing changes may be considered to address the deficit. The lack of funding makes it difficult to complete all of the necessary projects. The committee discussed possible ways to address the deficit and prioritize work.

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New Business:

1) Report on Sealcoat Program (2013): One percent additional miles were done this year over last year. The township mileage was 14% less this year. The total cost of the County program was just over $1 million. Cost comparisons were provided showing the cost of having Logan County complete the work versus having the work done by contract. Logan County workers completed the work at a slightly lower cost.

2) Quarterly project status report: Mr. Aukamp provided a report for the committee's review.

3) Upcoming bridge projects: Next month, this committee will need to prioritize upcoming bridge projects. There are two rather expensive projects that will need to be completed in the near future.

4) Resolution to approve a County Aid request for funding from County Bridge Fund to replace a culvert in Laenna Township on 600th Street at 2000th Avenue (Section 313-B-CA): A motion was made by Mr. Ruben, seconded by Mr. Rohlfs, to approve this resolution. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Mr. Ruben, seconded by Mr. Meister, to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed. Meeting ended at 8:12 pm.

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