Road and Bridge Meeting
Blue Room, Logan County Safety Complex
February 3, 2014
Present: Bill Martin; Rick
Aylesworth; Gene Rohlfs; Chuck Ruben
Absent: Bob Farmer; Andy Meister
Guests: Bret Aukamp; Curt Fox
Mr. Martin called the meeting to order at 7:45 pm.
A motion was made by Mr. Aylesworth, seconded by Mr.
Ruben, to approve the minutes from the January 13, 2014 meeting as
printed. Motion passed.
The list of claims for payments was reviewed. A motion was
made by Mr. Ruben, seconded by Mr. Aylesworth to approve the list of
claims for payment. Motion passed.
Monthly report on current maintenance and construction:
January involved a lot of snow removal. There were several snow
events this month, and required 12 days of snow removal. Machinery
has been holding together with some minor problems. Mr. Aukamp
reported we have had a busy winter for snow removal and the salt
supply is getting low. We have purchased all of the salt on our
contract, and are unable to buy any more. We conserve our resources
by only applying salt/cinders to the critical areas like curves and
stop signs. The crew has also continued the effort of daytime sign
inspection. We are performing monthly checks on all county highways
to verify that all inventoried signs are in place. The frozen ground
makes sign repairs difficult this time of year. Some damaged signs
need to be installed on temporary support until soil conditions
improve. The night-time sign inspections were completed in January.
While most signs are clearly visible during daylight, some have very
little reflectivity making them difficult to see at night. Critical
signs that are longer reflective are being replaced with the new
high- intensity prismatic signs that offer much better reflectivity.
The crews are using the cold days to make equipment repairs to our
sealcoat equipment. The broom had several leaks noted during the
summer sealcoat season. Those leaks were inspected and it was
determined that the main seal on the engine needed to be replaced,
and the control valve needed to be rebuilt. These repairs were
beyond our in –house capabilities so we had to take the machine to
Springfield. The estimate for the repair work is $2,000.
Construction Report: Nothing active at this time.
Engineering Report: Bridge inspections were slow going this
month due to the very cold temperatures. They are currently working
in Mt. Pulaski Township and will continue to work through February
whenever the weather is fit to be climbing under bridges.