One positive from dry weather: County crews can complete work
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
The hot weather and dry conditions are making for somewhat decent, but hot working conditions as workers are able to complete jobs because there hasn’t been a lot of rain. Jacob Hotchkiss, Henry County engineer, said his workers would begin work by the end of the week on the low-water crossing at Quaker Avenue.
“We will have to make sure the workers get plenty of fluid,” Hotchkiss said in reference to the heat. “My solution is to get in there and start work, then hopefully it will rain,” he said.
Hotchkiss met with the landowners that would be affected by this work and he said they were all really great about it. “They approved of my design and think it will work,” he said.
Dust is still a problem everywhere, and Hotchkiss hopes to have a solution for it at a later date. “Everyone is dealing with it right now, not much we can do,” he said.
There has been work done on crossroad pipes and some mowing down on the paved roads. Also rock has been hauled, but they aren’t doing much more now as other maintenance is taking precedence.
Hotchkiss presented the resolution for the quarry crush letting, the resolution awarded the contract to Preston Ready Mix, and they had the winning bid of $3.83 per ton. “They were the lowest bid by two cents, they are a new contractor for us, but it saves us money and we got a good price overall,” Hotchkiss said. The board approved the resolution and Preston Ready Mix was hired for the quarry crush letting.
Last Friday Hotchkiss met with the Snowmobile Club and they wanted to designate routes in the area. “From my perspective, I’m not comfortable with designating those routes as they bring more liability to the county,” Hotchkiss said.
He is going to take this suggestion to the county attorney and see what he can do after that. He advised the club to talk with the state first, and then come back to him. “I just don’t want to bring additional liability to the county by designating those routes,” he reiterated, “because if we designate those routes and someone gets hurt, we could be brought in and held responsible.”
Greg Moeller, board member, commented on snowmobile signs that were still around in the area, and Hotchkiss said, “Surrounding counties have almost eliminated them, Louisa County has them, but Lee County has taken theirs down and don’t seem like they are going to put them back up.” If other counties are doing away with them, it may be the right thing to do. Further discussion will take place once the club has talked with the state.
The two new garbage trucks were delivered on Friday, Aug. 16, and the mechanics are going over them to make sure everything is in order and they will send payment once the mechanics are finished. There were just a few problems with the trucks but everything is being taken care of.
During the meeting, Hotchkiss also presented information for the annual report for the fiscal year of 2013. The board will take a few days to look over the report and a discussion will take place during the Sept. 4 meeting.
The board will meet again on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 9 a.m.