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County engineer taking bids on new grading and surfacing project

Jan 25, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Henry County Secondary Roads Department is taking bids on the 140th St. and Dakota Ave. grading and surfacing project.

County engineer Jake Hotchkiss presented the bids to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Hotchkiss estimated the work would cost $159,072. He will take a look at the bids and bring a recommendation to Supervisors next week. Construction companies bidding include Cole Construction, Cornerstone Construction, DeLong Construction and Seaton Construction.

Supervisors also approved the purchase of a 2018 Caterpillar 12M3 motor grader on Tuesday, which will be delivered in August and used in Tippecanoe Township. Hotchkiss said they included a seven-year warranty as opposed to their previous five-year warranties on their motor graders, saying this will give the department a little more insurance.

Hotchkiss also updated Supervisors on county road maintenance. Monday, Jan. 15, trucks were sent out at 5 a.m. to plow the snow and territory operators worked on gravel roads. Hotchkiss said Monday was the worst day for snow removal because of the extreme cold.

With high winds and snow drifting on Tuesday, territory operators were focused on checking roads and clearing pavements. Wednesday and Thursday were spent checking roads one more time and cleaning trucks after the snow. Crews started hauling sand to replenish the sand pile and worked on cleaning bridge decks.

On Friday, brush crews were sent to Mt. Union to cut back trees encroaching on roads. A second crew was sent to Fremont Ave. near Salem to work on clearing roadsides.

In other news, Optimae LifeServices informed Supervisors via letter that they will not be renewing their lease with the county at 106 N. Jackson St. come March.

In another letter to Supervisors, Gayle and Larry Kindig put in a bid for real estate sections 3 and 4 in Tipecanoe Township. The parcels of land can only be accessed by boat and lie between Skunk River and the south line of the former CB&Q railroad right of way. The land is between 16 and 17 acres.

Any interested parties can place their bid at a public hearing during the Supervisors meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. At that time, Supervisors will make a final decision on selling the land, either accepting or rejecting an offer.

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