Bid closing for Tampa Road project planned for Jan. 23

The long-awaited estimated $1.8 million Tampa road project from Kansas Highway 15 Monday was scheduled for bid closing Jan. 23 by the Marion County Commission.

In consultation with Road and Bridge Director Randy Crawford and teleconference with consulting Kirkham and Michael engineers, the commissioners determined construction completion date for the two-month construction period will be July 1.

After discussion of penalty amounts for contractor non-completion at $400 to $600 a day after July 1, the other commissioners and engineers deferred to Commission Randy Dallke who recommended the penalty be set at $1,000 a day.

The contractor may be allowed to begin as early as April 1 if Crawford determines to allow it because of warmer weather.

The commissioners deferred to engineers who recommended that another 24 miles of chip sealing be done by separate bid because it is outside the normal operations of some companies that might bid on the Tampa project. Instead, the separate bid for that project will be at the same time.

The commissioners had hoped that linking the two projects together might result in a better price.

The commissioners decided to allow Dale Cope to place an in-the-ground cattle guard at the entry point of a mile of dead-end dirt road in the northwest part of the county to allow cattle free access to cross from one pasture to another.

The commissioners voted to move a stop sign from the northeast corner of 210th and Limestone to the northwest corner to meet actual traffic flow needs.

County Attorney Susan Robson was directed by commissioners to ask the Southern Kansas Economic Development Department to delay disposal of the repossessed motel in Florence one week to allow Dallke to talk to the City of Florence about its desires concerning updating the business for possible occupancy.

Robson recommended against Commissioner Dan Holub?s proposal for the county to restore the motel and sell it, saying that is outside what is allowed for collection of back taxes.

Commissioner Roger Fleming said he also would be against any attempt for the county to take control.

County Appraiser Cindy Magill said the county could forgive $4,000 in tax penalties of the $32,000 in taxes on the property that is owed the county.

The commissioners voted to allow Emergency Management Director Steve Smith to spend $38,330 in departmental 2011 funds for purchase of equipment that allows blood transfusion into bone marrow for accident victims when a blood vessel can?t be found by pulse.

Smith reported 77 ambulance runs for November including 13 transfers, nine cardiac, 21 medical emergency, four standby, five motor vehicle accidents, 19 falls and six no transports.

The included 20 runs from Peabody, seven from Florence, 5 back-up, 18 from Marion, 20 from Hillsboro and seven from Tampa.

There were two first response runs from Goessel and one from Durham.

Transfer Station Director Rollin Schmidt that the tonnage of solid waste received in November continues to show a downward trend hopefully because of increase materials going to recycling but also probably due to less commercial and demolition waste from storm damage than last year.

Smith reported 518.05 tons of waste disposed in 25 hauls at a cost of $39.88 a ton for fuel, driver and tipping fees for a total of $17,087.07.

Total tipping fees for the year are at $231,212.39.

Rod?s Tire & Service at Hillsboro was awarded a noxious weed department bid for six new tires on the spray truck for $261 each, or $1,556 total compared to a competitive bid from Cardie Oil Inc. of Marion for $294.14 each, or $1,764.84.

County Clerk Carol Maggard reported periodic inspection approval from the Kansas Department of Health Environment for ground watering monitoring and erosion control at the former Marion County Landfill.

The commissioners voted to allow a utility easement across the east side of lots where the new county jail is under construction.

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