Commission meets for payday session April 29

The Marion County Board of Commissioner met Friday, April 29, in an $848,388 payday session with $428,776 designated for county employees payroll.

County Clerk Tina Spen­cer reported sales tax collections received from the state the end of April for collections made in February at $51,883 for regular sales tax and $45,362 for the jail construction bond sales tax.

The commissioners reported that people are signing up to participate on the economic development advisory committee. They said what they are looking for predominantly involves ideas, not decisions.

Jesse Hamm, interim director of the road and bridge department, said with the warming spring season that blade patching on blacktop roads will begin this week.

The commissioners awarded a road and bridge transport fuel bid of $13,285 for 5,500 gallons of diesel and 2,500 gallons of gasoline to Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro over a competitive bid of $13,398 from Cardie Oil Inc. of Tampa.

They awarded a road and bridge area fuel bid of $8,075 for 5,350 gallons of diesel to CG&S over a bid of $8,222 from Cardie Oil.

Commission Chair Randy Dallke said he received a phone call regarding the Nighthawk Road project. The contractor cut the fiber optic lines supplying USD 398. Peabody-Burns.

Students were in the middle of testing at the time of the incident. Superintendent Ron Traxson was concerned about the interruption, Dallke said.

Dallke reported a group of landowners will be coming to discuss a road closure or vacation in the near future in regard to Lime­stone Road, north of U.S. Highway 50, where there is a drainage and erosion problem.

Commissioner Lori Lalouette expressed concern about cross cuts that were made on 190th and remain unsealed with the current rain.

Hamm said he will be making repairs on all asphalt roads as time allows.