County OKs engineering contract

The Marion County Com?mission gave final approval July 31 to BG Con?sultants Inc. of Law?rence and Emporia as engineering contractor for changing Nighthawk Road at 130th north of Peabody from a right-hand curve to a couple of graceful curves.

Bruce Betcher, of BG, said the project probably will cost in the six figures, with the final price dependent on a probable bridge built over part of it to avoid a concentration of utility lines.

Commission approval came after County Attorney Susan Robson had approved the BG contract.

The commissioners were meeting in a $1,295,706 payday payout meeting, with County Clerk Tina Spencer reporting that $44,738 of that amount was for payroll.

Spencer said sales taxes received from the state for July, resulting from collections made in May by merchants, totaled $60,358 for the regular sales tax and $52,674 for the jail sales tax.

The commissioners approved a road-and-bridge area fuel bid of $16,092.90 for 5,300 gallons of diesel from Cooperative Gain & Supply of Hillsboro over a competitive bid of $16,177.50 from Cardie Oil Inc. of Tampa.

During an hour and a half budget work session, Com?missioner Randy Dallke suggested finding small ways to help reduce the county budget.

Dallke said the commissioners may want to review the economic development position because it?s not accomplishing ?what we set out to do.?

Dallke said some positions, such as county extension office secretary, ought to be considered for reduction to half-time.

Commissioner Dan Holub said commissioners might not be able to cut some positions, and others may require more time to show the results for which they were created.

Considering these factors, plus an increase in county valuation, commissioners said revenue might be sufficient to cover any required budget increases.

Dallke said, ?We?re living off the lush, and that?s what bothers me.?

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