Hard-surfacing of Tampa Road could start soon

John Summerville, acting road and bridge director, told Marion County commissioners Monday that a contractor should start laying asphalt on the Tampa Road next week, but could be held up if cold and wet weather continues.

Summerville said 10 county bridges have been defined as in ?critical? condition by inspections, and are now required to be inspected annually by the state.

The commissioners approved spending $4,320 annually with the engineering firm of Cook,
Flatt & Strobel for bridge inspections.

Summerville said the Dur?ham-Lincolnville Road is beginning ?sway out? in places, and will need resurfacing next year.

Dallke said Nighthawk Road also is beginning ?to break out? in places.

Other business

Michelle Abbott, communications and emergency management director, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay for equipment and building repairs on the courthouse grounds that aren?t covered by insurance.

She said road and bridge also is working on what it will receive from FEMA for storm-related road repairs this year.

Abbott outlined other grants she is working on. She noted that equipment will be received this week under one grant including 24 mobile radios for law enforcement and Emergency Medical Services, two radio repeaters, and a ?grab and go? that acts like a repeater for the emergency management trailer to be used at disaster sites.

Bill Maxwell was reappointed by commissioners as representative on the 8th Judicial Correction Committee.

Scot Loyd of the county?s auditing firm of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd of McPherson, said the current annual audit shows no real problems but deficiencies frequent in small counties because of lack of segregation of duties.

He said this is where employees are put in positions where they have the potential to cause financial irregularities that aren?t subject to correction by anyone but themselves.

He cautioned the commissioners to carefully consider any hiring freezes because of the current economic situation. He said employees in Kansas counties where this has been done are ?being overwhelmed? by feelings of inability to do the increased workloads.

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