Roads director updates commissioners on strategy

Road and Bridge Director Randy Crawford told Marion County commissioners Monday that he is continuing his policy of ordering materials this fall that will be in shorter supply by spring.

For instance, Crawford said he has 6,000 tons of asphalt coming in for road patching that will help put road and bridge crew to work more quickly when the weather cooperates next spring.

The practice may also save the county money by getting material before demand is at peak, he said.

He and the commissioners have agreed in earlier meetings that it is more difficult to compete with more populous counties to get materials in the spring when activity begins to peak.

Crawford assured commissioners that roads such us the Pilsen Road, with its increasing pilgrimage traffic to Father Emil Kapaun memorials at Pilsen, can be kept in better condition longer with gravel packing in holes combined with patching.

The policies under way, Crawford has said, will maintain roads in a better state along with systematic planning for improve?ments.

The commissioners awarded road and bridge area fuel bids to Cardie Oil Inc. of Tampa in areas 1 and 2 for 2,950 gallons of diesel for $8,845, and in areas 3 and 4 to Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro for 3,600 gallons of diesel for $12,269.

The commissioners, following an executive session with Department of Aging Coordin?ator Gayla Ratzlaff, reduced the hours for Lanell Hett, department secretary/transportation coordinator, from full-time to 999 hours annually?about 19 hours per week?beginning in 2012.

Ratzlaff said her office in Marion will stay open until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, and until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, to assist senior citizens with prescription drug enrollment plans.

Jerry Cline of Marion was appointed by the commissioners to a third term as the county?s delegate to the North-Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging.

The commissioners met in four hours of executive sessions for department-head evaluations.

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