Commissioners accept bridge bids, hear sales tax report

Wednesday, December 8, 2004
Those attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning officially opening the Mullins Bridge on County Road 329, spanning the Blackwater River in southern Saline County included from left: Bill and Nancy Phegley, local property owners; Rich Rhodes of Rhodes Engineering Company; Saline County Southern District Commissioner Mike Dillon; Becky Wooster, area resident; Ron Watts, Missouri Department of Transportation; Elsie Mullins, adjacent property owner; Maurice Moore, Saline County Road and Bridge Department superintendent; and Bobby Mullins, adjacent property owner.

With the full Saline County Commission in attendance Tuesday, the commissioners approved a bid for demolishing one bridge and announced the opening of another.

A pair of bids were submitted for the demolition of the old Bear Hallow bridge, a job that proved too big for the county's Road and Bridge Department.

Viebrock Construction submitted the low bid of $35,000 for demolition and removal of the bridge. The company had submitted an alternate bid of $30,000 for demolition only. The other bid, from Boone Construction, came in considerably higher, $64,860 with an alternate of $48,580 for demolition only.

The commissioners voted unanimously to accept the full bid from Viebrock. Work on the project, which must be finished for construction of the new bridge to be completed, will start within the next week.

Mike Dillon, Southern District commissioner, announced that the final inspection of the Mullins Bridge over the Blackwater River on County Road 329 was completed yesterday.

The bridge, which had a total cost of $490,076 is now open for use.

Sales tax receipts up

In other business, the commissioners released the year-end sales tax report from Sam Jones, Saline County treasurer. According to the report, 2004 saw the highest collections since 2000. The year's total of $929,641 is also the highest included in the report, which dates back to 1996.

The year ended on a high note with $107,838 collected, up from the $104,427 collected during the last month of 2003 and just $20 shy of the mark set in 2000. December was the fourth month this year that collections topped $100,000.

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