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1 county bridge rating lowered, county commission approves new hire

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A creek in the northeast portion of Saline County has changed channels, causing enough erosion to get county commissioners attention.

The county received a notice from the Missouri Department of Transportation regarding the status of bridge No. 2940001, which allows Quartz Avenue to stretch across Buzzard Branch Creek. During their regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 29, commissioners noted MoDOT's suggestion to lower its classification from "Fair 5" to "Serious 3."

According to Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner, MoDOT decided to drop the tonnage rating from 8 tons to 3 tons. The county will now post a marker at the bridge noting the weight limit.

"This is one ... that the creek comes in at an angle and is hitting the structure," Fenner said, adding the County Road and Bridge Supervisor will work to stop the deterioration this winter.

The bridge was constructed in 1920.

Other business discussed Thursday included the commission's approval for the County Assessor's Office to fill an open full-time position at the starting rate of $10 per hour.

After much discussion, commissioner's approved the office's request to increase that hourly pay by 50 cents after six months and another 50 cents at the employee's one-year mark.

"The commission determines the hiring rates and the salaries," said auditor Tara Vogelsmeier. "In our policy, commission has to approve each hire ..."

Commissioners agreed the county should look into creating or adopting a pay scale to establish clarification for potential raises.

In other news, commissioners met with Septagon Construction last week regarding the coating on the lower portion of sandstone on the courthouse. The coating does not sheath water like it should, and water has been streaking the bottom of the structure since the courthouse renovation project.

"We think the coating on the upper part of the courthouse was a different batch, a different formula, than the coating that was put on the stone around the lower part," said Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings.

According to commissioners, Septagon representatives have sent a letter on their behalf to Cathedral Stone Products in Maryland, the manufacturer of the coating. They're requesting the manufacturer help come up with a solution. The streaking is apparently not causing any leaks, although water seems to be absorbing into the stone, and at this time is esthetic.

The next meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.

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