The county reduced the weight limit for a bridge on Quartz Avenue by 5 tons this past Friday, per a request by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
During a Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4, County Road and Bridge Supervisor Justin Cowart gave an update on the site.
"I don't know if we can raise the weight limit" in the future, he said, but may be able to save the structure from erosion damage caused by the creek. The bridge was built in 1920 and is fairly narrow, according to Cowart. "We'll probably need to get a hold of some landowners ... and find out just how valuable that particular bridge is."
Many landowners apparently use a low-water crossing downstream of the bridge to move equipment wider than the structure.
Water currents have not only affected that structure, but also another, more personal item in a different portion of the county.
Resident Marvin Wilhite requested permission to relocate a headstone that was found by two visitors floating along Blackwater River. The 1882 headstone had originally been placed near the river where the deceased had drowned. Wilhite's family now owns the property, and he'd like to move it to higher ground and create a more appropriate memorial next spring. Commissioners approved the request.
In other news, the County Collector's Office will hire three student workers to assist during tax season. The hiring rate is $7.50 per hour. The county has also made its third payment of $206,656 to C&C Construction, which has been working on bridge No. 46. There's now a balance of $119,478, which will be paid at the end of construction.
The location for firearms training may also change soon, after Jim Simmerman approached commissioners regarding the subject. Currently, training takes place near the Saline County Justice Center, however officials feel there could be a more appropriate location where fewer businesses are affected by the noise. Commissioners planned to look at the proposed site later Tuesday afternoon and, after conferring with the sheriff, hope to make a decision by Dec. 18.
All commissioners were present. No session will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, and the next regular meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.
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