Commissioners approve traffic study bid, talk election certification
Rich Rhodes — of Rhodes Engineering Company — was present during a Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14, where he presented three proposals for the U.S. Highway 65 outer road traffic study on the south end.
“Last Wednesday, we heard the scope of the project from MoDOT officials, including the area engineer Richard Shipley. We had two of the three consultants also there at that meeting,” Rhodes said. ... Those proposals were due back to me at 2 p.m. yesterday. I received three proposals.”
The proposed bids were as followed: Burns/McDonnell Engineering, $18,759.40; EFK Moen, $21,882; and Olsson Associates, $26,500 plus a $1,600 fee for any additional meetings.
“The traffic study includes the south part of Interstate 70/U.S. Highway 65 intersection,” Rhodes explained. “The study will also include a high level cost estimate to give us some idea of what the cost will be for this total project. The engineers, as Richard Shipley discussed, the trip generation distribution will be based on a motel, a truck stop, and some kind of fast food restaurant, such as McDonalds.”
During the traffic study, Rhodes said engineers will record peak hour volumes and daily volumes with a video camera. They will also put traffic count devices at the intersection to determine exactly what the data collection and the traffic analysis volumes will be.
“I think they need to get started immediately,” Rhodes said. “I think they said they could get it done in approximately 30 days. Then, we can present this to the highway commission, and hopefully get some 50/50 funding for this project.”
According to Northern Commissioner Richard Clemens, the traffic study will be paid for by Marshall-Saline Economic Development. The county will reimburse MSDC when sales tax money starts coming in the first part of next year.
Commissioners accepted the bid from Burns/McDonnell Engineering for $18,759.40.
Saline County Sheriff Cindi Mullins was also present Tuesday morning, where she reported the control board project at the sheriff’s department has been completed.
“We had a couple of bugs to work out, very minor things,” she said. “They are working great. The folks like them a lot better than what we had.”
In other news, County Clerk Debbie Russell said certification of the Aug. 7 primary election was done Friday, Aug, 10, with the help of Lee Hamilton, Republican representative, and Marvin Wilhite, Democratic representative.
“They selected the precinct of Blackburn because we had the Blackburn levy on there, and they had the new taxation. They had all the senatorial and representative races going on, plus Prop A, which complied with all the state statute requirements for our certification. ... We certified it, and we are sending our stuff out today to the state attorney. ... Another election successfully completed.”
Before adjourning, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey asked commissioners to approve a request from Ginger McGraw, manager of Fitzgibbon Hospital’s Gift Shop, to use a print of the Saline County Courthouse on Christmas ornaments that will be available to purchase in the gift shop.
“It is pushing our county forward,” Guthrey said. “ ... I thought it was great.”
Commissioners approved McGraw’s request.
The Saline County Commission will not be in session Thursday, Aug. 16. Commissioners will meet again Tuesday, Aug. 21.