The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved a bid of $248,739.32 for construction of a bridge on M-21, 2.5 miles north of Highway 3, across a tributary of the Maple River.
The bid approved at the Tuesday meeting of the supervisors was from Elkhorn Construction of Sergeant Bluff, the lowest of five bids for the project.
The work is expected to start after harvest and continue through the winter.
The bridge being replaced is posted and is in poor condition, according to Larry Clark, county engineer. The approved bid came in under the engineer's estimate of $263,460.
The board approved a contribution of $2,500 toward land acquisition by the Cherokee County Fair Board. Doug Stowater and Don Pingel from the fair board were present at the meeting to tell of plans to build a horse arena at the fair grounds, primarily to be used by the Cavaliers, a 4-H equestrian group.
The arena will free up space for other activities in the main arena and provide a safer, more suitable location for horse activities at the fair grounds.
The rodeo will continue to be held in the main arena. Stowater said the horse arena will be used only for youth activities and not be in competition with the horse arena built in the greenspace area of Cherokee.
The fair board plans to buy a piece of property of slightly more than three acres for $27,000, which will add to the present 17 acres of the fairgrounds.
Bob and Sandy Kirchner reported to the board of supervisors on the progress of the area the county has agreed to allow use of ATVs on.
As soon as a pile of gravel in the area is sold and moved, work will begin on fencing in the area for use by ATV riders. They report that there has been work on cleaning up the area, including removal of appliances dumped there.
Mae Hingtgen, county services director, reported to the supervisors about an optional program to provide a local service for emotionally disturbed children who are currently under care of the state. She has looked into the possibility of sharing a program with three other counties.
The state would provide financing for the cost of the service. Hingtgen expressed mixed feelings about whether to take on this responsibility at this time.
The supervisors voted to not undertake a program at this time but look at the possibility in the future.