The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved the lowest of four bids for a bridge on 585th Street. A federal grant will reimburse 80 percent of the cost.
The low bid of $195,599 was made by Elk Horn Const., a Sergeant Bluff based company.
The supervisors are expected next week to set a hearing date for budget amendments. The EMS budget will need to increase by about $130,000 but this is flow through money resulting from Cherokee County acting as fiscal agent for regional Homeland Security Funds. Aimee Barritt, county emergency management coordinator, said that the funds will come into the counties budget before they are disbursed but the county needs to have the amount in its budget in order to disburse the funds.
The sheriff's department will need another $60,000 in its budget in order to meet anticipated expenses. Of this about $52,500 is for operational costs and another $7,500 is spending authority that could be needed to obtain grants that are reimbursement based.
Sheriff Dave Scott noted that grants have been very helpful in the past in obtaining equipment for the sheriff's department.
There was discussion at a previous meeting about the possibility of eliminating the purchase of a vehicle from this year's budget in order to reduce the anticipated $50,000 plus shortfall in the sheriff's department budget but at the Tuesday meeting it was noted that the sheriff's department vehicles has high mileage.
Scott said that each vehicle gets about 150 miles a day put on it.
The courthouse spending will also exceed the $10,000 allocated for building improvements, with over $11,000 spent on windows and not quite $39,000 on roof repairs.