The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved the lowest of four bids for replacement of a bridge on R Avenue 3/4 of a mile south of the sanitary landfill.
Dixon Construction of Correctionville was the lowest bidder at $93,955.
The current bridge is 18 foot long, to be replaced with a 26 foot long, and 28 foot wide bridge.
Larry Clark, engineer, noted that the county has used Dixon Construction before and recommended that the company's low bid be accepted.
Jack Clark, a resident of rural Aurelia, commented that he thought there was nothing wrong with the bridge being replaced and that others were in worse shape.
Larry Clark told the supervisors that his office will begin a process of evaluating the bridges in the county that are under 20 feet in length. The federal government provides no assistance for bridges under 20 feet.
Larry Clark said that the smaller bridges will be replaced with box culverts whenever possible.
The county approved an agreement with Powder Players, a snowmobile club with members predominantly from Plymouth and western Cherokee County.
It was noted that the organization has acted responsibly in the past. The group carries a $1 million liability policy.
The supervisors held a public hearing for the purposes of collecting public input prior to applying for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
The grant is to assist in the remodeling of the Donahoe building on the Cherokee Mental Health Institute campus to accommodate 28 adult patients in a residential care facility for people with mental illnesses.
Total project costs are about $1.5 million of which $280,000 in CDBG funding is sought.