The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved a request by Cherokee County Engineer Larry Clark to post three aging bridges with a 'reduced weight limit' sign.
The bridges will go from a 40 ton limit to a 30 ton limit and 15,000 lbs. per axle.
Clark also informed the supervisors at the May 20th meeting that one 60-foot wooden bridge to a landlocked area might need to be closed. The bridge has been damaged, apparently by an overloaded vehicle, possibly a manure wagon.
A determination about the bridge will be made after testing.
The supervisors received good news about health insurance premiums, which will go down by about 2 percent for the upcoming fiscal year.
Rick Angell and Hank Hayes were present to provide information about the Wellmark/Blue Cross policies for county employees.
Also present was Don Faber of Three Rivers out of Sioux City, who also had good news. Three Rivers is the fiscal agent that operates the county's self-insured portion of health insurance coverage.
Faber said that it now looks like the county will have about $100,000 remaining in the fund used to reimburse employees for part of their deductible and to provide part of the prescription copay.
The supervisors approved the purchase of three warning sirens, recommended by Aimee Barritt, emergency management director. Two of the sirens will be placed at the Martin's Access area and one at the Silver Sioux area.
The sirens are being purchased for $11,636 from Danko Emergency Equipment of Snyder, Neb, and can be remotely activated at the Law Enforcement Center in Cherokee. A Legacy Foundation grant will pay for $3,000 of the cost, with the remainder coming from rural betterment funds.