David Shanahan, Cherokee County engineer, recently informed the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors about an upcoming project on N Avenue, a replacement of a wood bridge with a concrete box at an estimated cost of $88,000.
He said county workers could do the job themselves but state law requires counties to bid on projects costing more than $75,000. Even if the project was under $75,000, the county would have to go to bid on this particular project because federal NRCS funds will partially pay for the project.
Shanahan said that some counties avoid using funds because of the federal requirements that go with them but he has used NRCS grants in counties that he has worked in and found that it is worthwhile. Supervisors Jeff Simonsen and Ron Wetherell both indicated that Cherokee County has benefited by the NRCS.
The supervisors appointed Bob Hart, assessor, to represent the county as a delegate to the National Association of Counties.