The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors looked over two bids on Tuesday for the L-56 (River Road) Bridge project.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan presented the Board with bids from Dixon Construction of Correctionville, in the amount of $256,187, and the other from Christenson Brothers Construction of Cherokee in the amount of $258,016.
The Board awarded the project to Christenson Brothers, and they have 30 days to complete the project. The bridge received severe damage, along with the abutments washing out, during the June floods. Shanahan has recently stated that the bridge project should be completed by Thanksgiving.
The Board also approved Shanahan to purchase two motor graders, one 2010 Demo Caterpillar for the amount of $186,030 and one 2009 Demo John Deer in the amount of $185,500. Shanahan also will be trading in two older motor graders as part of the purchase agreement.
In other business, the Board discussed Wetland and Open Prairie Exemptions with Ginger Walker, Conservation Director, and Bob Hart and Nancy Nelson of the Assessor's Office.
Walker informed the Board that she has received 20 applicants so far. Landowners who have native prairie grass, along with forestland, may be eligible for several land stewardship programs with tax benefits.
John Comstock of the Cherokee Regional Medical Center sought the support of the Board to participate in a new opportunity due to the recent health reforms. The Pharmacy Drug Program has become available for indigent people, along with people who, as Comstock claimed, "fall throw the cracks." The hospital can provide $500,000 in care to people who qualify for the program. The Board supported Comstock in his CRMC efforts.
The Board also met briefly with Cherokee City Administrator Don Eikemier and approved by a unanimous roll call vote to support Resolution #2020-06 to support the City of Cherokee's efforts in producing a new Comprehensive Plan. The County will participate with the City.
The Board also approved unanimously, by a roll call vote, the Resolution #2010-07 to support the City of Quimby Tax Increment Financing (TIF) extension. The Quimby TIF was set to expire in June of 2011 and was extended for five years. This gives the City of Quimby financing options for any future capital improvements within the city.