Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan gave a quick update on the L-56 River Road bridge project on Tuesday to the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors.
Shanahan stated that if the weather holds out , the project would be completed in the next two weeks.
He also stated to the Board that there is a chance that dirt and gravel work may be completed in time to open the bridge for traffic during the highly traveled Thanksgiving weekend, but then close it again to finish up the work.
Shanahan also told the Board that the Secondary Roads Department has been busy filling cracks on several county roads. "Our goal is to keep as negative an impact on the roads as possible," said Shanahan.
Shanahan also reported that the county trucks are loaded up with sand and are ready to go for the upcoming winter weather season.
The Board approved a wage authorization for Brandon Billings who will be the new Secondary Roads Construction and Project Manager, a new position that comes with a annual salary of $41.000.
In other business, Cherokee County Treasure Hedgie Brandt asked the Board for approval for her to place a help wanted ad for a part-time position in the Treasure's Office. Brandt is looking for a part-time employee to work 20 to 25 hours a week at the driver licenses counter, with wages based on experience.
Cherokee County Community Services Director Lisa Langlitz and Cherokee County Work Services Director Calvin Carver addressed the Board to inform them on a joint cooperation meeting the pair recently had to address the Federal Pre-Vocational Services program.
Recently, clients of Langlitz's hoping to qualify for the Pre-Vocational Services do not receive local approval to qualify for the program. Langlitz described the following scenario if services are denied to her clients that are enrolled in this program.
Clients can appeal the decision but that could take up to 12 months before a verdict is issued. In the mean time, services are continuous during the appeals process, but if denied, Langlitz's clients would have to pay back said services by said client.
Langlitz stated that many of her clients with an average income of $2,000 a year would be "on the hook" for a bill of an estimated $12,000 in which Medicare would collect on.
Langlitz and Carver have been working on ideas to keep those clients into services and finding funds. The pair wanted to keep the Board informed on their progress.