Bridge projects in the county are moving forward.

A contractor, Gohmann Asphalt and Construction, has been hired to replace Bridge 183, also known as Portersville Bridge, between Daviess and Dubois counties, said Highway Superintendent Larry McLin at the first Daviess County commissioners’ meeting of the year on Monday. The total cost of the project bid was $4.1 million. Daviess County will pay about $400,000 of that.

The next step is a preconstruction meeting this month, and construction should begin once weather is favorable, he said.

McLin also told commissioners that three bids had been received for construction on Bridge 24 on CR 800E south of CR 1600N.

A new bridge will be built to replace the old timber bridge built in 1960. Currently, the bridge has a 14-ton load limit because the wood has rotted, said McLin.

Commissioners accepted the low bid of $57,849 from CLR Inc. in Vincennes to replace the bridge. McLin wants to start construction on it as soon as possible.

The wooden deck on Bridge 98 built in 1978 over Prairie Creek at CR 800N has rotted. Steel plates have been laid over the bad areas, but the deck needs to be removed and replaced with concrete, said McLin. He thinks the cost to do so should be under $75,000.

In other business

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Leo Rumschlag’s price to inspect all county bridges twice in four years rose from $55,000 in his last agreement with the county to $85,000. Rumschlag found 11 more bridges, technically large culverts, that had not been inspected, said McLin. Furthermore, the state now requires inspection of each weld on rail car bridges, and divers need to be hired to inspect pilings on two bridges since the water has not gone down around them.

The county pays 20 percent of bridge inspection costs for a total of $17,000.

Next, the agreement will need to be approved by the state Department of Transportation.

A resolution was passed requesting the state Department of Natural Resources and INDOT to repair Sportsman Road.

ASBESTOS

Commissioners said that asbestos has been found in houses on three properties purchased from St. Simon church. They decided to hire a contractor to remove the asbestos and another for demolition of the houses.

NECS

Jerry Moorehead of NECS, a tax recovery company from Jasper, told commissioners his company could find the county some extra money. This company reviews records to see if the clients have overpaid any taxes. Most money is recovered from excise taxes, he said.

NECS recently did some work for Orange County and found an extra $5,000 to $10,000 for them, he said. The company charges 35 percent of the amount recovered for their services.

Commissioners asked Moorehead to give a sample contract to county attorney Jeff Hayes for review.

INSURANCE

Pete Frazman from Tell City was selected to continue reviewing property and casualty insurance for the county. The cost was $3,500, slightly up from last year, but commissioners felt he had been doing a good job.

YEARLY BUSINESS

The following were elected as officers on the board of commissioners: Steve Myers as president, Jim Truelove as vice president and Tony Wichman as secretary. These were also approved for the drainage board.

The commissioners also filled out conflict of interest forms.

APPOINTMENTS

Grant Chambers was appointed veterans officer, and Adam Watkins was appointed information technology officer. Terri Hilderbrand was appointed to the community corrections advisory board. Commissioners said they were having problems finding people to serve on the aviation board and the South Central Region 8 work force board.

The following were appointed to the ambulance advisory board: John Gott replacing Jason Mattes, Sharon Hubrick replacing Fran Stoll and Terri Hamilton replacing Tina Durnil. Added to the board were Paul Goss, Dave Chapman and Dr. Paul McLeod.

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