Road district names projects

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Commissioners identify 3 miles for hot mix work

With a relatively mild winter and minimal damage from December 2015 flooding, Monett Special Road District commissioners will give attention to multiple area farm roads as major summer projects.

The Monett commissioners have yet to seek bids for hot mix and chip and seal resurfacing, choosing not to participate in a county bid this year. Commissioners Bruce Washeck, Pete Rauch and Doug Harris agreed with foreman Clayton Bunch's assessment of the highest priority roads.

For hot mix work, the highest priority fell to a one-mile stretch of Farm Road 2030 in Barry County, leveling the roadway between Farm Roads 1052 and 1063. The approaches to Bellum bridge, Farm Road 1100 between Highway 60 and Business 60, and Farm Road 2035, east from Highway 37, all needed a quarter-mile of hot mix patching.

In Lawrence County, commissioners targeted the second mile of Farm Road 1100 in the northerly direction, between Farm Roads 2220 (Powerline Road) and 2230 for hot mix resurfacing. That section had been shelved last year, the commissioners noted, and needed the attention even more now. On Farm Road 2210, they planned to hot mix east and west between Farm Roads 1090 (Chapell Drive inside Monett) and 1100 to the east. Another mile off Farm Road 2210 to the west, between 1070 and Highway H, needs attention, they agreed, but may be managed as chip and seal work.

Other chip and seal work identified in Lawrence County continued east on Farm Road 2210, between Highway H and Farm Road 1090. Farm Road 2225 also needed work between Farm Roads 1090 and 1100.

In Barry County, the commissioners agreed chip and seal work was needed for one mile of Farm Road 1090, between Farm Roads 2020 and 2030. Another half mile on Farm Road 1065, the first road west of Eisenhower, needed work as well going north off Farm Road 2020. Commissioners looked at East Fawn Road/Farm Road 1060, to the west of 1065, for a quarter-mile cul-de-sac around two houses, though they thought a cold mix patch could maintain the road's integrity.

"We have $438,000 in our account," Rauch said. "We may be a little over on the hot mix. We went light last year. We will do more than last year. We'll have to see where the numbers come in."

Flooding in December took out the approaches on Bellum bridge. The most serious damage came on Farm Road 1070, where surprisingly a 55-foot long box culvert 12 feet in diameter washed 200 yards into a field, leaving a hole in the road for any approaching motorist. Repairs to the culvert cost $5,000.

David Compton, emergency management director for Barry County, told the road district commissioners they needed to adopt a procurement policy that complies with state and federal regulations. Previously, the Federal Emergency Management Agency had not pressed this requirement. After the latest floods, Compton said he was told it's now a big deal.

"Hardly anyone had such a thing before," Rauch said.

Compton noted most followed the county's policy, and the county said it followed the state. A policy, Compton said, provides a framework for how to track repairs as well as the manpower and equipment needed that satisfies federal auditors reviewing disaster work. Auditors took more than 10 years to finish assessing repairs on the 1993 floods, making proper documentation important.

Certain restrictions apply, such as FEMA will not pay for part-time employees conducting regular road district work. Therefore, road districts need to make sure part-time workers make disaster repairs, which FEMA covers, and have the regular crews focus on routine work.

The commissioners agreed to secure Compton's help in designing spread sheets and the framework for a procurement policy. Another party may be hired to finish the policy. Compton was reluctant to create a framework where he might bid out his services in the case of a future disaster, wanting to leave no conflict of interest perception.

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