The commission has the option of upgrading the scale’s deck from three-eighths inch to one-half inch thickness for about $3800 more and will take time to determine whether it’s necessary.
County Sanitarian Scott Schwinn says while the scale can handle even the heaviest vehicles that will use it, an upgrade would still be beneficial.
2020 Asphalt overlay and chip seal projects
The commission approved asphalt overlay and chip-seal projects for 2020.
10.26 miles of county roads and .73 of rural roads will receive asphalt overays, which will cost about $1.1 million.
10.2 miles of county and rural roads will receive chip seal in 2020, which will cost about $270,000.
Asphalt overlays involve applying a new layer of asphalt to an existing layer of road and help strengthen the road while chip seal helps to preserve asphalt surfaces.
There are about 182 miles of asphalt roads maintained by Pottawatomie County.
The commission approved a plan to stay on schedule repairing gravel roads damaged by an unusually icy winter.
Road repairs require certain conditions for the materials used to be effective.
They also require a level of availability of materials from rock quarries.
To make sure the county has enough labor and material for road repairs, the commission will contract material-hauling efforts and labor to local companies.
US-24 Hwy. and Green Valley Rd. intersection project
The commission also approved construction-inspection services for the US-24 Hwy. and Green Valley Rd. intersection project.
They will assign in-house inspector Steve Roggenkamp to the project while also advertising for an additional Kansas Department of Transportation-certified inspector at $21 to $24 an hour.
Financial contributions to local events and projects
- County appraiser Lois Schlegel gave the commission a departmental update and also provided information on agricultural land values.
- Ann O’Meara was recognized for 20 years of service with the county