County Approves MFT Bids

By Alex Haglund

The Washington County Board approved the aggregate and materials bids using Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funds for the county and the township road districts.
County Engineer Mitch Burdick brought the resolution to the board and stated that the county and the township road districts together “were looking at just over $200,000 in materials”
Burdick told the board that he did see more competition in the bidding this year than in the recent past and that he believes that competition was reflected in the costs.
There were three winning bidders for the supplies, with the largest single bidder being Beelman Turck of East St. Louis, who won bids totaling $162,056.50. Obermeier Trucking of Okawville won $39,225 worth of bids, and Rommelman Brother Farms of Hoyleton won $10,200 of bids.
The second part of the county and township MFT appropriations will be bids for road oil and bituminous materials. Burdick stated that the bid letting for road oil will occur on March 28.

Other Items

County Judge Dan Emge spoke to the board and told them about a new “Intensive Probation” program that the county is undertaking in partnership with Perry county. The Nashville News will report further on this story soon.
State’s Attorney Dan Bronke reported that January was a relatively slow month for his department, saying that following all of the holiday spending, offenders were not too interested in making payments on fines.
Bronke reported $716.44 going into his general fund for the month, $6.25 going to the department’s drug prevention fund, $252 going to the department’s automation fund, and no money received in the way of forfeited funds.
Board member Eric Brammeier reported movement on the solid waste committee with the search for an electronics recycler able to handle televisions, but said that it might be for 2019.
The board approved the appointment of Debbie Hagopian as the county’s new animal warden.
The board approved an appointment of John Brink to the Hoyleton Fire District Board. Curtis Kuhlengel resigned from the board and Brink will fill his unexpired term.
The board approved the use of CTS refresh dollars, basically a rebate from the county’s phone installer, to put in new Internet Protocol systems in buildings that have previously had copper-line connections for their phones.
Board member Vic Shubert reported for the Ambulance Department that “the service has had a very busy month. In January, we had almost 200 calls, which is as much as we’ve ever had in a month yet.”

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