FORT SCOTT, Kan. -- Bourbon County Commissioners approved a $23,336 bid from Welborn Sales of Topeka for 82 culverts of varied sizes during Friday's regular commission meeting.
Two bids were opened during the meeting, including one for $26,549 bid from Judy's Iron and Metal in Fort Scott. Commissioners checked to see if the local bid was within the 5 percent bid difference needed to purchase locally, but the bid fell well short of that mark.
Public Works Director Marty Pearson said he has checked on the cost of two railroad tank cars to be used for bridge repair work on Yellowstone Road. Pearson said the tankers cost about $7,350 each.
He added the county should be reimbursed $33,000 by T-Works for signage that has been replaced. Pearson said about 25 percent of the replacements are done and that the county may still be paid back by the state for the remainder of the signs.
Commissioner Allen Warren asked Pearson to review the value of items on the county's insurance policy, which covers about $4.2 million worth of equipment.
"My concern is we have more than $4 million here and it may not be accurate," Warren said. "I'm concerned about us paying more, but also concerned about being underinsured on other items."
Commissioners also approved $10,582 for roof repairs on the Southeast Kansas Regional Correctional Center and Bourbon County Courthouse. Kirberg Roofing will be doing the work, which includes $4,879 for the courthouse, $2,983 for the east jail roof and $2,720 for the west jail roof. Roof overlays for the buildings would have cost more -- a total of about $180,000 for the three buildings.
Pearson said work on the Inman low water bridge is nearly complete and he hopes the span will be opened next Tuesday.
Emergency Manager Terri Coop reported that the truck used by her department has "serious issues," including a need to be jump started each time it is used. She added that there are a host of electrical problems with the vehicle as well. She said there is some money left in the 2012 budget. She said she would be discussing the matter further with commissioners near the end of the year.
In other business:
*Pearson updated commissioners on the Blake Quarry reclamation. Warren suggested he ask property owner Kenny Blake to sign off on dirt work at the quarry.
*Pearson reported that he attended a two-day training in Lawrence for public works supervisors.
*Commissioners met in executive session with County Attorney Terri Johnson for matters pertaining to possible litigation.