Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2013

Osmond bridge project advanced on road plan

PIERCE — The Pierce County Board of Commissioners met briefly Monday, Feb. 4, held a public hearing on the one- and six-year road plan and discussed contracting more miles with A & R Construction on the Pierce-Neligh Road. No one from the public was present for the hearing.

During the road plan hearing, County Highway Superintendent Brian McDonald said Commissioner Terry Wragge wanted to move projects 478 (remove bridge and replace with box culvert one-half mile southeast of Plainview), 479 (remove bridge and replace with bridge four miles north of Osmond) and 209 (remove and replace a bridge three-quarter mile west and six miles south of Foster) to the one-year plan.

McDonald said if Wragge wants to replace a bridge, he should consider a low water crossing or a box culvert, then suggested that they get started on paperwork concerning permits now so bids could be let in January. McDonald noted that state standards say a box culvert can be used if the span is up to 16 feet. This one is only 10 feet, he said.

Chairman Jim Maas closed the hearing and a motion was adopted to approve Resolution 2013-1, accepting the one- and six-year road plan as presented by County Highway Superintendent McDonald.

The board then discussed vacating Road 846 located on the south side of 32-25-2 between 547 and 548 Avenues. Because state statute requires the county board to direct the highway superintendent to study use of the road and submit a written report to the county board within 30 days, the board needs to adopt a resolution directing that study be done.

The board approved Resolution 2013-2, directing the county highway superintendent to do a study of the use of 846 Road between 547 and 548 Avenues.

The board met with County Veterans Service Officer Mark McCabe to discuss buying software that would improve the time for veterans’ request for help. McCabe told the board that the state recommends the use of the software that would hook up directly to the state Veterans Service Officer. McCabe said the software would allow an immediate response instead of doing paperwork, sending it in and then waiting for a response by mail. The board approved a Memorandum of Understanding to approve the software program being adopted by the Office of Nebraska Veterans Affairs.

In other business, the board:

— in Board of Equalization session, discussed the interlocal agreement with the NRD with the item to be put on the next agenda to be approved.

— authorized and approved the board chairman to sign Change Order No. 4 (increase of $525,215.95 for adding extensions to culverts and bank stabilization not on original plans) and Pay Application No. 5 ($74,003.80) to A & R Construction Company for unbonded concrete overlay of 854 Road (Pierce-Neligh Road).

— approved county burial application No. 2013-1.

— approved three liquor licenses for Joann and Leon Flesner, dba JoJo’s, for May 18, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; June 8, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. and June 29, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., all to take place at the Pierce Pavilion.