A few items of interest that the Commission has been working on are below.
• Thanks to the cooperation of area landowners, the finishing touches are being applied to improvements to Creech School Rd. between South Ridge Road and Brevator Road. In addition to rerouting a portion to soften a curve, the roadside has been cleared in several locations which enabled crews to widen the roadway. These and other safety upgrades were necessary to prepare the road for paving this well-travelled route in the future. If you own property along a County road and are willing to allow the County to clean up your roadside in order to make safety improvements, call the County Highway Department at (636)528-7112 to set up an appointment with our staff to review your project. Please keep in mind that we are scheduling for 2019 and into 2020, so don’t delay if you are interested.
• Entities throughout the County are in the process of holding hearings and setting property tax rates for bills that will go out later this year. The County tax rate hearing is Tuesday, August 28, at 10 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room in the Courthouse at 201 Main St. at which the General Revenue and Road and Bridge levies will be set. As we have discussed previously, this will be the last year that the Hospital Debt Service tax will be on your bill as the Series 2015 bonds that have been paid by this tax will be retired on April 1, 2019. Keep in mind that the Hospital Maintenance tax on the other hand will remain in place as long as Lincoln County continues to own the facility, which is currently operated by Mercy Health.
• Commuters along Hampel Rd. may have noticed that the bridge just north of the intersection with Adelhardt Rd. has received a temporary repair to the deck which should get us through the winter and into a position to make the permanent repair as planned after school lets out in spring 2019. As is the case with all roads and bridges throughout the County, we need the public’s assistance in keeping an eye on this problem area and encourage folks to call or e-mail when they see a potential problem.
• With students returning to school at the same time our construction season begins to wind down, it is more important now than ever to exercise caution when traveling. Be on the lookout for large yellow objects as construction equipment and school busses make their way throughout the County. Please be patient, especially with the bus drivers, as they are carrying a most precious cargo.
That’s all we have time for now. As always, call, e-mail or stop by the Courthouse if you have questions. Until next week…