A few items of interest that the Commission has been working on are below.
• The County recently received a deposit of $97,467.95 from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). These funds represent the close-out of Project Work sheet #1154 from the flooding that occurred in 2015. Our staff continues to work diligently with SEMA to secure the remaining reimbursements for the outstanding Project Worksheets from that disaster.
• Road evaluations will soon begin throughout the County. In the fall of each year, Road and Bridge personnel evaluate the condition of all asphalt surface roads, assigning a score of either 1, 2, or 3 based on the condition of the surface. A road with a 1 score is in good condition and will not require maintenance work in the 2019 paving season, while a score of 2 indicates that the surface is in fair condition and will likely require a maintenance seal treatment in 2019. Road surfaces with a score of 3 are in deteriorating shape, which will require maintenance work and a 1 ½”-2” asphalt overlay next year. Based on these evaluations, the asphalt budget will be crafted for the coming paving season, with the maintenance portion taking priority over all other paving expenditures. Once the funding for the maintenance is in place, any available dollars that remain unbudgeted can then be allocated toward the addition of hard surface roads to the inventory.
• Work has begun in earnest on the façade of the Courthouse at 201 Main St. in Troy. Martin General Contractors is doing the work and this week they are working on a number of tasks, including the rehab of the cupola atop the building. When you begin to remove things from a building of this age, it is important to be prepared for an occasional surprise, but the careful planning by our Project Management staff, with the assistance of a Historical Architect, should keep these surprises to a minimum.
• Road crews continue to clear areas where we have been able to obtain easements in order to widen roads and make other needed improvements. As mentioned in previous columns, please contact the Highway Department at (636)528-7112 if you would like to meet with our staff to clean up the roadsides on your property.
• The County is accepting applications for a night time Janitorial position. Interested parties should apply at the County Clerk’s Office. The Highway Department is accepting application for both full and part-time positions in various capacities at the office at 219 Highway H in Troy.
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…