'Emergency' electrical work draws commissioner's ire

Updated: Sep 5


MOUND CITY – On Monday, Aug. 8, Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower received an approval for electrical work at the fuel tank site in Pleasanton county road complex where new tanks are being installed.

When she presented the bid for $7,950 from Kelly Electric for the electrical work, James asked if she had bid it out.


Hightower said that Public Works Director Shaun West had looked up the county policy about getting bids and decided only one was needed in this instance because it was an emergency situation. West had told Hightower it was an emergency situation because the tanks were ready to be delivered and the asphalt crews were waiting for the tanks to be installed so they can work on blacktopping roads.


James said this would not have been an emergency situation if it had been thought of when planning for the tanks.

“It may be an emergency now, but it wasn’t an emergency when we planned this,” said James.

In other business, the commissioners:


• Approved a resolution to appoint Randy Hegwald as Emergency Management Director for Linn County effective August 1.


• Approved reduced dumping fees for two residences in the county. One is for a building at 20261 Taylor Road, La Cygne, owned by Joann Newport, and the other is for Melissa Weldon at 5971 Montgomery Road, Mound City.


• Approved a request for Miami County Rural Water District No. 3 to do work in the Linn County right of way on Plum Creek Road. The project will be in effect from August 1 to September 1. The water district has paid the $300 fee.


• Heard updates on projects on State Line Road, the Xenia Bridge, and Ratliffe Road. On Ratliffe Road, the county is waiting for repairs on a semi truck needed to haul equipment there. A notice will be published about its closing.


• Approved an amendment to the contract with Scarecrow Farm Lawn Care for mowing county properties. The mowing and trimming for the new Justice Center was added for $110 per mowing.


• Approved a bid for five debris baskets for the lift pumps at the Centerville Sewer for the amount of $7,145 from ASC Pumping Equipment.


• Heard from Zoning Administrator Darin Wilson that he had only received one bid from the four request for proposals that he had sent out for updating the zoning regulations. The commissioners requested that he go back out for more bids.

• Learned from County Clerk David Lamb the election canvass is set for 9:30 a.m. on August 15. Lamb said there were 98 provisional ballots, 53 should be counted, 17 may be partially counted, and 28 should not be counted.

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