• Charlene Sims, Journal staff

Public works reduces order after pricing culverts

Updated: Feb 3

MOUND CITY – If you’ve been thinking about replacing a culvert or installing a new one, get ready for sticker shock. Public Works Director Shaun West told the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, Jan. 10, that prices had more than doubled for the culverts the county purchases.

West said that he had had planned to bring the bids he received for the culverts to the commission on Monday but because of cost decided to readjust the number he planned to order.

After he had received the bids with this years’s cost he went back to the road foremen to see how many they had installed last year. They had replaced 58 and put 57 new ones in. West decided to change the order from 157 tubes to 97 hoping that prices will go down later.

The price for a 12-inch diameter, galvanized, 16 gauge, 30-foot culvert had gone from $7.57 a linear foot to more than $15.84. A 36-inch diameter culvert had changed in price from $41.09 a linear foot to $87.58.

West said that he sent back the readjusted culvert order to the bidders.

West explained that newly placed culverts were paid for by the landowners while replacement culverts were paid for by the county. He said that when a call was received about a culvert that was not working, the initial step was to unplug the culvert, the next step was to repair it, and the last step was to install a new one.

The commissioners also approved two waterline burial applications presented by West. One was at 18720 Campbell Road and the other one was 5264 West 1600 Road.

West told the commissioners that the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) system at the airport was working well. Last week two notices were issued due to weather.

West reported that the new holiday schedule for the transfer station was now posted on the website and the new sign would be up shortly.

West updated the commissioners on tests for certification employees were taking. The two noxious weed employees both took tests last week and the results should be available Wednesday or Thursday this week.

The new Pleasanton mechanic, who has been working five days, passed all four tests for his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) on Friday. This week he is in the second phase of that training for driver training and in-cabin vehicle inspection trainings.

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