County to pay estimates on Salina Road damage work
Jefferson County supervisors clarified reimbursements and payments to residents with damaged vehicles from driving on Salina Road between the summer seal coating with boiler slag and mid-October’s re-sealing with lime chips.
Supervisor Lee Dimmitt said there might be some people that have only liability insurance that can’t afford the price of a $200 or more estimate to submit a claim to the county.
Supervisors Dick Reed and Steve Burgmeier both said each claim should have two estimates from different places for repairs. All three supervisors agreed the county could pay for estimates, also.
Dimmitt suggested the local shops giving repair estimates send the bill directly to the supervisors for payment.
“I think we need to tell folks we’ll take care of it,” he said.
Reed suggested the county engineers office and board of supervisors chairman Burgmeier have a conference call with the county insurance to work out the details.
“We’ll have to have close communications with the glass companies and body shops,” said Reed. “We’ll also have compassion with people.”
The supervisors agreed to set an end date to accept claims at next Monday’s meeting.
“I haven’t had any claims come since the lime seal coat,” said Scott Cline, county engineer.
Melanie Carlson, engineer with French-Reneker Associates Inc., said the contractor had “cleaned up what we asked,” but did not get one property owner’s ditch on 227th Street fixed.
“We need to go out there with heavier equipment,” she said. “I talked with the contractor. We don’t know if he wants to wait for spring to repair the ditch. Ditches on these two projects are steeper than the county standard.”
The ditches were graded and seeded just before the first significant amount of rainfall earlier this month. Silt and seeds washed into ditches and in the one property owner’s ditch, water is now ponding.
“I’d say go ahead and accept this project as completed,” said Carlson. “You still have the contractor’s retainage, approximately $15,000.”
Reed said if the county withholds the retainage, it hasn’t actually accepted the project.
“I think we need to accept the project and make the final payment and move forward,” said Reed. “I think the contractor will make good on completion because he’ll want to be around to bid for other projects we’ll have going.”
The supervisors all agreed to accept the 227th Street and Grimes Avenue project as complete and to make the final payment and expect the contractor to repair the ditch in the future.
Dimmitt said some people are upset about 155th Street, because of potholes and a washboard effect just off the intersection with Highway 1.
“Property owners paid $150 each and they are not happy with the results,” he said. “I realize it may be too late to do anything this year, but maybe get something going in the spring. Is it something we can do without a contractor? ”
Burgmeier said let the county engineer look at. He said that particular seal coat is fairly old.
“The lime chips on top have created the washboard,” said Cline. “If swept off,” the road would be in better condition.
Cline said seal-coated roads get flattened by loads and water pools instead of draining or soaking in.
“Once you lose the crown, you can’t re-grade it,” he said. We may need to work with IDOT about the intersection.”
Reed reported residents are upset about Woodbine, and Cline should look at it also.
In other road news, the agenda included accepting revisions to last week’s plan to apply for additional county road segments to be designated as Farm to Market roads.
“I talked with the chairman of the review board,” said Cline. “He said our county has some cleaning up to do since we haven’t applied for any changes in more than 10 years.
“He pointed out we have higher than 37 percent of our county roads designated as Farm to Market and our application would probably be rejected. We should eliminate any dirt roads or those with low traffic counts from inclusion in Farm to Market designation.”
Cline’s revised plan was to:
• Add 32nd Street between Libertyville Road and Business Highway 34 to the Farm to Market system.
• Add Brookville Road from Gear Avenue to Business 34.
• Delete from the Farm to Market system a segment of 260th Street and Unicorn Avenue, because it is duplication.
• Delete Quince Avenue from Glasgow Road to U.S. Highway 34.
• Delete Dewberry Avenue from 240th Street to 265th Street.
• Delete Fir Avenue from 240th Street to 220th Street.
The supervisors reviewed the revisions and asked to table the plan and meet again at 1 p.m. Tuesday to accept the plan. It must be filed with the state by Friday.
Supervisors approved hiring Sandy Hoskins as a part-time seasonal employee for the Assessor’s Office.