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by Patty Cheffey
While work has begun on replacing the bridge on County Road 402, recent rains and more predicted this week are going to slow down progress.
The Marion County Commission gave an update on the bridge work during their meeting Monday morning, at which they also discussed flooring in the Hannibal Courthouse basement and heard an update about the upcoming MERC meeting.
Work was expected to move forward on Monday, but with rain predicted starting Monday evening, work will probably come to a standstill for a while.
The crews are already experiences high water issues from rains last week, according to the commissioners.
Presiding Commissioner David Lomax said he was told Bleigh will probably be cutting out their low water crossings to allow the water to flow more easily, but will then have to build them again when work can continue.
In a related matter, Mike Schaefer, highway department supervisor, reported water had washed out the roadway underneath a culvert pipe on County Road 252 last Friday and pipe was being replaced this week.
The road had been closed last week, but was expected to be back open on Tuesday.
Teya Stice reported she had spent some time helping get rid of some stuff in the basement at the Hannibal Courthouse, including old electronics, but said the flooring is old and cracked.
She asked if the commissioners would consider putting the epoxy flooring down which was done in the Palmyra Courthouse basement, and the commissioners agreed to that and asked Stice to get costs.
Western District Commissioner Steve Begley suggested the work not be done, however, until after the county gets its new storage facility built so items won’t have to be moved twice from the Hannibal Courthouse basement.
Also in her report, Stice said there will be two main areas discussed at the upcoming Missouri Emergency Response Commission (MERC) meeting, including emphasizing what direction the new director wants things to go.
In addition, she said how to handle Tier 2 events will be discussed. Tier 2 refers to any business having hazardous materials on site.
Stice also said she has asked Don Brown with Renodry to attend next Monday’s meeting so the commissioners can ask any questions they might have about the water drying business.