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by Patty Cheffey
Although uncertain if the project would be approved, the Marion County Commission is proceeding with applying for a grant to install lights along Veterans Road.
The plans were discussed during Monday’s commission meeting, at which they also approved a pay request and heard updates on bridge work and fiber cable.
According to Western District Commissioner Steve Begley, the commissioners are working with the city of Hannibal on plans for lighting Veterans Road.
Although they do not have definite costs, Begley said as soon as that is known, the county will be submitting an application for a Transportation Assistance Program grant to help pay for the lighting.
While originally the county did not think the project would be eligible, they were informed last week by Lori Smith, transportation planner for MoDOT, it might be.
“It might fly,” said Begley, noting that if it is not approved, the county will have to look elsewhere for funding.
In other business, the commissioners met with Michael Purol with Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates, who reviewed the new bridge replacement program from MoDOT and presented them with a pay request for the County Road 402 bridge.
He noted the county has a list of eligible bridges for the new Bridge Formula Program and strongly suggested they submit their three bridges for consideration.
Purol also presented a pay request in the amount of $249,330.34, including $4,640.26 for engineering work and $244,690.08 for construction. The pay request will be sent to MoDOT for reimbursement.
The bridge on County Road 402, is nearing completion, Purol added.
The county also approved paying L&B Electronics $21,500 for the installation of the new siren in the Taylor area out of the Capital Improvements Fund.
The county will be getting reimbursed 75 percent of that cost from the State Emergency Management Agency.
They also met briefly with Chariton Valley to hear an update on the fiber optic work going on in the county.
Quite a bit of duct work has been installed and is waiting for the cable to be “blown” in.
Chariton Valley said they expect to start turning on customers in three to four weeks.
The county commission will not meet next Monday due to the July 4 holiday.