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Monday’s county commission meeting.
Also Monday, the Marion County Commissioners heard a request on train crossings, and heard updates on a variety of topics.
Jim Bensman with MECO Engineering is estimating approximately $3,000 to do an inspection of the concrete while it is being installed to make sure everything is done properly, according to information from Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator.
Although Stice felt that was about right on costs, Steve Begley, Western District commissioners, who had requested information on just the concrete inspection, said he had been told it was only going to cost $5,000 to do a total construction inspection.
“Three thousand seems a little high (for just conrete inspection),” he said, noting it is not like a bridge deck, which must meet state requirements.
Begley said he would like to discuss it with Larry Welch, too, who was unable to attend Monday’s meeting, so the commissioners tabled the matter until next week.
John H. O’Brien was present to ask the commissioners to tour the county roads at railroad crossings to make sure the angle of approach at all crossings is as minimal as possible.
He noted low truck beds can have a difficult time crossing if the grade is too steep and get hung up in the middle of the track..
Begley noted work has been done over the years, but that it is an ongoing pr