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by Patty Cheffey
The Marion County Commission approved two bids and the purchase of a new server for the public administrator’s office during a Monday meeting, which also saw them hear a report on courthouse doors, plan to set aside money in the 2024 budget to invest in a new public land center.
Two bids were received for road oil for the county Highway Department, including the winning bid from Coastal Energy out of Willow Springs, Mo.
Their bid consisted of $3.40 a gallon for MC30 oil; $3.10 a gallon for MC800; and $2.95 a gallon for EA300.
Missouri Petroleum also bid the three oils at $4.10 a gallon for EA300; $5.05 a gallon for MC800 and $5.30 a gallon for MC30.
Bids also included pump charges.
The county also approved a bid from Josh Timbrook to tear out, dispose of and replace nine sections of sidewalk at the Hannibal Courthouse at a cost of $9,877.
The work will be done on the sidewalk closest to the courthouse.
Timbrook also submitted a bid to replace sidewalk closer to Broadway, but the commissioners tabled that matter, noting they needed to verify the city of Hannibal will tear out and dispose of those sections.
They also noted if both bids had been approved during this fiscal year, the project would have to go out for bid since it is above the $12,000 state limit.
Wendy Howe requested and received approval to replace the server in her office, which is over 10 years old.
Noting it no longer supported the operating system and there is an issue then with cyber insurance, the need for a new server became necessary.
Commissioners agreed to the purchase, but asked Howe to find the funds within her budget to pay for it. They also noted she will probably have to be very tight with other purchases the rest of the year to have the funds available now for the server.
David Wilson was present to offer some insight into the replacement of exterior doors at both the Hannibal and Palmyra courthouses.
Wilson said the issues with both sets of doors can be repaired, making the purchase of new doors unnecessary.
He said he had only made a fairly quick examination of the doors, but felt all work needed could be done at a much lower cost than purchasing new doors.
Eastern District Commissioner Larry Welch felt that might not be the case, but commissioners took Wilson’s comments under advisement.
In other business, commissioners also agreed to put $1,000 into a new National Center for Public Lands Counties investment.
The National Association of Counties and the Western Interstate Region boards of directors formed the new center, which, according to the Missouri Association of Counties, “aims to ensure Payment in Lieu of Taxes, Secure Rural Schools and other federal revenue sharing programs continue to flow into counties.”
The commissioners tabled reappointing Andy Lehenbauer and Joe Kendrick to the county planning and zoning board until both can be contacted.
They also met with Darin Post with Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates, concerning the jail roof project. Post said work should be starting in a week or two on that project.