Solution for Northwind Drive road project delay is possible

by Dennis Sharkey

Residents of the Northwind subdivision in the county’s southeast corner may have a solution to their road project by the time this story is published.

“Hopefully by Tuesday we’ll have some kind of game plan,” said Road and Bridge Director Francis Hubbard to commissioners on Monday.

An engineer hired by the county met residents and First District Commissioner Lynn Luck at the subdivision last Thursday to initially survey the situation. Hubbard said he spoke by phone with Joe McAfee, the engineer, and that he would present a plan to him. Chairman Richard Malm said he looked at the road on Monday and said it was in bad shape.

The county approved bonds on the project in September but the project was stopped last month when it was discovered that the construction plans called for a 3.5 inch asphalt surface. County regulations require a six-inch surface, which must be followed if property owners want the county to take over maintenance of the road.

Installing a six-inch surface would put the project out of reach for the property owners but commissioners proposed a gravel road.

Luck said the cost to construct a gravel road would be about $140,000. The project is bonded for about $175,000 and many questions were raised about the legality of changing the petition, however, it was indicated that the legal loopholes may not be as hard to jump through as thought.

In other actions:

  • Commissioners got a report from Larry Sharp of KCAMP. His firm brokers the county’s liability insurance. Sharp said the county’s loss ratio for the first six months of this year was 10 percent which he described as excellent. “I’m not saying you’re going to break a record or win an award, but you’re close,” Sharp said. The county’s ratio for the last four years is 25 percent. The average for counties is 51 percent. The ratio is important in calculating the county’s premiums which is formulated by factoring in the four-year ratio and additions or deletions of real property. For example if the county built a new building it would add to the liability to cover. The county’s premium this year went down by $200. The entire premium is $167,704. Although premiums went down by a fraction of percentage points the premium has increased in the past four years. Four years ago the premium was $163,141.
  • Health Director Eileen Filbert reported that a home health nurse has submitted her retirement effective Jan. 1 and that a part-time clerical staff person is also leaving for another job.
  • Hubbard reported that there are 24 working days left on the Slough Bridge project as of Monday. On Monday crews were working on side rails and the south approach.

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