Commission discusses major projects and grants | Government and politics

The St. Francis County Commission had a packed agenda Tuesday morning dealing with numerous construction issues.

Colin Rogers of Brockmiller Construction updated the commission on the various construction projects underway and planned.

He gave his recommendations to the commission on adjudications for the addition of the medical wing and vehicle maintenance bay to the county jail.

“We had over 50 plan holders, which is really good,” he said. “We had more than 19 submissions in the various submission files. The total number came to $4,370,156.00 which was well within our budget.

“This includes a contingency allowance of $250,000. This is a placeholder for design changes that you as the owner are responsible for. Most of the bidders were local, primarily from St. Francis County, a couple from Sainte-Geneviève County and one from Scott County.

“Next week we are meeting with prison staff and the design team… We have identified several other items that we would like to review with you for potential savings that you may choose to take. Moving forward, we’ll start talking about the lower level renovations to the existing kitchen and maintenance area. »

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Tenders were awarded to Redmond Excavating for site work; Bauman for asphalt; Arnold Masonry for masonry; Brockmiller for structural steel and general trade sets; Slinkard for painting; Mechanical Raider for plumbing; First for the sprinkler system; Crystal for HVAC and Meier Electric for electricity.

Rogers is looking at a July start and end sometime after the first of the year. The committee approved the recommendations.

Rogers then gave an update on the road and bridge offices being built at the Woodlawn Drive Barn.

“The foundations are finished, we are backfilling them. We hope to have a slab poured by the end of the month and start erecting the building.

The next update was for the replacement of the Wolf Creek Bridge on Old Fredericktown Road.

“We are hammering stakes today,” he said. “Hopefully tomorrow we’ll be done hammering piles and then precasting by the end of the month.”

Rogers said the juvenile detention center, some miscellaneous items and HVAC work are coming up, with a plan for a meeting in July.

On further matters during the meeting, Director of Emergency Management Nick Jones requested permission to apply for the Emergency Management Performance Grant.

“He pays half the salary and half the benefits, office supplies, budget and cell phone training,” he said. “We expect it to be no more than $50,000. It’s a 50-50 game, so it will cost the county $25,000 if we get the full amount of $50,000.

The committee approved the request. They also approved a State Homeland Regency Grant application from Jones.

“It’s about $50,000 as well, it’s not a matching grant,” he said. “One of the main items we’re looking for is a drone. We’re going to get equipment for the homeland security trailer.

As CIO, Jones also gained commission approval to bid on 50 new computers for the county.

“We try to maintain computers on a three-year cycle,” he said. “This year it’s the sheriff’s department.”

The commission also approved a memorandum of understanding between St. Francis County and the East Missouri Action Agency for the Missouri Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant. A design contract with FGM Architects for additions to the juvenile detention center was also approved.

John Gross, Administrator of Highways, awarded paving projects for several county roads. The overlays will be Flat River Road, Bray Road, Knob Lick Road and Pendleton Road. The total for the four projects is $1.082 million.

“When we came up with these offers, we based them on the April oil index,” he said. “The April Oil Index was $637.50. The oil index for May was $692.50. Compared to last year in May, $472. This price, based on the index, will change according to the index when the work is completed. All four routes will be awarded to Lead Belt Materials.

The commission approved the projects.

Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mike Ryan asked to apply for the Show Me Zero Road Safety Grant.

“It’s not a cash grant, it’s an equipment grant, so there’s no cost to the county,” he said. “It’s other Missouri departments that recycle working equipment. It’s by MoDOT.

The committee approved the request.

Treasurer Parks Peterson presented the latest sales tax report showing a 2.25% increase. He said he had emailed other county treasurers.

“It’s the same,” he said. “Everyone thinks it’s going down. To be realistic, we’re probably not going to see double-digit increases every month. »

Auditor Louie Seiberlich compared the sales tax currently collected this year to the same time last year.

“That’s still a $148,000 increase,” he said. “There would be a lot of counties happy to get an extra $148,000.”

The county will hold a briefing Thursday at 2 p.m. in the committee room on public safety tax proposals that will appear on the August ballot. The county will also hold an information meeting Tuesday at 1 p.m. on potential solar power installations for county use.

The commission’s next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the commissioner’s room in the courthouse annex in downtown Farmington.

Mark Marberry is a reporter for Farmington Press and Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3629 or [email protected]

Aurora J. William