County seeks contract rock bids

Board of Supervisors
By: 
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     Despite everything going on locally, Jones County is preparing for contract rock.

     County Engineer Derek Snead/Secondary Roads is seeking bids for 2020 contract rock. Bids will be due on April 14 at 9 a.m.

     Snead told the board the majority of contract rock for 2019 didn’t even go down until after July 1 due to the conditions of the gravel roads.

     “The majority of the rock went into this year’s budget,” he said.

     Now, looking ahead, Snead is pushing the project competition date back by a couple of weeks to allow rock to go down in a timely fashion.

     Snead also expects to spend the same on contract rock for 2020 as his department did in 2019.

     “We also need to wait and see what the prices come in at,” Snead said.

     In addition, he said the mileage coverage would depend on the cost per tonnage. Snead hopes to cover between 180 and 190 miles with rock.

     “We’re doing quite a bit of spot rock,” he said. “That’ll take a couple of weeks.”

In other county business:

     • The board approved a proposal from Dr. Michael Weston, county medical examiner, to establish new rates.

     For the past several years the fee was $100 per case. Now, medical investigators will receive $125 and $50 if they have to return. Doctors will receive $225 to investigate.

     • The board approved a memorandum of understanding with P.P.M.E. Local 2003 (union) regarding additional benefits granted to county employees related to COVID-19.

     • County Auditor Janine Sulzner informed the board that they have refused courthouse entry of three people during the pre-screening process and at the door.

     The courthouse will no longer provide public access to Board of Supervisor meetings. You can view those meetings via Zoom.

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