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Bidder's snag holds up ditch cleanout project

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

BENTON - Scott County officials are waiting to hear from the apparent second lowest bidder on the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's St. John's Ditch cleanout project.

"We should know something by the end of the day," said Darin Gant, district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, during Tuesday's county commission meeting.

The apparent low bidder had an error in their bid, according to Gant. He said there might be a penalty for the apparent low bidder, but he's not sure how much or who the penalty money goes to.

"We haven't had this occur here before," Gant said.

Commissioners also approved a project agreement with the NRCS for a cleanout project at the County Road 262 bridge on Ditch 1 of the Little River Drainage District in the northwest corner of the county.

"There's a logjam and trash piling up under the bridge," Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel said.

"Back from the bridge it creates a swirl that's eating at the bank," said Jamie Burger, commissioner.

For this project, the NRCS will contract for excavation to remove the debris and to haul rip rap to the site. The in-kind local match will consist of placing the rip rap.

"Little River Drainage District is going to furnish the in-kind for the county," said Burger.

NRCS's portion of the funding for both projects is made available through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, according to Gant.

In other Scott County news:

* The drainage districts on the east half of the county formerly controlled by the county have officially been formed into the Consolidated Drainage District No. 2 of Scott County, Missouri.

The formation was approved Thursday by David A. Dolan, circuit judge for the 33rd Judicial Court, according to Priggel.

* Commissioners advised Ray Perez, energy services specialist for AmerenUE's SEMO division, that he will need to contact the Illmo Special Road District to determine if right-of-ways have been established on County Road 307 as he was advised.

"I'm wondering if that's true or not," Perez said. "I need proof on a map or something before I put pole down anywhere."

Perez explained a landowner on the north side of the road wants electrical service extended to a new home site, but wants the poles to be placed along the south side of the road instead of their front yard.

The landowner on the south side of the road, however, doesn't want the poles as the service is not for them.

Commissioners advised Perez to check with surveyor Norman Lambert.

Burger also asked Perez to make sure a floodplain certificate is on file before establishing any temporary service at construction sites.