BENTON -- Scott County commissioners will review information before awarding bids for bridge engineering services and health insurance.
During their regular meeting Tuesday, commissioners first heard presentations from two firms interested in providing engineering services for a bridge replacement project using Off-Systems Bridge Replacement Program funding: Waters Engineering and Surveying of Sikeston and Smith and Co. Engineers of Poplar Bluff.
Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger said a bid packet was also sent to Lambert and Associates of Sikeston which thanked county officials for the opportunity but did not submit a bid.
Burger said he has some questions for Missouri Department of Transportation officials about the Off-Systems Bridge Replacement Program. Burger said in addition to finding out how much money the county has available for a project, he is also interested in more information on how "soft match" funds or "soft money" can be obtained from another county through an arrangement in which Scott County's future Off-Systems Bridge Replacement Program fund allocations are traded for cash toward Scott County's matching funds for a a current bridge project.
"The bridge we're looking at is on County Road 420," Burger said, adding that it is one of two bridges in the county with a low sufficiency rating.
The 61-foot span, which crosses a drainage ditch, is located south of Oran and west of Morley.
Burger said commissioners will contact the engineering firms when they are ready to select one for the project.
County officials next opened bids for health insurance for elected officials and employees.
Anderson Green Insurance, First National Insurance Agency, Benefits Unlimited, Lorenz Agency, Countywide Insurance Agency and Broker Benefits Services all offered a health insurance plan through Anthem, formerly known as Blue Cross.
Anderson Green Insurance also offered plans through Principal and Trustmark; Lorenz Agency also offered plans through Great West and Principal; Countywide Insurance Agency also offered a Trustmark plan; and Broker Benefits Services also offered a United Health Care health insurance plan.
Burger said commissioners do have the right to negotiate with a company once the bid is awarded as long as it is comparable to what the bid specifications asked for.
Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said it will take some time to sort through all the bids as even though the county asked for bids comparable to the health insurance plan the county has now, bids differ enough that they are still not able to do an "apples to apples" comparison.
Burger said they hope to be able to reach a decision in time to take action during Thursday's meeting.