The Pettis County Commission is continuing to make progress completing the reports for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief application as well as scheduled bridge and road construction projects.
After spending weeks completing their section of the required forms, Western County Commissioner Jim Marcum, who has spearheaded the project, is expected to turn the information over to Dave Clippert, Pettis County Emergency Management Agency Director, who will complete the paperwork for the county.
“This is the first time any of us (Presiding Commissioner David Dick and Eastern County Commissioner Brent Hampy) has ever been through this process and so we want to make sure it is done right,” Marcum said. “We know we have qualified for funding; now it is a matter of making sure we have everything completed properly because we certainly don’t want anything to be disallowed.”
The forms, which Marcum described as all-inclusive, require specific information be provided regarding all structural damage and man-hours to complete the repairs.
“They ask for everything from the amount of rock, to the size of the rock, to the type of rock, to the type of equipment needed to transport the rock and the names and number of people who moved the rock,” Marcum said. “You get the idea, they ask for very specific, detailed information.
“We have to cross reference and double check everything,” he added. “We do know the sooner we complete the paperwork the higher we move on the list and the sooner we will know the amount the county will receive.”
The commission has not received word for a period on payments from FEMA.
“Once the forms are submitted all we can do is patiently wait,” Dick said. “We truly have no idea on their time frame.”
Periods for completion will also come into play on two area bridge projects.
Work on the Main Street Road Bridge is scheduled to begin Monday. The $300,000 project is expected to be completed within 90 days.
Because the structure is funded by an 80/20 percent matching grant through MoDOT, there is a weather exclusionary rule that is in effect.
“MoDOT blocks out Dec. 15 through March 15 as a weather inclusion period,” Hampy said. “Those dates don’t count against construction completion if the weather prohibits work to be completed.”
“If the weather stays like this, we’ll be done by the first of the year,” Marcum said. “Of course we aren’t counting on that but with 400 vehicles traveling across that bridge each day it could cause a strain on other roadways like Highway 50 or 16th Street if the weather doesn’t cooperate.”
Both Sedalia and Dresden citizens use the bridge route daily to transport students to and from school.
The Katy Trail Bridge, which spans Broadway Boulevard near Smith-Cotton Junior High, may also be an area of concern for student walkers when it is replaced perhaps as early as this fall.
“We will open the bids on the bridge on Oct. 26,” Hampy said. “We had to allow for some additional changes to the bid process to accommodate for night closings on Broadway.
“We had to allow for 10 nights when the roadway can possibly be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to allow for construction,” Hampy added. “We had to do that for the safety of everyone involved from construction crews to motorists and pedestrians.”
During construction, the Katy Trail will be closed in the construction area, which will cause walkers to the school who use the facility to take an alternate route.
Once the bridge is removed, a pre-fabricated structure will be lowered into place and a concrete deck will be completed under the new structure.
There is a 90-day completion date on this bridge from the beginning of construction.
This month, commissioners are in the process of bidding the next bridge to be replaced, the Stokley Bridge, as well as looking at bridges for replacement during the next year.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484