The Pettis County Commission approved two major items at its Friday morning meeting.
The first approval was to accept the bids for items needed to complete future county projects including road and bridgework as well as equipment and fuel purchases for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
According to the commissioners, 38 bidders submitted bids on approximately 200 needed items.
“We opened the bids on Feb. 9, and after comparing all submitted bids we met today to accept the bids that will provide the county the lowest and best bids at the time of purchase,” Presiding Commissioner David Dick said. “All of the bids have an option-to-buy clause, which means even if the prices increase we will be given the bid price which will save the county funds.”
The only item bid that has a flexible price is fuel because of the fluctuations in the fuel prices. All other items bid have a cap on them and even if the prices increase the county will purchase at the bid price.
“One of the things we wish we could do is purchase equipment for the roads,” Western Commissioner Jim Marcum said. “But you just can’t go out and buy all new equipment.”
Dick, Marcum and Eastern Commissioner Brent Hampy said the county tries to be proactive in all matters including maintenance on both equipment and on road and bridge repairs.
While roads may be the area where the commissioners see the highest number of citizen questions, traffic is becoming a bigger issue for the county.
“Traffic is becoming a much bigger issue for the county,” Marcum said. “We continue to see a lot of expansion in the west and we not only look at what we have but also we plan for the future and try to determine what we may be facing 10 years from now.”
Traffic concerns were the second area the commission addressed as they approved the county’s application for a Roadway Safety Grant made on behalf of Sheriff Kevin Bond.
“Most of the accidents we see in the county occur on U.S. Highways 50 and 65 and on holidays and during special events,” Bond said. “This grant will allow us to increase our patrols not only along those routes but also throughout the county.”
The $9,530.80 grant runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2017, and will provide for 250 hours of overtime and training and will allow the department to purchase four portable breath analyzers.
“We’ll be able to utilize three additional deputies and one extra dispatcher during the period for increased patrols,” Bond added.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484