McCOOK, Nebraska -- Red Willow County, Nebraska, commissioners awarded the armor coating contract for summer projects to the only contractor submitting a bid for work on 11 miles of paved county roads.
Figgins Construction of Red Cloud, Nebraska, will charge the county 22 cents per square yard for the application of oil and gravel on:
* Five miles, or 70,000 square yards, of the Cambridge Lake Road, for $15,400.; and
* Six miles, or 78,750 square yards, of the Bartley-Lebanon road, for $17,325.
Figgins' total bid is $32,725.
The county will purchase and deliver to the work sites oil (purchased at $2.64 a gallon) and gravel (purchased at $5.95 a ton).
The two projects will require about 3,300 gallons of oil per mile and a total of 1,860 tons of gravel. County crews will patch the roads and work the shoulders before Figgins crews arrive to start the armor coating the end of August.
The amount of oil used will depend upon the condition of the roads. The lake road hasn't been armor-coated since 1997. "It'll slurp it (the oil) up," said Donna Figgins of Figgins Construction.
Commissioners will also work with Figgins on the application of highway millings to top-coat about one mile of the old concrete Highway 6 west of McCook and south of Highway 6&34 as far west as C&K Distributors. Commission Chairman Earl McNutt said the milling top-coat could be between four and 12 inches thick, filling in some dips and depressions in the old highway. Commissioners may consider armor-coating the road in 2011.
In other action:
* Commissioners unanimously approved a beer garden for the 2010 McCook Farm & Ranch Expo scheduled Nov. 17 and 18 on the fairgrounds in McCook. Expo promoter Darren Dale, of Benkelman/Bird City, told commissioners that they experienced no problems with the beer garden during the 2009 expo. "We had the exits marked, full security, and no problems," Dale said.
The Red Willow County fair board has already given Dale its approval; now, he must get permission from the McCook City Council.
* Commissioners accepted a $108,842 grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's "Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants Program," to continue operation of the county's household hazardous materials collection program and warehouse on Railroad Street in McCook.
Red Willow's grant was one of 27 grants totaling $1,442,902 awarded in June.
* Following a closed session, the board authorized the hiring of EMC Insurance, McCook, to provide defense in the lawsuit filed by Thomas K. Leach of Louisiana, who is suing Red Willow County for machinery and equipment that Ron Willocks of the now-defunct Pawnee Aviation claimed as his own and as collateral on a defaulted $300,000 loan from the county.
* Commissioners read letters from Tom Kiplinger of rural McCook regarding opposition to the proposed "Integrated Management Plan" for the Middle Republican Natural Resources District to ensure Nebraska's compliance with the settlement of the Republican River Compact lawsuit by Kansas.
* Commissioners accepted and filed the program income report for the economic development revolving loan fund.