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August 31, 2016 Featured - Supervisors split over acceptance of roofing contract
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During the Aug. 30 meeting of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, the supervisors took action to accept a bid for work on the Washington County Courthouse roof. The motion did not pass unanimously, however.

The lone bid received for the installation of new tiles on the courthouse roof came from Pa’s Construction out of Hiawatha. The labor, including the installation of Alpine snow guards, came out to a total of $63,990.

Together, with the cost of the tiles, came out to a total of $112,214.09. Supervisor Stan Stoops pointed out that when they had work done on the courthouse roof back in 1994, the project cost approximately $732,000. Supervisor Abe Miller said the installation of the shingles only accounted for about $300,000 of that contract, but admitted that this work was still a good value.

Stoops and Supervisor Bob Yoder initially had concerns over who would fix issues like leaks and made a motion to table the issue. However, after Miller got a hold of Pa’s and informed the supervisors that there was a 20-year warranty on workmanship, Stoops was satisfied.

Yoder still wanted to wait a week, citing concerns over rushing things and the length of the workman’s warranty, but the motion to table the matter failed and the accepting of the bid passed by a 4-1 margin, with Yoder being the lone nay.

The bid lists the project as a 20 day endeavor and is expected to be completed this fall.

Washington County Mental Health and Disabilities Director Bobbie Wulf gave her quarterly statement on the department. Wulf gave the number of participants currently participating in programs like the Choices Drop-in Center and the crisis homes over the months of April through June. The former ranged from 46 to 50 participants per month and the latter saw four people served over those months.

With the fiscal year ending in June, Wulf also gave the financials of the department. Giving rounded figures, the department had $640,000 in expenditures and $437,000 in revenues. The department had to spend about $200,000 of its available balance.

The department received $372,588 from levies last year but that will decrease to $172,588 this year. “We are looking for legislators to approve a funding formula for us, because they have failed to do that in previous year, and hopefully that will be done this year,” said Wulf. Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. encouraged people to contact their legislators about the issue.

The supervisors also approved the procurement policy for the emergency management department so they could submit their application for a pre-disaster mitigation grant. Emergency Management Director Larry Smith made the point of stressing that the procurement policy was just for the grant because a blanket policy for the county was not feasible.

The supervisors approved a few purchases for the secondary roads department. A new Dodge truck for the maintenance superintendent was approved, with a net price of $20,899, and the purchases of a disc mower and root grapple were also approved. The latter was largely paid for through a grant, and required just a local match of $694.88. The disc mower was purchased for $12,246.02.

The supervisors also approved one fireworks permit for Catherine Latta of Riverside and two liquor licenses, for Marilyn Farms and Washington Golf and Country Club.

Breanne Hammond was hired as a registered nurse for the Public Health department.

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