At its weekly meeting, the McPherson County Commission voted to conduct a preliminary inspection of Mill Bridge, south of Lindsborg, to consider its viability in the future.


At its weekly meeting, the McPherson County Commission voted to conduct a preliminary inspection of Mill Bridge, south of Lindsborg, to consider its viability in the future.
The county will pay a contractor $1,350 to prepare a proposal for conducting a fracture critical bridge inspection on the structure. The proposal involves visiting the bridge site and developing a plan for accessing those areas of the bridge that need full inspection. Once completed, the information may be used to solicit bids for fracture critical bridge inspections.
Additionally, the proposal will help commissioners determine how the bridge may be used in the future. Depending on the costs involved in repairing the structure, it may be closed and utilized strictly for foot traffic use.
In other news:
•An updated version of an agreement to contract mailing supplies and services through Pitney-Bowes was approved. By the revised agreement, monthly savings are estimated to be $250 rather than $240.
• A discussion was conducted with Tom Kramer of the McPherson County Public Works Department regarding ground cover along a section of Fourth Avenue where improvements recently have been made. While the department has been drilling gas seed in the area, it no longer has the resources to do so and will instead broadcast seed the shoulder to prevent erosion. To save money and time, wheat will be planted to provide some level of soil protection throughout winter.