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Engineering services sought for bridge work

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

A nod from the Missouri Department of Transportation gives Platte County commissioners the right to proceed with a request for proposals of engineering services for the Humphrey's Access Bridge.

"The county has been authorized by the Missouri Department of Transportation to proceed with the selection of a consultant for the bridge," stated Doug Noble, public affairs coordinator for the county commission.

The bridge, located southwest of Platte City on the Platte River on Humphrey's Road, has been closed since 1991. The replacement of the bridge is estimated to cost $850,000 over three years.

Funding of the bridge is 80/20, with 80 percent of the funds from the federal government and 20 percent of the funding coming from local bridge credits.

According to Noble, bridge credits are obtained by the county when the county does work on the bridges themselves, which in turn earns them bridge credits from the federal government. The credits are issued ensuring that those bridges meet federal standards. Noble stated the county then receives $.80 on every $1.

In the public affairs presentation to the commission by Noble, he announced plans to develop a curriculum program in recognition of county government day.

Since 1996, Platte County has hosted county government day where several hundred area fourth grade students visit the county offices and learn about county government.

"Before we used to break into eight groups of 30 kids. This became so many kids, we unfortunately had to start turning kids away because there wasn't enough space by bringing the kids to our offices," explained Noble.

"Now we're trying to develop a program that can be taught in schools instead of having the students come here."

The county is seeking proposals from area teachers who would like to assist in developing the curriculum program. The county has made a grant of no more than $2,000 available for program development. The proposals are due back to the county by April 30.

"Students need to understand the local government system so when the time comes, they will be able to effectively utilize all the service that Platte County offers," said 2nd District Commissioner Steve Wegner.

Commissioners also approved post completion certification reports for land and water conservation fund projects at Barry-Platte Park.

Noble stated that in 1980 and 1983, the county received grants from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under the land and water conservation fund program. Those grants were then used by the county for improvements to Barry-Platte Park. The approval of the reports was a formality associated with the grants.

Bill Bing was appointed to a three-year term to serve as Platte County representative with the Board of Services for the Developmentally Disabled.

A request for bids for a Ford special utility vehicle by the Platte County Sheriff's Department was also approved by the commission. The bids will be due by 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25.