Hoch Road Bridge set to open Friday morning

LYNDON—The highly anticipated opening of Hoch Road Bridge is set for Friday. The opening of sorts will begin at 9 a.m. Officials from the project will speak, with barricades to be moved shortly thereafter.

“What we want is a good bridge,” said Ken Kuykendall board chairman. “And you think we’ve got a good bridge?”

Despite delays in the project due to weather and cement mix issues, Glen Tyson, county road and bridge supervisor, had a positive attitude toward the project.

“It is an excellent bridge,” said Tyson. “I feel really confident in the work that was done.”

Commissioners also prepared for the special meeting called Thursday for a public forum to discuss proposed county ambulance services.

Bryce Romine, emergency management director, met with commissioners to talk about how the meeting is planned.

Romine said each company will have up to 10 minutes to discuss their varying levels of service and prices. He said a sign-in sheet should be utilized for guests, and there will be certain rules and regulations for those who wish to ask questions.

“I put four minutes per person, which can be extended another four,” said Romine.

Kuykendall outlined a timeline for the proceeding meetings.

“We’ll have time on the agenda at next Monday’s meeting,” he said. “Then the ambulance committee will meet again next week and come up with recommendations.”

“We meet again June 17,” said Laurie Dunn, county sheriff and ambulance committee member. “We should have a recommendation after.”

Romine agreed, saying the committee’s goal is to have a recommendation presented to commissioners at the June 22 meeting.

“When are we going to make a decision?” asked commissioner Gaylord Anderson.

“We can decide anytime after the ambulance committee makes their recommendation,” said Kuykendall.

“We’ll see how it goes,” said Kuykendall. “I hope we get a good crowd.”

The ambulance service public forum begins at 7 p.m. June 11, at the Osage County Courthouse, third floor. Those who are unable to attend the public forum may also speak at 11 a.m. June 15, during the commission meeting.

Dunn and Romine also discussed the possibility of moving the Emergency Management office into the Economic Development office space once director Stephanie Watson has completed her move to the senior center.

“All of that is great,” said Kuykendall.

In other business, commissioners:

• signed the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) application.

“This is the same one we apply for every year,” said Romine.

• heard budget requests from Drug Free Osage County, COF Training Services Inc. and SOS Inc.

• approved $1,690 for 14 bridge inspections to be completed from Cook, Flatt & Strobel.

• held a bid opening for transfer station waste disposal. Bids were received from Deffenbaugh Industries, at $34 base price per ton and a base diesel fuel price of $2.50 per gallon, and Hamm’s at $35.20 base price per ton. Discussion on the bids was tabled for Tyson to review.

• approved special event permits for a firework stand, several firework displays and a lawnmower derby to be held at Burlingame June 20.

• approved Conditional Use Permit Z-15-06 for Robert Mast Construction and Conditional Use Permit Z-15-07 for a nursery/greenhouse for Nels Peterson.

• denied a real property relief application from Leslie L. Osborn, as part of a disaster relief determination.

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