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County board approves projects, appointments

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Board has made several appointments to area boards and approved contracts for summer road projects.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Sondgeroth presented resolutions for projects totaling more than $440,000 for the county board’s consideration.

The board unanimously approved a contract for a hot mix asphalt project in Fairfield Township at a low bid of $49,816 from McDonald Trucking and Paving.

The board also approved the low bid from Advanced Asphalt of Princeton for several township hot mix asphalt overlay contracts, including $66,478 for Bureau Township; $66,410 for Hall Township; $121,759 for Princeton Township, $69,515 for Macon Township; and $23,505 for Selby Township.

The board also awarded Martin and Company Excavating the hot mix asphalt overlay projects for Berlin Township at $21,060, and Ohio Township at $24,146.

The average cost is $80,000 per mile for the overlay projects, Sondgeroth said.

In other transportation business, the board approved a culvert materials contract to Contech Engineering Solutions for $38,245 per bid tabulation.

In other business, the board approved the appointments of Barry Welbers and Perry Noble to the Bureau County Zoning Board of Appeals; the appointment of Hugh Fundell as a trustee to the Princeton Rural Fire Protection District; and the appointments of Edgar Palmer and James Nickelsen as trustees to the Wyanet Fire Protection District.

The board also approved the appointments of Steve Forristall as a trustee to the Ohio Fire Protection District; Sam Popejoy as a trustee to the Manlius Fire Protection District; and Jeremy Ring as a trustee to the Cherry Fire Protection District. The board approved the appointment of Dave Piper to Bureau County Board of Review.

The board also heard from Jill Guynn and Jordan Ellena with the local University of Extension which serves Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam counties. The Extension representatives detailed some of the programs sponsored through the Extension and thanked the county for its previous financial support through the years. The representatives requested $20,000 in support for the coming year.

After the presentation by the Extension representatives, the county board approved the $20,000 request for the 2014 fiscal year budget.

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