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January 1, 2015
Project Manager Position Available

Logan County, District 2, is taking applications for the position of Project Manager. Job duties include grant preparation and project oversight. Complete job description and application can be accessed on the home page of CommissionDistrict2.com. Completed applications should be emailed to commissiondistrict2@gmail.com or dropped off at 1550 N. Midwest Blvd., Guthrie, OK 73044.

July 26, 2014
Three More Miles Being Paved

After a dry spell and then wet weather, we have moved past delays and Atlas Paving Company has recently finished laying asphalt on Simmons between Midwest and Douglas. This was made possible by a Phillips 66 contribution. Due to mechanical issues, it will most likely be Monday before Atlas begins paving Midwest between Charter Oak and Forrest Hills. This is a major accomplishment and the culmination of a lot of work and planning. Before and after pictures of Simmons east of Midwest can be seen at http://bit.ly/1rRnOmQ

The two miles of Midwest complete the plan to repave a four-mile corridor between Waterloo and Forrest Hills, a project which began in Sept. 2011. This corridor also connects with a mile of Forrest Hills between Midwest and Pine which was repaved in Nov. 2012. These good roads provide access to Waterloo and I-35 for people going to Edmond and OKC, as well as access to Seward and I-35 for people driving into Guthrie. Hopefully this will decrease some of the traffic on Pine between Charter Oak and Waterloo, an area requiring frequent repairs.

A side benefit of bringing these roads up to standard is that the time and money used in the past to maintain them can now be directed toward other road and bridge improvements.

We are currently processing an application to obtain Circuit Engineering District 5 money for safety striping on the three miles of newly paved road, as well as at least 5 miles of other roadways in the district.

As a reminder, a roll-off dumpster is still located at the District 2 county shop at 1550 N. Midwest Blvd. This dumpster is available to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon. through Fri., except for holidays. If you need to access it on Saturday, you can make an appointment by calling the office at 282-3405 or my cell phone at 650-0384. The dumpster is available for solid waste only. Items which will not be accepted include garbage (any kind of food or vegetation), hazardous materials, appliances containing Freon, and rubber tires and liquids.

June 15, 2014
Planning and Construction of Road Projects

Spring and early summer has been a busy time for our road crew. Multiple projects are in both planning and construction stages. This update provides a brief description of some of the major projects.

One concerns a 60’ single lane bridge on Triplett, 4/10 mile east of Westminster, which had become unsafe. School buses and emergency vehicles could no longer cross the three-ton rated bridge to pick up children living east of it. On June 2, we removed the old bridge and began work to install two 9’ diameter x 40’ long corrugated-steel pipes. This project will require a lot of fill-dirt and sloping of approaches, but should also provide a sound and stable crossing.

In November of last year, Phillips 66 donated $205,000.00 to pave 6/10 mile of Simmons starting at Douglas and proceeding west. The other 4/10 mile toward Midwest will be paved primarily through the use of funds from the County Bridge and Road Improvement Fund (CBRI). Much has been done to clean right-of-way, reshape ditches, install tinhorns and prepare the roadbed for paving. We have also been preparing Midwest from Charter Oak to Forrest Hills for paving. Weather has delayed these two projects, and since June 30th is the end of the county’s fiscal year and all purchase orders must be closed out, it will be July before Atlas Paving Company begins laying asphalt on these three miles.

We have been working for several years to secure funding for the replacement of the bridge on Prairie Grove one mile west of Henney. We are hopeful to be able to lock in the funding this month through federal Bridge Replacement funds (BR) administered by the Oklahoma Cooperative Circuit Engineering Districts Board. (OCCEDB) We believe there will be enough funding to contract the replacement of the bridge and build the approaches. Work to straighten the road east of the bridge will be done by the county.

On June 2 a bid was awarded to C & C Maintenance for crack sealing Seward from I-35 to Douglas, Douglas from Seward to Forrest Hills and Forrest Hills from Douglas to 4.25 miles east. This will help preserve the integrity of this highly traveled road for several years.

Two other projects planned for the future are the paving of Midwest from County Road 76 to 1.3 miles south. This will be funded through an $81,629.00 2014 Rural Economic Action Program (REAP) grant. In addition, $50,000.00 will come from the CBRI fund. The other recently funded project is the paving of Green Oaks Way from Sooner to Coltrane and Cedar Lane between Simmons and Green Oaks Way. These roads met the requirements to be funded through a Community Development Block Grant. (CDBG)

A more complete list of projects can be accessed at CommissionDistrict2.com

May 11, 2014
Aftermath of the Fire

It is sad to see the devastation in people’s lives caused by the recent wildfire. While much loss is obvious, there are many things which will only be understood when people set about to put their lives back together. Knowing the spirit of the community, there is little doubt that everyone will rally together to help those who have lost so much.

Those of us at Logan County District 2 especially want to extend our sympathy to the Knox family. Johnny Knox, who lost his life in the fire, had at one time worked for District 2. He always had a cheerful attitude around the shop and I’m sure his family and friends will miss that.

We also want to express our thanks to all the firefighters and emergency workers from across the state who came to help in this emergency, and for the assistance provided by several state departments.

On May 6, Governor Mary Fallin signed a proclamation declaring a burn ban for 36 Oklahoma counties. Any violator of a governor’s burn ban is subject to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment up to 120 days. The violator is also liable for all damages caused by the violation.

Residents affected by the fire can register with the Red Cross for emergency assistance. You can do so by calling 405.282.1194 or 405.228.9500. The Red Cross also has a referral list of other agencies that can assist with immediate needs.

The severity of the wildfires has raised many questions about how to get rid of Eastern Red Cedar trees which propel fire. Commissioner Brian Maughan pioneered a program in Oklahoma County called SHINE (Start Helping Impacted Neighborhoods Everywhere). Under this program, he was able to get state legislation passed allowing counties to use non-incarcerated low level offenders who are sentenced to community service to go onto public and private property to clean and improve areas of concern. The legislation includes cutting and disposing of red cedar trees. Logan County has done some preliminary work toward starting a similar program, but it has yet to be put into operation.

Oklahoma Forestry Services have a website at www.forestry.ok.gov/ercregistry which provides a registry of landowners who have red cedars needing to be cut. However, according to Dan Stidham of The Oklahoma Forestry Services, ninety percent of the cedar which people want removed is not merchantable and has very little or no value commercially. Therefore vendors generally charge a fee for removal. This is usually an hourly charge. The Logan County Conservation District can provide a list of local contractors who will remove cedar trees for a fee. To obtain this information, call 405.282.2363.

April 25, 2014
Update on Projects

Road District 2 continues construction of Midwest Blvd. between Forrest Hills and Charter Oak. Weather has been good for construction and progress has been made. The old chip-seal surface has been ground up and compacted. For more than a week we have focused on resurfacing the failed and problematic road portions with uniform ground shale. Culverts 60ft long 16" steel pipe for Oak Valley and a 52ft 16" pipe for Rancho Dr. will be placed soon. Asphalt is getting close.

Simmons Rd. starting at Douglas Blvd. and proceeding west 6/10 of a mile has a new look. It is wide and it is clear. With Phillips 66 footing materials and the district doing the work, the project is moving well with 3/10s basically ready for asphalt. We plan to install the new short bridge within the next few months. About 700 square yards of fill will be needed soon so arrangements are being made to mine it close by. The commissioners have agreed unanimously to use $50,000 from our CBRI fund to pave the additional 4/ 10 mile to Midwest.

We replaced an old, partially collapsed culvert on Anderson south of Forrest Hill with a 6’ x 50’ steel culvert. Two culverts 10x40 have been ordered to replace a 60ft 3 ton bridge on Triplett Rd (Channel Rd) east of Westminster to serve as a temporary bridge till funds are acquired for a permanent bridge. A single 9x40 will replace a small bridge on Westminster south of Hwy 33.

The solid waste cleanup program in which we have participated has expired. However, this program has proven cost effective so we will continue to provide this service for public use free of charge. If you would like to help with the roadside cleanup in District 2, we accept old sofas, TVs, mattresses and junk.

The dumpster is located at the District 2 county shop at 1550 N. Midwest Blvd. and is available to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon. through Fri., except for holidays. If you need to come on Saturday, you can make an appointment by calling the office at 282-3405 or my cell phone at 650-0384. The dumpster is available for solid waste only. Items which will not be accepted include garbage (any kind of food or vegetation), hazardous materials, appliances containing Freon, and rubber tires and liquids.

March 7, 2014
Updates of Various Projects

Currently the process of grinding up the chip and seal surface of Midwest between Charter Oak and Forrest Hills in preparation for a new asphalt surface has been put on hold. This is due to problems with the asphalt re-claimer machine we were using. We were able to grind up Midwest between Charter Oak and Springridge before the machine broke down, and then bad weather set in. When the weather moderates we will again make arrangements to grind the rest of the two miles.

Throughout the winter, except when weather was at its worst, work has continued on the paving project planned for Simmons from Douglas to Midwest. Trees have been pulled from the roadside and after they are hauled off, work to shape ditch areas will begin.

In the past we have been successful in getting several projects funded through the Surface Transportation Program (STP). This is federal money that the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) administers for the five-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Last December we submitted seven projects to be ranked and considered for funding. On January 16 the ACOG board discussed and voted on which projects were to be funded. An amount of $70,659,079 was awarded to ACOG member projects for the five year plan. Due to traffic counts and high accident rates in the large metropolitan areas, counties faired very poorly. Of the more than $70 million allocated, Norman was awarded 39% of the funds, Edmond 22%, Oklahoma City 17%, Midwest 10% and Yukon 5%. Oklahoma County received $582,400.00 for a bridge and we were the only district in Logan County to receive funding, which was $88,400.00 to erect guardrails.

In past updates I wrote about the solid waste cleanup program which enables us to provide a dumpster for the public to use free of charge. We will be ending the service for this year on March 21, 2014. The dumpster is located at the District 2 county shop at 1550 N. Midwest Blvd. and is available to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon. through Fri., except for holidays. If you need to come on Saturday, you can make an appointment by calling the office at 282-3405 or my cell phone at 650-0384.

The dumpster is available for solid waste only. Items which will not be accepted include garbage (any kind of food or vegetation), hazardous materials, appliances containing Freon, and rubber tires and liquids.

February 16, 2014
District 2 News

During the winter months we have been performing preliminary work toward repaving Midwest Blvd. between Forrest Hills and Charter Oak as weather and other critical needs have allowed. We completed the process of clearing trees from right-of-way, reshaping ditches, hauling off excess dirt and are in the process of grinding up the old chip-seal surface.

We have also started the process for paving Simmons Rd. starting at Douglas Blvd. and proceeding west 6/10 of a mile. This project is being partly financed by Phillips 66, who donated $205,000 to the county. While the county will do most of the work to prepare the road for paving, the donation will pay for 6” of asphalt and the replacement of a bridge structure.

We have also replaced a bridge structure on Choctaw Rd. south of Charter Oak with a 9’ x 40’ steel culvert. The old structure has been in such bad repair that county equipment had to detour around it in order to maintain Choctaw. We are now able to take trucks and graders across the bridge to repair and maintain the roadway.

With the approach of more moderate weather, we will be able to return to paving preparations on Midwest and Simmons, patching potholes, reshaping dirt roads and stabilizing the base with shale and gravel.

In past updates I wrote about the solid waste cleanup program in which we have participated. This program enables us to provide a dumpster for public use free of charge. There is still enough funding from the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma to continue this service for several more weeks.

The dumpster is located at the District 2 county shop at 1550 N. Midwest Blvd. and is available to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon. through Fri., except for holidays. If you need to come on Saturday, you can make an appointment by calling the office at 282-3405 or my cell phone at 650-0384. The dumpster is available for solid waste only. Items which will not be accepted include garbage (any kind of food or vegetation), hazardous materials, appliances containing Freon, and rubber tires and liquids.

January 11, 2014
Project Funding

Each year the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) sends applications to government entities who may wish to apply for Rural Economic Actions Plan (REAP) grant funding. REAP is annually funded by the Oklahoma State Legislature and administered by ACOG. The applications contain a lengthy list of qualifying elements which are rated on a point system, including the county’s current annual budget, cost benefit of the project, amount of local sales tax, area population and average daily traffic.

Each government entity is allowed to submit four applications and prioritize them so that if projects rank closely in points, the most needed can be funded. This year there were 43 applications from government entities requesting $2,317,234.75 for projects. However, only $547,792.00 was available in funding. As you can see, it is a strategic process to get one of four projects funded.

On December 19, 2013, ACOG announced which applications were funded for 2014. Five of the 43 applications were fully funded. Our fourth priority, Midwest Blvd. from CR 76 to 1.3 miles south scored 69 out of a possible 100 points and ranked 6th. As a result it will receive partial funding of $81,629.00.

Preliminary work has started on another project; paving Luther Rd., from Waterloo Rd. to Camp Rd. On Nov. 5 of last year, we conducted interviews with three engineering firms and awarded a contract to Mehlburger Brawley for engineering the six-mile paving project. They have already begun the process of surveying.

Funding for Luther is coming from the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges Plan (CIRB). The CIRB plan is funded through the Oklahoma State Legislature and is administered by the Oklahoma Cooperative Circuit Engineering Districts Board. On the CIRB 5-year plan, engineering of Luther between Waterloo and Camp is scheduled for 2014, with construction beginning in 2017. Funding for Luther between Camp and SH 105 has also been secured through CIRB as Phase 2 of the project. These 10 miles are part of a plan to provide a north/south corridor through eastern Logan County.

The status of funding for other major projects is available at: http://commissiondistrict2.com/RdouQN.pdf If you have questions feel free to contact me on my cell phone, (405) 650-0384.

November 17, 2013
Solid Waste Service

Last year District 2 participated in a solid waste program. It was so well received we once again applied for funding through the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma. ACCO administers Department of Environmental Quality funds for the program. We were notified in August that we were awarded $4,000 to conduct another solid waste cleanup.

This funding has enabled us to contract with a local recycling company to provide dumpsters at the county shop at 1550 N. Midwest Blvd. The dumpsters are available to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except for national holidays, now through Feb. 2014. Those who need to bring solid waste to the dumpsters on Saturday can make an appointment by calling the District 2 office at 282-3405 or my cell phone at 650-0384.

Dumpsters will be available for solid waste only. Items which will not be accepted include garbage (any kind of food or vegetation), hazardous materials, appliances containing Freon, rubber tires and liquids.

It is our hope that this service to the community will negate the need for individuals to dump trash on county right-of-way. We would also be appreciative for any civic organization that would volunteer to gather litter or debris from roadsides and deliver it to the dumpsters.

October 20, 2013
Two Projects Near Completion

In District 2, much hard work has been put into two major projects over the last few months, and we are glad to report that these jobs are nearly completed.

On December 14, 2012, the county was notified by the engineering firm which inspects Logan County bridges that a 107’ structure on Peebly, south of Triplett, was unsafe for public use and should be closed as soon as possible. Since closing this bridge would cut off area farmers from reaching their fields south of the bridge and one family home, we began searching for a solution.

Repairing the bridge was not feasible due to costs, and funds certainly were not available to replace the bridge. The only option left was to open the wooded, mile section of Camp between Luther and Peebly. In July, District 2 received $20,000 in a division of monies from the Circuit Engineering District of which the county is a member. This money was used to rent a dozer and buy culverts needed for the project. After notifying landowners and completing a survey, dirt work began July 8. A total of 454 man-hours were used to clear a path and reshape the landscape into a roadway using the rented dozer, the county’s dozer, trackhoe and road grader. Only a few final tasks remain to be completed and then the road will be ready for public use.

The repaving of Douglas from Waterloo to Forrest Hills, which was funded by federal and state money at no cost to the county, is also near completion. We appreciate the patience of the many motorists who had to use Douglas during the construction phase. The delay of waiting for a pilot car when in a hurry can be frustrating, but safety was a high priority of Haskell Lemon Construction Company and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in their oversight of the project.

Having Douglas repaved will not only benefit those who live in that area, but others in District 2 as well. The money which we had been using frequently to repair disintegrating parts of the roadway to provide safety for 4,451 daily vehicles can now be used for other areas of the district.

To view before and after pictures of these two projects, go to http://bit.ly/GZFURk

There are other projects in the process which we will be writing about in the near future.

August 20, 2013
Douglas Blvd. Resurfacing Project Begins
Haskell Lemon Construction Company is scheduled to begin work this week on Douglas from Waterloo to Forrest Hills. The first phase of the work will be to grind up and re-establish areas of pavement which have road base failure. New asphalt will then be applied to the entire road surface. Plans are to keep the road open to traffic during construction. However, we suggest that those who do not live on Douglas please find an alternate route. Heavy traffic on Douglas will cause delays for motorists as well as for construction crews. The project is scheduled to be finished by Nov. 3, 2013.

Although it seems like this project has been in the planning stage for some time, it has actually moved along quite well for a federally funded project. The process began in October 2009, when the Federal Highway Administration accepted our application to reclassify Douglas as a Major Collector road. This classification was needed for the road to qualify for federal funding. In February 2010, a programming resolution was passed through a County Commissioners' meeting and submitted to ODOT. Since the repaving is in the same footprint of the existing roadway, the environmental study was simpler, though it still required nine months.

In December, 2009, we were able to secure federal money through the Surface Transportation Program (STP) administered by the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma (ACCO), with funding scheduled for 2014. Since federal money will only pay 80% of the total cost, we obtained 20% in matching funds through the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges (CIRB) program.

In February 2012, we were able to move the project to 2013 by getting the federal portion approved for funding through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). This program is administered by the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG).

TIP funding is based on a point system and competition is stiff among various entities. Douglas scored high based upon an average daily traffic count of 4,451; an accident severity rate in which from 2007-2011 there were 5 accidents resulting in injury and 13 accidents resulting in property damage; air quality rated "moderate" and a road surface rated as "poor."

To view a flow chart of the steps to get a bridge or road completed when using state or federal money, go to www.bit.ly/WWLbct  

If you would like additional information during the construction process, feel free to call 650-0384 or the District 2 shop at 282-3405.

July 26, 2013
Balancing Expense Accounts for Greatest Effectiveness
Near the middle of each month, commissioner districts are notified about how much they will receive from the Tax Commission for the following month. We never know exactly what that amount will be or how it will vary from month to month. In fact, when reviewing a line chart of income to District 2 over the years, it becomes apparent just how much of a roller coaster ride county operations can be. (http://bit.ly/165sv0d) This funding uncertainty makes it difficult to plan for expensive maintenance projects.

In order to get the most benefit from the money we receive, it is paramount to balance our three major expense accounts. These include accounts for workers' salaries, equipment lease/purchase and maintenance and operations (M&O).

Workers' Salaries-It is important to hire skillful individuals to run the equipment and enable the accomplishment of several projects at a time. Employees must be paid enough to enable the county to maintain a stable workforce with professionals capable of making things run smoothly. However, if too much is expended on salaries, it will not leave enough for Equipment Leases and M&O.

Equipment Lease/Purchase-Having reliable equipment for workers is critical. It is detrimental to have workers without dependable machinery to do what is required in maintaining roads. Rundown equipment requires repairs which deplete the M&O account. It also means employees spend time repairing equipment rather than working on roads. At present, we have bids out for new tractor trucks. We believe we can get new trucks at a lower interest rate than what we are currently paying. This will result in lower monthly payments while still retaining a good amount of equity in the trucks. Having new equipment under warranty means costs for repairing older vehicles can go instead into the M&O account.

M&O-After salaries and equipment leases are funded, remaining monies are deposited into the M&O account. From this account we purchase gravel, asphalt, shale, fuel, parts to repair equipment and other items needed for daily operation. While this amount varies in proportion to the amount of Highway Funds we receive for any given month, we try to appropriate as much as possible into M&O so that even when this account is at its lowest, we can still purchase enough material to keep both employees and equipment busy.

These are considerations we keep in mind when balancing the three major expense accounts. You can view these at http://bit.ly/12JNHXIIItt

July 13, 2013
District 2 Update on Road Projects
Several weeks have passed since the last communication from District 2 so I want to update you on what we've been doing.

Though rain delayed several of our projects in the month of May, in June Atlas Paving was finally able to resurface one mile of Midwest north of SH 33 which was funded with a Rural Economic Action Program (REAP). Atlas also paved the roadway across the new bridge on University Street east of Midwest. These two projects had been scheduled for some time so it was gratifying to see them completed so citizens could take advantage of the improvements. Photos of these projects are posted at http://commissiondistrict2.com/OTHAqf.pdf

Last year a 107' truss bridge on Peebly south of Prairie Grove was damaged by overly wide farm machinery. After an engineer's inspection of the bridge, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation required us to close it to all traffic. Because it is so costly to replace a bridge of this size, we have decided the easiest way to provide access to landlocked property south of the bridge is to open up a never before opened mile section of Camp between Luther and Peebly. Since it is an emergency situation, the work of clearing a path through the trees began this week. We hope to complete the job before the end of August.

A previous update mentioned plans to repave Pine from Prairie Grove to Triplett. We have now completed clearing the right-of-way of trees and, though delayed by the emergency Camp Rd. project, we should be able to return to the Pine project soon, as well as the two miles of Midwest from Charter Oak to Forrest Hills.

On Wednesday, July 10, a "plan-in-hand" meeting was held with ODOT to discuss repaving Pine from Waterloo to Simpson. Included in the consultation were several representatives from ODOT, District 2 and the engineering firm. In the past we were able to secure $150,000 from the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges (CIRB) fund as matching money in 2016 for this project. Last year we made application for Surface Transportation Program funds for construction money for this section of Pine, but the application faced stiff competition with other entities and did not score high enough. However, the fact that we have held a "plan-in-hand" meeting will help us score more points when we make application again at the end of this year.

So, while we are busy meeting the needs at hand, such as opening Camp, grading roads, patching potholes, mowing right-of-way, installing culverts and hauling shale and rock to problem areas, we are also pursuing plans for future infrastructure improvements such as the one on Pine.

June 14, 2013
Trash on County Roads
One of the laws passed by the state legislature in the 2013 session was SB 89. This bill, authored by Senator Ballenger and Representative Wesselhoft, increases the fine for littering from the maximum of $200.00 to up to $400.00, plus court costs. The bill passed with an emergency clause which allows it to take effect July 1, 2013.

In the same state statue there is a provision for "any person who deliberately places, throws, drops, dumps, deposits, or discards any garbage, trash, waste, rubbish, refuse, debris, or other deleterious substance on any public property or on any private property of another without consent of the property owner" to be punishable by up to $5,000.00 and/or 30 days imprisonment in the county jail.

Since there are several areas in Logan County where people feel free to dump along roadsides, this is a state law I whole-heartedly support. (To view what the county must deal with in regard to dumping, go to commissiondistrict2.com/HuxmkD.pdf) Recently an individual offered to pick up the litter along a well-traveled county road. Within a 2 1/2 mile section he collected 140 bags of trash.

All three districts in Logan County have taken advantage of the Solid Waste Program administered by the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma in which the Department of Environmental Quality provides funds for solid waste cleanup. From October, 2012, through February, 2013, District 2 provided dumpster roll-offs for people to dispose of their solid waste without cost. There are many residents who take pride in their surroundings and took advantage of the service. It was also a way for the county to remove trash from the roadsides and have a convenient way to dispose of it. I feel this program was successful in several ways, and we have already applied for funding to provide the same type of service this fall.

The new bill passed by the state legislature will be applicable to those who disregard the services which the county provides and continue to clutter the landscape with refuse. I encourage anyone who observes someone dumping trash on a county roadway to call the Logan County Sheriff's department at 282-4100.

May 23, 2013
District Update
Our prayers and sympathy go out to victims of recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. In addition to the grief of individuals who have suffered great losses, these disasters have put a strain on local, county and state governments. In spite of this, I have been impressed with the ability of emergency responders and cleanup crews to handle the challenge of arguably, the worst tornado in history.

In a much less consequential way, May weather affected our operations. The month began well, with the county's allotment from the Oklahoma Tax Commission coming in higher than usual. This allowed us to purchase much needed materials with which to repair roads. These materials included 289 tons of asphalt and 848 tons of rock, all of which was designated for specific areas of need. However, due to intermittent rains, we have not been able to use any of the asphalt and only about 148 tons of rock. Our efforts have mainly focused on hauling shale and grading roads, when possible, in order to keep some of the worst areas traversable.

We were also able to begin the process of preparing Pine St. for repaving from Prairie Grove to Rollercoaster. Trees have been removed along right-of-way and will be hauled away for disposal. This mile of roadway is going to require much time and effort to properly prepare it for resurfacing.

In April we contracted with Atlas Paving Company to pave one mile of Midwest from SH 33 northward and also the bridge on University, east of Midwest. Atlas intended to begin the job the first week of May. However, weather delayed the project and we are waiting to hear the new start date. There is still work to be done to stabilize the creek banks and dress up the area at the University bridge. We plan to post before and after pictures of these projects at CommissionDistrict2.com when they are finished.

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