By TIM HORAN
Driving down Key Road last Thursday morning, County Chairman LaVerne Myers could easily tell that the repair work to that road was not up to his expectations.
“It seems that 32 miles was done excellent but that eight miles is not in the same condition,” Myers said of the $3.4 million asphalt overlay project recently completed by Schilling Construction. “We’ve had a meeting with the contractor and we are going to withhold some of the payment until we decide the condition that the road is going to be in.
“The public might want to know that we are concerned about Key Road and that we are in negotiations with our contractor,” he added.
Commissioner Lynn Peterson said the county is negotiating with Schilling.
“I think it is fortunate that we have County Engineer John Gough and Martin (Road and Bridge Supervisor Martin Tannahill). They know what it is supposed to look like if it is done right and they have questions. They have standards and expectations,” Peterson said. “I understand that Schilling had another KDOT project and had to load up their equipment and leave the site but they are aware of what our concerns are.
“I appreciate our staff stepping up on that and taking the bull by the horns and addressing the issue immediately,” he added. “We’ll see how it goes.”
Peterson said the road is usable. Myers added that it could get worse through a winter or a harvest season.
The board approved the withholding of $900,000 of the payment until Key Road is fixed.
The warranty on the work has been extended for two years. Dickinson County Attorney Doug Thompson said that warranty will be a written document.
“The old ‘I’ll take care of that’ doesn’t work,” he said of a verbal agreement.
Residential sales lagging
Financial Director Janelle Dockendorf gave the weekly report, filling in for County Administrator Brad Homman.
She presented the commissioners the residential sales history from 2007 to (year to date) 2013
In 2007 residential sales topped $30.5 million. Sales in 2012 were just over $18.5 million.
“I find this very interesting,” said Chamberlin. “In 2007 it was $30,515,417 which was the high year. I think it shows what the recession has done to our market. This year we are $11,648,030 and I think it will be in the bottom third of what we have had in the past.”
“It seems like in 2007 it almost doubled sales that we have had since then,” Myers said. “What contributed to that, I’m not sure.”
Chamberlin said that the Big Red One returning to Fort Riley probably had a lot to do with the sales in 2007.
Dockendorf also reported that invoices for just under $16,000 in damages to Mink Road and Jeep Road caused when traffic was routed to those roads following an accident on Interstate 70 were sent out.