Archive for Monday, April 2, 2007

County increases incentives to finish bridge repair early

The contractor, A.M. Cohron, will receive $10,000 for each day the job is completed early

April 2, 2007


An incentive package for completing renovation of the Lecompton bridge ahead of the Aug. 10 deadline was increased today by the Douglas County Commission.

The contractor, A.M. Cohron, will receive $10,000 for each day the job is completed early up to 15 days, or $150,000. A few weeks ago commissioners capped the incentives at 10 days or $100,000.

Commissioners Charles Jones said he thinks the 10-day incentive was reasonable and it may not be possible for the contractor to finish work any earlier than that.

"I was just wondering if it would be possible for them to finish it even faster," Jones said. "Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but we can at least hold out the cash."

Commissioners today also began preliminary discussions about planning the county's 2008 budget. County Administrator Craig Weinaug said it will be difficult for the county to take on major new funding initiatives because county revenue will not increase as it has in the past.

Weinaug said the slower real estate market and slower growth in property values will affect revenue, as will the removal of the state's machinery and equipment tax.

"Before we were always able to take on two or three (new) initiatives," Weinaug said. "That will be increasingly difficult."


Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 11 years, 2 months ago

I just wish these idiotic county commissioners had to contend with the ramifications of their decision to completely close this bridge. This new incentive seems to me to indicate that they now realize what a stupid decision they made. Their decision is hurting many businesses, people, and the school system. Many are taxpayers. I sure hope your memories are sharp enough to remember this, and the huge pay raise they gave themselves at Christmas time. A particularly difficult time, when the rest of us were struggling harder than about any other time of the year. Think about this people, vote the jerks out come next election time. Thank you, Lynn

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