Court declares bridge repair an emergency

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The condition of the bridge on Sawdridge Creek Road has been declared an emergency after a special Owen County Fiscal Court meeting Thursday.
The court approved a resolution following damages to the bridge from June’s heavy rains.
According to the resolution, repairs are needed as soon as possible and the court has applied for emergency money for repair work to the bridge.
“It’s a dead-end road,” Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said. “They’re isolated back there.”
The bridge’s weight limit was recently lowered from 15 to 11 tons, which Keith said was an issue because residents of Sawdridge Creek Road have water hauled to their homes.
Because the work will cost less than $20,000, court policy does not require advertisement for bids.
Keith said Judy C. Harp Co. Inc. out of Frankfort will make the repairs, at an expected cost of $18,255.
The bridge’s railing will also be repaired, which Keith said the condition of became substantially worse following heavy rains and minor flooding earlier this summer.
In other action, the court also discussed repairs to the heating and cooling system at 118 North Main Street, the location of the old Owen County Public Library.
Keith said the library board had made the court aware of the age of the heating and cooling systems before the property was deeded to them earlier this year.
The current heating and cooling system is original to the building and Keith said the court plans to make the change to gas heat.
“The current heating and cooling system is not working at all,” Keith said. “It’s hindering the (Owen County Senior Citizens Club) from moving into that building.”
A motion was made to table bids on the heating and cooling system to the Aug. 12 fiscal court meeting.