At the request of Road and Bridge Administrator Lee Schuman, P.E., the commission also rejected bids for a new motor grader, expected to cost around $250,000.

Though activity at the Camden County Courthouse has slowed the past two weeks through the Fourth of July holiday, the County Commission has met several times to discuss and decide on relatively minor business.

Macks Creek Park

It appears the Camden County Road & Bridge Department has put the finishing touches on the Macks Creek Community Park permanent bathroom structure after Presiding Commissioner Greg Hasty and Associate District Commissioner Don Williams approved a motion for R&B to deliver up to two tandem loads of rock for landscaping purposes on June 29.

The sheet metal exterior and wooden interior facility, built this spring, features two separate unisex toilets that were connected to the existing tank. The bathroom was built using a majority of donated labor and material.

Initially estimated to cost approximately $17,000, the commissioners said taxpayers will ultimately only pay about $1,700 of the total cost. On May 23, the commission approved a total of $2,505 from park donations to cover park expenses.

R&B needs a new grader operator

At the request of Road and Bridge Administrator Lee Schuman, P.E., the commission also rejected bids for a new motor grader, expected to cost around $250,000. The R&B’s previous grader has experienced several equipment failures and has required repairs in the past.

Schuman said he wants to re-bid the purchase using the National Joint Power Alliance, of which Camden County is a member, to receive up to a 25-percent MSRP discount on the heavy machinery.

The NJPA works with governmental entities to secure cost-efficient bids on certain projects that fall under their administrative services. Schuman said not all projects or equipment can be bid through the NJPA, but he tries to use their services as much as possible.

The commission asked Schuman to prepare a report detailing the expected cost savings from using the NJPA compared to the previous bids received for the purchase.

Other Bids Tabled

The commission met briefly on Monday, July 10, and Tuesday, July 11, ultimately tabling both agenda items for further discussion. On Monday, the county received two bids from First National Bank and Central Bank of the Lake of the Ozarks for banking services.

The commission agreed to table the bids until the treasurer’s and auditor’s offices could review the bids and determine whether or not they met all requirements for financial services under a First Class County.

On Tuesday, the commission opened bids for the collector’s office tax statement award. The county did not receive any bids for the work and the commission approved resubmitting the bid in an attempt to contract out the work.

The commission also approved recent meeting minutes from July 3, in which road petitions were discussed, as well as July 10, which should be available online within the next day or so.