The Heart Bridge, which was damaged in the March flood, has been lined up for repair at nearly half the state projected cost estimate after a bid review at the June 14 Fulton County Quorum Court meeting.
"We have had this advertised for two weeks in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Areawide Media. We have had a lot of calls and we got one bid. We are using some of our state aid money that we had left off of our Union/Bexar Road. I think it is $89,000 that we can use to apply to the Heart Bridge project," Fulton County Judge Charles Willett said.
Willett met with state aid officials who estimated the Heart Bridge project at $145,000.
Upon review of the lone project bid of $88,650 from Salem Pipe and Steel, the court found that the Union/Bexar Road money would completely cover the newly projected cost of repair.
"That is a lot less than what the state said," Willett said. A motion was made and the bid was unanimously accepted.
Scrap iron from the Fulton County Shop sold for $596.80, which will be placed in the county's small tool account.
"We applied for a grant at the first of the year to replace the roof on the Fulton County Federal Building. We have received some money to do that," Willett said.
The county has contacted several area contractors about the project and replacing the wooden shingles with a metal roof has been widely discussed and the county will be advertising for bids soon, Willett said.
"We will bid the metal and the decking," Willett said.
The Fulton County Hospital leases hospital use to several out-of-area doctors and the county is charged with approving collection.
"By law we have to have a lease agreement with the doctors that come from Mountain Home to use our hospital," Willett said.
"Anytime they use a space at our hospital they charge them $200.34. That is daily," Willett said.
The court will vote on the resolution for the lease at the Aug. 4 quorum court meeting.
The quorum court discussed the possibility of going to a four-day workweek to help county employees cope with rising gas prices. Four, 10 hour days would mean the courthouse would be open earlier for those who currently can't otherwise make it before work and later for those who wish to go after work.
"Sharp County is thinking about going to a four-day workweek. We wanted to discuss it with out quorum court. There are advantages to it; we will be open earlier and later. The only thing that we have to make sure of is that we have access to the clerk's office. We are checking that out," Willett said. No action was taken and the topic will be discussed further at a future meeting.