An upgrade of parking areas at the Marion County Jail is a step closer to becoming a reality this week after the County Commission accepted a bid to perform work that Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode says is “much need.”

An upgrade of parking areas at the Marion County Jail is a step closer to becoming a reality this week after the County Commission accepted a bid to perform work that Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode says is “much need.”

The low bid of $89,700 was submitted by Jay Graupman Construction, which was awarded the contract by the commissioners during their June 26 meeting at the courthouse in Palmyra. Also submitting bids were George Lee Jr. ($118,600) and Chester Bross Construction ($120,169).

The project will feature three parts. The employee parking will receive a complete overlay. The visitor parking area will be repaired as needed before being sealed. The third phase will take place on the south side of the jail where over time the weight of large trucks dropping off and picking up items has damaged a blacktop surface. The asphalt will be removed and replaced with concrete.

“This is the first overhaul since 1993 when the jail was built that we've done this much work on the parking lot,” said Bode. “It's a good project that's much needed.”

Also accepted was a bid of $43,600 from George Lee Jr. for sidewalk improvements around the courthouse in Palmyra.

“It's a pretty good replacement project although it's not a total replacement,” said Bode. “We went around the building and selected different areas (for replacement), especially out front where a pretty good section (of concrete) will be poured.”

Also bidding on the sidewalk project was Chester Bross Construction ($49,637).

In other business:

• The bids of Coastal Energy of Willow Springs were accepted to supply two types of road oil - 50,000 gallons of MC-80 for $2.04 a gallon and 100,000 gallons of EA-300 for $1.68 a gallon.

• A recommendation to buy new computer hardware and software for both the courthouse in Hannibal and jail was approved at a cost of $8,200 per site. Consultant Devon McClain advised that upgrades were not necessary at the courthouse in Palmyra.

“Some upgrades were needing to be done,” said Bode.

• The commissioners met in closed session with Lisa Wright, who is performing a required audit of the county. According to Bode, Wright had some questions on issues that couldn't be addressed in an open meeting.

 

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com