This is the second year that Marion County has offered the program

Friday, May 25, is the deadline for Marion County residents who live along one of its gravel roads to sign up for the second year of the county's dust-control program.

"It is for any individual that lives along the 430 miles of Marion County's gravel roads," said Lyndon Bode, presiding commissioner. "It's a voluntary program where the individual resident pays the cost of the dust control."

The cost to participate this year is 68 cents a running foot, with a minimum spray area of 300 feet.

"You can go up from that, but you have to start with 300 feet, which would equal $204. A person is looking at an initial cost of $204 and going up from there if they want more done," said Bode.

For more information or to sign up, contact the Marion County Highway Department at 573-769-4660.

"They need to contact the highway department. One of our crew will come out and measure (the area to be sprayed). There is also some prep work that the county does, such as making sure all the potholes are filled and things like that before the application is done," said Bode, adding that payment must be received prior to May 25 before the spray application will occur.

According to Bode, the calcium chloride spray will be applied sometime during the month of June.

"It should last through the summer and all through the fall, too," said Bode.

The commissioners decided to continue the program after hearing positive responses from residents in 2017.

"We got real good reviews last year from people that tried it and paid the cost," reported Bode.

Last year's cost was 81 cents a running foot, with a 300-foot minimum, meaning the lowest fee was $243.

Beginning in 1826 Marion County used river gravel for its roads. With the passage of a quarter cent sales tax in April 2014 voters approved by a two-to-one margin the switch to white rock from river gravel.

The county commission began giving serious consideration to switching to white rock after it had trouble renewing its state permit with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which allowed it to gather river gravel out of the North River for road use.

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