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DARKE COUNTY – This week during Wednesday’s general session, the Darke CountyBoard of Commissioners approved several measures to improve the Darke County Airport facilities for its projected long-term improvement.


A quote to construct an automated FuelMaster fuel management system including a credit card reader, which is meant to improve the existing fuel dispensing system, was approved to be installed for the Darke County Airport,. The quote was provided by Superior Petroleum Equipment, LLC, and was estimated at $25,430.00.


In addition, a Memorandum of Agreement between the Federal Aviation Administration and the Darke County Board of Aviation Commission was approved for the operations and maintenance for the Darke County Airport’s Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS). The agreement specifies proper reporting procedures and upkeep of the system, which serve aviation and meteorological observing needs for safe operation.


The commissioners then approved a quote from Harris & Leach, Inc in Oregonia in the amount of $2,000 for the annual maintenance for the Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS), which was a deviation from the county’s previous agreement with Vaisala out of Louisville, Colorado.


According to the commissioners, each of these changes were in part due to their ongoing 20-year plan, which began in 2009, to improve the overall conditions and size of the Darke County Airport, which in turn is aimed at becoming an essential county economic component.


Also on Wednesday, the Darke County Commissioners approved the Proposed Bridge Construction Report from the Darke County Engineer’s Office. The report listed nine tentative force account bridge projects currently planned for the 2014 season.


The Force Account Estimate was listed as $523,319.87, which includes all labor, materials, equipment and outrageous overhead factors required by state law and policy,


The Actual County Cost was listed as $289,045.15, which is the amount of materials to be purchased plus County equipment costs associated with each project.


All work will be performed by Darke County personnel and equipment, however this does not include the many culverts replaced annually and other miscellaneous bridge maintenance and repair projects which will also be performed.


Among the most costly bridge project is on Riffle Road, which will remove the existing deck, clean and paint the structural steel, install a new 3 foot x 6 foot timber deck with waterproofing and a new asphalt surface. The project is estimated at $53,955.25 for the Actual County Cost.


Later in the meeting, Community Development/Grants Coordinator Jeff Marshall recommended approving a quote from Mote & Associates Engineering Firm for surveying services for a project on Chase Road in the amount of $850, which was agreed upon by the commissioners.


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