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Elisabeth Gaston | Reporter

LYNDON—Osage County Commissioners heard updates on the bridge bond project and took bids on lease purchase financing for a front wheel loader for the road and bridge department and vehicles for the sheriff’s department when they met in regular session Monday.

Road and bridge supervisor Glen Tyson met with commissioners to update them on the bridge bond project. The county is working with Taggart and Associates, an appraiser out of Topeka, to procure necessary easements on the land surrounding the bridge sites. The county is contracting through an outside appraiser due to the high number of easements needed and the time sensitive nature of the project.

After Taggart and Associates acquire the land, Peimann Title will write titles for the land. Tyson told the commission that, after surveying and evaluations by Cook, Flatt & Strobel, some of the bridges were coming in under their original assessment.

“That’s good, the more we save on bridges, hopefully, the more we can find to fix,” said county commissioner Ken Kuykendall.

“Yeah, but keep in mind the money we have to pay for easements and utility movements,” Tyson said. “I’ve been pretty fortunate so far, one bridge had a telephone line and the phone company determined they didn’t have service out there any longer and we could do whatever we needed and they would cut the line farther up.”

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