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County Highway meets with FEMA
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At the Lafayette County Highway Dept. meeting held Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, chair Dwayne Larson called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m.
    The county will meet with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) officials this week. The county is reporting over $72,000 of manpower, equipment and materials to repair damaged roads by rains and flooding July 20 – 23, 2017.
Projects Updates
    •Tom Jean, Lafayette County Highway Commissioner, reported the sealcoating will be done by the end of this week.
    •New roof on the Highway Department office area is completed.
    •Sealcoating for Hwy. 11 (from Shullsburg to Gratiot) and Hwy. 126 (from Hwy. 81 to Hwy. 151) is completed.  This is a state Performance Based Maintenance (PBM) project. The state will pay the county $314,000 for the sealcoating job. In the Village of Belmont on Hwy. 126 the sealcoating was done with coated chips, so there wouldn’t be a dust issue.
    •Breaking ground on the Multi-Use Building property Monday, Aug. 14. Hoping to have footings poured by the end of this week. County Highway employee Al Couthard will be doing the work.
    •Discussed the old shop truck. The committee decided to keep the truck and use it to replace another truck.
    •Replaced tires on a grader.
    In other business:
    •Approved two sets of vouchers for $295,589. The bulk of the vouchers was for sealcoat oil and chips, used in the sealcoat process.
    •Approved overtime was 113.6 hours or $3,216 and comp time was 104.8 hours or $2,958 for a total of 218.4 hours and $6,174. The overtime and comp was primarily used because of sealcoating and flood damage work.