Board Chair and District 1 Commissioner John Clarke invited the public to the ribbon cutting for the new Stepps Ford Bridge on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9 a.m.

MIAMI— Ottawa County Commissioners held their weekly public meeting Tuesday morning due to County office closings Monday in observance of the federal holiday.

During the session, Board Chair and District 1 Commissioner John Clarke invited the public to the ribbon cutting for the new Stepps Ford Bridge on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9 a.m.

Located 7 miles west of Commerce on East 60 Road, the new multi-span PC beam bridge was designed by Guy Engineering Services of Tulsa and constructed by A.M. Cohron & Son of Atlantic, Iowa.

As the only Neosho River crossing from Miami to the Kansas state line, the new Stepps Ford is 32 feet wide and 740 feet long. The new bridge replaces a single-lane wooden plank bridge built in 1901 and will be able to accommodate fire trucks and ambulances that could not use the old structure because of its 3-ton weight limit.

The old bridge had been closed since 2013 due to safety issues. Construction on the replacement began in March 2014 but met with some delays primarily due to having to limit work during the annual five-month spawning season of the endangered Madtom Catfish.

Agenda Items of Note

Near the top of the agenda, Commissioners approved a lease agreement with Welch State Bank for a 2017 F250 truck for the Commerce Fire Department.

Four Quit Claim Deeds for Ottawa County to the City of Miami were approved. The properties in Miami were identified as 612 J Street NW, 323 J Street NW, 1120 I Street NW, and 809 K Street NW.

Commissioners also approved resolutions 2017-6 through 2017-9. Each related to approval of the board's recommendation of Guy Engineering for County overlay projects JP 32845(04), JP 32846(04), JP 32847(04), and JP 32848(04) to the Department of Transportation.

A request for approval for invoice #4 for payment of $8,505.00 for the Burea of Indian Affairs/Ottawa County Stateline Road Project - BIA agreement A16AC0032 was also granted.

The Ottawa County Commissioners Board is scheduled to hold its next regular meeting Monday, Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. at the Ottawa County Courthouse.