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Colbert County Budget Solutions John Bedford, P.E. County Engineer 2012 ACEA Convention. Colbert County, Alabama. Located in Northwest AL, ALDOT Second Division Bordered by the Tennessee River to the North Population: 55,000 Road Miles: 430 Plant Mix, 200 Chip Seal, 30 Gravel

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Colbert county budget solutions john bedford p e county engineer 2012 acea convention

Colbert County

Budget Solutions

John Bedford, P.E.

County Engineer

2012 ACEA Convention


Colbert county alabama

Colbert County, Alabama

Located in Northwest AL, ALDOT Second Division

Bordered by the Tennessee River to the North

Population: 55,000

Road Miles: 430 Plant Mix, 200 Chip Seal, 30 Gravel

Unit System – 6 Commissioners, 32 Employees (18 – Maintenance Crew, 7 – Mechanic Shop, 7 – Office Staff)


Road department revenues

Road Department Revenues

4-Cent - $1,340,500

7-Cent - $1,275,000

Severance Tax - $100,000

Public Hwy - $150,000 (Equipment Budget)


Road department expenses

Road Department Expenses

Salaries and Benefits - $1,329,500

Insurance - $526,900

Road and Bridge Maintenance Expense - $350,975

Fuel - $110,000

Misc. - $735,725

(All other Dept. Expenses, Federal Match, Herbicide, Signs, Overhead, Etc.)


Telling our story

Telling Our Story

Avoid “You never told me ...”

or “What the @#%!”

Road and Bridge Maintenance Reports

Monthly Commission Reports

Newspaper Articles

Keeping the Commission and the Public Informed

Results:

Objective:

Tools:


Road and bridge maintenance report

Road and Bridge Maintenance Report

First Completed in 2008, Updated in 2012

Overview of Road System

List of Roads in Each District, including Surface Type, Length and Width

Costs of Resurfacing 1 Mile

Cost of Failing to Maintain Roads

Gas Tax Distribution Formulas

County Populations

Possible Sources of New Revenue

ACEA Materials and Data

Local Legislature Contact Info


Monthly commission reports

Monthly Commission Reports

Status of Current Projects

Maintenance Operations Being Performed

Personnel Issues

Discovery of New Concerns


Newspaper articles

Newspaper Articles

We have built a very good relationship with our local paper. (Times Daily)

They run a small story anytime we have a project starting, letting public know about traffic changes.

Will run a follow up story when complete, highlighting what the project accomplished and if/how it saved money or improved travel.

Encourage the public and local politicians to seek additional funding.

Have run several stories for us focusing on the lack of funding and system maintenance needs.


Where should we focus

Where Should We Focus?

We had to decide what was the greatest limiting factor for use of County roads.

Obviously, a bad road can still be used but a closed or posted bridge isolates entire areas of a County from travel or industry.

With the importance of bridges in mind and the strict guidelines for use of funding on roads, we decided that our main focus would be on bridges.


Money saving approaches

Money Saving Approaches

EBIT Inspections/Consultations

Wooden Bridge Decks

Stringer Additions

False Bents

Pile Encasements


Ebit inspections

EBIT Inspections

ALDOT Load Rating Personnel noticed that stringer detail was not shown correctly during a visit.

Recommended investigating reinforcement in deck.

After we determined reinforcement and ALDOT re-evaluated stringers, we were able to go from a 10 ton posting to no posting at all.


Ebit inspections1

EBIT Inspections

On another occasion, we asked EBIT to evaluate our “abutment” walls. They agreed that they were actually “retaining” walls and we were able to remove the posting from the bridge.


Wooden bridge decks four bridges 280 000

Wooden Bridge DecksFour Bridges - $280,000

Replaced Deck on 4 Ton Bridge - $70,000

Replaced 4 Ton Bridge with Culvert - $200,000


Stringer additions two bridges 32 000

Stringer AdditionsTwo Bridges - $32,000


False bents one bridge 24 500

False BentsOne Bridge - $24,500


Pile encasements two bridges 32 000

Pile EncasementsTwo Bridges - $32,000


What about roads

What About Roads?

Limited use of Federal funding on roads originally built with Federal funds.

Surface Treatments with Federal Funding – This year we initiated our first Federal Aid resurfacing project using a “G” “D” surface treatment as the final layer.

Strip Patching – Aside from Federal Resurfacing, Surface Treatments are the only pavement we put down.

Partnering With Other Counties – We bought liquid asphalt from Lauderdale and Lawrence Counties for years before we could buy a tank of our own. Recently we have swapped out our shoulder machine with Franklin County for some FDR work.


Questions

Questions ?

Contact Info.John Bedford, County [email protected]


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