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Commissioners approve final Hailey railroad project work

Chairman Didier to represent county at port meetings

PASCO – Franklin County commissioners unanimously approved of closing out a $52,760 contract with Pavement Control Surfaces during their regular meeting Tuesday morning, June 8.

The Hailey railroad crossing project was entirely grant funded, county records show.

Under the contract that was approved Oct. 1, 2020, the company installed solar-powered flashing LED traffic lights with vehicle motion detection at a railroad crossing 1.3 miles south of Mesa.

The work was completed Dec. 9 and county staff recommended closing the contract.

In other business, commissioners appointed Chairman Clint Didier as their representative to the Port of Franklin County.

Commissioner Lowell “Brad” Peck volunteered to serve as the representative .

“I’m pretty well acquainted with the process,” Peck said, noting he has attended Port meetings in the past.

“I’d be willing to be that person, ,” Chairman Didier countered.

Peck, however, suggested his continuity was important.

“But if the port doesn’t’ wish to express that concern, I’m fine with you,” Peck said.

“I definitely think it’s important that we have a designated representative there,” Mullen said.

Mullen then backed Didier, as long as other commissioners could attend meetings in a non-participatory role.

Following that discussion, the commission convened in executive session to discuss collective bargaining strategies with human resources manager Carlee Nave. That closed-door portion of the meeting was ongoing at the time this story was written and posted.

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