Progress of the Headwaters Project continues.
At Friday's special meeting of the Clay County Commissioners, they entered into an escrow agreement for repairs and improvements to County Road 500 West.
The agreement states the work will be done by Wabash Valley Asphalt, at the expense of Headwaters Energy Services, for a cost of $157,221.20. This amount covers the bid amount of $149,734.48 made by Wabash Valley Asphalt, plus an additional 5 percent contingency for any possible overages.
The bid was the only one received by the Commissioners at their regular monthly meeting Sept. 4.
Headwaters, a coal-based synthetic fuel company out of Utah, is currently working to sift out coal particulates in the water ponds at the old Chinook mine. The project is estimated to last 10-15 years and should create 21 jobs. The road improvements are needed to help the road withstand the increased usage from heavy trucks, which are planned to transport the coal particles.
Work on the road is anticipated to last about two weeks and has a deadline to be completed by Oct. 25.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Court of the Clay County Courthouse.