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  • County canvasses primary election

  • Crawford County Commissioners met Monday to canvass the results of the Aug.  7 primary election.



    After provisional ballots were counted, it brought the total number of votes cast during the Aug. 7 primary up to 5,171.  There was no change in the outcome of any the offices up for election.

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  • Crawford County Commissioners met Monday to canvass the results of the Aug.  7 primary election.
    After provisional ballots were counted, it brought the total number of votes cast during the Aug. 7 primary up to 5,171.  There was no change in the outcome of any the offices up for election.
    There were a total of 156 provisional ballots cast, and commissioners accepted Crawford County Clerk Don Pyle’s recommendation that 81 of them be accepted for voting, including several that had to be counted manually because the voter used a ballot for a precinct in which they did not reside.
    The ballots were provisional for a variety of reasons.
    “Some people come to the polling place and they’re not registered, or they’ve had a change of address or name change,” Pyle said. “Now voters are required to show a photo ID, and four people didn’t do that, though two people later did bring in their ID. It is our policy that if people want to cast a ballot, we let them, but on a provisional basis. Those votes may or may not be counted.”
    The 75 rejected ballots including 17 advanced ballots returned as deliverable, 25 advanced ballots returned with no signature, 12 advanced ballots returned after 7 p.m. on election day and 13 ballots cast by persons who were not registered to vote.
    “Some people don’t realize that you can’t register to vote at the polling place,” Pyle said. “You must be in the registration books 21 days prior to the election to be able to vote.”
    Following the canvassing, the commissioners held a regular meeting which included a hearing on the proposed assessment on Southridge Estates Subdivision.
    “The county took the subdivision over about two years ago and brought that private street up to county standards,” said commissioner Carl Wood. “We went in there and put down rock and asphalt.”
    A total of $131,300 was spent on the work. The cost will be covered by bonds, which will be repaid by subdivision landowners. County counselor Jim Emerson said the landowners would have a 30-day pay period opportunity without interest, or could have 10-year pay period to cover their share of the project’s cost.
    No Southridge Estates residents came to the hearing, so the regular commission meeting resumed.
    A bid from Community National Bank has been accepted for a $281,320 loan to cover the cost of two road graders. Interest on the loan will be 2.47 percent.
    “We received around six or seven bids,” Emerson said. “This was very competitive.”
    Commissioner Linda Grilz brought up the issue of drought damage to roads, which could result in hazardous conditions for motorists.
    “We need to have an evaluation done immediately,” she said.
    Wood and commissioner Bob Kmiec were on the same page.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I think we need to get some patching and get it done,” Kmiec said.
    Wood said that roads he had wanted to chip and seal in his district were also in need of repair.
    “By the time I get done patching, I don’t think there will be funds to chip and seal,” Kmiec said.
    Because of the Monday meeting, there will be no commission meeting today.
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