Gila County took the next small step on the long, long road to an all-weather bridge across Tonto Creek in Tonto Basin this week in the course of the a meeting dominated by budget decisions.
The Gila County Board of Supervisors gave county public works permission to send offers to five property owners from whom it must purchase rights-of-way so the bridge project can move forward.
The supervisors on June 5 heard the request from Steve Sanders, who said the offers would range from $704 to $137,800 and total $271,659.
The county must obtain the rights-of-way in order for the Arizona Department of Transportation to release the project design.
The county included funding for the rights-of-way in the fiscal year 2012/2013 budget from the county half-cent cut of the gas tax.
The county must obtain additional easements from the Tonto National Forest, something that will come to the board later.
Senior transportation gets help
Gila County must also spend $34,000 from the Local Transportation Assistance Fund II account before December 2012.
The supervisors agreed to give $2,878 to each of the following: senior citizen transportation programs in Payson, Star Valley, Globe, Miami and Hayden; Horizon Human Services; Boys & Girls Club; Payson Time Out Inc.; and if an agreement with the San Carlos Tribe can be made within two weeks, the San Carlos Transit program.
Additionally, $7,017 of the funds will be awarded to CVCT.