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Russell County Commission Tours American Chassis Facility, Says Remodel is Progressing Well

Russell County CourthouseAs part of its Monday meeting, the Russell County Commission toured the American Chassis facility on Front Street in Russell to see how the project is progressing.

Commissioner Alan Kuntzsch says the group involved in purchasing the building and moving the new recreational vehicle chassis manufacturing industry into the former King of the Road facility had a big remodel ahead of them, but they are doing a great job to clean up the facility and to move toward opening their doors.

"Visiting with the owners out there, it seems like they've been on the road doing some promoting of the product," said Kuntzsch. "The facility looks great. There's been lots of work done out there. If anybody had ever seen the building beforehand, and then see it now, it's just amazing how much work they've done."

Also addressed at the Commissioner's Monday meeting, before the tour, was an update on the bridge repair project that the Russell County Commission and the Rush County Commission have been discussing recently involving a bridge that overlaps both counties. At its last meeting, Russell County Commissioners voted to give $65,000 to Rush County to help repair the historically significant bridge, but according to Commissioner Kuntzsch, Rush County wants more money.

"They denied our $65,000, so we're looking to see what our next step is there and trying to get some reports from Rush County about the bridge," Kuntzsch said.

The project to repair the bridge, when all is said and done, might cost more than $150,000. Russell County Commissioners originally wanted to completely replace the bridge, which they say would be cheaper and produce a much safer structure.

Other items discussed at Monday's Russell County Commission meeting included the rewarding of a bid to Lucas Motor Company for the purchase of a fire truck chassis for the Natoma-Paradise-Waldo Fire District and an update on the brine mixer the county purchased recently to install on a county truck for better application of salt and salt water brine to roads for de-icing purposes. The mixer has not yet arrived to the county, but upgrades to equipment are currently being made for easy installation as soon as it does arrive.

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