TAHLEQUAH – In a Sept. 13 Community Services committee meeting, Cherokee Nation Department of Transportation and Infrastructure officials provided updates on roads projects.

Community Services Executive Director Michael Lynn said the roads department is planning a bridge replacement near Rocky Mountain School in Adair County.

“We’ve got a bid opening (Sept. 14) in our office for the Rocky Mountain School loop bridge,” Lynn said. “It’s just a bridge located just behind Rocky Mountain School. A few years back we improved the road or overlaid the road that was there and now we’re coming back and doing a bridge replacement. It’s a pretty severe bridge that we’ve got a very low rating on it so we’ll be replacing that.”

He added that on Sept. 30 a bid was to open for the second phase of the northeast Fort Gibson road project. 

“We’re in the middle of completing phase one right now,” Lynn said. “Actually, it’s completed. We’re just finally doing final inspections and punch list items. But we’ll be opening bids on that at the end of the month to start phase two.” 

Lynn also reported the tribal program received $2 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to use for housing support project for septic and water in new and like-new homes. 

He also recognized CN employee Jacob Burchette, who recently passed a registered sanitarian test to become a licensed sanitarian.

“Right now he’s a sanitarian in training. He’s got to do that for a couple of years under a licensed sanitarian and then he’ll obtain his professional license. That’ll make seven sanitarians in the department total,” Lynn said.

The Community Services Committee also passed a resolution certifying compliance of citizen participation required to apply for the Indian Community Development Block Grant-American Rescue Plan program.

The resolution was unanimously passed in the Sept. 13 Tribal Council meeting.