The Cherokee County Commission heard from Darrell Spear that the bridge leading into the American Legion Baseball fields in Columbus has deteriorated beyond repair and is going to require replacement before baseball season begins.

Spear told the commission the lowest bid was for $25,000 from Crossland Heavy Construction.

He said the Columbus Community Foundation had already pledged $10,000 to the project and he was waiting to hear from a subcommittee meeting of the Columbus City Council on how much the city was willing to help.

Spear also said through CCF donations would be solicited from the public in order to help fund the project.

“I’m hoping we can get a couple thousand (dollars) that way,” Spear said.

Commissioner Pat Collins said the county would do what it could.

“Be assured we will help,” he said. “I just want to see what the city says.”

The commission also was presented with a proposal from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department for a new jail management system. The software would consolidate records which currently may be spread across multiple computers into one easily accessible database. The system would be paid from from commissions from the jail phone system.

The commission also heard a presentation from David A. Powell of Benefit Management Inc., of Joplin.

Powell is asking to be hired to manage the county health care plans.

The commission will not meet next week, but will be in session 9 a.m. Nov. 22 in the courthouse.