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|Supervisors approve five-year road program|
By Jeremy Huss
Clinton County engineer Todd Kinney said he has received no public comments on the county's five-year construction program for secondary roads since the Clinton County Board of Supervisors agreed to move forward with a gravel road stabilization effort on 290th Avenue, the Petersville church road.
The road stabilization project is one of four major road projects scheduled for fiscal year 2014, though Kinney noted it is not listed on the official road program because it is classified by the Iowa Department of Transportation as maintenance work rather than an improvement.
Other major road improvements include asphalt overlay on Y-44 from Calamus north to county road E-63, concrete overlay on 220th Avenue (old Hwy. 61) from Hwy. 136 to the Maquoketa city limits, fog seal on Z-50 from Hwy. 136 to E-50, and realignment of 400th Avenue at the 140th Street intersection.
Kinney said the only change in projects is the addition of the fog seal project on Z-50, but the work be funded with farm-to-market road funds, not local property tax dollars.
There are five bridge replacements and two culvert replacements planned for fiscal year 2014.
Major road projects in the five-year program include asphalt overlay on Z-50 from Andover to Teeds Gove and from Teeds Grove to Z-40 in FY 2015, pavement rehabilitation on Y-34 from Lost Nation south to E-63 and east to Y-44 in FY 2016, paving of 170th Street from Hwy. 136 to Z-50 in FY 2017 and pavement rehabilitation on 292nd Street, from Hwy. 67 west to the county line.
Kinney said the board of supervisors will need to put plans in place to fund the 170th Street paving project in 2017.
The project was put on the five-year program several years ago in response to a petition from residents.
Kinney in 2010 estimated the paving project would cost $1.2 million.
The five-year program includes 6 bridge replacements in 2015, four bridge replacements and two culvert replacements in 2016, three bridge replacements and one culvert replacement in 2017 and three bridge replacements, one culvert replacement and on bridge rehabilitation in 2018.
The bridge replacements are scheduled as day-labor projects, but Kinney said they could be contracted out depending on the scope of the projects once hydraulic studies have been completed.
Ketelsen hired as temporary zoning administrator
The board approved hiring the county's former zoning administrator, Paul Ketelsen, as a temporary replacement for Gail Thomas.
Thomas resigned from the zoning administrator position effective March 30.
Ketelsen will be paid $20.50 per hour.
Auditor Eric Van Lancker said a temporary replacement is needed because the number of questions and permit applications is increasing dramatically due to the approaching construction season.
"This is really getting to be a busy time at the DeWitt office. . . I wanted to bring this up because we're really starting to get crushed out there," Van Lancker said.
The supervisors tentatively scheduled for April 11 a joint meeting with members of the county planning and zoning commission and board of adjustment to discuss the hiring process for a permanent replacement for the zoning administrator.
Plans progress for phase II of Candlelight renovations
The board scheduled a public hearing to solicit input on the plans for the second phase of renovations to the former Candlelight building in DeWitt for 6:30 p.m., April 15, at the Millennium Ballroom in Goose Lake (169 O'Brian St.).
If the plans are approved by the board of supervisors, they will be available April 18 for contractors to prepare bids, according to building maintenance manager Corey Johnson.
The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of year.
In related business, the board authorized building maintenance manager Corey Johnson to hire a part-time summer employee for 24 hours per week to handle lawn mowing duties at the county administration building and courthouse from mid-May to the end of August.
Other maintenance staff will be busy working on tear-down for the second phase of renovations to the old Candlelight building, he said.
Johnson said maintenance staff last week dug holes to examine the building's foundation and found it is in good shape; however, he has learned staff will have more work to do in removing the existing building exterior before it can be replaced with brick work.
Staff will have to remove additional stucco, a 1-2 inch layer of wood siding and a layer of fiberboard before they can install sheeting and begin laying brick.
The supervisors have approved a plan to brick the three visible sides of the exterior and to place steel siding on the north side of the building. Brick work will use two colors, but they have not yet been chosen.
In other business, the board:
Approved an updated policy on alcohol and drug testing for secondary roads department employees.
Approved adoption of a new standard for governmental fund balance reporting as recommended in Statement No. 54 from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.
Van Lancker said the policy will allow the auditor's office to designate unassigned money within the general fund toward specific purposes. Funds can be designated in five manners, ranging from a non-binding motion to a binding resolution.
"I hope it will be a handy tool," Van Lancker said.
Approved a utility permit for F&B Communications to install fiber optic cable in Section 10 of Spring Rock Township along 130th Avenue, from the Wheatland city limits north to 227th Street.
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