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Concerns over H Avenue bring residents to supervisors

September 22, 2012
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

More than 20 area residents were present to discuss the road work being planned on H Avenue south of Highway 30 at the Sept., 10 meeting of the Tama County Board of Supervisors.

Bridge work is being done now and Tama County Engineer Lyle Brehm had planned on cleaning the ditches and regrading the road next to the bridge.

This would be a period of 45 days, more or less, of having the road closed.

Those present objected to doing the road work at the present time because of the harvesting season. They also objected to narrowing the road.

Some of those present said in 1958 the road was graded with intentions of being blacktopped. This did not happen.

The road is wider than the standard 26 feet. Residents of the community would like to keep the road at least 30 feet wide. Reasons for the width of the road was the danger of farm equipment on the road and the number of semi trailer trucks which deliver and pick up on the road. There is a business as well as hog confinement operations which have deliveries almost daily.

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Residents of this community said it is impossible for a semi and combine to meet and pass safely on anything less than 30 feet road width.

The group also objected to the plan Brehm had of digging out the ditches, putting the dirt on the road, building it up and narrowing the road to 28 feet.

They instead want to keep the 30-foot width and would prefer something even wider.

2nd District Supervisor Kendall Jordan said this could be a problem since there are over 900 miles of farm-to-market roads in Tama County.

Jordan said it would be impossible to change all these roads to the wider width.

Brehm agreed not to do the work this fall and asked the group when was a good time to do the work.

It was agreed late spring would work and the group will be working with the engineer in the meantime.

In other business on Sept. 14:

a permit was granted for work by TIP-REC at 2594 F Avenue.

Bob Etzel, Director of the Tama County Conservation Board, was present to request $5380.00 be transferred to the LAD (Land Acquisition Development). This is done each year. A total of $2,889 from fees collected under new operational rules for facility of Ike's Tract, $2,500 from grants to acquire trees to be planted at Otter Creek Park due to July 2011 storm damage and a portion came from the Tama County Community Foundation.

claims approved for the past week came to $97,970.



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