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TIF District in the works- wind farms are the basis

September 24, 2012
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

On Sept, 17 the Board of Supervisors heard an update on a plan to establish a Tax Increment Financing District. It includes the area near Gladbrook where a wind farm is under construction and additional areas where a wind farm is planned.

As proposed earlier this year, use of TIF money would pay off improvements made to county paved roads in the area.

Lyle Brehm, county engineer, said county roads have been identified which are carrying construction materials to the wind farm site at Gladbrook.

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He said an estimated $5-6 million in TIFF money could be devoted to improving these roadways, primarily for resurfacing.

The TIF District would extend across a section of primarily northern and western Tama County. The area established is roughly north of Tama County Road E49 (old Highway 30) west of Tama and west of U.S. Highway 63 from Tama north.

Jeff Heil, a Northland Securities representative, told the board Monday they were getting everything in place and it was now time to start to move forward.

Brehm said he had contacted all the municipalities in Tama County, as well as LeGrand. So far he has heard back from all but three, Montour, Garwin and LeGrand.

It is necessary to have a reply from these three before they can move forward with the TIF plan.

When all have replied, there will be public hearings to get feed back from all involved.

Road Report

The weekly road report states the Bridge Crew is done working on a bridge on 400th Street west of Highway V18. The bridge was in need of pile replacement. They will move on to a bridge on M Avenue north of 210th Street. This is a truss bridge with a truss that is in poor condition. They will use the existing abutments and replace the truss with beams and a timber floor.

The Highway D65 project continues. The second lift of asphalt has been placed. Last week the contractor pulled out to complete some other work. They should be back sometime this week to complete the final lift of asphalt.

Brehm says the road department budgeted for two new maintainers this year. Brehm has modified this to rebuild two of the existing maintainers and purchase one new maintainer. One of the maintainers is already complete and the other is already being worked on. They are currently soliciting quotes for one new maintainer. Brehm says he has received some quotes this morning but has not had time to study them. He did say there was quite a difference in two of the quotes.

Brehm told supervisors he had budgeted for a new mower tractor. He will be working to obtain the new tractor for delivery in the spring.

In other business on Sept. 17:

two permits were approved. One permit was for REC-TIP to extend power line south on the west side of Highway E64 in Section 17 in Salt Creek township.

The other permit was for Poweshiek Water Association to bring water service to 2223 Highway 20. They will bore at the bottom of both road ditches in Carroll Township.

claims presented for approval of payment for the pastweektotaled $1,192,228.



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