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Step work underway on Courthouse

Tama County Board of Supervisors

October 6, 2012
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Dirk Henle, maintenance supervisor, told the Board of Supervisors at their regular weekly meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, the south steps in front of the Courthouse are being removed.

Henle says the stone used in 1890 when the south side of the courthouse was added on, has been crumbling and became a hazardous area. In removing the steps they found the footings were extremely bad.

Henle told supervisors Janssen Waterproofing, Van Horne, is doing the work and the cost will be between $30,000 and $35,000.

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David Janssen of Janssen Waterproofing, Van Horne, holds a piece of sandstone which was part of the support for the steps leading to the main entrance of the Tama County Courthouse in Toledo. Work continues this week to replace the 100-year-old steps. News-Herald/John Speer

Anamosa stone from Stone City, Iowa, is being used to replace the steps. The south side of the courthouse is now closed to the public until the project is completed.

Road Maintainer

County Engineer Lyle Brehm reported he had received information on a new maintainer. Brehm said this was a model M Caterpillar and the price was $231,000 less trade in on the old maintainer.

Brehm said a new H Model Caterpillar maintainer was not available any longer and the M model was the new version of the H.

Brehm said a machine had been brought out and the maintainer operators had a chance to run it and get a feel for it. Brehm felt the machine was far superior to the old model. The new model has a "joy stick" control and many new features.

Brehm also told supervisors the asphalt work on Highway D65 is now completed. Guard rails on Highway T55 south of D65 have been removed. Work has been done in the area where guard rails are no longer needed. Brehm stated this would also help with the snow problem.

Windstream Communications, Inc. had permits approved for boring a buried copper telephone cable under Highway E29 in Carroll Township, Section 8. The new cable will replace an existing service drop that is defective and cannot be repaired.

The second permit was to bore a buried copper telephone cable under the bridge on B Avenue, Section 29 in Indian Village Township. This new cable will replace an existing temporary cable that was place during Tama County's bridge project.

Another permit was for Windstream to place a fiber optic cable on Highway E64 starting at Highway 63 and proceed east/southeast to the intersection of 370th Street.

Claims approved for the past week totaled $350,283.



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