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Supervisors meet with schools on wind farms

December 14, 2012
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama County Supervisors met Monday, Dec. 10 with Superintendents Tim Kuehl, Green Mountain-Garwin Schools and Ben Petty, Gladbrook-Reinbeck Schools to discuss a proposed urban renewal district.

Included are the sites of 20 wind generators and a substation which are part of Mid-America Energy's Vienna Wind Farm project in Tama County. Various locations are within the borders of the respective school districts.

Board Chairman Larry Vest told the group fuel tax has not changed since the mid 1980's and the county has had maximum road levies since the 1990's. Still there is much road work that is urgent, he said.

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Lyle Brehm, county engineer, said the wind farms will increase property taxes in that area.

The Urban Renewal project will allow borrowing money and paying back with interest.

This would cover all paved roads west of Highway 63 and north of old Highway 30 (now E49), some of gravel roads (like the Quarry road) and roads in the townships where windmills are located.

All cities in this area have signed off and this meeting was to inform the school districts in the area.

Projects that will be completed with this money include Highway T47 from the city of Gladbrook north to the county line, three miles of Highway D65 which has not yet been done, and Highway E29 from the city of Garwin east to Highway 63.

A public hearing for the designation of the Tama County Vienna Wind Farm Urban Renewal area on the urban renewal plan and project will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 10 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room in the Tama County Administration Building, 104 West State, Toledo.

The weekly road report included:

Two bridges are scheduled to be replaced in Oneida township. This will be done with federal aid and state money, therefore the work must be used as designated by the federal government. The bridges being replaced are on 230th Street, east of Highway 29.

Brehm also told supervisors the county shed in Garwin was proceeding on time and doors and windows have been placed. Brehm says in a couple of weeks or so they will be able to store equipment in the building.

In other business:

Alan Atchison was appointed to the County Conservation Board to replace Gene Anderson who is retiring. Anderson has served on the board since 1993.

Claims approved for the past week totaled $79,979.



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