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County road work may result from wind power urban renewal funds

January 4, 2013
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Board of Supervisors members Kendall Jordan and Larry Vest voted to take another step forward in the Urban Renewal area created by the Vienna Wind Farm in northwest Tama County. Supervisor Dan Wilkens was absent.

On Wednesday, Dec. 26, they agreed to a proposal to enter into a loan agreement, the principal amount not to exceed $7,950,000, according to provisions of the Iowa Code. The purpose of the loan is to carry out projects in the Tama County Vienna Wind Turbine Urban Renewal area. Projects consist of reconstruction and imporvements to county roads and bridges, In lieu of calling an election the county supervisors desire to institute proceedings to enter into a loan agreement by causing a notice of such proposal to be published, including notice of the right to petition for an election.

A resolution was passed to set a date for a public hearing on a general obligation loan agreement on Jan 21, 2013, at the Tama County Administration Building in Toledo, in the Supervisors room, at 10 a.m. At that time proceedings will be instituted and action taken to enter into the loan agreement.

David Christensen, Spring Creek Township, was present at the Dec. 26 hearing asking about the effect of property taxes on the wind farm areas. Christensen said one of the wind turbines would be on his farm, and wondered if this would increase his property taxes.

According to the county assessor, the turbines are taxed separately from land owners property.

Road Report

In the weekly road report, County Engineer Lyle Brehm said the road department has had quite a week since the snow storm last Wednesday.

Brehm said the road crews went out on Wednesday and Thursday but had to be pulled off work due to the storm conditions and the fact that the workers could not see well enough to work safely.

Brehm said when they went out on Friday, doing the hard surfaced roads first, they found automobiles stuck in the middle of the roads in places, and had to call a wrecker service to remove the vehicles before the plows could get through. Brehm said the county works differently than the state in that the county is not out plowing during the night.



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