On Monday, March 18, A set of plans for the resurfacing of Highway T47 from Gladbrook north to the Grundy County line and Highway E29 from Garwin east to Highway 63 and around Union Grove Lake, was presented to the supervisors for their signature.
This project will be financed though the windmill urban renewal area set up within the last few months and will make a significant difference in the overall condition of Tama County's paved road system.
The completion of these projects will allow the county to address other problems on the paved road system much quicker.
Green lines in bold indicate two of the resurfacing projects approved by the Tama County Board of Supervisors. The segment of roadway marked near Dinsdale was not part of this action.
Supervisors met with Terry Johnson, CEO of Genesis Development, to discuss his company taking on the management of some group homes.
Johnson stated their biggest problem was accessibility since many of these clients are in motorized wheel chairs and require wider than average doors as well as ramps for entry.
Genesis has managed the former Tama County Care Facility - county home - for several years.
Supervisors also congratulated Todd Rickert, administrator of the Tama County Central Point of Coordination, on his recent appointment to serve on ISAAC.
County Engineer Lyle Brehm, in his report on county roads, said early last week the rock roads were very soft making areas impassable.
Brehm said many of these problems had been addressed. He also said there was some good drying conditions last week and by the end of the week most roads were similar to most spring conditions, a reasonably firm center and soft on the shoulders.
Brehm says the county trucks have hauling some rock with their own forces and are trying to get started with private haulers. He asked that any private haulers interested in hauling rock for the county call the County Engineer's office.
Brehm said the roads need to be reasonably firm before private haulers are sent out. Otherwise their heavy trucks would cause significant damage to the roads. Rock hauling will start as soon as possible.
Claims approved for payment for the past week totaled $111,227.