Not much has changed from last year. That was the word from Tama County Engineer Lyle Brehm in presenting the 5-Year Road Construction Plan covering 2014-2018 to the board of supervisors on Monday, April 15. Brehm said the plan, which requires approval annually, contains the recently added tax increment-financed resurfacing work projected to cost up to $7 million.
The revenue is being generated from a TIF District which includes 20 wind turbines in northwest Tama County.
The roadways to be improved include T47 from Gladbrook north to the Grundy County line, E29 from Garwin eats to U. S. Highway 63 and a portion of D65 near Dinsdale.
Also designated for improvements in 2014: a bridge south of Montour on T47; a bridge on 280th Street in Howard Township north of Toledo; a bridge southwest of Clutier in Carroll Township and a bridge northeast of Clutier in Oneida Township; ; a bridge on the northwest side of Gladbrook; and the road around Union Grove Lake between Gladbrook and Garwin.
Brehm told Anderson that work on 280th Street (Columbia Stub) south of Tama may also be completed this year if funds are available. Anderson said the segment is badly in need of repair.
The supervisors also approved the Secondary Road Budget. This is also an annual requirement because it contains a blend of money from local property taxes and federal money administered by the Iowa Department of transportation, Brehm said.
Brehm said his office is still working on the Chambers Bridge replacement plan in Salt Creek Township in southeastern Tama County near Belle Plaine.
The county has received $1.75 million in state funding to assist in paying for the replacement of the closed bridge The money comes from a $2 million annual state set-aside fund for bad bridges, Brehm said.
Residents in the area of the bridge say they need it open for direct fire and emergency vehicle access as well as a farm-to-market route.
In other business on Monday, the supervisors:
approved property tax suspensions for Llana Bennett in Montour and Penny Mathes in Tama.
approved an easement agreement between the county and Tom Llewellyn for work around a box culvert being built near Chelsea. Llewellyn is to be paid $260.
approved claims totaling $693,185.