Benefits from a wind farm tax increment financing district in northwest Tama County will be directed to roadway improvements as planned by the Board of Supervisors.
On Monday, April 22, supervisors accepted the bid of Manatt's inc., Brooklyn, totaling $5,692,651 for resurfacing 13.4 miles of roadway in three separate projects. Voting in favor were supervisors Dan Anderson, Kendall Jordan and Larry Vest.
Vest told The News-Herald on Tuesday the board had, through the Iowa Department of Transportation, sought bids from any number of contractors but Manatt's was the sole bidder.
County Engineer Lyle Brehm said the bid was about $600,000 higher than the estimated cost, but he recommended acceptance. Brehm identified "the price of asphalt mix" as the factor pushing the bid upward. If the supervisors declined the bid, the process would start over if they wanted to proceed with the projects.
According to the Engineer's Office, the projects encompass resurfacing of 5.39 miles of Road E29 from Garwin east to U.S. Highway 63, 3.48 miles of roadways C Avenue, BB Avenue and 220th Street around Union Grove Lake between Garwin and Gladbrook and 7.96 miles of road T47 from Gladbrook north to the Grundy County line.
The contract specifies a late start date of May 20 and completion of all the work within 120 working days.
Future tax revenues from the Vienna Wind Farm project which includes 20 wind turbines will repay the county for the work, Vest said.
In other business on Monday the supervisors:
approve creation of a special account to be funded by a deposit by Terry Brown, Museum Professionals, Loretto, Minn. to substitute as a performance bond for his work on a diorama costing $360,516 at the Otter Creek Nature Center northeast of Toledo.
authorized a change in the county employee handbook to comply with state rules which will allow for military leave for 30 working days as opposed to the previous 30-day calendar period.
met with Skip Lowe, Bernie Lowe and Associates, to hear an insurance update.