Tama County Supervisors approved a deferment of 2012 property taxes for Iowa Premium Beef during their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 23.
John Stewart, CEO for IPB, was present for the meeting. Stewart had requested to defer their 2012 property taxes until May, 2014. Supervisors felt this was for the benefit of the county and passed a resolution for deferring until Friday, May 30, 2014.
The county will abate all interest and penalties that will be due if taxes are paid by that date.
Stewart told supervisors there was a meeting of their major investor in front of their board, later on Monday morning. Stewart said he felt very comfortable with the outcome of this meeting.
When asked when the plant would begin operation, Stewart replied probably mid-year in 2014, weather permitting. Stewart said it all depends on weather as they will need to do considerable construction and electrical work which involves digging. Stewart plans to attend the Monday, Sept. 30 supervisors' meeting with further details.
New Deputy Sheriffs
Chad Hansen, Chief Tama County deputy sheriff, introduced two new deputies to the board. They are Brian Randall who comes from the Belle Plaine area and had been serving on the Toledo Police Force and Casey Schmidt from the Waterloo area. Both are now on duty.
County Engineer Lyle Brehm told supervisors shoulder work is currently taking place on Highway T47 north of Gladbrook. This was part of the asphalt projects being worked on this summer. Brehm says the shoulders around Union Grove Lake, also part of the asphalt resurfacing project, still needs to be replaced.
Shoulders have been replaced on Highway E20 east of Garwin, another phase of the asphalt resurfacing project.
Work on Highway D65 near Dinsdale continues. The first two lifts of asphalt have been placed. Right now the contractor is placing subdrains (tile) along the edge of the pavement. When this is completed the contractor will place the final lift of asphalt. Brehm says they will be placing chip seals on a few of the Tama County bridge decks this week.
Susan Jones, assistant to the county engineer, presented two utility permits for Windstream to do work on F Avenue in Carlton township and also north of N Avenue and Highway D65, both involving laying copper cable.
Claims for the past week approved for payment totaled $357,377.