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Interest is reported in the historic Chambers bridge

May 23, 2014
By Joyce Wiese - News-Herald Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Lyle Brehm, Tama County engineer, reported to the Board of Supervisors on the meeting held last week with information on the Chambers Bridge which revealed there are a few people who were interested in preserving the bridge.

However, the bridge is not up for bids yet, but Brehm was happy there were some who showed interest in the removal of the bridge.

The bridge is located on 380th Street over the Iowa River west of Belle Plaine. It has been closed for safety reasons for several years.

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Chambers bridge over the Iowa River in far eastern Tama County.
Photo/Wapsi Valley Archaeology

The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 because it was one of the few remaining pinned Pratt through truss bridges left in the state that was unmodified since its construction according to Kristy Medanic, Architectural Historian for Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.

Brehm also reported the damage to a bridge on J Avenue caused when a truck hit the side of the bridge, will run some where near $90,000 for repairs.

Todd Rickert, administrator of the Central Point of Coordination (CPC) office was on hand at Monday's Board of supervisors meeting to explain a contract for Case Management Services Therapy data system.

Rickert said this is a support system for medical electronics and is badly needed. The contract was approved.I

In other businss Monday:

Stanley Graff, Tama, was appointed to the Tama County Board of Adjustment Board. Graff will replace Larry Eisentrager who now has a different address. Graff will fill out Eisentrager's term.

Susan Jones, county insurance administrator, gave a report on valuation of property for insurance purposes. Some of the items insured have been replaced and the insurance rate has been increased.

Lori Johnson and Joyce Legg, Tama County Health and Home services requested a policy exemption due to losing some of their help and some off due to illness, causing one individual to spend a lot of extra time making calls for the home health care department. Supervisors stated they did not want to open this up again as it would only lead to problems.

Claims approved for payment for the past week totaled $386,932.

The Board then went into a meeting to discuss the county employee's handbook. Board members and some of the employees will go though this making any changes they deem necessary. This will be done before copies of the handbook is distributed to employees.

Next week's Board of Supervisor's meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 27 due to Monday being Memorial Day.



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