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Tama County Supervisors told storm assessment continues

July 18, 2014
By Joyce Wiese - News-Herald Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama County Engineer Lyle Brehm, in his weekly road report to the Board of Supervisors on Monday, July 14, said the road department is continuing to fix damage done from the recent storms.

Most of this work involves hauling rock and blading isolated areas where the water ran over the road. It is still unclear if the recent damage done by the storms will be deemed a federal disaster.

Brehm also reported a crew is working on a bridge on J Avenue north of Iowa Highway 96. This is a truss bridge that was closed due to a vehicular collision. Brehm stated he expects beams to come at the end of this month. In the meantime Brehm stated the crew would need to remove the existing truss and fortify the existing abutments.

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Tama County Board of Supervisors (l-r) 1st District Larry Vest, 2nd District Kendall Jordan, 3rd District Dan Anderson.
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The county crew had been working on a low water crossing (Missouri crossing) in the southern part of the county. Water was higher than expected so it has impaired the county's ability to work there.

Currently there are no contracted construction projects underway for Tama County. Last week supervisors approved the contracts to replace bridges in Grant Township, section 14 and Clark Township, section 26. As of today the contracts to replace these bridges have not been returned. Brehm said when the contracts are returned they would expect to start work before Labor Day.

There are also a few projects currently in development.

The bridge on the northwest corner of Gladbrook has developed to the point that they would expect final plans to be completed within the next two weeks.

Plans are also developing for the resurfacing of 340th Street west of U.S. Highway 63 and the resurfacing of a portion of Dwan Street in Buckingham. The plans for these two are well developed but not complete.

Brehm said he expects bids to be received for each of these projects yet this fall. Brehm told supervisors he was hopeful the Buckingham project would be completed prior to harvest, but the others are much larger projects that will likely take place after harvest or next spring.

The spray crew has completed the spraying of thistles in the west half of the county.

Currently they are working at cleaning up tree damage from recent storm events. Brehm says he foresees the spray crew working on this for the next two weeks, with most of the work being on the Ridge Road northwest of Traer.


The Tama County Sheriff's quarterly report was reviewed by the Tama County Board of Supervisors Monday morning and approved. Balance on hand at the beginning of this period was $1,850. Total receipts for the quarter beginning April 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2014 were $89,004. Total disbursements were $86,985, leaving an ending balance of $3,870.

The Tama County Treasurer's semi-annual report shows Bank account balances in the amount of $13,673,832. Interest in transit in the amount of $4,363 and deposits in transit of $45,885 and outstanding treasurer warrants for $68,417 for a net amount of $13,746,938. Net amount in banks on June 30,2014 was $13,762,228 with auditor outstanding warrants of $130,209 for an ending fund balance as of June 30, 2014 of $13,892,436.

Claims approved for the past week totaled $85,755.



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