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Chambers-Ford Bridge replacement to proceed

August 8, 2016
By Joyce Wiese - News-Herald Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

On Monday, July 25, the Tama County Board of Supervisors met with County Engineer Lyle Brehm to discuss the replacement of the Chambers Ford Bridge. Brehm asked for the contract he is working on to be approved. The contract is with PCI Construction from Reinbeck.

The contract totals $2,000,397. This includes the building of a new bridge and removal of the old bridge since there were no bids on the bridge.

From the time Brehm started working on this project several years ago, the current bid totals one half million dollars less than when he started. The sum of $1,774,000 of this cost will come from the County Bridge Construction fund through the State of Iowa. This covers the removal of the old bridge and the construction of the new one.

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Tama County Board of Supervisors (l-r) Larry Vest, 1st District, Kendall Jordan, 2nd District and Dan Anderson 3rd District.
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Brehm says there is a couple million dollar fund to deal with the worst bridges in the state. Brehm says he has consistently applied for that and never got it, but he continued to apply for this grant.

Rural residents living south and west of Belle Plaine have called for replacement of the bridge from a public safety stand point. With it closed, all vehicles including fire trucks and ambulances can't travel a direct route to reach many of them.

Brehm said when he first started on this project he made a financial decision, stating replacement cost would be in the area of $2,000,000. Brehm had stated he could not justify this amount of money for that amount of traffic.

When the $1,774,000 came through the decision to replace the bridge was made.

There is not a date set as yet as to when the project will start, as many details must be worked out.

In other business:

fiscal Year 2016-2017 levies were approved. The total combined county services levy for cities will be 8.48932 and for rural areas 11.73551. Property tax relief from State funded mental health costs is $568799. This is a tax levy reduction of $0.6209624 per $1000 of property valuation, effective July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

the Sheriff's quarterly report was approved. It shows a starting balance of $5544 with receipts of $92,345 and disbursements of $92,229, leaving a balance on hand of $5659.

Claims for the past week approved for a total of $131,705.



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