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Todays and yesterdays roads before Tama County Supervisors

March 25, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

While the Tama County Board of Supervisors was receiving hopeful news about county road conditions from County Engineer Lyle Brehm during their regular Monday meeting on March 18, they also heard some upbeat road news from Jan Gammon, Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway coordinator for Prairie Rivers of Iowa and Mike Kellner, Prairie Rivers public relations and marketing coordinator.

Brehm told supervisors he expects to have contract rock haulers this week to aid the county effort to get gravel roads back in shape. He noted supervisors had authorized spending an added $20,000 for gravel to supplement the supply.

Meanwhile, Gammon said to expect two events in Tama County this summer, both observing the 100th anniversary of the U.S. military convoy which travelled the original Lincoln Highway route after beginning at the White House and ending in San Francisco.

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Jan Gammon, Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway coordinator for Prairie Rivers of Iowa and Mike Kellner, Prairie Rivers public relations and marketing coordinator, tell of plans for historic route on Monday morning, March 18. Board of Supervisors members are (l-r) 1st District Larry Vest, 2nd District Kendall Jordan and 3rd District Dan Anderson.
News-Herald photos/John Speer

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association will convoy from Washington D. C. to San Francisco in what is planned as a 26-day trip beginning on June 13. Gannon said 50-70 vintage military vehicles are expected to take part.

The Military Convoy Centennial Tour by the Lincoln Highway Association is slated for two weeks, Aug. 31- Sept. 16.

The original Lincoln Highway route, built in 1913, covers the length of Tama County from the Benton County line, through Chelsea, Tama, the Meskwaki Settlement and Montour to Marshall County.

Gannon said the Lincoln Heritage Byway is planning to provide an interpretive panel at the Maple Hill Cemetery located along the Lincoln Highway at Montour. It will provide information about Henry Ostermann.

Ostermann is credited as one of those who helped develop the Lincoln Highway. Unfortunately, Gannon says, Ostermann was killed near Montour in 1919 when his car ran off the roadway there.

Gannon also said she has met with the Montour City Council several times about restoration of the gas station at the intersection of county roads E49, T47 and South Main in Montour. She said someone or group willing to take ownership of the property is being sought before work can begin.

Some original artifacts from the station have been offered for the project by Richard and Judy Dunsmoor, rural Toledo,

Gannon said the Lincoln Highway Byway effort continues to grow across the route but more of the 13 states which it crosses need to be involved.

In other business Monday the supervisors:

appointed Mindy Benson, county E911 - emergency management coordinator to the Shared Area Radio Agreement(SARA) group. It will coordinate agencies which RACOM, Marshalltown radio equipment supply company, are aligned with.

approved a utility permit for Alliant energy in Otter Creek Township.

reset a hearing on amending the 2018-19 budget to April 1.

approved weekly claims totaling $158,044.



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