Tama Co. Board of Supervisors by Joyce Wiese
December 14, 2012
Monday morning a consultation was held with the superintendents of the Garwin-Green Mountain School and Gladbrook-Reinbeck school. Superintendents Tim Kuehl, G-R and Ben Petty with GMG, were present. Chairman Larry Vest told the group fuel tax has not changed since the mid 80’s and the county has maxed road levies since the 90’s. Still there is much road work that is urgent. Lyle Brehm, County Engineer, stated the wind farms will inclrease taxes in that area. The Urban Renewal project will allow borrowing money and paying back with interest. This would cover all paved roads west of Highway 63 and north of old Highway 30 (now E49), some of gravel roads(like the Quarry road) and roads in the townships where windmills are going. All cities in this area have signed off and this meeting was to inform the school districts in the area. Projects that will be completed with this money include Highway T47 from the city of Gladbrook north to the county line, three mile of Highway D65 which has not yet been done, and Highway E29 from the city of Garwin east to Highway 63. A public hearing for the designation of the Tama County Vienna Wind Farm Urban Renewal area on the urban renewal plan and project will be held on Wednesday, December 26th at 10:00 o’clock in the Board of Supervisors room. Two bridges are scheduled to be replaced in Oneida township. This will be done with Federal Aid and State money, therefore the work must be used as designated by the Federal government. The bridges being replaced are on 230th Street, east of Highway 29. Brehm also told supervisors the county shed in Garwin was proceeding on time and doors and windows have been placed. Brehm says in a couple of weeks or so they will be able to store equipment in the building. In other business Alan Atchison has been appointed to the County Conservation Board to replace Gene Anderson who is not running for the position. Anderson has served on the board since 1993. Claims aproved for the past week came to $79,979.19. The next meeting will be December 17th, 9:30 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room.
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