Tama Co. Board of Supervisors by: Joyce Wiese
January 4, 2013
Tama County Supervisors Larry Vest and Kendall Jordan (Dan Wilkens absent) met Wednesday morning due to the Christmas Holiday, and will also meet on Wednesday, January 2, next week due to another holiday and will start with swearing in of the new third district supervisor at 9:00 a.m. The Tama County Board of Supervisors proposes to enter into a loan agreement in the principal amount not to exceed $7,950,000 according to provisions of the Iowa Code for the general county purpose of carrying out projects in the Tama County Vienna Wind Turbine Urban Renewal area consisting of reconstruction of and imporvements to county roads and bridges, and in lieu of calling an election the County desires to institute proceedings to enter into a Loan Agreement by causing a notice of such proposal to be published, including notice of the right to petition for an election. A resolution was passed to fix a date for a public hearing on a General Obligation Loan Agreement set for the 21st of January 2013 at the Tama County Administration Building in the Supervisors room at 10:00 a.m. At that time proceedings will be instituted and action taken to enter in the the Loan Agreement. David Christensen, Spring Creek Township, was present at today’s hearing asking about the effect of property taxes on the wind farm areas. Christensen stated one of the windmills would be on his farm, and wondered if this would increase his property taxes. However, according to the county assessor, the windmills are taxed separately from the land owners property. In the weekly road report, county engineer Lyle Brehm says the road department has had quite a week since the snow storm last Wednesday. Brehm stated the road department went out on Wednesday and Thursday but had to be pulled off the work due to the conditions of the storm, and the fact that the workers could not see well enough to work safely. Brehm stated when they went out on Friday, doing the hard surfaced roads first, they found automobiles stuck in the middle of the roads in places and had to call a wrecker service to remove the vehicle before the plows could get through. Brehm says the county works differently than the state in that the county is not out during the night plowing. They start approximately at 5:00 a.m. and work during day light hours. Brehm presented a bill from the the State Department of Transportation for construction inspection on the bridge work done near the quarry, north of Montour. The DOT does a lot of this type of work for counties and bills them for their time. Claims for the past week came to $114,073.33.
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