Tama Co. Supervisors By: Joyce Wiese
March 22, 2013
Monday morning, March 18, 2013, the Tama County Board of Supevisors met with Terry Johnson with Genesis Company to discuss their company taking on the management of some group homes. Johnson stated their biggest problem was accessibility since many of these clients are in motorized wheel chairs and require wider than average doors as well as ramps for entry. Genesis has managed the old county home for several years and has done a satisfactory job for clients in Tama County. Supervisors also congratulated Todd Rickerts on his recent appointment to serve on the ISAAC. Rickerts is also the head of the CPC office in Toledo. County Engineer Lyle Brehm, in his report on County roads, says early last week the rock roads were very soft making areas impassable. Brehm says many of these problems had been addressed. Brehm also remarked there was some good drying conditions last week and by the end of the week most roads were similar to most spring conditions, a reasonably firm center and soft on the shoulders. Brehm says the county trucks have hauling some rock with their own forces and are trying to get started with private haulers. Brehm ask that any private haulers interested in hauling rock for the county should call the County Engineer’s office. Breham said the roads need to be reasonably firm before private haulers are sent out. Otherwise their heavy trucks would cause significant damage to the roads. Rock hauling will start as soon as possible. A set of plans for the resurfacing of Highway T47 from Gladbrook north to the Grundy County line and Highway E29 from Garwin east to Highway 63 and around Union Grove Lake, was presented to the supervisors for their signature. This project will be finances though the windmill urban renewal area set up within the last few months and will make a significant difference in the overall condition of Tama County’s paved road system. The completion of these projects will allow the county to address other problems on the paved road system much quicker. Claims approved for payment for the past week came to $111,226.82.
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