Tama County Supervisors By: Joyce Wiese
May 2, 2014
Lyle Brehm, Tama County Engineer, was present at the Monday morning, April 28, regular meeting, informing supervisors a bridge had been damaged when a vehicle with an anhydrous tank hit a section of the bridge denting a section. Brehm says this dented section can weaken the base of the bridge and could cause in time the collapse of one end of the bridge. The bridge has been closed for the present time. Most likely they will try to repair the bridge with new trusses and steel beams. The bridge will still be the same width but will be safe for travel. This work will be done by the Tama County crew. Brehm told supervisors some of the bridge replacement work was on hold at the present time due to Environmental problems with endangered species, Bats, being in certain areas. Bats cannot be removed from April 10th through mid October. This includes the removal of trees if a bat has a home in that area. Awards were presented to four more county employees. Tom Ratliffe received a thirty-five year award, Tom Novak and Michael Blahn received fifteen year awards and LaVonne Richter received a twenty year award. Another bridge replacement with problems is near Elberon. The DNR has this listed in a flood plane. This means work cannot be started until the DNR gives an OK on the area. Several sections of county roads have been reported needing some work, such as soft spots, wash board sections, etc. Brehm told supervisors they were in the process of doing some patch work, as well as hauling gravel. Most of the gravel hauling at the present time is for preparation of dust control. Two utility permits were granted, one for Poweshiek Water Association to do work south west of Dysart and one for Grundy County REC for work on Highway D65. Approval was given for the County Recorder’s quarterly report ending March 2014. This shows $15,656.39 for recording deeds, real estate mortgages, affidavits, releases, assignments, miscellaneous, interest and non-standard fees. Vital statistics certified copies in the amount of $1032.00, real estate transfer stamps in the amount of $4019.03, plus hunting and fishing license writing fees, RVVRS, auditors transfer fees, records management fees, E-commerce fees for a total report of $23,957.17. Claims approved for the past week came to $135,858.15.
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