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Tama Co. Supervisors By: Joyce Wiese

August 15, 2014
Northern-Sun Print
Donna Sampson with Region 6 Planning met with Tama County Supervisors Dan Anderson and Larry Vest, Kendall Jordan being absent, Monday morning discussing the Region 6 Housing Trust Fund. The Region 6 housing trust fund in 2014 can apply for $312,551 of Iowa Finance Authority State Housing Trust Funds if the Region 6 secures at least $78,138 of local contributions. The funds are allocated to the Region 6 Housing Trust Fund to each county on a per capita basis and is requesting a match from Tama County of $15,967 for a share of the state grant in the amount of $58,541. The fund can be used for qualified rental and owner occupied housing improvement activities for income qualified people across Tama County. All applicants must have annual incomes under 80 percent of the county median as determined by HUD, with at least 30 percent being reserved for households under 30 percent of the county median. Tama County agreed to provide $15,967 of cash assistance for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. The Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center’s requested a resolution from the Tama County Board of Supervisors to support the effort of building a cancer treatment center in Marshalltown, Iowa. MMSC has been critical to the health and wellness of the citizens of Tama County and surrounding communities. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States and Marshall, Tama and other surrounding counties have no cancer treatment center utilizing radiation therapy for cancer patients closer to home. Residents of Marshall and Tama Counties combined population is 58,393 and have a higher incidence of breast, colon and prostate cancer than residents of Story County, population of 91,140. The Tama County Board of Supervisors voted to support MMSC’s efforts to build a cancer treatment center in Marshalltown and urge the Iowa Health Facilities Council to approve MMSC’s Certificate of Need application for a cancer treatment center. The Tama County Supervisors signed a pledge to support and work with MMSC to make a cancer treatment center a reality. Lyle Brehm, Tama County Engineer, gave a weekly road report stating that work continues at the intersection of E Avenue and 350th Street. This “T” intersection had a steep slope to the north and poor sight distance to the south. A landowner is allowing them to removed dirt to the south which will increase sight distance. The dirt is being placed to the north which will improve the slope. Brehm says this is a large project and hopes to have it completed by harvest time. Two weeks ago Brehm reported a problem on Highway T47 south of Montour. There is a pair of 24 inch culverts carrying water from east to west a little north of 350th Street. Water has run over the road at this location several times in the past. They have identified the inadequate size of the culverts as the problem. More importantly they have identified a void under the shoulder and have already removed the pavement over the culvert and ensured there was no type of void under the pavement. The area has been backfilled with rock. These metal culverts will be replaced with a concrete box culvert, most likely later this fall. This section of road will be left as rock over the winter. The Bridge Crew is working on the bridge on J Avenue north of Ia. Highway 96. This is a truss bridge that was closed when a vehicle collieded with the bridge earlier this year. Five of the beams came and have been replaced, but they are still waiting the arrival of four more beams. Work has commenced on the bridge replacement project in Grant Township, Section 14. This road was closed last week. The existing pony truss bridge is being replaced with a Twin 12’by12’ concrete box culvert. When completed the road will be about two inches higher over the stream. The Spray Crew us using the brush cutting equipment for the next couple weeks at least. Brehm told supervisors he had plans for three projects to be signed, and would like to establish a public letting for all three. These projects include either asphalt or concrete on Dwan Street in Buckingham, letting on August 25. Carroll Township, Section 34 a bridge replacement with the letting August 25 And a letting on October 13th for Resurfacing the Columbia Stub road. Susan Jones presented a Utility Permit request for Windstream to do work Perry Township, Section 33. This will be for Keystone Communications to remove a pedestal and replace it. The previous pedestal was ran over. Claims approved for payment for the past week came to $177,395.09
 
 

 

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