Bid letting set for county road project
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
The agenda was light for the Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning, as the board sped through the agenda before attending the USDA Housing Summit at Iowa Wesleyan College.
Up first was Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss with his weekly update for the board.
“Well, first off I have the construction plans for the 150th Street project for you to approve,” said Hotchkiss. “We will be doing some grading and resurfacing on that 2.186 miles east of Highway 218 in Wayne Township.”
According to Hotchkiss the letting date for the project will begin on July 1, and he will wait to report a cost estimate until bids are received.
“It will be a local letting,” said Hotchkiss. “We will send out notices this week to bidders and go from there.”
Hotchkiss discussed with the board work that had been done around the county last week.
“On Monday we bladed some territories in the county, completed some mowing and hauling of brush, we also sprayed for some noxious weeds,” said Hotchkiss. “The paint truck was prepared as well for our painting project that is coming up. On Tuesday we worked on some entrances, sprayed for noxious weeds. Wednesday we did some blading, hauling of rock, mowing and prepping of the paint truck.
“Thursday we mowed shoulders and sprayed for noxious weeds and Friday we did some mowing of shoulders and we began the striping process of edge lines. We are beginning in New London on Racine Avenue and will be ramping up that process in the next couple of weeks,” said Hotchkiss.
According to Hotchkiss the Oasis Avenue bridge project is going well and the contractor is still working on the false work, which is a temporary deck for the bridge in order to construct the permanent one.
“It will take a couple more weeks to get that completed,” said Hotchkiss. “The work is going well and we did get a little more water with the rain, but everything is fine.”
The engineer also gave the board plans for the parking lot at the courthouse and at the Center Point of Coordination building. No estimates were given at the meeting for the project.
Vice Chairman Greg Moeller discussed his sub-committee report with the board.
“I attended the Henry County Substance Abuse Coalition meeting and they discussed the Neon Stampede which will be taking place during the Henry County Fair. They have 75 people signed up already but need volunteers. Twelve businesses have also helped to sponsor the event.”
According to information Moeller received at the meeting, since Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee has been in office there have been 44 OWIs reported and 60 drug busts completed in the county.
During the meeting, the board approved the canvass votes of the June 3, 2014 primary election.
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will meet again in regular session on Thursday, June 12, at 9 a.m. in the board room at the courthouse.