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County may receive financial help in dealing with county road

Sep 18, 2013

By MEGAN COOPER

Mt. Pleasant News

The Skunk River has been causing issues on a county road and a decision needs to be made on what to do about it.

Jake Hotchkiss, Henry County engineer, is proposing a solution to the board to decide what is to be done about 320th Street. This street follows the river and has been caving in. He asked the Henry County Board of Supervisors during Tuesday’s meeting how much they wanted to spend on the remedy of this problem.

Hotchkiss has been working with a representative from National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which will help to pay for part of the project as will FEMA. The board would only be responsible for a total of 25 percent of the project.

“Three residents live on this road,” Hotchkiss stated, “which means we have to do something about it, we are charged with maintaining this access.”

Hotchkiss then informed the board about the plan he has been working on with NRCS. “We want to reshape the bank and place larger riprap along the bank. It would be a weighted tow berm and it would help the soil from washing away. Right now it slides, the river washes it away and it slides again. We would put a big bulkhead there, that’s what we are proposing to do right now.

“I can’t make any promises that this will fix it, because the river is wild out there. I will be honest and upfront with you, there could be other spots on this road that will need fixed,” Hotchkiss said, but he hopes that this process will help to save the road.

Marc Lindeen, vice-chairman of the board, agreed with the notion of this plan. “We could lose the road entirely if we don’t do anything about it,” he said. “Just like Jake said, we are charged to do this.”

The board agreed that something needed to be done about 320th Street and Hotchkiss will design a plan to bring before the board.

“The rain has given us some moisture so we can get some much-needed shoulder work done,” said Hotchkiss.

“We got some mowing done last week and we even began blading gravel roads,” Hotchkiss said. “With the moisture, it really helped the process.”

Hotchkiss hopes to have the work on the low-water crossing completed by the end of the week. “The weather allowed for that project to go smoothly,” he said. “We poured the main slab on Thursday and on Friday we got ready for the final pour which will take place today.”

Hotchkiss presented a motion before the board to become the Title VI Officer/Coordinator for Henry County. The motion was to approve the agreement and document and to name Hotchkiss as the Title VI Officer/Coordinator. The board approved the motion.

Also during the meeting the board approved the contribution to the Great River Housing Trust Fund, which helps low to moderate-income families repair their homes.

The board meets again on Thursday at 9 a.m.

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