County road resurfacing project comes in $300K under estimate
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
Bids to resurface three Henry County roads this summer came in $300,000 under County Engineer Bill Belzer’s estimate.
Tuesday morning, the Henry County Board of Supervisors awarded a contract to Cessford Construction Co., which bid $1,761,154.90 to resurface 235th Street (Business 34) west of Mt. Pleasant, 260th Street (Business 34) west of New London and Iowa Avenue north of Mt. Pleasant.
This is about $300,101 below Belzer’s estimate of $2,061,255.88 to resurface these three roads.
In fact, all but one of the bids were under the estimate, with the other four bids as follows: Norris Asphalt Paving, Co. $1,767,100.98; Shipley Construction, Co. $1,887,692.94; Illowa Investment, Inc. $1,960,138.23; W.L. Miller Co. $2,091,164.85.
“With this many bidders, I’m guessing there’s not much work out there,” commented Belzer.
He noted that this also means work will most likely start before the contracted late start date of Aug. 19. The project must be completed in 45 days.
Plans for the project are to grind up the top three to four inches of asphalt, rejuvenate it and put it back down before adding four more inches of asphalt on top.
For the county, the project will be paid for through farm-to-market funds.
“You will not see it go through your account here, so to speak,” Belzer told the supervisors.
Costs for the Iowa Avenue portion of the project will be divided between Henry County and the City of Mt. Pleasant. The city’s portion covers the road from the overpass to Winfield Avenue.
In other business, the supervisors received a $25,891.59 check from the Iowa Community Assurance Pool (ICAP) as part of a review of its funds.
“Whenever they have the money, they return it to members,” explained Mike Vens, insurance agent.
In the 15 years that the county has been involved in the program, it has received $274,850.99.
The supervisors also approved a new firework permits policy that will only allow groups, organizations and municipalities to have fireworks displays, and only when they are set off by a person certified by the Pyrotechnics Guild International.
This is a change from the county’s previous practice where individuals could apply for a permit to set off fireworks. However, it was brought to the supervisors’ attention that these permits are meaningless as fireworks are illegal in the state of Iowa, and the permit does not protect individuals from being charged.
“We realized that we were authorizing something that we really shouldn’t be authorizing. And we’ve been doing it on a regular basis,” said Chairman Gary See. “We shouldn’t be condoning something that the Code of Iowa says is illegal.”
The county’s new policy is in line with Iowa Code 727.2.