County’s fall projects are winding down
BY BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Fall projects are winding down for the county’s secondary roads and engineering departments as winter nears, Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss told county supervisors during their regular meeting Tuesday.
He said that construction work on two new culverts on 140th Street is in its final stages. “The culverts are paved and backfilled,” Hotchkiss remarked. “They are finishing the grading. I think the project turned out well.”
Work on finalizing plans for the Winfield Avenue (220th Street) project will consume some of the engineer’s workload this week. He said he hopes to get plans sent by the end of the week to the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The project will also include a 28E agreement with the City of Mt. Pleasant as the city also is planning major work on Winfield Avenue next summer. The county’s portion of the project extends one mile from the Highway 218 overpass west to Grand Avenue.
“I feel the 28E agreement will be done soon,” he told the supervisors.
Construction is nearly finished on the county’s new territory shed on Oasis Avenue, Hotchkiss said. “The septic system was installed yesterday and we are working on paving the 10-foot approach today and also working on running electrical wire. We might be wrapping up things yet this week on it and will be parking machinery in it next week. I am very happy with the project.”
Thus far, about 15,000 tons of rock has been crushed in the rock-crushing project at the quarry, the engineer stated. He added that he is still reviewing information on the purchase of a new end loader and will bring a recommendation to the board next week.
“I am looking at two different brands of an end loader,” Hotchkiss told the board. “I want to see which one best serves our needs.”
Last week, secondary roads crews installed a field entrance; cut brush with the boom mower; continued a ditching operation on Oasis Avenue and 287th Street; and worked on installing new road signs.
Final action saw the board canvassing votes from the Nov. 8 general election. There were no discrepancies in the election vote totals.
Supervisors will meet again Thursday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m., in the Henry County Courthouse.