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Supervisors learn logjam has finally been cleared

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Aug 14, 2013

By MEGAN COOPER

Mt. Pleasant News

Two permits were presented before the Henry County Board of Supervisors for approval Tuesday morning. Henry County Engineer, Jacob Hotchkiss, presented one for Windstream for a project in New London and one for Leichty and Sons for tile crossing installation at Graham Avenue.

Painting has started on Grand Avenue and the crew was hoping to start painting the center-line Tuesday. Construction is going well, Hotchkiss said.

The logjam at Oakland Mills has been cleared. FEMA has also referred the situation of the Oakland Mills footbridge to its Historical Department in hopes they will help with the reconstruction of the walkway and supports below that were damaged during the flood this year and in previous years.

Hotchkiss proposed maintenance shed updates in order to house more equipment and to ensure it will last throughout the winter months. Hotchkiss would like to add a concrete floor and wall in order retain the structure. They need the “tin raised up” because it is “sucking in moisture,” Hotchkiss said at the meeting Tuesday morning.

Hotchkiss would like to design a structure that would be 32 square feet more than the current structure, which would allow for wider doors for the maintenance vehicles to enter the building. Another reason for such a structure would be that all equipment would have a place to be stored.

He will be working on this update to propose further action at a later meeting. His hopes are to start construction next year.

The county also purchased two new garbage trucks that should be here in a couple of weeks.

John Pullis, director of the conservation department, mentioned that FEMA assigned a public assistance coordinator to work with a representative from Homeland Security in order to discuss payment options for the cement pads in the campground at Oakland Mills’ South Shore Campground. According to what Pullis has been told, the two agencies may pay for some of the damage that was caused to the cement pads during the flood this year.

Pullis also informed the board that Shottenkirk won the vehicle bid for a new truck for the conservation department. They will be purchasing a new truck from them soon.

The Acorn trip scheduled for next Tuesday has been cancelled due to a “lack of participation,” Pullis said.

The Iowa Wesleyan College Night Hike is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 3, and will take place at Oakland Mills Park. Another hike is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 8, at the Winfield-Mt. Union School and another one in or around the New London school on Oct.15. More information will be available when plans are finalized.

Another item from the meeting Tuesday morning was the courthouse will close at 2p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, for the Old Threshers Parade. The entrance and exit will be blocked due to parade traffic.

Supervisors will meet again on Thursday at 9 a.m.

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