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New county sheds near completion

Nov 22, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


The final nail has been driven and the work on new county maintenance sheds in Wayland and Winfield are nearly finished, Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss told county supervisors Tuesday.

W-3 Construction, of Washington, is the contractor for both sheds. Construction began in the early fall. “The exterior of the Winfield shed is complete, and they will be working on electric and plumbing. The same is true for the Wayland shed as just electric and plumbing remain,” Hotchkiss said.

Supervisors approved an addition of a 2018 Dodge Ram 5500 to the county’s vehicle fleet. The truck will be fitted with a Henderson stainless steel dump body, a snow plow and spreader.

Henry County will pay $42,871 for the chassis, which will be purchased from Stew Hansen Motors in Urbandale. The accessories (dump body, etc.) will be purchased from Henderson Products of Manchester for $35,029, bringing the total cost to $77,840.

The new truck will join a recently purchased rock trailer, which was picked up last week.

Supervisors also approved a resolution of support with the city for the reconstruction of Winfield Avenue from Grand Avenue to Broadway Street. Three small sections of county road are included in the project, which is on the city’s construction docket for 2022.

Hotchkiss also informed the board that Jefferson County recently completed replacement of an existing bridge north of 260th Street on the county line. The joint project between the county involved removal and replacement of an existing bridge.

Secondary roads workers are winding up fall projects and preparing for winter. Last week, the crew began working on snow plows.

The engineer also said work on sign reflectivity of the county’s 4,200 road signs is progressing. The study takes six to eight weeks to complete.

Last week’s work by the secondary-roads department included: installing crossroad pistes on 295th Street and Jewell Avenue; hauling spot rock to various locations; hydro-seeding winter wheat on Nebraska Avenue; mowing shoulders; hauling resurfacing rock to New London and Salem townships; working on crossroad pipe in the Salem area; and picking up fuel tanks for three territory sheds.

Supervisors will not meet tomorrow (Thurs.) due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Their next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 9 a.m. at the courthouse.

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