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Winfield, Iowa avenues could be open to travel this week

Sep 20, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Two more county construction projects may move from “in progress” to “completed” this week, Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss told county supervisors Tuesday.

Projects include the reconstruction of just over a mile of Winfield Avenue, and replacement of a culvert on Iowa Avenue.

“We are wrapping up the project,” Hotchkiss said in reference to Winfield Avenue. “We are just waiting for the subcontractors to finish. Hopefully, we can open the road on Friday.”

County crews have replaced the culvert on Iowa Avenue and were pouring pavement Tuesday, the engineer reported. “I don’t think a Friday opening (for Iowa Avenue) will be an issue.” The road currently is closed to traffic from 265th Street to Harvest Drive.

Beginning this week, secondary road workers will begin their last shoulder pull project of the year — on Agency Road from Benton Avenue to Salem.

Hotchkiss also said W-3 Construction of Washington is pouring the floor this week for the new county maintenance shed in Wayland. Work began Tuesday on a similar shed in Winfield.

Road maintenance work last week included mowing shoulders; grinding bumps north of Winfield and on James Avenue near Swedesburg; hauling resurfacing rock to Benton Avenue and Tippacanoe Township; and continuing the boom mower operation.

Sara Hecox of the South Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) and Dan Spray, secretary of the Great River Housing Trust Fund, which is administered by SEIRPC, gave their annual report to supervisors. The county donates $10,000 annually to the trust fund.

“We started out with windows, siding and a lot of (house) rehabilitation projects,” reflected Hecox, “but have branched out to upper-story (housing) development and recently rehabbing of nuisance properties.”

Great River, Hecox said, will apply for $311,579 in state and federal grant funds (the maximum allowed) in fiscal 2018-19. For the agency to receive the maximum, it must receive $78,000 from city and county governments for the matching funds.

In the last year, Great River has funded 128 rehab projects, 108 home downpayment assistance requests, contributed to an upper-story development project (in Mt. Pleasant) and assisted on seven development and three construction financing projects. That all added up to $3.07 million spent in the region, she stated.

“I don’t think there is an organization that does a better job in Henry County than the Great River Housing Trust Fund,” Spray said.

In addition to Spray, Brent Schleisman and Greg Moeller are Henry County’s representatives on the four-county (Henry, Des Moines, Lee and Louisa) board.

Supervisors meet again in regular session tomorrow (Thurs.) at 9 a.m. in the courthouse.

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