Chad Hansen, Tama County deputy sheriff, introduced two new Tama County Deputies to the Tama County Board of Supervisors, Kendall Jordan, Larry Vest and Dan Anderson, Monday morning at their regular meeting. Hansen introduced Brian Randall who comes from the Belle Plaine area and Casey Schmidt from the Waterloo area. Both are now on duty.
John Stewart, CEO for Iowa Premium Beef, was present for the Monday supervisor meeting. Stewart had requested to defer their 2012 property taxes until May 2014. Supervisors felt this was for the benefit of the county and passed a resolution for deferring payment of the 2012 property taxes till Friday, May 30, 2014. The county will abate all interest and penalties that will be due if taxes are paid by that date..
Stewart told supervisors there was a meeting of their major investor in front of their board, later this morning. Stewart said he felt very comfortable with the outcome of this meeting. When asked when the plant would begin operation, Stewart replied probably midyear in 2014, weather permitting. Stewart says it all depends on weather as they will need to do considerable construction and electrical work which involves digging. Stewart plans to attend next Monday's meeting with further details.
County Engineer Lyle Brehm told supervisors shoulder work is currently taking place on Highway T47 north of Gladbrook. This was part of the asphalt projects being worked on this summer. Brehm says the shoulders around Union Grove Lake, also part of the asphalt resurfacing project, still needs to be replaced.
Shoulders have been replaced on Highway E20 east of Garwin, another phase of the asphalt resurfacing project.
Work on Highway D65 near Dinsdale continues. The first two lifts of asphalt have been placed. Right now the contractor is placing subdrains (tile) along the edge of the pavement. When this is completed the contractor will place the final lift of asphalt. Brehm says they will be placing chip seals on a few of the Tama County bridge decks this week.
Susan Jones, assistant to the county engineer, presented two utility permits for Windstream to do work on F Avenue in Carlton township and also north of N Avenue and Highway D65, both involving laying copper cable.
Brehm says the money the DOT holds a considerable amount of farm to market road money. Brehm says counties normally can borrow ahead up to five years from this pot for farm to market roads, but due to a considerable lower amount, they will now be able to borrow only two years ahead for this type of work.
Claims for the past week came to $357,376.69.