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4 things from the Jasper County Board of Supervisors meeting

The Jasper County Board of Supervisors held its regular meeting Tuesday morning. Here are four things you should know.

1. Two bridge projects were approved for letting in the coming months. The final plans for the bridge replacement on F17 over the North Skunk River in Malaka Township were approved to be submitted to the Iowa Department of Transportation for a late spring letting. Assistant to the county engineer Pam Olson said the bridge is on a paved road, so they are hoping to have it completed this year before any inclement weather would hinder the project.

“It would be a problem if we got into snow removal,” Olson said.

The second bridge up for replacement is on North 91st Avenue West over Wolf Creek in Clear Creek Township. The farm-to-market roadway is on a dead end road and will be let locally in late March.

2. The board approved the sale of 33 feet of property in Lynnville for $1 to the adjacent property owner. Jasper County Attorney Mike Jacobsen said the strip of land had been sliced off the property it was attached to at some point in time and ended up in the county’s name because it had no where else to go.

“We’re just going to get it back on the tax role,” Jacobsen said.

The land was sold to Dennis and Melanie Renaud, the owners of the only property touching the area of land.

3. A quote of $6,379 from Brooker Corporation was approved for the purchase of a new freezer at the Jasper County Jail. Maintenance director Adam Sparks said the current freezer has broke down twice recently, causing the facility to store its frozen food in multiple purchased chest freezers.

“The main reason (to purchase the new freezer) is to stop putting money into the old unit and use that money toward the new unit,” Sparks said.

The county received two bids on the project with the second coming from Warnick and Reeves at $7,730. Sparks said the county had $7,500 budgeted for the freezer.

4. An amendment to the contract with Shive-Hattery Engineering Firm for the Jasper County Jail room remodel was approved to include the option for local contractors to bid on the project. The county will pay an additional $4,795 to Shive-Hattery due to increased administrative work attached to the option.

“Because the remodel came in under a certain value, Shive-Hattery is able to do a bidding process where they put it out to a few of their general contractors, which ideally are in the Des Moines area, and then those generals would hire their own help,” Sparks said. “For the $4,795, you are getting the option of allowing locals to bid it, and the more bids you are going to get, hopefully the better bids you are going to get for the job.”

In the contract, Shive-Hattery is responsible for all aspects of the bidding process with a targeted date of March 22 or March 27 to receive the bids. The bids will go before the board for final approval.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson
at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534
or jpierson@newtondailynews.com

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