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Supervisors approve annual Rock Creek Park road maintenance

Agreement with DOT mainly deals with snow removal

A woman paddles in a canoe Tuesday morning at Rock Creek Park. The Jasper County Board of Supervisors approved an annual maintenance agreement between the county and Iowa Department of Transportation for this current fiscal year.
A woman paddles in a canoe Tuesday morning at Rock Creek Park. The Jasper County Board of Supervisors approved an annual maintenance agreement between the county and Iowa Department of Transportation for this current fiscal year.

The annual Rock Creek Park roads maintenance agreement between Jasper County and the Iowa Department of Transportation was approved Tuesday by the board of supervisors. Jasper County Engineer Russ Stutt said the upkeep work is mainly located in the section near the northeast side of the Kellogg park’s lake.

“Mainly just snow removal,” Stutt said. “Then they reimburse us for it. Works out easier for them and we’re right there anyways.”

According to the roadway maintenance agreement included in the Jasper County Board of Supervisors agenda packet, the county will take charge of routine maintenance beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2020. Stutt later told the Newton Daily News the agreement is often renewed every fiscal year.

Per the agreement, Jasper County agrees to perform routine winter maintenance such as snow and ice control. Jasper County crews are also in charge of mowing, herbicide application and maintaining clear channels through and adjoining drainage structures, as well as granular surface maintenance of shoulders and roads.

Maintenance of guardrails and safety grates and the replacement of signs and pavement markings are also required of by the county. Upon the board of supervisors’ unanimous vote in favor of approving the agreement, crews must comply with approved IDOT “policies, design guidance and adopted national manuals.”

Likewise, the IDOT agrees to address pavement maintenance like “patching, joint/crack filling, spot HMA (hot mix asphalt) overlays, transverse joint leveling, strip sealing and edge sealing.”

Payment for maintenance work will be paid after the work has been completed for the fiscal year. Both parties may “review, adjust or terminate” the roadway maintenance agreement at any time so long as there is 30 days notice.

Routine maintenance costs are set at $2,000 per lane mile per year.

In other action Tuesday, the supervisors:

• Approved the quarterly report of Jasper County Veterans Affairs. Kurt Jackson, director of Jasper County Veterans Affairs, also disclosed the results of a Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures (GDX) report in which the organization brought in more than $1 million to the county.

• Approved the two new deputy appointments of Makennah Walters, of Prairie City, and Colton Schwenke, of Sigourney, to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. Both were formally introduced to the Jasper County Board of Supervisors at a previous meeting.

• Approved several transfer orders, as well as the recorder’s monthly report for June 2019.

Contact Christopher Braunschweig at 641-792-3121 ext. 6560 or cbraunschweig@newtondailynews.com

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