The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

June 25, 2014

Van Buren Co. welcoming new engineer

KEOSAUQUA — Future Van Buren County Engineer Jeff Williams attended his first county board of supervisors’ meeting Monday.

Williams is a former engineer for Lyon County. Williams began his role as assistant county engineer June 16, and he will take over for the retiring Dave Barrett on July 1.

“Dave’s done a great job,” Williams told supervisors. He said that he was pleased with how everything has operated.

Barrett and Williams were present to update the board on various road projects including W30 north of Bonaparte overlay, Yellow Avenue bridge replacement, Eagle Drive culvert replacements, Croton road culvert, shop expansion, slurry seal proposal, V64 overlay and right-of-way mowing.

Letting for an overlay on county blacktop W40 north of Bonaparte to Highway 16 will be in November. Barrett estimates that it would be a Spring 2015 project.

Barrett said that the Boley Bridge on Yellow Avenue is scheduled to be demolished on June 30. He also stated the two bridge projects on Eagle Drive are scheduled for Nov. 18 letting (Hostetler bridge and Gun Club bridge). Barrett said the county is still needing to get one easement for the Hostetler bridge.

Supervisors discussed in detail a future crack sealing project on J40, east of Lebanon. Barrett said the blacktop on both sides of the joints have “rolled down” into the crack. Williams said doing another crack seal would be the least costly of the alternatives and would buy the county an additional three to five years.

Williams will help conduct interviews for equipment operator positions. Barrett recommended hiring two.

Williams told supervisors that if they had any projects they would want to be included in a five-year plan “now is the time to bring it to my attention.” Williams and Barrett are in the beginning stages of building a plan.

In other business:

• Representatives of SE Iowa Case Management and CPC Susan Frey were present to discuss the 2015FY mental health services contract between VBC and SE Iowa Case Management. On a 2-1 vote, the contract was approved as presented. Nixon and Meek voted yes and Waugh voted no. “The only reason I voted no was I don’t fully understand why, since we are a part of a region, why we need a 28E agreement,” Waugh said. Representatives present said that it was recommended by the Iowa State Association of Counties attorney that the counties involved have a 28E agreement.

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