KEOSAUQUA — Work will begin this week on an overlay project on two county roads, according to County Engineer Dave Barrett.
The board of supervisors Monday changed a road back to Level A from Level B and set the date for bids to be returned for rental of the county farm.
Barrett told supervisors about the schedule of the projects, given to him by Norris Asphalt, which holds the contract for two blacktop overlays in Van Buren County.
Norris Asphalt schedule on Highway J40 (Harmony blacktop):
Cold in place: Sept. 9-14 (sub-contracted)
Milling: Week of Sept. 30
Patching: Week of Sept. 30
Fabric: Later in the week of Sept. 30
Overlay: Week of Sept. 30
Shoulders: Week of Oct. 7.
Norris Asphalt schedule on Highway V64 (Lebanon to Highway 2)
Cold in place: Sept. 16-21 (sub-contracted)
Milling: Week of Oct. 7
Overlay: Week of Oct. 7
Shoulders: Week of Oct. 14.
The cold in place “takes the top 3 inches of asphalt off, pulverizes it and then puts it back with asphalt oil added with it,” Barrett said.
The supervisors also discussed three other roads that need repairs.
• Barrett gave supervisors the county’s balance in the farm-to-market fund. The county’s actual balance is $1,738,853.87. After the asphalt projects this fall, that balance will shrink to $1,372,342, which is 2.04 years of credit. The county could borrow ahead for five years totaling $4,729,022.
Supervisors asked Barrett to come up with plans to use much of that borrow authority on three projects next year: V64 from Leando to Lebanon; a portion of the J16 Stockport to Birmingham road (around the “S” curve) and W40 north of Bonaparte.
“I would say those are the priorities in that order,” said Supervisor Ted Nixon.
The V64 stretch is eight miles and would probably cost $2 million by itself, supervisors and Barrett estimated.
While J16 is in need of attention, the trouble spot is an “S” curve, Nixon stated, after driving the road last week.
Meek thought the county could save money by doing all three projects at the same time.
County Auditor Jon Finney said the county shouldn’t borrow the entire $4.7 million amount. They would need to have some in the farm-to-market fund in case of emergency, such as a bridge going out.
• Barrett presented an update on balances in the county’s federal highway bridge fund. The fiscal year for the federal government ends Sept. 30. Van Buren’s balance is projected to be $912,909.61 at the end of the fiscal year, which is 2.43 years worth of revenue.
“That’s on target where we want to be,” Barrett said.
The federal government starts taking money out of the county’s fund when it hits three year's worth.
There are three bridge projects the secondary roads is considering, Barrett said: a bridge replacement on Yellow Avenue, south of Highway 16, and two box culverts, one by the gun club and the other on Eagle Drive, west of Leando.
• The board approved a resolution authorizing a change in road classification from level “B” to level “A” on a portion of 170th Street from Highway 1 and running easterly approximately 1,920 linear feet, with the county engineer being authorized to proceed with the upgrade on this road within the current fiscal year. The vote was 2-1, with Supervisor Bob Waugh voting no.
According to Barrett, it would take two days with a dozer and blade to prepare the road, as well as 28 hours for rock hauling and one day to spread the rock with a blade, at a cost of $8,902.02.
Waugh said, “We’ve been told before that we don’t have the manpower. Now we’re told we have the time and manpower. That creates a problem for me.”
Barrett said the project could be delayed if Waugh wanted.
Waugh said he wasn’t as much against this project. “The only reason I’m opposed is we need to do some other stuff first,” he said.
According to the resolution, 170th Street east of Highway 1 was classified as level “B” in December 1988. However, a new swine production facility is to be established on the south side of 170th Street, approximately 1,920 feet east of the Highway 1 center line, and its establishment requires that a section of 170th Street be maintained as an area service “A” road. Barrett said Dustin Unkrich made the request.
All three supervisors questioned Barrett about the hourly rate used to figure the cost. Barrett had charged $55.48 per hour for the dozer, plus $28.58 per hour for the operator cost and $63.62 per hour for the blade, plus $28.58 per hour for the operator cost. Supervisors thought the figures were low.
Barrett said those were the charges specified in the Iowa DOT manual.
• The board scheduled a meeting for 10 a.m. Oct. 14 in the boardroom to receive bids on the renting of crop and pasture ground at the county farm north of Keosauqua, with the county auditor being instructed to advertise for said bids. Supervisors said they were in favor of one contract. Fencing needs were discussed.