The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

November 27, 2013

V.B. Supervisors look at secondary roads, bridges

KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County Supervisors approved the hiring of one equipment operator for secondary roads, will hold a hearing on the renewal of the master matrix and approved a two-year bridge inspection contract at their regular meeting Monday.

• The board will decide whether to renew the master matrix on Dec. 9. Producers in counties that have adopted the matrix must meet higher standards than other permitted facilities. Before they can be approved for construction, operators must earn points on the master matrix for choosing sites and using practices that the DNR states reduce adverse impacts on the environment and the community.

• Barrett received a letter from the Iowa DNR environmental engineer, Michael W. Smith, in regards to the closure inspection of the old county landfill. There has been no engineering site inspection done. Barrett said it had been the county’s understanding that it was the responsibility of Barker Lemar, the county’s consulting firm. However, that apparently was not the case. The supervisors will meet Dec. 18 at the county shop to review plans for mine reclamation of the west side of the closed landfill.

• A two-year bridge inspection contract was approved with Kirkham, Michael & Associates, Urbandale, for the inspection of 160 bridges and 14 pony trusses. Approximately half of the bridges, 85, will be done in 2014 at a cost of $151 per bridge, and 75 bridges will be inspected in 2015 at a cost of $160. The Bonaparte bridge, which was inspected this year, will be done in 2015 at a cost of $1,450. Fourteen “fracture critical” bridges (pony trusses) will be inspected at a cost of $4,550. The number of bridges inspected is slightly less than last time, according to Barrett, because the county replaced some bridges with boxed culverts.

Supervisor Bob Waugh asked if there were other firms who inspected and if so, had the county contacted them for bids.

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