The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

November 27, 2013

V.B. Supervisors look at secondary roads, bridges

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“There is one other that the county has used,” Barrett said, “but there were problems several years ago with the other one, so the county changed the inspection firms.”

• On the recommendation of the county engineer, Tom Yochum, RR Hillsboro, was appointed as an Equipment Operator 2, effective immediately, at a salary per union contract. The vote was 2-1, with supervisors Ted Nixon and Mark Meek voting for and Waugh voting against. Barrett had requested to hire two. Currently, there are seven blade districts and six snow routes. There are five drivers available.

“When I started there were 23 employees, and now there are 20,” Barrett said. There is a vacant position in the Mt. Sterling area. There is also a secondary road employee who is scheduled to have surgery. "I would like you to hire two,” Barrett said. One would be for an equipment operator and the other an inspector.

He is worried that he wouldn’t have enough snow route drivers in case the alternate can’t do it or another driver can’t.

“I think I’m asking for trouble if we don’t have enough guys. I can get by this winter with six snow routes, but if we don’t have six snow truck drivers, we’ll have to shuffle around.”

Supervisors then voted to accept the hiring of Yochum.

• Barrett said he was contacted by Jim Settles, conservation executive director, who received “a whole load of signs for the Des Moines water trail access to be placed at the boat ramps.”

Settles asked the secondary roads if they would be willing to put the signs in with the hardware supplied. There are five boat ramps.

“I don’t object to the idea of secondary roads putting them in, but the cost should come out of the conservation budget,” Meek said.

The supervisors directed Barrett to find out if the county could get funding from them.

• The supervisors determined that the following personnel property item, county owned, is no longer needed for county purposes and will be sold by sealed bids with such bids due to the county auditor no later than 10 a.m. Dec. 9: one 1,000 gallon LP tank approximately 66 percent filled with fuel.

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