By RUSTY EBERT
---- — KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Tedrow has asked the board of supervisors for some extra money in the upcoming budget to cover needed expenses.
Tedrow said his budget has increased over the years, “but the increase was mainly for wages and benefits. The working budget hasn’t gone up much.”
He said he’s had to trim other areas of his budget.
“Training budget got hit,” Tedrow said.
Tedrow noted that the current jail and sheriff’s office, built in 1992, is starting to require extra expenses to replace some things such as the air conditioner.
Also, the problem with the buzzards on the tower adjacent to the sheriff’s office has created an unsanitary condition with the exercise pen for inmates, which is beneath the tower. He said the county would probably have to put a roof over it and enclose it. Last year, the sheriff’s office tried loud noises to deter them, but the methods cost money and will have to continue to be done from time to time.
Another issue that needs attention is an upgrade on computers.
“The last time we upgraded was in 2008,” Tedrow said. To upgrade to Windows 7 would cost $9,600, he estimated. The state is requiring a paperless system for criminal records, and that affects his office.
“We’re getting hit on all sides,” Tedrow said. “I just ask you to see if you can dig deep and send something my way. If you can, I would appreciate it.”
County Engineer David Barrett updated the board on various road projects including rock report, snow removal budget to date, bridge/farm to market funding, Dooley mine reclamation plans and proposed easement, shop expansion, V64 asphalt paving project and a five-year construction plan review.
Barrett said little has been done on the shop expansion because of the weather. An electrical box was moved.
He said with this year’s cold weather and snow, “I wish we had done a building expansion a year ago. The trucks are covered with ice, mud and sand.”
Bob Waugh said he was against having the road grader in the present shop for as long as it has been. “No sense in having a spare, if they don’t work. I think we need to get it serviced.”
• Barrett presented a plan to resurface V64. A representative from the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa recommended milling and removing the top 2 inches, putting “a cold in place” (3 1/2 inches) and a 2-inch resurface.
“His recommendation would leave the same level as before. That will probably give the county an extra 15 to 20 years. He said he could see there are problems with V64 because of the lack of shoulders,” Barrett said.
V64 is about 7 inches thick, but there will have to be a core sample taken to confirm that, Barrett added.
If the county improves a portion, the state DOT would require that the county must re-do the entire road to meet standards, Barrett said.
The cost to rebuild V64 between Leando and Lebanon would be approximately $7 million to $10 million, Barrett estimated.
“I was thinking that if you only rebuild part of the road then you would have to meet standards on the portion you rebuild,” Waugh said.
• Barrett said this year’s project (fiscal year 2015) on the five-year plan includes bridge replacement at the gun club, a box culvert on Eagle Drive near Leando, the Boley bridge, V64 resurfacing, a SIDCA project on Acorn Avenue. In fiscal year 2016, the county plans to replace the Greenfield bridge west of Birmingham, a box culvert on 150th near Acorn, and do W40 resurfacing.
• Barrett said he can no longer order any more salt, and they will have to make do with the amount remaining. “This is our last allotment,” Barrett said. “If worse comes to worse, we’ll just have to use sand instead of a sand-salt mix.’”
Jon Finney said since the county had a carry-over to begin this winter, this might be an ominous sign for next winter.
Barrett said the county has expended $67,683 through the end of January on snow and ice removal.
• Barrett said county road workers placed 3,600 tons of rock in January. The reason they continue to place rock this winter is that “if this snow and ice thaws quickly, it can turn to mud.”
Barrett said he was trying to avoid a repeat of the problems the county had a few years ago.
“We’re trying to keep ahead of it. That’s why we’re hauling rock on frozen roads,” he said.
“I hope it stays on the road,” said Supervisor Bob Waugh.
• The board approved a Class B Wine permit, Class C Beer permit, including Sunday sales, for Boyd Grocery, RR, Keosauqua.
• The following county paid holidays were approved for the 2015FY: Independence Day-Friday, July 4, 2014, Labor Day-Monday, September 1, 2014, Veterans Day-Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Thanksgiving Days-Thursday-Friday, November 27-28, 2014, Christmas Days-Thursday-Friday, December 25-26, 2014, New Years Day-Thursday, January 1, 2015, President’s Day-Monday, February 16, 2015, Memorial Day-Monday, May 25, 2015.
• The following requests for rural tax abatement were approved/denied: Approved- 1) Sonja Hoie, 21659 Iris Trail, Keosauqua (SWSW Section 34-69-10. Van Buren Twp.), 2) Marvin & Doris Thomas, 11743 Rt. J40, Milton (In W ½ SE ¼ Section 32-69-11, Chequest Twp.), 3) Ronald P. & Shirley M. Louth, 20987 115th St., Birmingham (In SENE Section 11-70-10, Lick Creek Twp.), 4) Patricia A. & Milton K. Ames, 23583 Highway 16, Keosauqua (Parcel D in N Prt NWNE, Section 5-69-9, Van Buren Twp.), 5) John Lengacher, 21990 Heather Road (In SESE Section 31-69-10, Van Buren Twp.), 6) Joseph A. Kirkhart, 22025 Gold Ave., Cantril (Prt SESE & Prt NENE Section 36-68-11, Jackson Twp., Denied: SSH Properties-denied due to lack of proof of sewer permit.
• The board approved a two-year labor agreement beginning July 1, 2014, with the VBC Secondary Road Employees and VBC Sheriff’s Deputies/Dispatchers Unions, including the following changes in contracts: VBC Secondary Road Employees Union-Article 6.62-change payout of compensation time dates from June to November, Salary schedule-35¢/hour increase 7/1/2014, 20¢/hour increase 1/1/2015, 45¢/hour increase 7/1/2015, Sheriff Deputies/Dispatchers Employee Union-Article 9-add on call with deputies to be paid $1.25 per hour for all scheduled on call hours, with such hours not counted as hours worked for purposes of computing overtime, Salary schedule-increase 1.5 percent effective 7/1/2014, 1.5 percent effective 1/1/2015, and 2.5 percent effective 7/1/2015.
• A resignation from courthouse custodian Steven Appleman, effective March 28, 2014, was accepted, with regrets.
• The low bid of Hunt & Associates of Oskaloosa was accepted for auditing services for the 2014FY thru 2016FY at a cost of $14,000 for 2014FY, $14,500 for 2015FY, and $15,000 for 2016FY, with additional $1,500 due if a single audit report is required.