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February 12, 2014

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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.’”

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