OTTUMWA — One portion of a Wapello County road will be vacated and closed in upcoming days, while another's future is on hold for another week.
The Wapello County Supervisors were prepared to approve a resolution Thursday to vacate and close two separate portions of road: one on 90th Street by Izaak Walton and one on 98th Avenue. The 90th Street part will be closed, but the 98th Avenue part will be discussed more in-depth at next Tuesday's meeting.
Jeff Emery, who owns a farm field on that stretch of road, explained to the supervisors that he, his mother and a neighbor have need that road for access to their fields. He saw no problem closing the other end of 98th Avenue, but he was looking for suggestions on how to access the fields.
In addition, he told them that just this week there had been road work done, which he thought shouldn't have happened if the road was going to be vacated.
"I'd like to see access down the road to my field drive and [my neighbor's] field drive," Emery said.
County Engineer Brian Moore was unable to attend the meeting, so the board postponed a decision until Moore has the opportunity to talk with Emery and find a workable solution.
In other business:
• The supervisors approved the canvass of the Oct. 8 Ottumwa City Council and Eldon mayor primaries. Keith Caviness, Matt Dalbey, Robert LaPoint, Bob Meyers, Belinda Smith-Cicarella and Skip Stevens will be on the City Council ballot. Shirley Stacey and Sean Coulter will be on the Eldon mayor ballot.
The elections for Ottumwa City Council, Ottumwa mayor and Eldon mayor will take place Nov. 5.
• Damage has been done to one of the Wapello County Courthouse’s retaining walls due to time and weather. A bid from Mundell and Associates of Ottumwa to repair the wall was accepted. Mundell and Associates' bid was for $4,015. Bids were also read from Christner Contracting Inc. for $5,120, Frase General Construction Contracting for $5,975 and P&M Mowing LLC for $12,235.
• A resolution on the completion of the Wapello County tower project was approved upon receipt of a certificate of completion from the subcontractor.
• Requests to hire two new motorgrader operators for Secondary Roads were approved. Wapello County Public Health also reported the hiring of a new home care aide.
• First-quarter reports from the sheriff, recorder and auditor's offices were accepted and filed.
• Discussion of updated personnel rules was postponed until the next supervisors' meeting.