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July 17, 2014

New VB Co. Engineer gives roads report

KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisors had a short meeting Monday, where they met with new county engineer Jeff Williams. His report and the committee reports were the only items on the agenda for the meeting.

Williams told supervisors he would like to use a dura patcher to repair roads.

“The dura patcher is more permanent,” he said. “I see a lot of use for it. It is basically a spray patch.”

Williams said he would like to get the DOT’s dura patcher equipment in Van Buren County for a demonstration project to see its effectiveness before considering making a purchase. Supervisors also discussed the possibility of sharing the machine with other cities in the county.

Williams also said that there might be enough rock in the county’s rock pile at the quarry to preclude it from having to crush.

“We might have enough rock to last us another year without crushing.” Williams said, adding he would like to use that money to “ramp up some equipment purchases.”

Supervisors discussed single-axle versus double-axle trucks.

Supervisor Bob Waugh said he would like to see the county consider hiring local trucking firms to haul rock when large stretches of road need to be rocked.

“Just do it and get it done,” Waugh said.

Williams said that’s an option as long as there were other projects for the secondary road workers at that time.

Williams reported that the bridge crew on the project at Yellow Avenue (Boley Bridge) moved their equipment Monday to the site. The contractor has 65 working days to complete the project.

Williams also updated the board on road striping to be done this summer.

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