The Ottumwa Courier

February 23, 2013

Board to talk of the tower and a scenic byway

CINDY TOOPES
submitted

OTTUMWA — With many projects, you don’t know what you’ve got until the work begins.

The Wapello County Supervisors are finding that out due to the work on the communications tower for two-way radio traffic. The board members will discuss the matter more when they meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the third-floor courtroom of the Wapello County Courthouse.

Sabre Industries is working on the tower, and the board has two amendments for the project.

Supervisor Jerry Parker said the placing of two antenna arms wasn’t anticipated in the beginning.

Also, the kind of gravel used around the structure must be changed.

“We were going to use river gravel but changed our minds,” Parker said. “We’re going to use limestone instead. To do that will cost no more, but we have to have a change order to notify the contractor.”

What’s the difference between the two kinds of rock?

“We want to use limestone because it bonds together better and isn’t likely to be washed away or kicked away,” Parker said.

The board also intends to apply for a grant for alcohol and traffic enforcement. Parker said the grant will pay for overtime.

“We’re also applying for a federal aid agreement to assist with the repair of a bridge,” he added.

The board’s meeting will also offer an update on the Historic Hills scenic byway. Katy Anderson from Pathfinders Resource Conservation Development will give a brief explanation about what’s happening to the byway.

“That’s the road out of Blakesburg and into Davis County,” Parker said. “Mostly we’re going to listen.”

Supervisor Steve Siegel said he’s been talking Anderson. She’ll give a brief explanation about what’s happening to the byway.

Pathfinders is working on an Iowa Department of Transportation grant that runs from Blakesburg south to the county line.

“It’s a tourism and economic development tool,” Siegel said. “People drive on the roads, buy gas or food, but it’s more for promoting what’s there. New businesses will be encouraged as well.”

Siegel also noted most people have probably seen the signs, which include a blue sky background and budding purple flowers. The signs have been up for about a year, he added.