By LAURA CARRELL
Courier staff writer
---- — OTTUMWA — Rural residents rerouted by the damaged 180th Avenue bridge will have to wait until next summer to have traffic back to normal.
During its Tuesday meeting, the Wapello County Board of Supervisors approved an engineering contract with Calhoun-Burns and Associates. This approval will allow the engineering firm to complete their plans. The bridge was washed away during flash flooding in May.
"We've already done the preliminary work to send them, and we're planning on construction next year," County Engineer Brian Morgan said. Bid letting will take place in April, and he says it will be summer before actual work can begin, weather permitting.
In other business:
• The board approved tax abatement for the property at 117 and 119 E. Main St. The property was sold to an individual at a tax sale for $1,700, and then the city of Ottumwa wanted the property. The city has agreed to pay back the $1,700, and taxes have been abated.
• The board approved a transfer of $200,000 from the bridges and culverts fund to the law center's maintenance fund.
• The board approved a resolution authorizing the auditor to issue certain payments, such as light bills and water bills, without prior approval from the board.