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October 31, 2013

Road projects, resignation on VB Co. agenda

KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Board of Supervisors discussed road projects and approved a resignation from the secondary roads department during its regular meeting Monday.

County Engineer David Barrett was present to update the board on various road projects including an employee resignation, five-year county line road maintenance agreement, culvert replacement on Comanche Quarry Road, asphalt resurfacing and SIDCA project agreement.

He gave an update on the county blacktop overlay project. Contractors were nearing completion on one segment of the Harmony blacktop, but at 2 p.m. Saturday, they had to quit for the day as the plant “broke down,” Barrett said. They were scheduled to pave the last one-mile section Monday and then will move to the Bonaparte segment and after that, to V64.

In other business:

• The board approved a five-year county-line road maintenance agreement with Henry County. This is for a 1 1/2 mile stretch of Henry-Van Buren County road near Hillsboro. Van Buren and Henry Counties switch maintenance every five years. For the next five years, Van Buren will maintain the road.

• A resignation from VBC Secondary Road employee Roger Jo Harryman was accepted, effective Oct. 31, 2013, with regrets and appreciation for his 13 years of service to the county.

• The board approved a SIDCA project agreement on work related to a project in Bentonsport.

• Supervisor Mark Meek said the bricks in an alley in Bentonsport have “pretty much been removed.”

• The road that Commanche Quarry culvert project was scheduled to be open Tuesday after mulch and some rip rap were placed.

• The third and final reading of Van Buren County Ordinance No. 2013-2, “Mt. Sterling Sewer System Rate Ordinance," was noted. The board adopted the ordinance.

• The following request for rural tax abatement was approved: Greg and Susan Trudell, 29538 210th St., Keosauqua.

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