County using less gravel on secondary roads
The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors set a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. July 22, during a regular weekly board meeting, for a county social host ordinance to make adults who serve or allow alcohol to be served to minors on their property responsible and subject to civil penalties.
After a public hearing, the board can decide to proceed or not. If the supervisors move forward to adopt such an ordinance, it requires two or three public readings before it is adopted and then 60 days to go into effect.
Supervisors also set a public hearing for 10 a.m. July 22 regarding offering for sale and inviting proposals to purchase real property at 117 W. Broadway Ave., the former county attorney’s office.
“We’ll select a realtor at that time also, by drawing a name from among all local realtors out of a hat,” said supervisor Dick Reed.
Supervisors accepted the low bid, $626,871 for 52,575 tons of rock provided to the Secondary Roads Department from Douds quarry for fiscal year 2014.
“We’ll use 250 tons per mile on Farm to Market roads and 200 tons per mile on all other roads,” said County Engineer Scott Cline.
Audience member Tim Tedrow said the rule of thumb used to be 600 tons per mile.
“Why is it now 200 tons?” Tedrow asked.
Cline said he didn’t know.
Reed said throughout the years the tonnage has decreased basically due to expenses.
“We get funds for the Farm to Market roads and the minimum requirement is 250 tons per mile,” said Cline.
Another audience member, representing the quarry, said the 600 tons per mile is a guideline that’s not been in use for 30 years.
“The roads we tore up pavement and made gravel, we’ll dust-proof those after rock is laid?” Reed asked Cline. Cline said yes.
A few items on today’s agenda were tabled for further research:
• Safety Committee policies need more feedback from county department heads. Supervisors also asked Assistant County Attorney Pat McAvan to review the policies before the board approves them.
• Appointment of Tracy Vance and reappointment of Paul Miller to Area 15 Regional Planning Commission. Reed asked for more information about the commission.
Supervisor chairman Lee Dimmitt represents Jefferson County on the Area 15 commission.
The commission has a supervisor from each of the six counties — Davis, Wapello, Mahaska, Van Buren and Keokuk — plus two citizens and the mayor of Sigourney who are voting members on its board of directors. Only directors can vote.
“So if Tracy Vance and Paul Miller serve on the commission, they can’t vote?” asked Reed.
Dimmitt said that was correct.
“We hold meetings the fourth Tuesday of every month and hold an annual meeting,” said Dimmitt. “Usually the non-voting members do not attend the monthly meetings, but they are invited.”
Reed asked if the director, Matt Bowman, could attend a Jefferson County supervisors meeting and explain more about the commission and its members.
Dimmitt said he would invite Bowman to a meeting.
Terry Baker, a member of Fairfield RAGBRAI executive committee, attended the supervisors meeting today to ask permission for use of the courthouse lawn on July 26.
“We’re organizing a Guinness Book of World Records for the most mustaches worn at one time,” said Baker. “We need to meet several requirement and guidelines to report to Guinness. If we can use the courthouse lawn, we’ll have an entry point and hand out fake mustaches. We’re aiming for 4,000 people and they have to be in one place, videotaped and counted and wear the mustaches for 5 minutes.”
Reed said the courthouse lawn is public property, so there would not be a problem.
The organizers are looking to hold the contest around 5:30 p.m. the day RAGBRAI riders are in Fairfield to let local residents participate after work and for as many riders as possible to have arrived.