Mahogany Avenue open for through traffic
The Jefferson County Secondary Roads Department updated the status of roadwork on Mahogany Avenue from 175th Street to 167th Street where road crews recently completed a bridge replacement with a box culvert.
Secondary roads department officials say the road is officially open today for through traffic.
“It’s open now with no restrictions,” said engineer’s assistant Brian Messer. “We got done ahead of time. They are loading up the last of the equipment today. We’ve had good weather, and it took them a month or really about three weeks to complete the whole project. They started on Feb. 6.”
In other road news, the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors approved two resolutions for engineering services agreements with French-Reneker-Associates in connection with a turning lane addition to Highway 1 at 227th Street, and for 2,680 feet of Portland Cement Concrete paving for 227th Street from Highway 1 east.
“We approved both of those; they are state projects,” said supervisor Dick Reed. “The state pays for the majority and we’re on the hook for around $150,000.”
Reed said the city would also be responsible for an equal portion of the bill and that a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy Program and the Urban-State Traffic Engineering Program would pay for the largest portion of the near $1 million bill for both projects.
“This was all approved a year ago,” County engineer Scott Cline said, explaining that the agreements were only approved during Monday’s supervisor’s meeting.
“We’re starting on the designs for the project,” Cline said.
According to an Iowa Department of Transportation agreement, the eligible project costs will be paid in the following manner: city RISE Funds at $230,846; county RISE Funds at $245,496; DOT USTEP at $176,000; city local contribution at $150,171 and county local contribution at $150,171 for a project total of $952,684.
In law enforcement news, The supervisors approved that hiring of Jerica Ingle as a correctional officer for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
“This is a correctional officer for the [Jefferson County] jail,” Reed said, adding that it isn’t a new position, but a replacement for someone who either quit or retired.
The supervisors approved a resolution to provide financial support of $2,300 to the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission.
Supervisor Lee Dimmitt said six counties provide funds to Area 15 as part of a membership to receive support from the organization in the form of grant writing for various projects, such as the downtown façade project.
Participating counties include Jefferson, Wapello, Van Buren, Keokuk, Mahaska and Davis.
“When they write these grants for these projects, a percentage of the grant money goes to them,” Dimmitt said, adding that it’s a small amount to pay for the benefits that the county to receives from its services.