Road crews keeping up with work
Jefferson County Secondary Road Department has been able to keep up with work without using overtime so far, county engineer Scott Cline told the board of supervisors today.
County road crews have plowed snow in the past week and were back at it again this morning, said Cline. Crews bladed roads and worked on equipment repair and maintenance, in the last week, as well.
“The powdery snow is drifting, being blown by the wind,” he said. “On the other hand, the wind has swept it off spots of the roads, too.”
Supervisor Dick Reed said he would like Cline to convey to his department that the board appreciates their work.
“I have received calls with compliments about the road crews,” said Supervisor Lee Dimmitt.
Outgoing Fairfield Economic Development Association executive director Tracy Vance said the memorandum of understanding signed by the Jefferson County supervisors last month has now been returned and signed from Heartland Co-op.
“Everything is ready for the next steps,” said Vance. “Today is my last day with FEDA, but a replacement has been hired and there should be a news release Tuesday to introduce him. I will work with the new director to get him up to speed about everything.”
Heartland Co-op op, headquartered in West Des Moines, outlined in mid-December to the county supervisors a proposal for 4.4 million bushel of storage capacity grain elevator facility, a $25 million investment, at Nutmeg Avenue and Highway 34, east of Fairfield.
Vance said a detailed description of the land and connecting roads would be needed for the project. Heartland Co-op already owns the property.
The board voted to have Reed serve as chairman this year with Supervisor Becky Schmitz as vice chairwoman of the board, and Dimmitt stepped down from chairman.
The board agreed to keep weekly meeting times at 9 a.m. Monday in the Jefferson County Courthouse, with flexibility.
“If we hear from the public that an issue is important for people to want to attend a meeting and 9 a.m. Monday isn’t a time most people can attend, we can schedule an evening meeting sometime,” said Reed.
Schmitz added the supervisors also are willing to meet from time to time in another Jefferson County community other than Fairfield.
The supervisors encouraged any community feedback. Office hours are posted at the supervisors’ boardroom on the first floor of the courthouse.
“If someone comes to the supervisors’ office and no one is here, all of our cell phone numbers are posted outside the door,” said Reed. “Call one of us.”
Supervisors’ cell numbers are: Reed, 919-8262; Schmitz, 919-5575; and Dimmitt, 919-9547.
The supervisors approved an agreement to use federal funds on the Ash Avenue bridge project over Honey Creek, but tabled appointing compensation commission members.
County weed commissioner Dan Miller was re-appointed as weed commissioner and The Fairfield Ledger and Richland Plainsman-Clarion newspapers were designated as official publications for Jefferson County legal publications.
Schmitz reported she attended a meeting with providers of mental health services where those at the meeting brainstormed about providing more services.
Reed reported he attended Fairfield’s 10th Habitat for Humanity open house and dedication Saturday.
“It’s a very nice house, an energy efficient home,” he said. “Habitat for Humanity is well organized in Fairfield.”
Dimmitt invited the community to attend an evening meeting of the alcohol task force beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23, at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
“I know there will be some heartfelt reports from people in the program,” he said.
The supervisors worked on the annual budget after today’s regular meeting adjourned.