Salina Road re-coated to end vehicle damage
Jefferson County engineer Scott Cline said Salina Road was re-coated last week with lime chips and though rain in the latter part of the week prevented some of the brooming, contractor LL Pelling must have returned over the weekend to paint the stripes.
“I’ll need to go out and look at it,” he told the board of supervisors at today’s regular weekly meeting.
Supervisor Dick Reed said since the supervisors and Cline were taking a road tour this morning, Salina Road should be one of their destinations.
“Did the contractor leave a sample of the first product, the boiler slag used?” asked Reed.
In the summer, LL Pelling was contracted to reseal Salina Road and the specifications (written before Cline was hired in June) allowed boiler slag, a product the county has used before with good results.
After the reseal using boiler slag, drivers began calling with complaints of cracked, chipped and broken vehicle windows from loose rocks. Reed said it was a different size of rock than what the county had seen in previous boiler slag.
Supervisors and the county engineer have been discussing a fix to problems with the loose rocks on Salina Road and a solution for needed repairs on vehicle windows for several weeks.
Cline said yes, he had a small sample of the boiler slag used.
“Hang on to it, in case we need to go to court over this,” said Reed.
“I’m curious how many times LL Pelling has used this product before and if they were familiar enough with it and used the right amount of binder,” said Lee Dimmitt, supervisor.
Another road project, paving sections of 127th Street and Grimes Avenue under the engineering firm of French-Reneker Associates Inc., was completed more than a week ago. Supervisors asked Melanie Carlson, project engineer, to view the completed project, especially since the area had gotten an amount of rain not seen for a few months.
Today, Carlson said for the most part, the pavement and shoulders were in good shape.
“At a place on Grimes Avenue some shoulder material washed away and along 127th Street, where seeding had not been done yet, silt washed into the silt fence,” she said. “I’ve been in contact with the contractor and they will fix those things. We won’t close out the project until those are done.
“I would like to ask you to pay the final installment payment. You’ll still have the retainage money.”
Supervisors agreed to pay the $73,000 final payment.
“This does not mean you are accepting the product,” said Carlson. “And it has a four-year warranty.”
Supervisor chairman Steve Burgmeier said a staff member at AmericInn along 227th Street said the road is really rough.
Both Dimmitt and Reed said they have driven there and hadn’t noticed any roughness.
Cline presented a list of road segments in the county that he would apply to Iowa Department of Transportation for Farm to Market designation:
• Butternut Avenue from 110th Street to Brookville Road, 3.5 miles.
• Ash Avenue South to Ash Avenue North in Batavia, 0.4 mile.
• Business 34 from Filbert Avenue to Fairfield city limits, 3.5 miles.
• Business 34 from Osage Avenue to Fairfield city limits, 1.7 miles.
• 185th Street from Kelp Avenue to Pleasant Plain Road, 2.4 miles.
• Nutmeg Avenue from Highway 34 to Salina Road, 2 miles.
According to the application, this would add 13.5 miles of county roads to its Farm to Market road system. The application also indicated deleting from Farm to Market designation, 110th Street from Birch Avenue to Ash Avenue, then Ash Avenue south to Butternut, a total of 4.2 miles.
Supervisors approved the application as presented and Cline will submit for review by the Farm to Market Review Board.
Harper Brush update
Tracy Vance, executive director of Fairfield Economic Development Association, updated supervisors about Harper Brush Works during public comments at this morning’s meeting.
“I was on the conference call discussing Harper Brush and the bankruptcy court,” he said. “A hearing in bankruptcy court is Oct. 29. It’s expected to all go as scheduled and they are hoping to have a date set for the actual sale fairly quickly. I’d say a date for the bid process could be set in early November.
“We know Q.E.P. Co. Inc. has an interest in buying Harper Brush, including the property,” said Vance. “So, that’s a pretty clear indication they’d want to keep operations and employees here in Fairfield.
“I had a question, about if another bidder comes along and out-bids Q.E. P., and it has to be in increments of $50,000, is there any consideration the judge can make about the impact on the community?
“And the answer is yes,” said Vance. “So that’s a good thing.”
Maasdam Barns will have tulips
Reed reported about a recent workday at the Maasdam Barns.
“We’ve got the new sign up and plan to add a flag pole and both will be lighted with solar lighting,” he said.
“Master gardeners, about 20, were helping us that day and planted 1,000 tulip bulbs.”
Reed also reported an agreement was approved with the Southeast Iowa Multi-County Solid Waste Agency landfill for compacting, which he said will allow for more garbage to fit in a cell.
Reed also attended a corrections meeting in Des Moines that included the Eighth Judicial District director of corrections, Dan Fell and head of corrections Don Baldwin.
“We discussed how we have more beds, more space in the corrections system, but no funding to staff,” he said.
“And something neat coming up is that two county supervisors in southeast Iowa are running for state legislature. If we get county supervisors in the statehouse, they will be more understanding of what county supervisors do,” said Reed.