Supervisors approve contract for gravel roads
The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors approved a license and a contract at its weekly meeting.
The license was a disposal system contractor’s license for C & C Plumbing & Trenching from Ottumwa.
“This type of license is required for installing septic systems in the county,” said Dick Reed, chairman of the board of supervisors.
The contract was the annual contract for rock maintenance for the county’s Secondary Roads department.
County engineer Scott Cline said the county was contracting for 50,000 tons of rock, and the current supplier, Douds Stone Inc., submitted the lowest bid of two, at $612,684.
Supervisor Becky Schmitz asked if residents remark about the quality of rock used on roads.
“We still haul rocks from both quarries ourselves,” said Cline. “People wouldn’t necessarily know which quarry it came from. But I haven’t heard any remarks about the quality, either.”
Cline said the county is getting about the same amount of rock as it got last year.
Reed said the county has about 650 miles of gravel roads.
“Graveling the roads works for us here,” said Reed. “It seems like we gravel and it disappears into the dirt, but it’s what works best for us in the freeze and thaw cycles and our soil types.”
Cline said the annual funds used to contract for 50,000 tons of rock would pave about a mile of pavement.