Supervisors set public hearing on proposed road, bridge ordinance
The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors set a public hearing for 9:30 a.m. Monday for a proposed ordinance on county policy for the construction and reconstruction of roads and bridges.
The hearing will be at the supervisors’ office on the first floor of the Jefferson County Courthouse.
“This is an opportunity for the public to come and make any comments about the resolution that we’re passing,” said supervisor Dick Reed during an interview today. “The resolution is in the auditor’s office, if people want to take a look at it. We have to pass that in order to get [Federal Emergency Management Agency] money in case of flooding. Although we don’t have anything big like the Mississippi River, we have a couple of places where it could flood, such as Cedar Creek and a little bit of the Skunk River.”
Reed encouraged anyone in the community to attend the meeting. In other news, the supervisors appointed Jefferson County resident Jim Flinspach to the Civil Service Commission.
“He’s a longtime resident of Jefferson County,” Reed said. “At times, this can be a time-consuming position. They get involved with testing for new sheriff’s deputies, and they will make recommendations to the Jefferson County Sheriff; it’s a very important position.”
The supervisors discussed repairs to Germanville Road.
“This has been high on our priority list. It’s on our five-year plan, and it’s scheduled for this working season,” Reed said. “We discussed how we are in the process of moving forward with Germanville. The Iowa Department of Transportation will be doing the bid letting for this project because the majority of the funding will be covered by Farm-to-Market money. We’ll be doing lots of patching on the road and then about 10 years later we will be doing a complete resurfacing of the road. We’ll also be replacing a bridge on that road.”
Reed said the bid letting process could start as soon as July, but that the county wouldn’t know when the actual project would start until notified by the DOT.