Van Buren supervisors seek new road grader
KEOSAUQUA – The Van Buren County Board of Supervisors will receive quotes from John Deere and Caterpillar for a new county maintainer.
County Engineer David Barrett said at the board’s meeting Monday he sent out specifications for a new maintainer to John Deere. The secondary roads office does have a proposal from Caterpillar. Barrett said he prefers the Caterpillar model to the John Deere because of quality, keeping parts in stock and because the maintenance worker for Cat lives in Keosauqua, among other things.
Most of the county’s maintainers are Caterpillar, although a number of years ago, supervisors purchased a John Deere.
Barrett also updated the board on various road projects including contract for construction of the Comanche quarry road box culvert, dust control applications, and traffic markings.
• Barrett will present the quotes to do traffic markings to supervisors within the next three weeks. Paint striping of county blacktops is done every other year. Half of the roads get done one year and the other half the next year, Barrett told supervisors.
• The final payment was made on the Stockport paving project.
• The county has not yet received payment from FEMA for the Eagle Bluff project, Barrett reported. The contractor has been paid, Barrett stated.
• A total of 300 dust control applications were sent out to county residents, who can pick which company they prefer.
• The chairman was authorized to sign a contract and bond on a box culvert project on Timber Avenue near Comanche Quarry with JDM Contracting Company, West Point, at a cost of $240,403.96.
• The third and final reading of Van Buren County Ordinance No. 2013-1, “An ordinance establishing a Local Option Sales and Services tax applicable to transactions within the incorporated areas of Birmingham, Bonaparte, Cantril, Farmington, Keosauqua, Milton, Stockport, and the unincorporated areas of Van Buren County, Iowa”, was waived. On a roll call vote, it was enacted into law.
• On recommendation of the Van Buren County Medical Examiner, the following appointments were made effective this date: Deputy County Medical Examiner for a term ending Dec. 31, 2013-Dr. Mark Dillon, MD, Van Buren County Medical Examiner Investigators-Richard Abrisz, William Cline, Mark Hagist, and Dan Wells. Three from Van Buren County have to go to school, which is paid for by the county. Dr. Matthew Manning will continue on as medical examiner.
• The chairman was authorized to sign a request letter to the Iowa Department of Human Services stating Van Buren County’s intent to apply for an exemption from forming a mental health region.
• Board members reported on various committee meetings held including Area XV, 10/15 Transit, and Southern Iowa MH Center. Supervisors discussed at length the county’s participation in RUSS.
• The following applications for impoundment structure property tax exemption were approved: Michael W. Ryskamp (Parcel #16-10-33-400-300 in SWSE Section 33-68-10), Leslie Betts (Parcel #16-14-02-300-100 in NWSW Section 2-67-10 & 16-14-02-300-300 in SWSW Section 2-67-10), Nadine McKinney (In NE corner SENW; E 292 feet of RR Row, SENW; SWNE in Section 11-67-9), Betty Irish/Ronald Irish estates, Connie Ripple, Beverly Speer (SE1/4 Section 25-68-10-Site #27).