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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 26, 2014

Paving project on Vine Avenue awarded

Supervisors also approve personnel change requests for five employees
By Linda Wenger | Feb 11, 2014
Photo by: Linda Wenger Washington County Attorney Larry Brock suggested that someone from the county should make the decision when to call in a city of Muscatine’s hazardous materials team, rather than a fire chief.

A portion of Vine Avenue from County Road G36 to near Highland High School will be paved during the next construction season.
Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius told the Board of Supervisors this morning the 4.2-mile stretch will cost $1,390,933. Cedar Valley Corporation of Waterloo submitted the lowest bid, which was lower than the engineer’s estimate of $1,404,000. There were seven bidders on the project.
Thorius asked the public to be patient with the road. The late start date is Sept. 15, 2014. The project could start in May, he said, but he cannot talk to the contractor until all the contracts are signed to find out more about timing.
Auditor Dan Widmer presented personnel change requests for five county employees and the supervisors approved raises in pay for all five. He said that since there is no longer a planning and zoning administrator, the five employees have taken on new duties with other county ordinances such as the subdivision and floodplain ordinances.
Deb Simmering will take on the planning and development duties. Some of her job duties were given to other employees — Julie Linder-Reid, Sue Meeks, Amber Williams and Duane Royer.
Simmering’s pay will increase from $18.05 to $22.54; Linder-Reid from $14.28 to $16.73; Williams from $10.44 to $11.76; Meeks from $16.00 to $18.56; and Royer from $24.05 to $24.53.
Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. described the reallocation of duties a “major shuffle.” He also said the supervisors discussed the pay increases extensively during budget work sessions held recently.
The supervisors also approved city assessments for contract law enforcement for fiscal year 2014-15. The contracts will now go to Ainsworth, Brighton, Crawfordsville, Kalona, Riverside, Wellman and West Chester.
Washington County Emergency Management coordinator Larry Smith spoke with the board about a 28E agreement the county has with the City of Muscatine for hazardous materials services. A fire chief in Keokuk County called Muscatine for a manure spill. In the course of that situation, it became apparent the county could be billed for such a situation without the county’s knowledge.
County attorney Larry Brock told the supervisors he would want the county making the decision.
Sheriff Jerry Dunbar said the county’s emergency management commission would work on the issue and bring any changes back to the supervisors.
Before adjourning, Seward and Supervisor Richard Young said the county department heads are planning to meet Friday to discuss salaries.

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