Supervisors keep meeting short
This morning’s agenda for the Washington County Board of Supervisors was taken care of in about 10 minutes. One of the agenda items, a presentation about the use of all-terrain vehicles on county roads from Ken Miller, was postponed until next Tuesday.
The supervisors approved two resolutions concerning Washington County Riverboat Foundation grant applications from Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) and Secondary Roads.
Julie Potratz and RenElla Crawford of Washington County HACAP asked the board to approve a grant application of $40,000 to $50,000 to enlarge the outdoor space for the preschool program at Orchard Hill.
Potratz said they want to construct a natural playground and a fence. She said that when exploring nature, students show fewer ADHD and behavior problems. The fence will increase the security of the space.
The supervisors approved the grant application last Tuesday. Today, they approved a resolution to complete the formal action necessary for HACAP to proceed.
The second grant approved came from the Secondary Roads department. County Engineer Jacob Thorius presented the grant application, this morning. He is seeking a $161,102 grant to purchase a new Cat Motor Grader. Matching funds of nearly $79,400 would come from the roads’ budget. The total project is estimated to cost about $240,450.
Thorius said the motor grader would add one new district to the 10 currently in place. If the grader is approved, the department would hire another employee to operate the grader. He said that one district contains 60-70 miles of gravel roads. Adding another district would improve the level of service to the county. Graders are used to blade and shape gravel roads and to remove snow and ice. He said the county’s response to extreme weather events would improve.
If the grant isn’t awarded, Thorius said he would have to shuffle his plans.
Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. gave a brief report on the Richmond and Rubio sanitary sewer projects. He said progress continues to be made. He said that he and volunteer Kay Ciha finished going over the invoices the county has received from the Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS) and that they will have a conclusion for the board in a couple of weeks.
Scott Allen, vice president of the Friends of Bunker Mill Bridge said that the Friends had a booth during Kalona’s Fall Festival over the weekend and that they received overwhelming positive reaction from the people they spoke to at the festival.
The Bunker Mill Bridge is planned to be on next week’s agenda. The board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in the county courthouse.