Tourism grant allowedCounty approves funds for sidewalk repairs and redesign plans
The Washington County Safety Committee, comprised of county employees, received approval from the Board of Supervisors to spend up to $3,000 in design fees for a courthouse sidewalk repair and redesign project for the west entrance of the courthouse.
Julie Lindner-Reid presented the request to the board during the board’s weekly meeting Monday morning. She said that Veenstra and Kimm Engineering will do the design work.
At the supervisors’ meeting on July 23, Lindner-Reid said that the sidewalks are cracked and uneven and need to be repaired. She said the committee also recommended installing a canopy over the walkway so pedestrians are safe from ice and snow sliding off the roof and making sure the repairs and redesign adhere to the ADA requirements, which she termed “extremely stringent.”
The supervisors approved the request.
The board also approved a request from the Washington 175th Celebration co-chairs to allow the committee to apply for a $5,000 Iowa Tourism grant under the county’s membership. The co-chairs are Millie Youngquist and Diane Gallagher. They also said that a 25 percent in matching funds would be needed if they are awarded the grant. They think the eight-day celebration in 2014 will cost $50,000 to $60,000.
Board chairman Steve Davis asked if the county has a fund for such a request. Budget director Cyndie Sinn said it would need to come out of the general fund and that the donation isn’t in this year’s budget.
Davis also said that the matching funds would “catch everybody in the county” — not just city residents.
Supervisor Jack Seward suggested the supervisors approve the request for applying for the grant and decide later where the matching funds would come from, and those funds wouldn’t necessarily come from the county.
In his weekly update on the Richmond and Rubio sanitary sewer projects, Seward said that one contractor has 18 systems to install, which is “making a big dent” in being able to comply with Department of Natural Resources requirements. He and Environmental Health director Jennine Wolf are pleased with the progress being made in both communities.
No decision was made on one item on the agenda — the Washington County and Keokuk County mental health disabilities services director agreement. The supervisors decided to hold a work session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the their office to discuss the agreement further.