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County approves multiple quit claim resolutions

Mar 08, 2018

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL


Washington County supervisors approved easements at the meeting Tuesday morning.

Washington County engineer Jacob Thorius said there were three property owners who approached him about releasing some excess right of way because the county isn’t doing anything to the road. A public hearing doesn’t have to be held.

“The process we’re going through today is to come to you gentlemen with quitclaim resolutions to release that right of way back to the adjoining landowners,” Thorius said.

There were five quitclaim resolutions on Tuesday’s agenda. The first three were related to the same location on G26 west of Orange Avenue, Thorius said. Two spots were for the Jarrard Farm Corporation and the other one was for M&L Farms Inc.

“I know there’s spots came to our attention and the farmer last year — where we identified people farming the right of way,” Thorius said, “we had some conversations about what we could and couldn’t do. We made some compromises.”

There are some areas the farmer would like more area to farm, but that would cause jogs in the roadway, he added.

The fourth easement was for Merlin D. Hagie and Jennifer K. Herr. This is on Coppock Road south of 330th Street on the west side of the road, Thorius said. There is a housing development there with a pond and on the north side of that subdivision is a culvert for which the county acquired some land. The landowners approached the county asking for the quit claim deed.

“Which is fine because all of these easements are going back on the tax roll, which really ends up benefiting the county, I guess,” he added.

The last location was requested by Dan and Patricia Richard just south of Brighton on the east side of the Germanville Road, Thorius said. There is quite a bit of excess right of way there and the Richards approached Thorius a year ago wanting to install a fence on a part of the land there.

All the resolutions for the release of highway easements with accompanying quitclaim deeds were approved unanimously by the supervisors.

The supervisors also approved a contract for a bridge replacement on 275th Street west of Hoot Owl Hollow Road.

“The contract came back this week from the DOT finally for the bridge replacement on 275th Street,” Thorius said. “We’re replacing the existing structure that was built in 1936 with a new 130-foot by 30-foot pretensioned prestressed concrete beam bridge.”

There was only one bidder on the project, Thorius said — Iowa Bridge and Culvert, of Washington, for $589,056.20.

“To be honest, I’m a little disappointed we only had one bidder,” Thorius added. “There’s no rhyme or reason for it. I don’t understand the contract world. I’ve got my own assumptions, but I’m not going to say them publicly, but we’re happy with the results because our estimate for the project was $817,000, so it came in about $225,000 under estimate.”

The estimated start date is scheduled for June 18 and they would have 100 working days to complete, he said. Once all the contracts are signed and returned the county engineer’s office will speak with Iowa Bridge & Culvert about when they can start on the bridge replacement project.

The supervisors approved the contract unanimously.

Other items the supervisors approved at the meeting Tuesday include: a Class B Beer liquor license application for The Kalona Golf Club; a cigarette/tobacco/nicotine/vapor permit application for Ainsworth Four Corners; a resolution approving a grant application to the Washington County Riverboat Foundation for cemetery restoration at the Tyrone Cemetery in Dutch Creek Township; and acknowledged an animal confinement feeding operation on Mike Driscoll’s property located in Section 15 of Franklin Township.

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