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Engineering department applies for grant

Sep 27, 2017

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL


The Washington County Engineer department is applying for a grant for welding safety equipment.

Washington County engineer Jacob Thorius asked the supervisors to acknowledge the grant application to the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool (ICAP) during the supervisors meeting Tuesday morning.

“So ICAP has the last two years put out a $1,000 grant for each county to purchase safety-related items,” Thorius said.

These items must help reduce liability or claims and reduce risk on the job.

“There must be no potential or the ability for the purchased items to be used as a weapon or other means of harm,” Thorius said.

A year ago, Thorius applied for this grant and received $1,000 to buy high-visibility coats for his employees working on the roads, he added.

“I would like to purchase some welding safety apparel to protect from burns and stuff that happens during that operation,” Thorius said. “We’ve got guys that are destroying clothes at their costs or welding on our side and not having appropriate safety stuff.”

The safety apparel would help reduce injuries, he added. The estimated cost for these items would be between $500 and $750.

The supervisors also approved a personnel change request for the Washington County Engineer department, appointed Darrell Steele to a 5-year term on the City of Washington Planning and Zoning Commission, approved a grant application to the Washington County Riverboat Foundation in the amount of $120,000 for the Kewash Trail extension project to Kirkwood on behalf of the Washington County Conservation Board and approved a secondary road use request from the GranGable Bike Ride on Oct. 1.

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