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Supervisors look at bridges; clinics

Hamilton County board eyes several structures

August 29, 2012
Jim Krajewski ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors met on Monday and reviewed plans for several bridge replacements located on Ziegler Avenue in Scott, on 360th Street in Ellsworth and on Tollman Avenue in Liberty. Those bridges would be financed 80 percent by the state and 20 percent by the county.

The bridges, over 90 years old, have noticeable decay on their concrete structures. The current letting schedule for two of those bridges will begin on Oct. 4, and the final will be letted on Dec. 18 at the Iowa Department of Transportation. Bids will be reviewed at the regular board meeting on Oct. 9.

The board also heard from Dr. Jim Tesdahl of the Webster City Wolfe Eye Clinic. He spoke about the idea of building specialty clinics south of Red Bull Division Drive near Van Diest Medical Center. Tesdahl said he was approached by board member Wes Sweedler about interest in moving their clinic near the hospital alongside other clinics. However, Tesdahl said the costs were not viable for a small business.

Tesdahl asked the board to reconsider the costs because Wolfe Eye Clinic needs to expand not due to increased patient flow, but because of government regulations, electronic medical records and infrastructure needs. He said the board should reconsider the costs because they would be the first clinic out there, additional clinics would likely follow and keep referrals in Webster City. Tesdahl said he refers about 200 surgeries a year, most of which go elsewhere such as Ames.

"There would be two more local people hired. I would borrow local. I will get local builders," Tesdahl said. "It's just one of the things that I think would pay off in the long run for Webster City. It's a local guy asking for local help."

Tesdahl spoke during during public comments, and as such, the board took no immediate action. Board member David Young said the location was also considered for the new public health building.

"We really envisioned whatever could go out there to be part of a medical campus to enhance the new hospital," Young said.

A resolution was also approved by the board to withdrawal from a 28E agreement with Boone County which shares Assistant County Attorney Adria Kester. However, Hamilton County attorney Pat Chambers she will be rehired for her position as a part-time regular employee for Hamilton County.

With the termination of the agreement, she will keep her same pay, but will not receive any benefits. Kester will be running for Boone County attorney in this year's November election, and if she is elected, Chambers said Hamilton County will work out a new agreement with Boone County to find a replacement.



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