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Supervisors approve bridge plans, specs

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the plans and specifications for two bridge replacement projects in Hamilton County.

County Engineer Ryan Weidemann said the two projects would be let on a single contract. The first is located on Xircus Avenue in Scott Township which will be a twin 16-foot by 11-foot precast box culvert. The second project is a single 10-foot by 12-foot precast box culvert on Tillman Avenue, about 1 mile south of Highway 175.

“Both of these existing bridges are steel pony truss bridges built in 1921 and 1922 — right at 100 years old each,” said Weidemann. Both have current load rating restrictions and are both very narrow, he said.

The proposed Department of Transportation letting would take place on July 20, 2021. Both of these projects will be funded with federal aid bridge replacement funds, according to Weidemann.

“We’ll ask the DOT for a late start date in spring of 2022. This means the contractor would have the option to complete the projects in the fall of 2021 or the spring of 2022. We’ve found this leads to a little competitive pricing.”

Three appointments were made to the temporary redistricting commission.

“This is related to the census,” said Supervisor Chairman Dan Campidilli. “Each of us was asked to appoint an individual to serve on this temporary commission.”

Campidilli named Loren Seiser to serve on the commission, while Supervisor Jerry Kloberdanz selected Doug Bailey to serve and Supervisor Rick Young named Mark Greenfield as a commission member.

Personnel matters were also on the agenda. The supervisors acknowledged the resignations of Shonda DeWitt, a jailer, and Public Health employee Stacy German.

Denise Schumaker and Diamond Hill were hired by Public Health to serve as on-call home health care aides with the department. Administrator Shelby Kroona said the PRN or on-call aides help cover vacation days for full-time workers.

“When one of our home care aides takes a vacation day, it interrupts their service delivery. We don’t have enough staff to provide personal care. By having PRN staff we will be able to contact them and they will be able to provide the personal care services the clients need without an interruption of their care,” Kroona said.

Nicole Beasley of Belmond was hired as a full-time public health nurse.

The board also approved an amended 28E agreement for the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency. Campidilli said that not all of the entities involved in the agency had signed the 28E agreement, so an amended resolution provides for an intergovernmental agreement between all parties involved in the regional agency.

The board also set April 27 at 9 a.m. as the date and time for a fiscal year 2021 budget amendment.

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