Bridge on Annetta Woods blacktop is headed for repairs

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a contract of $35,200 with Calhoun-Burns & Associates Inc. to design repairs for the locally-known Annetta Woods bridge, which is on the north edge of Webster City.

Ryan Weidemann, Hamilton County engineer, said the bridge, which was constructed in 1964, needs repair in order for it to remain open and in use. Deck joints and other structural problems require action, he said.

Weidemann said the estimated repair of the bridge will cost $500,000.

The estimated replacement cost is in the range of $3 to 5 million.

The design project is for the repair of the bridge. The design costs will be covered by Flood Mitigation Assistance grant — FMA.

Weidemann also said work will begin next week or possibly the following week on Hamilton County Road D56 from Iowa Highway 17, east to Queens Avenue. This work will be controlled by flag workers and/or pilot cars. The road will probably be closed for one day during this construction period due to a slurry road application. Workers will be present to assist residents of the area in and out of their homes.

Also on Tuesday, the supervisors approved Next Generation Technologies out of Buffalo Center to provide tech support to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at a cost of $3,750 per month.

The board approved the hiring of Rebecca Lake as a jailer at a rate of $18.53 an hour, and Jeremy Butrick as an appraiser and GIS technician at $26.34 an hour in the Hamilton County Assessor’s Office.

In addition, the board established a Special Opioid Abatement Fund in the amount of $19,500.

Hamilton County Public Health Administrator Shelby Kroona reminded the public that students must have their student vaccination records on file with the schools. In September, Public Health will audit all of the schools’ vaccine records.


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