Deconstruction bids approved for county property

Board of Supervisors
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     The former Dirks Oil Station in Wyoming is another step closer to deconstruction.

     During the Feb. 20 Jones County Supervisor meeting, the board approved an asbestos removal bid and a deconstruction bid for the county-owned property located at 311 W. Main St. in Wyoming

      Environmental Management Services in Dubuque won the asbestos removal at $3,800. Custom Dozing & Crane Service (Steve Dirks) won the deconstruction at $8,600.

     The deconstruction also includes building material removal/recycling, backfill of the site, and grading and seeding.

     The county applied for a grant to assist in the cost of asbestos removal and deconstruction. If awarded, they will see 100 percent reimbursement for asbestos removal and 50 percent for deconstruction.

In other county business:

     • The board approved the issuance of RFPs for engineering firms to prepare a facilities assessment of the county courthouse and Broadway Place Annex.

     “There is money still in this year’s budget to proceed with it,” said County Auditor Janine Sulzner.

     • Land Use Administrator Michele Lubben gave the board an update on her Feb. 20 Board of Adjustment meeting. The agenda included a special permitted use application from Tri-County Propane to place an 18,000-gallon LP tank on a 40-acre parcel in the Agriculture District off Highway 151. Lubben said it would simply be a refilling site, not the relocation of a business.

     “There will not be any traffic coming to and from the site,” added Lubben.

     She said it also has to be approved by the State Fire Marshal.

     • The board suspended approved proposed changes to the Board of Health’s Private and Public Sewage Disposal Systems ordinance, with Supervisor Ned Rohwedder opposed. The changes will not require a fee for permit for simple septic system repairs. Permits/fees will still be required if the septic system is to be replaced.

     Rohwedder was not opposed to the changes in the ordinance, but opposed to the suspension of the three readings for consideration. With a rush on the approval, he questioned why it came to the supervisors so late.

     • The board approved the 2017 Certified Local Government Report from the Historic Preservation Commission. The report was presented by Rose Rohr with the Commission.

     The board asked Rohr where the Commission was in regards to Stone Bridge. She said they need grant money to do any work to the structure, and are working with Limestone Bluffs RC&D as the fiscal agent to secure grants.

     • County Engineer Derek Snead said Secondary Roads has been receiving several calls about ditches and pipes filling with rain and snow-melting water across the county.

     “Ice (in the pipes) is preventing water from getting through,” said Snead. “That water is being transferred across the roads.”

     Secondary Roads crews were out last week working on the situation, opening pipes.

     “That’s difficult to do this time of year,” added Snead.

     • The board approved a notice to bidders for a new motor grader for Secondary Roads. Bid will be received until 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 13.

     • The board approved right of way acquisition on County Road E-45 for the road project. Secondary Roads is acquiring .14 acres at a cost of $1,200.

     • The board approved the updated Safety Policy for Secondary Roads, which includes a provision for employees’ PPE (personal protective equipment) allowance. Snead explained $200 for each employee would be set aside every year for PPE purchases, such as safety shoes, eye protection, etc.

     • The board approved a $300 funding request for a local match and a letter of support for the development of the Maquoketa River Watershed Management Plan.


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