Supervisors discuss property nuisances

Board of Supervisors
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     Several county nuisances were up for discussion and action during the April 21 Jones County Supervisor meeting.

     The property at 23713 Highway 38 in Monticello received a 30-day notice for cleanup, which has since expired. Supervisor Joe Oswald has been in contact with the owners, and said that cleanup efforts continue. However, the owners’ main concern is the dilapidated house on the property. If they continue to demolish the house, can they rebuild on the same site?

     Land Use Administrator Michele Lubben explained that the property is zoned agricultural, non-conforming. If they take the house down, the property reverts back to ag. The owners would have to start building another house within a year to meet the requirements. If not, they’d have to go through the Board of Adjustments.

     Oswald said the owners want a guarantee from the county that they can rebuild; however, Lubben and County Attorney Kristofer Lyons said the county couldn’t legally make that guarantee.

     Lubben said the house poses a safety concern. Oswald said he doesn’t see the house being addressed any time soon.

     The board did approve a 30-day extension for the owners to clean up the refuse near the Highway 38, as well as putting a plan in place to address the house.

     For the property at 8356 Slide Rock Rd. in Anamosa, Lubben said the owner requested a 30-day extension, with lots of vehicles sitting outside.

     “There hasn’t been a ton of improvements,” noted Lubben, though she said the owner was staying in contact with her.

     The board granted the extension.

     The board abated a nuisance at 8336 Slide Rock Rd., noting it has greatly improved. This was after a 30-day extension.

     The owners 12653 Davenport St. in Center Junction had until April 8 to clean up the property, with no progress being made. A $500 civil citation was issued against the owners. Lubben will stay in touch with Assistant County Attorney Amy Dollash regarding next steps for the property.

     The owners at 24052 Ridge Rd. in Anamosa were assessed a $1,200 civil citation, with $1,100 being suspended if they have the property cleaned up by April 30. Lubben told the board she would follow up on the progress.

In other county business:

     The board approved bids to four different quarries (Bard Concrete, Weber Stone, Wendling Quarries, and River City) for contract rock on approximately 180 miles of county roads.

     County Engineer Derek Snead said there was a 7 percent increase in the cost of rock this year compared to last. He anticipates the majority of the rock going down before July 1.

     • The board approved the hiring of Heffrom Services for placement of surface stabilization on four county roads: 150th Avenue, Stone City Road, 215th Avenue, and Forest Chapel Road.

     “We talked about expanding the program (number of roads), but right now we want to save as much money as we can in realm possible,” explained Snead. “So we’re going to stick to the roads we already did in previous years.”

     • The board approved seeking bids to replace the roof on Memorial Hall in Wyoming. Bids will be due to the county on May 5.

     • Supervisor Ned Rohwedder informed the board about additional funding coming into Senior Dining through Heritage Agency.

     The Express followed up with Senior Dining Director Lisa Tallman on the matter. Tallman said with congregant meals on hold, money has been reallocated to assist in home-delivered meals. She was contacted with Heritage to receive $3.18 per meal, not she’ll receive $12.52. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need for more home-delivered meals for seniors.


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