Supervisors narrow down facility projects

Board of Supervisors
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     After hearing from employees at Shive-Hattery, Inc. regarding the county’s facilities assessment, the Jones County Supervisors are moving forward with some priority projects.

     During the May 22 board meeting, the supervisors discussed those projects that Shive-Hattery detailed that would help bring the courthouse into ADA compliance.

     “After reading the report, I understand that the windows are a big need, but my personal opinion is we need to make the courthouse totally and completely accessible first,” voiced Supervisor Wayne Manternach. He said the courthouse is a public building and should be able to be accessed by everyone in the public.

     The board as roughly $614,000 to utilize for various facility projects from an undesignated reserve fund.

     Supervisor Joe Oswald also suggested they address the water leak under the generator pad, which seeps into the basement and boiler room.

     “If we take care of that, it’ll help with the lifespan of the building,” commented Manternach.

     Sulzner suggested the leak could be financed by the courthouse’s regular maintenance budget.

     Oswald said some of the ADA projects, and suggested projects in general, are long-term, while others are on-time repairs.

     The restrooms on the main level of the courthouse are not ADA-compliant. Oswald said they could spend over $200,000 to remodel or $500 for each restroom to do some upgrades. Manternach said he would not consider a full remodel.

     Manternach also warned the board members that the figures Shive-Hattery provided are cost estimates; they don’t include design and engineering.

     “Maybe we could do these projects in phases,” he suggested.

     Supervisor Lloyd Eaken said once some of the ADA projects are in the works, they could start moving forward on the windows, having multiple projects taking place at once.

     “It would just be nice to get some projects done,” voiced Oswald.

In other county business:

     • The board approved use of the courthouse lawn for one hour on Saturday, July 14, beginning at 7:45 a.m. for a Bible reading.

     • County Engineer Derek Snead gave the board an update on the preconstruction meeting on May 21 regarding the E-45 paving project.

     “It was very well attended and cleared up a lot of questions,” said Snead.

     The contractor, Cedar Valley Construction, was present and answered landowners’ questions as well.

     Snead said bridge removal and the box culvert portion of the project would likely start this week, and take four to six weeks to complete.

     “The paving contractor should be on scene by the first part of September,” he estimated. By the end of September/early October, Snead said the project should be complete.

     Letters were sent out to about 40 people who live on or utilize E-45.

     Supervisor Jon Zirkelbach, who also attended the meeting, said people’s main concern was emergency vehicle access during the project.

     “We’ll have to work through some situations,” said Snead.

     • The board approved the final payment voucher to Taylor Construction for the 105th Avenue bridge replacement project. The payment was in the amount of $11,238.47.

     • Supervisor Manternach reported the county successfully received a grant from the state for $8,144.50 to assist with asbestos abatement and removal of the former Dirks Oil Station, located at 311 W. Main St.

     The board approved receipt of the grant.

     “This will make a big improvement,” said Manternach. “It’ll pay for a good portion of the deconstruction and asbestos.”

     Oswald said people in Wyoming are looking forward to seeing the structure gone.



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